12 Favorite Looks From the Met Gala

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's spring 2015 Costume Institute exhibition, "China Through the Looking Glass," opens to the public on Thursday. Monday night celebrities and fashion insiders walked the red carpet for the annual Met Gala. There were some fabulously outrageous looks, and if you're going to be your most eccentric-self, the Met Gala is the time to show it all off. Here are my favorite looks from the night. Maybe I'll make my entrance at the Symphony Fashion Show on Tuesday in a giant cape/coat a la Rihanna.

Rihanna Guo Pei Met Gala

Rihanna Guo Pei Met Gala

Rihanna in Guo Pei 

Yes, it's a little Heatmiser, but it's SJP. I'm in to it.

Sarah Jessica Parker Custom H&M Philip Treacy Met Gala

Sarah Jessica Parker Custom H&M Philip Treacy Met Gala

Sarah Jessica Parker in custom H&M and Philip Treacy

Queen Karen has arrived.

Karen Elson Dolce & Gabbana Met Gala

Karen Elson Dolce & Gabbana Met Gala

Karen Elson in Dolce & Gabbana

I'm just happy she wore an actual dress.

Madonna custom Moschino Met Gala

Madonna custom Moschino Met Gala

Madonna in custom Moschino

If Little Red Riding Hood wore slinky Ralph Lauren.

Anne Hathaway Ralph Lauren Met Gala

Anne Hathaway Ralph Lauren Met Gala

Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren

Typical Monday attire for Gaga.

Lady Gaga Balenciaga Met Gala

Lady Gaga Balenciaga Met Gala

Lady Gaga in Balenciaga

Poppy wearing poppies. How meta of her.

Poppy Delevingne Marchesa Met Gala

Poppy Delevingne Marchesa Met Gala

Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa

Zac Posen is the perfect accessory.

Katie Holmes Zac Posen Met Gala

Katie Holmes Zac Posen Met Gala

Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

Three things I love - Capes, Prada and Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada

Emily Blunt Prada Met Gala

Emily Blunt Prada Met Gala

Emily Blunt in Prada

Helen Mirren looks stunning in this laser-cut red gown.

Helen Mirren Met Gala

Helen Mirren Met Gala

Helen Mirren

Cher + Sequins + Marc Jacobs = Bravo

Cher Marc Jacobs Met Gala

Cher Marc Jacobs Met Gala

Cher in Marc Jacobs

And then Grey Gardens arrived at the party...

Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen Vintage John Galliano for Dior Met Gala

Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen Vintage John Galliano for Dior Met Gala

Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen in Vintage John Galliano for Dior

Photos courtesy of Getty Images from Fashionista.com.

Object of Affection: Year Round White!

Let’s slay this silly fashion rule once and for all. You know the one I’m talking about—the “No White After Labor Day” dictate. It’s antiquated, anachronistic and downright dumb. It’s a relic of the 19th century. When upper-class city dwellers headed to the hills or the beach, leaving behind the heat and exchanging their more formal city wardrobes for lighter, whiter wear. There were lots of fashion rules back in the day that we’ve long since abandoned. Corsets come to mind, as do petticoats and ankle-length skirts. It’s time to dump this one too.

 

 

White’s classy for everyone, 365 days a year. Time for white jeans, white jackets, white sweaters. And white bags too.

 

 

Always, white shirts—my fave (it’s no accident I’ve got a Pinterest board devoted to them)! And even, white shoes (at least, if they’re Chucks).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you need a greater authority than me, even Emily Post (that doyenne of all things proper) is onboard. Year round white, she proclaims. I second that.

 

About Cindy Wall

Cindy’s a communications and marketing pro, a writer, a grammar snob, and a rapacious reader. In her own words, she knows “a little about a lot”—i.e., 19th century literature, Karl Lagerfeld’s latest adventures, professional bike racing, and when to use the Oxford comma. She’s a fan of indie film and music, and bullish on local eating and shopping. And she’s recently re-reved her blog, Paris State of Mind, where she writes about all things French.