Best Dressed | The Met Gala 2016 – Manus vs Machina

My favourite red carpet occasion of the year raised its stunning head and left us with a vast array of fashion at our finger tips.

The Met Gala is Anna Wintour’s night to shine and with an outlandish theme it always allows fashion’s bravest to push the boundaries and test their creative prowess. Let me begin this post by stating my 2 non-disputable rules for Met Ball attendees:

Rules for the Met Ball:

1) If you are going to attend the Met Gala then you follow the theme!

I don’t care who you are or what you do. If you are forking out thousands of dollars for a ticket to attend a fashion exhibition then you owe it to the event to at least abide by the rules. Just as important to remember is that that includes pushing yourself. Wearing a simple metallic dress does not meet my standards of following the theme… If I see you in a plain silver dress for a Manus vs. Machina theme – next!

2) If you do abstain from the theme then your outfit needs to be perfect.

If you are going to irritate spectators and be brazen enough to turn your back on the wondrous theme, that I’m sure has been painstakingly chosen for you, then you at the very least need to make sure that your off-beat outfit is absolutely flawless. If not, then why be awkward in the first place? If you’re not going to follow the theme and you wear a boring outfit then you might as well have stayed at home. This is a fashion event, darling.

That being said, the majority of stars and fashionistas alike did me proud this year and I was more than pleasantly surprised when scrolling through Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair online (where the pictures in this post were sourced from). Thus, let’s get into it.

Best Dressed Fashionistas of the Met Gala 2016:

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Grammys 2015 Red Carpet: The Worst And The Oh So Close.

This year’s Grammys was a huge success and got everyone around the globe talking. From Taylor’s dancing, to Beck beating Queen Bey, and Sam Smith stealing the show, there was no lack of theatrics and fortunately for us, the same can be said for the red carpet. So to get things going, I might as well start off with the post which usually gets you guys excited the most – my worst dressed of the evening.

Worst Dressed Goes to: Kim Kardashian West in Jean Paul Gaultier:

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I’m sorry, but for me this is just a hot mess. Kim is one of the most famous celebrities in the entire world, she can literally wear anything that she wants from any renowned designer and this is what she chooses? This look comprises of too much clothing and all in the wrong places. To start off, we get it – you’re proud of your body. We don’t want to keep seeing it however! The seemed center of this robe barely covers from her belly-button to her lady parts, leaving way too much on show. Then she goes and wears the rest of the look like a throw which has way too much fabric, thus swamps her. The addition of shoulder pads, embellished pockets and cuffs all aid in completely swallowing her and make her look even more stumpy than she actually is. Finally, she finishes off the look by covering half of her face, which is usually her only saviour. Where is the fashion in this look? The only positive is that she wore glitter to the Grammys…

Joy Villa:

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When deciding what to wear for an award show the phrase ‘snow fence couture’ should never be one which pops to mind. Not only does this dress look ugly as hell and show us all that Joy’s career must be in serious need of a boost, but it also looks incredibly uncomfortable! Who in their right mind would want to sit in this for the evening? I didn’t think that it was possible for someone to wear a bigger outfit and have more skin on show that Kim, but Joy certainly rose to the occasion. What really gets me are those nipple pasties though – vomit worthy.

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Iggy Azalea in Giorgio Armani:

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This one is tough for me. Iggy undoubtedly looks a mess. The milkmaid braid is just dire and quite frankly makes her look a fool. The sheer compartment of the skirt is also horrible and cheapens the entire look. What I find difficult is that if you look at this from the neck to the knees only, it is perfection. The dress fit flawlessly and her body is outstanding. This is one of those looks where editing and styling would have made all of the difference. Let’s face it though, the mistakes are too grave and this look is horrible. Every-time I see it all I can think of is this:

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Sia:

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I don’t know who she’s wearing and frankly I don’t care. I love Sia, I love her music, I love her talent, but I have become sick of her. This ‘anonymity’ thing is so annoying and so fake. If you don’t want anyone to know who you are fine, but then why are you walking the red carpet? Why are you putting yourself in the position to be criticized like this? I’ll tell you why, because you like the attention! Between walking the red carpet and your new stunt of getting A-listers to be in your videos and performances, I honestly don’t think that you want your music to do the talking for you, you want the fame.

Meghan Trainor in Galia Lahav:

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Meghan may be all about that bass, but she clearly isn’t all about her fashion. This is hideous. I try to be constructive, but the only constructive criticism for this dress is to burn it.

