So everybody ran over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this Monday to celebrate the opening of the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit. As you may have guessed, the theme for this year’s Met Gala was…Chinese fashion. I woke up Tuesday and had about 10 emails telling me how great everyone looked, so I figured it was in my best interest to say something even though my invite was sadly misplaced.
Let’s jump into it…
Better red than anything else:
1. Anna Wintour wore red, so obviously that was the shade to be in. 2. Amal Clooney had a sort of studded medieval corset thing happening among her, blood red layers- not exactly Chnese? But I’ll take it.3.Karolina Kurkova was supercute as Asia-inspired Barbie. I would totally wear that.
1.. Bee Schaffer, Anna Wintour’s lovely daughter, did mama proud in this trailing rose red and stark white confection of a gown. 2. Haylee Stenfeld in a really cute prom dress. EVERYONE girl her age will be wearing this look, it transcends budget. Red dress, gold/gold tone bangles, done. 3. Kris- what happened?
Jenny from the Block showed up with designer Donatella Versace in two, laying down the law with this barely there sparkly red gown. Here hair, styled by Lorenzo Martin for ghd North America, was the crowing glory of the look Says Martin “Jennifer’s dress was going to make a statement, so I wanted to create sleek hair to accompany that look without taking the attention away.”
How can you do the same thing at home? Follow these directions:
“To begin, I parted Jennifer’s hair down the middle and dried it using the ghd hairdryer ($225) in the direction of the style while pointing the nozzle down. I then used the ghd eclipse™ styler ($245)and glided throughout hair with a comb to smooth out frizz. Jennifer’s hair is naturally curly, so with ghd’s patented tri-zone™ technology I was able to straighten her hair in less time for a sleek and shiny finish. Once completely straight, I used gel to pull hair back and brushed from top to bottom, then used a finishing spray to set the style.”
Now you know.
Lilly Aldrige played against her pale blue Carolina Herrera gown with a dark, grungy lip. Wanna copy? Makeup artist Quinn Murphy used Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer In Taboo 310 ($28).
How crazy awesome does Rosie Huntington-Whitely look in this columnar peach gown? She would have owned the red carpet entirely if this hadn’t happened:
KIM KARDASHIAN THROWS IT DOWN IN ROBERTO CAVALLI:
And the world just stopped. It was a perfect look, perfectly executed- and also reminiscent of her wedding day! Kim floated up the red carpet like the loveliest swan imaginable- and no one could deny that she was the best dressed, best coiffed, and the makeup was flawless.
Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic worked with Kimmy K, creating a look that mimicked the glowing and simplistic palette of the dress and keep it monochromatic. “We wanted to stay true to Kim’s classic look and enhance her natural beauty and golden, glowy skin.”
Usng Marc Jacobs Beauty products exclusively, Mario used the #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder ($38) in Hi Fi Filter 60 in the hollows of the cheeks, around the hair and jawlines and on the sides of the nose. On the eyes, Mario maintained the nude and crystal color palette by applying a wash across the entire lid of the silvery Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28) in Frannie, followed by layers of the matte and shimmery peach tones in the Style Eye Con ($59) No. 7 Palette in The Dreamer to set it and give it a more nude-based tone. In the creases of her eye, Mario used a dark brown shade from the palette very lightly, and then took the golden Twinkle Eye Pop Color Stick in Au Revoir to the brow bone and lower lash line of the eyes to add some sultry sparkle.
To finish of the eyes, Mario applied the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer in a very thin line on the upper lash line, followed by a very slight wing to stay aligned with the MET Ball theme, and added a final hint of the golden sparkle to the inner corners of the eyes using the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Mari(Gold) to enhance the natural gold in her eyes. And finally, on the lips, Mario achieved Kim’s go-to nude lip look with a warm nude tone of the New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais.
We’re gonna keep going, but let’s be real- she finally proved that she is not going anywhere.
1. Naomi Campbell sizzled in this gold sequin strewn stunner. Supermodel of the world was werking! 2. Adorable Australian model Courney Eaton was perfect from her headress to her the hem of her golden brocade gown.3. Anne Hathaway showed up and she was wearing this. (No, I am not a ‘Hathahater’, but she usually does better than this. Maybe it looked incredible in person?)
Kete Hudson shimmered in gold lace with a delicate head adornment in keeping with the Chinese fashion theme. David Babaii, Brand Ambassador for ghd, North America created a hairstyle that worked with the Micheal Kors designed gown o create ‘an ethereal look’.
Conversely, everyone’s favorite redhead, Jessica Chastain, went for screen siren sexy in this Givenchy mermaid gown. Ryan Trygstad tells us how to get the look at home:
“First, I dried Jessica’s hair using a round brush and the ghd air™ hairdryer which with
technology, gives a frizz-free finish. I then created a deep side part and used the hd eclipse™ styler to smooth over strands, while curling under at the bottom. Starting from underneath the hair, I then wrapped 2 inch sections of hair around the ghd curve™ classic curl iron, and used my fingers to slightly comb through.
The ghd eclipse™ styler and ghd curve™ classic curl iron ($196) both feature ghd’s patented tri-zone™ technology which creates long-lasting styles, in less time, without the need for styling products. To finish the look, I pinned curls underneath to create a ‘faux bob’ and
brushed hair to one side of the head in order to show off Jessica’s gorgeous jewelry.”
Black is the new black:
If it’s not broke…no matter what the occasion, black is always appropriate and can act as a welcome respite from more hectically colored looks. 1. Janelle Monae is beautifully monochromatic in Chinese inspired couture- and with a signature red lip. Her braided style is to die for. 2. Jennifer Lawrence went with a 70s inflected dress, with only a smattering of flowers across the yoke of this black skirted gown.
3. Imogen poots did a sort of Victorian look in this sheer Alberta Ferreti gown. Melanie Inglessis, for MAKE UP FOR EVER gave Poots an almost vampiric look, with pale skin and red rimmed eyes. Her inspiration? INSPIRATION: “Imogen’s gorgeous lace dress had a Victorian feel, so I wanted to capture this look for her makeup while giving homage to the Met
Gala’s theme of Chinese fashion.”
It’s sort of punk, and I like that Grab these Makeup Forever products to create the look on your own: PRODUCTS: Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer ($36); Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation #30 ($48); Super Matte Loose Power in #12 ($28); EVER Aqua Brow in #20 ($20); Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Color #8, #9 ($23); Artist Shadow #I-752, #M-846 ($21); Diamond Powder #11 ($25); Smoky Extravagant Mascara ($24); Flash Color #24, #25 ($99)
4. Ming the Merciless was also in attendance.
Fashion you can actually buy:
There’s always room for budget conscious fast fashion these days, and the red carpet at the Met Gala got hit hard when Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid sashayed in with these Chinese dresses from…Top Shop.
I was on Fifth Avenue today and say them in real life. You, too can have a dress that was at the Met Gala. Live the dream…and get these shoes, because I am in love with them. You can also make sure that your brows are on fleek like these two Tweezerman Browmousse ($12);Tweezerman Brush iQ Brow Brush ($12)
Is this not fashion for the people? I love it… Topshop Collection Chinese inspired dresses on sale now.
Next up: A very special Closeup interview with Kara Gerson of The Voss Foundation
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian