2014 Met Gala: Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

Posted on May 06, 2014

Darlings, this has to be done. You can do it. Take a swig of your coffee and just rip the Band-aid off. Ready?

Okay, go.

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WHUT.

Sigh.

We’re typing “sigh.” This is what it’s come to.

Look, we knew this day would come eventually. No one can be fabulous indefinitely. Eventually a little rain is gonna fall on their little patch of the red carpet. And it’s not like she hasn’t had a clunker or two on her red carpet resume already. Still, we don’t think anything could have prepared us for this … this… what? What IS this? Flapper Peter Pan? Caught in a fishnet? Pocahontas at the craft store?

Worse, it’s all so …  rough  and home-made-looking. If people sat at home and made nets out of crystals and feathers for no good reason, that is. “Home made” in the sense that the people who live in said home are crazy and have a lot of time on their hands.

It’s just… so… epically … UGLY. Why, Lupita? Could you just not see it? Were you blinded by its … something? We don’t get it. dear. Who did this to you?

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

    • AC Simons

      The headband is AWFUL!!! I kind of like the “fun factor” of this, but the execution is so bad. For once, I love the shoes. Really.

      • Daisy Walker

        Yes, all the mess above the ankles is distracting from a great pair of shoes…finally!

      • anneshirley

        Yes, I was wondering last night if some evil queen had put Lupita under a spell wherein wearing a beautiful frock requires tragic shoes and vice versa.

        • Trent

          EVIL QUEEN MIUCCIA MUST PAY. Even Maleficent has more fashion sense…

      • Introspective

        if this kind of butchery is what it takes to get our gorgeous lupita in a fierce pair of shoes, I dont want anything to do with it.

      • Coleen

        Yeah, the headband and hair are not working, either. It’s like the stylist put together all of the worst possible options into one look.

        • jen_vasm

          It’s like when you were a kid and flipped your headband down on your forehead to play Wonder Woman. Took this outfit from bad to wtf.

      • Scimommy

        I know! Finally, a Lupita outfit where the shoes are NOT the worst thing about it. Bright side!

        • demidaemon

          Such a shady bright side…..

    • Lolo Andre

      Spell girl how much were paid to were this ugliness

      • Chickadeep

        Whatever it was, it was not nearly enough.

    • @Biting Panda

      “My eyes! Oh God, my eyes!”

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      The photog in the bandanna is doing the best WTAF face.

      The theme was “White tie and decorations”? How that leads to dressing as a particularly tacky dream catcher is beyond me. Nice use of purple in her eyemakeup is the smallest of small mercies.

      • Pumps

        The theme was Charles James and I am not sure if Prada said “F— Chuck, we gon do our own thang!” which they proceeded to do, badly!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Given that Charles James’ work was the theme, his ghost must be having a screaming fit of rage over this.

        • MilaXX

          It was both actually. White Tie & Decorations and a tribute to Charles James. I think some celebs went one way, others leaned towards Charles James shapes, and as always some just went with what they thought was pretty.

          • Vanessa

            Well after looking at some of the somnambulant designs fitting the Charles James theme, I am downright thrilled to see Lupita embrace her inner embellishment!

        • LipstickForPigs

          Yeah, I saw this and wondered if I missed some brilliant interpretation of his work. After an extensive Google image search I gave up trying to justify it. It’s simply a misguided mess.

        • jen_vasm

          I’ve seen this ‘Prada having a Stella McCartney moment’ one time too many and am deeply troubled.

      • myandyleigh

        She just took the theme too literally, and from a totally skewed point of view. Lupita assumed that White Tie was for the men and so she must be a Decoration.

        As crazy as that glorified fishing net is, it’s the headband and random hairball stuck at a rakish angle that really take this to crazy town for me.

        Why?

        • formerlyAnon

          Yes. The headband takes it over the cliff.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The only person on whom this might work would be Helen Bonham Carter, who would have given it her own signature spin.

        • kimmeister

          The last time I saw a random hairball, it came from my cat. Best to leave it that way.

          • demidaemon

            Yes, and those are always such a designer shape….

          • jencapture

            I despise what is happening on her head. Why glue a pelt of matted brown hair along with a hairball atop her normally well-cut coiffure? Baffling.

      • StarburstLady

        That was seriously the theme? I was sure it was “1920s Mardi Gras” based on this picture.

