Musings on the Met Gala 2015 Fashion Parade (from someone who knows absolutely nothing about fashion)

My idea of fashion is something that doesn’t make me look like I just rolled out of bed, which basically only excludes tank tops without a bra and boy shorts. Yoga pants? Cute with fun sneakers! Ponytails? Add a sparkly headband ( and you’re good to go! T-shirts? Bonus points if they are a subtle nod to your favorite TV show!

Last night, my friend Kat, my fiancée Colin and I sat on the couch and trolled every single social media site for live updates on the Met Gala 2015 arrivals. I know the general point of the Met Gala is to celebrate a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and how awesome art is in general, and all that really important stuff, but everyone knows it’s just a huge celebrity potential train wreck fashion parade. This year’s theme is “China: Through the Looking Glass,” so we braced ourselves for a wide array of material interpretations. Since one of my favorite pastimes is judging things I know absolutely nothing about, here are my thoughts on some of the dresses/costumes/pageant wear that graced the red carpet last night. Note: Designers mean nothing to me so I’m just gonna pretend everyone went shopping in Lady Gaga’s closet.


Kate Hudson: Let’s start with an easy one. She is a golden goddess. A+

What's a four-letter word for sexy? Oh, right. Sexy.

What’s a four-letter word for sexy? Oh, right. Sexy.

Dakota Johnson: First thought, New York Times crossword puzzle on New Year’s Eve. I like crossword puzzles, so I’m cool with it. B


Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson: I have to admit, I was not a huge fan of the pant situation at first. But as the night went on and I kept coming back to this photo and impossibly gorgeous couple, I fell in love. A-


Kerry Washington: Let’s be clear, I think Kerry Washington is pretty flawless when it comes to red carpets and things. I even own a jacket from the “Scandal” collection for The Limited. I was so excited when I saw the gorgeous train on her gown from the back, and I thought Kerry was going to hit the jackpot once again. And then she turned around and I saw that someone ran out of fabric right when they got to the middle of the dress because they had accidentally used too much on the top. Throw in some emerald green shoes, and even Olivia Pope can’t fix this. C


Kendall Jenner: People say it’s boring, I say I love it. She looks stunning in that color and not too overdone, especially for someone of the Kardashian circus. A-

Sarah Jessica Parker: Points for really committing to the China theme! I don’t know, after everything she wore on “Sex and the City,” I can’t really find anything wrong with this one. A? B? C? Whatevs.


"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals

Anne Hathaway: You guys, I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but I am really digging on this one. It’s like she said, “Screw the China theme, I’m so excited about the new Star Wars movie that I’m just gonna dress like everyone in that.” And she obviously practiced her poses and half-smiles in the mirror, so I can totally respect that. B+

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals

Amal Clooney (and that guy George): I have to put my ego aside for this one, because Mrs. Clooney DEFINITELY gave my fiancée “the eyes” when we went to see “Hamilton” last week, but she’s freaking hot. And smart. And that gown is amazing. And if anyone is gonna give my fiancée “the eyes,” I suppose I’m glad it was her. (That George guy looks fine too.) A


Solange Knowles: For literally half the night, I thought I was looking at the same picture of her over and over again, and that the wind had blown her dress up, but it had an awesome under layer that we were looking at. When I realized that was just her dress, logistical questions flooded my mind. How does she sit? Can she see? Is she forced to move her arms like a wooden puppet? Is this outer space? Does she like “Star Wars” too? What does the back of it look like? Is this literally a giant shield in case she decides to throw some punches again? It’s bold, but it hurts my eyes, so I’m forced to give it a D. (Though if this were the Natural History Museum gala, I would give it a B+.)


Ivanka Trump: Kat said it best: “Jessica McClintock circa 1994.” Will you go to prom with me? C-

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - ArrivalsKatie Holmes: I actually really like her dress. The sparkles and cut outs and color, and all the things that make it fun but still elegant. It’s her hair that gives me pause. It seems as though she went to Anna Wintour’s stylist and brought a picture of a Lego man for inspiration. There’s an unconfirmed rumor that it’s a wig, but either way, it doesn’t do it for me. Dress: B Hair: D-


Helen Mirren: All hail the Queen. A

slide_423096_5432120_freeOlivia Wilde: Barbie meets She-Ra meets the discount cut glass section of Michael’s Craft Store. “Ooh, this one is 50% off! Let’s put it on EVERYTHING!” D-


Chloe Sevigny: Ahhhhhhhhhh. Drunk China. Z


Sienna Miller: My high school production of “Pippin.” C-

"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals

Rihanna: For me, she won the night. I know people have compared this gown to an omelet, or a pizza, but the color is stunning, and the train is out of this world, and it definitely fits the theme of the evening, and she looks like an awesome fluffy princess. Who cares if she can sit? Or walk? A+++++++

And finally, the big three of the night. I’m pretty sure there was a competition to see who could arrive LAST and MOST NAKED, because these ladies were LATE and NAKED. It’s like all of their invitations just said “Through the Looking Glass” and the “China” part was accidentally deleted. J-Lo? Love the color and the gown. She probably figures we know what most of her front skin looks like, so now it’s time to show off the whole side of her body. Kim Kardashian?  Something a little matronly about it for me. And Beyonce? She can do no wrong in my eyes, but this is not my favorite. I’m too concerned that her dress will shift and give the world a free shot of her lady bits to actually appreciate the craftsmanship. I hope she goes home and puts on sweats. J-Lo: A- Kim: C+ Beyonce: Unrateable. She isn’t actually human.

12 thoughts on “Musings on the Met Gala 2015 Fashion Parade (from someone who knows absolutely nothing about fashion)

  1. So funny Patti! I love reading your thoughts on life. But I have to say, I don’t think Amal Clooney will be the last person to give Colin the eyes, haha. But honestly, this was so true. Loved it!

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  2. See that’s what I was talking about earlier- I read your headline and had to laugh out loud. You’re just one of us, a normal person with (like you said) no sense for fashion. I don’t have that either. It was funny to read to your ratings of the dresses and I agree with almost all of them!
    Oh and that your friends name is Kat was a bonus for me. Felt again like sitting on the couch with you! Haha I hope I don’t sound like a creep. I just wanted to say I adore you. Don’t ever change 🙂

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  3. Okay, so, maybe it’s just because I was raised in ultra-conservative, modest, Mormon Utah, but, I do NOT understand who women can be comfortable at ALL showing as much skin as J-Lo and Beyonce are in those dresses. Sure, they both rocked them. And, yes, it’s wonderful that they have the self confidence to wear something like that. I do admire that. But still, I’d be worried about a wardrobe malfunction all night! That’s why I love what Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, and Helen Mirren wore. It shows that you don’t have to get mostly naked in order to be sexy, beautiful, and sophisticated.

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