It’s that time of the year again, the Met Gala, a major fundraising event launching the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Celebrating the influence of Chinese culture on Western fashion, this year’s theme was China: Through the Looking Glass. In Met Gala tradition, attendees were expected to arrive dressed in acknowledgment of the theme. However, the year of 2015 saw the red carpet filled with disappointment, from safe choices to sheer body-hugging gowns.
“she embraced the theme beyond style, even wearing a Chinese designer”
Social media feeds provided real-time entertainment in the form of critique and general gossip, with many anticipating the arrival of Beyoncé, the “Queen B”, notoriously known for her last minute arrivals on the Met Gala red carpet. However, arriving just slightly before her, Rihanna hijacked the event in grand style. Not only did she look phenomenal, she embraced the theme beyond style, even wearing a Chinese designer, Guo Pei.
Her epic arrival created a social media frenzy, with Lucky’s editor, Eva Chen tweeting, “At this point unless Beyoncé literally rides in on one of Khaleesi’s dragons, Rihanna won the Met Ball”. Unfortunately, Beyoncé (dressed in Givenchy) failed to deliver, blending into the crowd that refused to dress to the theme. Yes, the “Queen B” looked amazing but Rihanna definitely won. Deserving a honourable mention, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn (both in Burberry), Bee Shaffer (in Alexander McQueen) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in custom Atelier Versace) all looked stunning!