The Met Gala: Just Like the Oscars, Without All the Annoying Awards


The Met Gala, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s pet project and fashion’s most exciting playoff game, took place last night. Working triple time as an advertisement for Vogue, designers, and the Metropolitan Museum, the Met Gala is like prom for celebrities and models. And like prom, it’s always kind of anticlimactic and not as glamorous or fun-looking as it needs to be to perpetuate its own myth. Gwyneth Paltrow said as much last year, bashing the Met Gala for being boring and smelling bad (the ultimate dis from a rich girl!). This year, some pigeons got into the giant tent set up for the party and one met a possibly tragic fate. There were rumors that the beginning of the event was postponed until the pigeon was, uh, taken care of.

Last year the theme was “punk,” but nobody stuck to it except for Madonna, who wore a slutty college girl’s Halloween costume idea of punk, which was perfect. Everyone else lamed out and wore pretty girly dresses, although a few people tried some edgy eye makeup. This year’s theme is “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” which is code for “you can just wear a regular pretty dress again this year.” James was a 20th-century British fashion designer with a “structured aesthetic.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently displaying an exhibit of his work. So ostensibly, the theme here is lavish, sculpted ballgowns; haute couture quinceañera dresses. Other James trademarks are capes, coats, embroidery, fur, white satin, and a “spiral zipped dress.” So one could expect a lot of big poufy skirts and some mermaid fishtails. Here is a Charles James dress from the exhibit itself:


The Met Gala is like the Oscars without an awards show. The red carpet is the show. Then there’s some kind of a fancy dinner, at which Frank Ocean played this year, and then presumably an after-party circuit. Personally, I find the Met Ball’s overall focus on prettiness to be boring, kind of like Vogue‘s. I would be more into a gala ballroom event filled with sports mascots in fancy gowns; the Mr. Met Gala.


Category: Weekend at Bernie’s


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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, everybody!


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Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, also!


Most Improved From Last Year


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Kim and Kanye, almost making us forget.


Most Exciting Accessory


Erykah Badu’s hat.


Helloooooo, Dolly


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Kate Upton channeling some 1800s realness.





LaLa and Carmelo Anthony attended and looked like a goth high school couple.


What Did Avant-Garde Fashion Icon Chloë Sevigny Wear?


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Why, a bustier that Foxy Brown might have worn during her ’90s chinoiserie phase, of course. I’m glad some people opted not to wear a poufy dress.


Sarah Silverman Should Play Maria Callas in a Movie


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Tonya Hardingcore


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Elisabeth Olson will bring ’90s ice skater fashion back with a vengeance. This picture just convinced me.


Department Store Prom Dress Ads


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Taylor Swift, in blushing Betty Draper pink.


Kendall Jenner can’t wait for the ice cream social at the Calabasas Country Club.


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Delia’s for Prom (Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield)


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Barbie for QVC (Reese Witherspoon)


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“That dress is so fetch — did you get it at Rampage?” (Allison Williams)


In the End, Less Is More


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As this streaker, who was arrested at the Gala, could tell you.

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Molly Lambert is a staff writer for Grantland.

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