Private Moments at the Met Gala 2014 Via Vogue
Private Moments at the Met Gala 2014: Sometimes the best way to connect at the Met is to let the fashion take the lead: Prabal Gurung felt a snag on his pantleg and looked up to find Idina Menzel, latched on by a sequin. Menzel is used to wearing an unwieldy dress: Her character Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked wore a dress with a train, and Menzel had to practice walking backwards in it across the stage. “The key is to kick it,” she said. Good advice for all of the massive dresses bumping tulle in the room. In a way, it was the less voluminous looks that stood out, like Alexa Chung’s trim Nina Ricci dress, the front of which was lined with 25 little blue bows. Peter Copping delivered a mini-lesson in numerology: “It’s 25 because two plus five is seven, which is lucky,” he said. “I’m lucky because I haven’t tripped tonight!” Chung replied. There were no trips, but several little train clips. The conversations were punctuated with little “ooh!”s, “hey!”s and “sorry!”s as heels landed on long skirts. “You have to watch it!” Gurung told Olivier Rousteing when his foot briefly held down a hem.
Brie Larson also took a comfortable route. She wore a gilded custom Prada ensemble. “They painted it with 20 percent gold,” she said, looking 100 percent lovely. She later chatted with fellow indie actress Greta Gerwig, and the two made plans to go dancing. And though Hailee Steinfeld’s Prabal Gurung dress had a long train, she said it was actually the most comfortable Met Gala dress she’s ever worn. Really? She summed up her explanation with two words: “No corset.”
With three words, Lauren Santo Domingo highlighted the priority of the night to a photographer: “Get. The. Necklace.” The necklace was JAR, from the jewelry exhibition. “It hasn’t been out of the Met very long,” she admitted. “It’s where it belongs.” Nearby, a collection of models were wearing the most architectural and James-like dresses of all. Karen Elson’s pale blush silk gown could double as a yurt in Mongolia, while Liu Wen’s Zac Posen—with incredible undulating rouching at the waist—looked like she was keeping a Louise Bourgeois spider under her skirt.
Giovanna Battaglia’s long braid was spiked with little roses (which of course matched the buds on her Dolce & Gabbana dress) and Dianna Agron eyed it with a little longing in her eyes before revealing she’d chopped off six inches of her hair that afternoon. No need to smell the roses though—she was ready to go still shorter. Lupita Nyong’o nearby—wearing her hair in a little roll with an elegant twenties-style velvet headband—made a very convincing case for a crop.