      • http://www.readbarbara.com/ ReadBarbara

        “Tacky dream catcher” indeed!

      • barbarienne

        Yes, the problem is all the dangly stuff. Get rid of the headband and all the large beads and feathers hanging off the net, and this would be interesting and beautiful and we’d all be gasping at how only someone with Lupita-levels of fashion skill could work it.

        • Qitkat

          All the dangly stuff is the only thing that makes it interesting. Otherwise she is wearing an algae-covered fishnet that was found lying near a wrecked boat ;-)

          • formerlyAnon

            :-)

        • jen_vasm

          And a special shoutout to that wrong color brown, odd length, focus-pulling slip.

          • Qitkat

            That’s the wrecked boat part ⬇ ;-)

            • jen_vasm

              Gotcha!

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        I would seriously buy a tacky dreamcatcher that looked like this.. :)

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          Well that’s your Christmas present taken care of!

      • Lucía Gavello

        For REAL, this looks like something Johnny Depp would wear around his neck for St. Patrick’s Day.

        • Fuchsiaforever

          Hahhahaha totally! Lol

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      … now the combination of dress and headband is making me think of some sort of tennis-based performance art.

      • formerlyAnon

        With design help from the rare four year old who prefers green to pink & purple.

    • Lolo Andre

      HAHAHAHA this shit is Prada *ugly weeping in the corner screaming WHY*

    • Anna

      Not so much Met Gala and more Miss Universe national costume. Heads need to roll at Prada for doing this to our Goddess.

      • Introspective

        I was just thinking to myself that someone is getting pinkslipped *as I type* for this fuckery right here.

        • Anna

          I have to give her credit though for looking so damn cheerful while wearing all this shit. I’ve seen plenty a ladystar doing the opposite: looking dour while wearing something fabulous or even halfway decent.

          Perhaps Lupita is in on the joke. She knows it sucks, chose to laugh it off and enjoy a few cocktails. Let’s go with that.

      • leahpapa

        An offensive national costume at that, from the Republic of A.C. Moore.

        • sojourneryouth

          Exactly! I was a little perplexed, as I would have thought if anyone could do some ethnic costume in a gorgeous and fully legit manner, it would be Lupita. I was SO CONFUSED by this Half Breed nonsense!

          • L’Anne

            My thought, sadly and awkwardly, was Lupita Nyong’o starring as Josephine Baker in a “little mermaid” tribute. And that ain’t good.

            • Trent

              EXACTLY. And maybe I’m being too sensitive, but it looks as if Prada decided to do some sort of misguided tribute to Lupita’s African heritage with the most cliched “tribal” and “exotic” elements they could think of. (Kind of like La Baker’s banana dress.) It’s both patronizing and hideous.

              When Lupita fell off the fashion wagon, she fell HARD. Sigh.

            • sojourneryouth

              We are on the same uncomfortable page, Trent. I thought the very same things.

            • L’Anne

              It is really a shame this really pushed the “exotic” “tribal” buttons so hard because a beaded, swingy skirt in green would have been striking done right.

            • makeityourself

              I have a rather icky feeling that the brown slip was supposed to be invisible, and to match her skin tone. And that was as close as Prada bothered to get. The whole thing is just gross.

              I suppose her relationship with Miu Miu forced her into wearing Prada. If that’s the case, then Prada is the new Dior.

            • demidaemon

              I rather put them all into the wagon of “Designers Starlets Should Avoid.”

      • decormaven

        Miss Universe was my very first thought.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Prada was a huuuuuge fail last night.

      • anneshirley

        Yes! That pantsuit on Brie Larson was another WTF.
        That said, Lupita could have worked the tunic top from Brie’s pantsuit as a mini-dress.
        This fishnet horror show is unspeakable.

      • Aurumgirl

        For me, Prada is always a huge fail. Maybe I just can’t comprehend the allure. I’ve seen this type of Prada dress humiliate a number of women on the red carpet (remember poor Rita Wilson in 2010? Right down to the shoes? Shudder).

      • Lisa_Co

        Also Elizabeth Olsen’s Miu Miu ice dancing dress.

    • MW

      Well this was one of the most head-turning looks of the night, only in the “WTF?!” category.

    • Scott Cooper

      Actually, if you ditched the headband and feathers, and made the under sheath full length, this might have worked.

