Fug File: Met Ball

Met Gala Fug and Fab: Anna Wintour in Chanel and Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen


It’s only fair to put the event’s true overlord under the microscope. Spoiler: SHE PAINTED HER TOENAILS.

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Met Gala Mostly Well Played: Emily Blunt in Prada


I do still have an issue with how so many Prada gowns fit at the bust, so I’m holding back on total unreserved praise.

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But, to my eyes, this is a nifty way to take two fabrics that are nods to Chinese fashion and give them a modern but still regal spin. She looks great – like, to me, that thing could end up in a costume exhibit of its own someday. Emily Blunt: Possibly A Way More Interesting Dresser Than You Remember, coming to the V&A in forty years. See you there. I’ll be the one gesturing wildly at pushy young whippersnappers with the tip of my cane.

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Met Gala Fug the Hmm: Karen Elson (and others) in Dolce & Gabbana


This is… dramatic.

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From a pure construction point of view, I am not wild at ALL about how the skirt attaches with the visible bunches of seams. It cheapens things. Taking a wider view, though… I don’t know, this feels like D&G didn’t care that much, and so tossed her a headdress and were like, “Eh, close enough.” But if she is (as we said for Cosmo) the High Priestess of her own Tarot deck, then she came armed with some of the Minor Arcana as well:

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi


As we said for Cosmo, she sort of looks as if she’s starring in a movie about a tarot deck:

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But I’m not really mad at this. It’s young and whimsical and flirty, and also it has a giant train:

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Met Gala Fugs and Fabs: Metallics


Anne Hathaway just might be the Droid I’m looking for, except I don’t want to end that sentence on the preposition, so I’m still typing.

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Lady Gaga in Balenciaga


Like Katy Perry, I feel like this could have gone way, way more wrong. (Especially as I’d heard via Twitter that she was wearing geta, the traditional Japanese clogs. Instead, of course, she is wearing Lady Gaga’s Traditional Clogs; those shoes that make her look like she might be Frankenstein’s monster from the calves down.)

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Met Gala Fug Carpet: FKA Twigs in Christopher Kane (with bonus Pattinson)


I am sure this is stodgy of me — the discourse in the comments of the original runway-show post proves my taste in art does not run along these lines. But in my defense, Christopher Kane in general is rarely my bag of bananas. And while I recognize the intricacy of this, I also find it a) eerie and ocularly painful, and b) a strange choice on a night that’s so specifically themed, because even if you are punting on “China: Through The Looking Glass,” going in this direction is a bit like giving up the football and then deciding to play tennis while everyone else runs three wide-receiver sets.

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