2015 Met Gala Gowns and Jewels Celebrate China

Monday night’s Met Gala in New York lived up to its reputation as The Party of the Year. As the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center, the gala takes its theme each May from the spring costume exhibition on view in its hushed galleries. “China: Through the Looking Glass” opens to the public on May 7 and continues through August 16, 2015.

Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala
Rihanna Photos Courtesy of SacBee.com and Vogue.com

Rihanna in canary yellow fur lined gown at the 2015 Met Gala

Traditionally, the 350 invited Met Gala guests fashion their black-tie looks around the designated theme—some themes eliciting more over-the-top responses than others. Monday’s Asian-inspired turnouts — from dragon-embroidered haute couture gowns to pagoda-print pajamas, jade tassel earrings to full-on Chinese princess crowns — proved that A-list celebrities will do almost anything to play dress-up for a good cause.

Rihanna Steals the Show. Resplendent in a yellow embroidered silk coat with a massive train by Chinese couturier Guo Pei, RiRi needed several grown men to help her up the Met’s perilous red-carpeted stairs. Yellow is a symbol of royalty in China, and her wrap and headpiece were indeed fit for a queen. Later, Rihanna gave a surprise performance to the delight of the fashion-forward crowd.

SJP Never Disappoints. A former co-host of the Met Gala, Sarah Jessica Parker always takes the theme very seriously, pushing the boundaries beyond anyone’s expectations. She collaborated with H&M on her gown, and mixed Fred Leighton vintage jewels with some by Jennifer Fisher and Cindy Chao. And, oh yes, she wins Most Exotic Headpiece of the Night!
Anne Hathaway as Woman in Gold. Also in the subtle camp, but Asian inspired nonetheless, this gold column dress-with-hood by Ralph Lauren is my personal favorite of the night. It’s shimmering…somewhat mysterious…very Greta Garbo. Exotic fan-shaped earrings like Anne’s, and those worn by Jennifer Lopez, are now trending, says Vogue.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Ann Hathaway at the 2015 Met Gala
Sarah Jessica Parker and Anne Hathaway. Photos Courtesy of Vogue.com
JLo at the 2015 Met Gala
Jennifer Lopez  Accessorized with Diamond and Ruby Fan-Shaped Earrings by Sutra. Photo Courtesy of StyleNews.PeopleStyleWatch.com

Jennifer Lopez Imagines Dragons. At the Met Gala, the competition for “Who Can Wear the Least” is fierce. Jennifer Lopez’s color-of-the-year Marsala gown by Atelier Versace featured a sequined dragon dancing in all the right places.

Amanda Seyfried wearing Givenchy Couture at the 2015 Met Gala
Amanda Seyfried in Tiffany & Co. Diamond and Ruby Drop Earrings. Photos Courtesy of Vogue.com

Amanda Seyfried in Tiffany & Co. Many women chose high-neck or mandarin-collared gowns for a subtle hint of Chinese influence. The 29-year-old star of “While We’re Young” wore white Givenchy Couture — all the better to stand out on the Red Carpet. At the last minute she added a pop of color with diamond and ruby drop earrings from Tiffany & Co.

Solange Knowles, Emily Blunt and Ivanka Trump don dresses in blue at the 2015 Met Gala
L to R: Solange Knowles Photo Via TomAndLorenzo.com; Emily Blunt Photo by Vogue.com; Ivanka Trump Photo Courtesy of Vogue.com

Close up of Emily Blunt earrings at the 2015 Met Gala
Blue-and-White Chinese Porcelain. Three beauties in blue brought a touch of cool to a night rich in reds and golds. Solange Knowles, Emily Blunt and Ivanka Trump looked like delicate export china perched on the Met’s famous stairway. Featured on Emily Blunt: sapphire and diamond earrings by Anna Hu.

Click here to watch power-stylist Elizabeth Stewart explain the process of styling Amanda Seyfried’s Met Gala jewels.

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