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell:

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Another red carpet hoe, Lady Gaga manages to look like a walking advertisement for safe sex. Unfortunately for Gaga, old Hollywood glamour was lost somewhere between the fabric choice, her make-up, her wonky boob and and those ‘strategically placed’ cut-outs.

Rihanna in Giambattista Haute Couture with Chopard jewels:

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This one is difficult for me. Rihanna looks beautiful. In fact, I think she looks jaw-droppingly stunning. That is from the bust up, however. I can see the fashion behind it, but she has just lost it for me with the scale of the gown. The combination of the colour and the size of the skirt look like a pregnant teen trying to hide her bump at her quinceanera.

Rita Ora in Prada:

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This is one of the biggest tragedies of the night for me. Her hairdo is Liza Minnelli gone wrong and her dress is oh so blasé. This look shows a serious lack of style and there is nothing that I like about it.

Michelle Pesce:

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Every time I come across this picture I cringe. It looks to me like the DJ should stick to her decks because this is a very, very bad look. I almost feel sorry for the crater.

Madonna in Ricardo Tisci:

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How could I not include Madonna? She’s 56, has a teenage daughter, is a superstar and this is how she walks the carpet. There’s nothing to say really, I just smile when I see her looks at this stage. She’s always going to be a hot mess, but I guess that’s why we love her!

Jane Fonda in Balmain:

From one oldie to another, Jane has an amazing body. She probably has the best body of any woman her age in the entire world. As well as that, her face is striking. A good body does not a stylish woman make however, as we can see here. This is a classic case of trying to show off your body purely just to show it off. There is very little, if any at all, style in this look and the chain is disastrous.

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Kat Graham in Yanina Couture:

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Sheer it may be, but chic it is not. There is too much going on here. I definitely appreciate a floral pattern here and there, but this is too big and is unflattering. The addition of the white shoes aids in the overkill. Her hair and make-up is stunning, but this is not a nice dress at all. I would actually even prefer it if it was a plain black sheer and there was no pattern.

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Kelly Osbourne in Christian Siriano:

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30 going on 60. Perhaps the beaded gown might have translated better in person, but as Kelly herself has said, you should dress for the cameras, not for the carpet. She is just too covered up in my opinion and it’s extremely drab. I’m not only upset at Kelly for this Amish-in-the-city look though, I’m also quite disappointed in Christian Siriano. For such a talented designer and for someone who did an amazing job at dressing celebs during last year’s awards season (remember Sarah Hyland in that crop top and skirt number?), he’s really slacked off this year and has yet to land a hit.

Soli Olds – Worst Dressed Man of The Evening.

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I have no idea who this man is, but he looks so, so silly. Soli, you are not black, you are not hip and (from the look of things) you are not young – why on earth are you wearing those shoes? I don’t know what he is aiming for, but everything in this look scream ‘wannabe’. Sadly, whatever it is that you’re aspiring to, you’ve missed the mark by a mile Soli.

That’s it for my full on worst dressed list, but I do have two or thee more who I just want to discuss quickly…

Debatable Looks Of The Night:

Miley Cyrus in Alexandre Vauthier:

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This look frustrates me so much. Miley’s hair, face and body all look beautiful. The gown itself is gorgeous as well, what I can’t deal with though, is the cut-outs. If you filled in all of these cut-outs Miley would have looked so chic, simple and stylish. Of course, if the cut-outs were filled in then it wouldn’t be an Alexandre Vauthier gown, but I think that she would have looked so much more beautiful!

Katharine Mcphee in Emilio Pucci:

This look is another editing disaster.

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This would have been a perfectly pretty look if Katharine’s stylist had edited out the accessories. The earrings, her hair and the metal straps all bring this look from polished to tacky and they ruin all of the work put into the tailoring. Next time don’t try so hard Katharine and I think you’ll be happier with the outcome.

Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad:

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Katy is one of the looks that doesn’t quite work for me and I don’t know why. I know that I don’t like the shoes and think that her underwear is not right for this dress, but asides from that I’m totally confused. What do you guys think of this look?

Ariana Grande wearing Versace:

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Ariana’s looks is so near perfection that it hurts. The white gown is dazzling, her make-up is flawless and I also adore all of her accessorizing, it’s the extra flap of silver material that ruins the gown. I actually don’t even mind the addition of the silver into the dress, it gives it an extra oomph, it’s the dangling material that doesn’t fit the bill.

