Last night, in New York City, the Met Ball took place, it is widely thought of by those in the industry as the Fashion Oscars. It was previously known as the Costume Institute Gala and is a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. And with tickets at $25,000 they raise a lot of cash! The event marks the opening of its annual fashion exhibition. Every year there's a theme which guests are expected to match to their choice of outfit. This year's theme was China: Through the Looking Glass, which threw up a variety of interpretations on the theme. One of the most dramatic was Rihanna who wore a fur trimmed, yellow gown by Chinese designer Guo Pei which has already been dubbed the "3-egg omelette" or a "tortilla" by some. Beyonce and Kim Kardashian both went with embellished nude gowns by Givenchy and Roberto Cavalli respectively. As one might expect from the theme there was a lot of gold on show, the best being Kate Beckinsale in DvF and another Kate (Hudson) in Michael Kors. Red was the other key shade ranging from Reese Witherspoon in a stunning Jason Wu column dress accessorised with an incredible diamond necklace by Taffancy & Co. to Rita Ora in Tom Ford and Bee Shaffer (Anna Wintour's daughter) in an elegant shade of maroon McQueen. There are many more that could be mentioned but a special shout out should go to all who chose to wear High Street labels from Sarah Jessica Parker in H&M (albeit with a bespoke head piece by Philip Treacy) to the custom Topshop worn by Emily Ratajkowski, Lily Donaldson, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Natasha Poly. The boys also got in on the act with both Lewis Hamilton and Mark Ronson in Topshop menswear.
Regular readers will know we don't really like to stoop as low as to point out the worst dressed, however, even we can't let Anne Hathaway get away with her gold, hooded Ralph Lauren number which made her look like an extra from the new Star Wars movie, or Solange Knowles (who can forget Liftgate after last year's awards?!), who wore a controversial Giles Deacon number.
A favourite, if one has to be chosen, is probably Lily Collins who stunned in Chanel with a small net hairpiece.