I get that this year’s Met Gala theme is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the World of Technology“, which has some of the world’s most beautiful humans competing to strut down the red carpet in the most daring gowns to showcase that, they get the theme too. It’s about technology embracing fashion just as much as fashion embracing technology. (Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Designer, co-hosted Monday’s fashion Superbowl, as the company continues to make splash in the fashion world by marketing wearable tech as inevitable fashion accessory.)
To me, the Met Gala is the most exclusive and committed Fashion event of the year. And as such, as on-theme and inventive as a starlet may want to be, the minimum requirement is that she should look good in her gown. The look should suck the oxygen out of the room because it’s so jaw droopingly gorgeous. It also needs to be timeless so that many years from now, we can still look back and be in awe and not think to ourselves “what was she thinking”.
To that, I have picked out my personal favourites for three notable trends of the night:
There were countless light reflecting dresses on the carpet, as the theme called for “technology”. Some have gone very far and ended up looking like a satellite that orbit in Space or Tin Man in high heels . Not Lupita, she looked like a floating goddess on green cloud in that Calvin Klein perfection. Equal part ethereal and glam. It was also refreshing to see Rachel McAdams breaking out of her comfort zone to embrace a dangerously sexy gold metallic gown. It was the perfect amount of risque while staying true to a flattering silhouette.
Yes, flowers on a dress isn’t exactly groundbreaking but when done right, it can be as glamorous as Zoe Saladana’s peacock envy train. Bee Shaffer’s elegant McQueen transformed her into a black swan. And Zoey Deutch’s Dolce & Gabbana has put her on the map as an emerging style icon.
My most beloved trend of the night was the body-con column silhouette, it’s simple, becoming, and makes the even tallest person look taller. Karlie Kloss didn’t care to play along on the tech theme, she just showed up to stun. Kendall Jenner awed the cameras in an Atelier Versace. Its refreshing colour combination and intricate detailing completed a look that was safe yet original–two opposing characteristics played out perfectly by Kendall and perhaps Kendall alone.
We live in a fast paced world where only couple days ago, my Instagram feed was bombarded with everything Met Gaga, yet today, it’s pivoted 180 degree onto the next day’s #ootd.
Yesterday’s everything could mean tomorrow’s nothing. Exactly 365 days from now, we’ll revert attention back to The First Monday in May, 2017.
All images from Getty
I think it was really @margaret__zhang who not only started, but perfected the greatest choker comeback of all time. She’s really onto something–the likes of today’s biggest “It” girls @gigihadid, @kendaljenner, @caradelevingne etc. were all spotted sporting the trend. @katehudson strutted down the Golden Globes red carpet in a three piece “choker” look just to catch on.
In fact, according to Google Trends, searches for “choker” was virtually non-existent until late 2014 and has since sky rocketed three folds!
I went through Margaret’s Insta feed and picked out few of my favourites–here’s what I figured on how to master choker perfection a la the effortless rockstar
opt for basic black silky ribbons
pair with open collar tops to really show off the choker
dare to layer with simple slinky jewelry
dress casually, no need to choker on top of formalwear
experiment and not be afraid to fail, if you can’t rock it, just take it off and go on with your day!
Originally, I had plans to procure a camel coloured coat this winter. You know, one of those classics every fashion blog has commanded you to own. I pictured a velvety, creamy, cashmere-y coat so soft to the touch, that you’d want to snuggle in it all winter long.
Many years ago, I came face-to-face with a Max Mara number that fitted that exact description: ankle length, hidden buttons, beautifully tied together with an enclosed belt. I was window shopping with a friend and couldn’t resist the temptation to try it on..and bam, I went from “she-can-never-afford-this-coat-forever21-girl” to “I-am-Olivia Palermo-for-a-living-20something-sociallite” in a blink of an eye.
It was gorgeous. I swear my mouth foamed up with drool when I saw myself in the mirror. It was also ridiculous: not only for its price tag, but I’d literally have to reinvent myself in order to pull it off (new shoes, scarf, bag, sunglasses, and better also get a chauffer). Reluctantly, I peeled it off– but to my surprise, I immediately felt liberated without it. It just wasn’t my time yet for a coat like that.
Last winter, I finally had the fortune of checking out a COS store having read about its minimalistic chic design so long ago. I loved everything in the store–simple yet architectural, with muted sex appeal, very Scandinavian– which made sense for being the elegant older sister of H&M. Then this coat caught my eye, it was so different: its silhouette is not feminine but boxy, material is not velvety soft but slightly rough, colour is certainly not camel but grey. But I fell in love with it just as same as the Max Mara, except, I felt 100% myself in it.
Sometimes we get lost coveting for something for the wrong reasons—isn’t it more important to opt for a garment that makes you, you?
Think it was couple seasons ago, Marc Jacobs had a collection where Disney’s iconic ambassador, Mickey, was prominently featured on crop tops worn by seriously seductive models. Shortly after, Miley Cyrus sports the look right on the money, winning countless features in fashion magazines everywhere.
I mean, who can blame Miley? Mickey Mouse is hot! I had been looking for an affordable-non-Marc Jacobs-version of an everyday shirt with Mickey front and center for a long time, so you can imagine my giddiness when I spotted this grey cotton tee at an Uniqlo in Tokyo. It was our first night in the city and we were so overwhelmed by every bit of Shinjuku, so much so that we only allotted 10 minutes to shop (you can’t NOT walk into a ginormous Uniqlo when you see one).
Needless to say, I sneaked back into the fitting room and changed into the shirt immediately after checking out—I looked in the mirror and somehow felt more Tokyoan than ever.
I am going to go out on a limb and say that a guy’s chance of successfully getting a date/hook up/girlfriend or whatever form of impressing an attractive female will increase by 55% if he had on better shoes. Better than the ones he’s wearing right now. Yes, look down at your feet, what shoes are you wearing?
Are they scuffed up?
Are they pointy and pointed upwards like elf shoes?
Are the laces so worn out they’re now thin and strappy vs. thick and sturdy?
Are you really wearing summer dress shoes in the middle of winter?
Or…are they just plain ugly?
I made my opening comment not because I think all women are super facial, rather a good pair of shoes tells me that:
1. You have taste. You appreciate and take interest things that are atheistically pleasing. I could trust that you’d share similar good taste in music, books, and movies. 2. You know what to splurge on. Shoes for men are like handbags for women, a key accessory that sets you apart and adds style. If you care at all to be stylish, that is. 3, You are not 23 anymore and still think Aldo is couture. You are a grown man who takes the time to take care of himself. Most importantly, you know there’s value in dressing well and isn’t afraid to show it.
Be good to yourself, gentlemen, and go get a good pair of kicks. Obviously, don’t do it just for the women.