Beyoncé in Proenza Schouler:

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She is my queen and like everyone else on the planet, I worship Beyoncé. What I don’t worship is this look. I like her hair, the more I look at it, but this dress has been done. Not only has everyone and their mother worn this lace styled gown, but Beyoncé herself has even worn similar looks to it! For such a stylish woman and an icon and idol, she could definitely work on her red carpet style.

So that’s the end to my (very long) worst dressed Grammys post! Apologies about the length, but there were just so many messes on the night and I was really enjoying taking them apart 😛

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Author: Pádraig Power.

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Fashion Highs and Lows at this Year’s MTV’s Video Music Awards

Following the trend of recent Music award show fashions this year’s MTV VMAs left me utterly underwhelmed. Full with tacky, trashy, barely-there ensembles, the red carpet was an overall disappointment. As always, however, some rose above and others sank to the depths of the titanic and here I am going to discuss my highs and lows of the anticipated award show.

To bring an heir of optimism to the article let’s start with those who shone on the carpet. Beginning, perhaps controversially, with my favourite of the night; Solange Knowles. Known for her hit and miss high fashions Solange is always one to keep an eye on, whether she sink or swim. Last night she soared, however, in a gorgeous, glittering H&M studio pant-suit paired with full, wavy hair and a bare chest. Although there to support her sister, Solange stole the show for me, in her fashion choice of course.

Solange Knowles in H&M Studio:

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The next starlet who impressed is reality star and high fashion  model, Kendall Jenner. Kendall also donned a black, suit inspired ensemble showing us that she is both sophisticated and sexy. Wearing a combination of Alone Livne and La Perla, Kendall looked absolutely perfect. My only critique on the starlet’s style is that at 18 I think she could liven it up a bit and dress in a more fun, flirty look, especially at an awards ceremony such as this.

Kendall Jenner in Alone Livne and La Perla:

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The third addition to my list is Beyoncé, proving that black was indeed the colour of the night. Beyoncé looked efforless in a Nicolas Jebran sequined, floor-length gown. The star of the night looked elegant and beautiful in the fitted gown with statement earrings and her go-to, simple hair. It was a bit demure and perhaps even a tad drab for the evening in it, but all in all Queen Bey looked stunning.

Beyoncé in Nicolas Jebran:

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Enough positives for now, time to discuss the utter disasters worn on the night. I’m going to begin with the absolute, undoubted worst, namely; Amber Rose. Amber epitomized tacky, tasteless and tattered in a horrific, bejeweled dress – if you could call it that! Trying to take Miley’s crown for the worst outfit ever at the VMAs, Rose came very, very close in this almost nude ‘ensemble’. Have a look for yourself:

Amber Rose in Laura Dewiitt:

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Hot on her tail were 2 other catastrophes of the night: Katy Perry and Rita Ora. Katy and her arm candy, Riff Raff, donned a modern interpretation of Britney and Justin’s matching denim tragedy and, if possible, looked even worse. Yes, Katy’s body looked great, but asides from that the duo look as stupid as they were unfashionable i.e. very. Brace yourself for the images below – they’re pretty horrific.

Katy Perry and Riff Raff in their shocking denim looks:

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Finally, we have Brit Rita Ora with the slit of all slits showing that although she may be talented, she certainly is not a class act. Rita is slim, beautiful and talented, but with this flimsy, red silk gown none of the aforementioned attributes can be seen. Not only does she look tacky and unfashionable, but the horridly placed slit makes her leg look more like a Christmas ham than a long, luscious limb. Thus, overall, she did not hit the mark.

Rita Ora in Donna Karan Atelier:

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To end things, I am going to leave you guys with some people who I was undecided on on the night: Victoria Justice, Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift. Vitcoria looked stunning, young and fashionable, when you look at her face, top and clutch at least, but her skirt just threw it away for her. The mullet inspired black, leather skirt ruined her look in my opinion, but I still think that her top half is stunning! JLo is in a similar fix in her Charbel Zoe dress. Although Lopez looks gorgeous and everything came together perfectly, I think that she is showing a bit too much skin. Yes, she is amazing looking for her age so she should show it off, but this gown leaves too little to the imagination, even someone half her age. Finally we have Taylor in a look which I certainly do not love, but am not sure if I dislike or not either, let me know what you think below!

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Finally, if you liked this post then here’s a previous post which I did that you will enjoy:

Best and Worst of Grammys 2014.

Author: Padraig Power.