Fug File: Met Ball

Met Gala Fug or Fab: Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

On his Instagram, Zac Posen called this his “auspicious clouds dress.”

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I actually quite like it, especially as a departure from the usual hourglass-shaped satiny gowns he likes to do, with lots of twists and darts in the bodice. This has a serenity to it – a gorgeous, inky night sky with gently swirling clouds.

And of course, an open back:

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Met Gala Fug or Fab Carpet: The Olsen Twins in (vintage) Dior

Rumor has it that they’re both in Dior dating from the John Galliano years.


To me, they look like they’re both auditioning for a role on Game of Thrones as the two saucy and very fashionable neighbor witches that Melisandre occasionally pops in to visit, to complain about Stannis’s snoring and maybe borrow some terrifying yet potent potable.

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Met Gala Fug Carpet: Cara and Poppy Delevingne

Cara is wearing Stella McCartney for the second year in a row, and it is as questionable as you might imagine.

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It seriously resembles a Victoria’s Secret-designed wetsuit. For when surfing and scuba diving demand that nightclub edge. Yesterday, the body art felt a little crazy to me, but the more I’ve sat with some of these other outfits, the more I think it’s actually a clever way to embrace the theme. They’re beautifully painted (my favorite factoid is that the creator is the same man who tattooed “BACON” onto the bottom of her foot — talk about polar opposites of ink work) and they honor the theme as not just fashion, but art. It’s way better than, say, gluing a bunch of hideous tissue-paper poppies all over your chest.

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Yes, Poppy, I am talking about your poppies. That skirt is really pretty, but the semi-homemade ode to the opium trade should have stayed at home.

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Met Gala Fugs and Fabs: The Rest of the Models

No event brings out more models than this one.

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Met Gala Fugs and Fabs: Women in White

If it seems like we’re missing someone major in this category — like, say, one Kimberly Kardashian — it’s because she got her own post. Let’s dig into the also-rans!

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Met Gala Curiously Played Carpet: Grace Coddington

Okay, this one ought to touch off some discussion.

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It is obviously… very literal. In a way that veers flagrantly costumey rather than, say, interpreting an inspiration into something new. I saw some people on Twitter were horribly offended; others just thought she was underdressed. Complicating this matter: Per solid reporting sources on Twitter, Grace quipped that Anna told her to wear PJs to the Met Gala because she has to hop a flight immediately after the party. Which… was a misguided joke to make, even if these somehow were her actual PJs, because… just no. Not great, Bob. Don’t diminish the cu essence of what you’re wearing, which you are SUPPOSED to be doing as a celebration and an homage to the culture that yielded it. Just don’t. (Also: I stared at her feet for SUCH A LONG TIME to see if those pants are footie-style. It looks LESS like they do in this photo, though, so I’m going to assume it’s an optical illusion and they’re overlong and she’s wearing them with Isotoners, or something.)

Which brings up the question, and it’s an honest one, because I am always curious about the challenges of drawing these lines and intent vs execution: At what point may you wear something of another culture because you love it, without fear of giving offense — what if, say, she bought this on a trip to China, or had lived there, and it’s a genuinely treasured souvenir? — and at what point are you guilty of misappropriation? If the answer to that is, “She should never casually wear this, ever,” then does Grace get a dispensation here because she is wearing it on a night that called for an embrace of the culture? Do we show mercy for the presumption of good intent? IS there, in fact, a way to theme an event like this that does not ring offensive, even though the hope clearly was for people to honor Chinese fashion and culture in a respectful and admiring way? Is this better or worse than if she randomly turned up in this at the Grammys? Et cetera.

I’m sure that by the time this runs, those debates and others will have taken place in the comments on other posts, SJP’s in particular. But this outfit is a lightning rod, for sure. And as the curator himself said it was a vital time for a cross-cultural dialogue, I figure, Fug Nation is smart — let’s take him up on that, in our own way.

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Met Gala Fugs and Fabs: Patterns

Lord knows, I LOVE a pattern. I think that a Chinese-inspired pattern on a beautiful dress was probably also a smart way for a woman who was perhaps apprehensive about the theme to play along. There are some beautiful highs here, some crazy low, and then CHER.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]