The Met Gala is fashion’s answer to the Super Bowl and for 2015 we got our game face on. Inspired by the Met’s newest exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, the Topshop design team created bespoke gowns for the fashion world’s elite. Get the lowdown on the girls, the looks and their red carpet gowns right here…
The Gone Girl actress brought serious smoulder to her bespoke Topshop dress with a simple bun and gold power heels. “The dress fits perfectly with the theme,” said Emily of her hand embroidered gown, “it’s very unique.”
Josephine de La Baume
Somebody say cool couple alert? We first fell for the dreamy Josephine de La Baume after her turn as Agent Provocateur model and Jalouse cover star. For her debut at the Met Gala, Josephine went seriously glam in a hand-embroidered custom Topshop gown with black and white beading and cascading train. Her accessory? Her hubby, DJ and producer Mark Ronson in bespoke Topman.
The younger Hadid sister brought a little sassiness to the Met Ball with a black mini dress detailed with bold 3D embroidery in golden yellow and burnt copper. The no selfie rule was unsurprisingly broken after her and gal pal Hailey Baldwin cosied up with Teen Vogue Style Director, Andrew Bevan, and started snapping away on Instagram.
Do brunettes have more fun? Maybe Hailey will be able to tell us this morning. The all-American Topshop denim star dyed her bleach locks chocolate brown for the first time at the Met Gala. Hailey got her dreamy pins out in a pastel blue mini dress with a serious front thigh split. Swoon!
Introducing the golden girl. Well, one of them, but her form fitting dress did at first glance seem made of pure liquid gold. Our favourite bit? The raised contoured neckline and her fierce glittering make-up.
Supermodel Lily Donaldson brought a softer touch to the Chinese Whispers theme with a lucky red silk dress with fitted bodice and layered tulle skirt. Perhaps one of our favourite selfies of the night came from Lily’s Instagram – an elevator crammed with everyone from Kendall Jenner and Cara, to Hailey Baldwin and Jourdan Dunn. We love!
The Victoria’s Secret model brought some serious Angel styling to her Topshop look in a silk tulle and pearl embellished gown with a plunging neckline and daring thigh high split. Dreamy or what?
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If unlike us you don’t stay up every year to see the Met Ball gowns parade through Instagram we’ve digested the oh-so-fashion event and added our five favourite moments of Met Balls’ past…
WHAT IS THE MET BALL?
Formerly the Costume Institute Gala, the Met Ball is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion wing. It marks the opening of the annual fashion exhibition which this year is China: Through the Looking Glass and is hosted by the iconic editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.
WHY SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT IT?
As well as a celebration around the just-launched exhibition, it’s chance for fashion’s biggest designers to dress a very lucky celeb – musician, actress, IT-girl – in a bespoke look and generally show off their amazing threads. Think Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci transforming Beyoncé into a lace and sequin goddess or Miuccia Prada reimagining Lupita Nyong’o into a dazzling Great Gatsby character. A serious excuse to dress to impress!
OUR TOP FIVE MOMENTS
When Jennifer Lawrence got photo bomb fanatical
For J Law any red carpet event seems to be about having as much fun as possible. At 2013′s Punk theme Met Ball she got up close and personal with SJP and photo-bombed the Sex and the City star in her ornate feathered head piece.
When Jay-Z “proposed” to Bey on the red carpet
Okay, not really but when Beyoncé’s rock fell off her hand there wasn’t some assistant to pick it up but her hubby Jay-Z who found it on the floor and proceeded to hold it out to her on bended knee. Cute or what?
When Katy Perry wore a flashing LED gown
This really needs no explanation. Just pure fashion fun!
When Stella McCartney and Liv Tyler rebelled in matching tanks
We had to have a ’90s pic in here for good measure and who better than two of rock ‘n’ roll’s talented offspring, Stella and Liv, to rebel against fancy fashion. We love this DIY look!
When SJP and Alexander McQueen rocked matching tartan
SJP constantly crushes it at the Met Ball but this 2010 ensemble was really something else. The epic tulle skirt, the ornate corset popping from underneath and those highland style lace up sandals – we give it 5 stars.
Remember who Topshop dressed last year? Revisit it here and make sure you’re following us on Twitter to discover this year’s Topshop MET girls! Just follow the #MetBall hashtag for all the news…
So many festivals, so little time! With miles of sun-soaked beaches and stunning scenery, Croatia has fast become the ultimate music getaway – but which one to go for? Follow our guide to the best of the bunch.
The established one: HIDEOUT
Now celebrating its fifth birthday, Hideout is a sell-out out every year. And it’s not hard to see why. Located on the idyllic island of Pag, it offers the best beach and boat parties, this year soundtracked by the likes of Duke Dumont, Sigma and Eats Everything. What’s not to love?
Hideout, 28th June-2nd July, tickets from: £129
The cool one: DIMENSIONS
Boiler Room sets, collabs with Crack magazine and free haircuts from trendy hairdresser Blue Tit – Dimensions brings edge to the Croatian festival scene. This year there’s some real Topshop favourites playing – including Little Dragon and Four Tet. And with stages built inside a 19th-century fort, you won’t find a more unusual setting to party.
Dimensions, 26th-30th August, tickets from 175 euros
The hip hop one: FRESH ISLAND
Croatian line-ups are usually reserved for electronic music, but Fresh Island brings something different. Expect three days of hip hop and RnB, from names like Skepta and Joey Bada$$, plus up-and-coming acts from all over the globe.
Fresh Island, 15th-17th July, tickets from 65 euros
The new one: CROATIA ROCKS
After ten years of parties in Ibiza and Mallorca, Ibiza Rocks has arrived in Croatia! Also found on Pag island, it offers that same winning formula of music, beaches and boat parties, but with the most hit-worthy headliners of the lot. We can’t wait to see Jungle, Rudimental, Clean Bandit and The Vaccines play this time.
Croatia Rocks, 19th-23rd July, tickets from £99
The artsy one: SOUNDWAVE
Located on a small private beach in Tisno, Soundwave is the one if you’re after something more intimate. There’ll be gigs from Mr Scruff and Andreya Triana, as well as an arts programme where you can get involved with live graffiti and street art from cool artists like Will Barras.
Soundwave, 6-10th August, tickets from £132
The techno one: SONUS
After just two years, Sonus is already up there with the world’s best techno festivals. Why? It’s run by the same team as Germany’s legendary electronic festival Time Warp, but with the added benefit of 30 degree heat on Croatia’s beautiful Zcre beach. Count us in!
Sonus, 16th-20th August, tickets from 169 euros
Heading to Croatia? Get your holiday style sorted here.
Self help books: Not exactly a barrel of laughs, right? No… Which is exactly why fashion photographer and lecturer Rory DCS has created Visual Self Help Volume 1: How To Be Fun. Rory injects a much needed dose of humour, beautiful imagery and (not surprisingly) fun into the world of self-help. Useful tips such as ‘Laugh A LOT, a fun accessory for any outfit’ to ‘Always commit to the party’ sit alongside pages full of dreamy girls (and the occasional sunset) – if there was ever a book to get you feeling like you’re more than ready for a summer of fun, this is it. We’ve picked out our favourite pointers ‘n’ pictures below.
Visual Self-Help Volume 1: How to be Fun is available from Bookmarc London now.
Didn’t make it to Coachella? No worries. We sent photographer Laura Coulson backstage to bring you the access-all-areas shots that didn’t make your Instagram feed. Scroll through the gallery below to get inspired for your summer wardrobe.
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