      • Ganoc

        and ditch the shoes, and the glam-ass military netting outer…

        • @Biting Panda

          It’s so Troop Beverly Hills goes camping.

          • Ganoc

            Yes! Ha!

          • Infinity Girl

            I wish I could like this 1000x

      • imspinningaround

        I was thinking it could might work if the lining was dark green instead of flesh tone.

      • Kent Roby

        which basically means scrapping the entire outfit. This is just a total whopping fail, completely wrong for anything other than a costume party.

      • 3boysful

        Yes, the feathers take it over the edge. We do have to give her props for being classy and wearing the underslip at all!

    • Mrs. Julien

      LET US NEVER SPEAK OF THIS AGAIN.

      • Guest

        [redacted]

      • EveEve

        Except the shoes. Of all times to break out a cute pair of sparkly ankle straps with my grandmother’s aurora boreaiis rhinestones adorning them!

    • Karen Belgrad

      Dearest BKs, Let’s all find a gorgeous T-Lounge bar to meet up at and drink our Lupita pain away… We need each other’s support at a time like this.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        There should definitely be therapists made available.

        • decormaven

          I’m thinking more class action lawsuit. Something for our pain and suffering!

          • Alloy Jane

            Yes, we could use the money to buy a suitable dress and a modified DeLorean so we can go back in time, throat-punch the monster who told her to wear this, and make her wear our dress.

          • Fuchsiaforever

            Love the Bitter Kittens rallying for this disaster. Count me in!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Since this monstrosity is giving off a Peter Pan vibe, we need to take a stiff drink, clap our hands and hope that our love will bring Lupita and/or her stylist back to fashion life.

    • Rhonda Shore

      All of that said, I still think she looks fabulous!

      • luludexter

        yes but she would look fabulous in a burlap sack!

    • Tasnia

      it’s like super ugly but I’m blinded by Lupita or something because I still think she looks fab
      SHE CAN DO NO WRONG TO ME

      • Samantha Klein

        This. SHE looks amazing, and she looks HAPPY, as opposed to how a lot of ladies tend to look while wearing something difficult, and honestly, if there was anyone who was going to say “Enh. I know it’s all about the dresses, but I’d prefer to let ME shine,” it’s Lupita. I really do want to hate it, but somehow…I can;t. She is still magnificent.

        • butterflysunita

          I know. The dress is horrible but I still think she looks kind of fabulous. How is that possible?

        • Fuchsiaforever

          Well, she won an Oscar for best actress….

      • http://sleepingfoxstitchery.weebly.com CLoverleaf

        Well, I’m not gonna say she can do no wrong, because there’s issues, but I think it’s fun and she looks like she’s having fun in it. The headband is the worst.

      • Gemi

        The image with the “skirt” swinging around her and her big smile is really captivating.

        I’m ignoring everything else.

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        She has twisted my fashion mind into a pretzel, because me too, I love this and if I can love this, what the heck is next? :)

      • Emily Rose

        I was actually going to say, the more i look at it the less I hate it…

    • M_E_S

      Let’s all join hands and agree never to speak of this again. Maybe if we do it will never have happened…

      • Mrs. Julien

        [holding your hand] I said the exact same thing.

        • M_E_S

          Let us hope that repetition is the key…

    • Baghag

      PRADA did this to her.
      Oh, Muccia!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’ve not been a big fan of Prada, and this causes me to wonder if Miuccia is just laughing at mere mortals.

        • Baghag

          Well, I know that she tends to alternate ugly and pretty on the runway season to season – but to actually get someone to wear it?? She MUST be laughing. Or doesn’t give a shit. Or both…..

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I vote for both.

      • Chickadeep

        Miuccia Prada is a Fashion Troll. There, I’ve said it.

        • demidaemon

          “Troll” could be taken so many ways, and I love you for your ambiguity. :)

    • Danielle

      It’s a bizarre and flashy mermaid net, but she looks so happy wearing it that I can’t totally rake her over the coals her for it.

      • @Biting Panda

        She’s an award winning Actress. Or she’s delusional.

        • Introspective

          which often in hollywood means both.

          • Fuchsiaforever

            Exactly.

    • Nancer

      She is beautiful. And the… outfit… well. She is beautiful no matter what!

    • TrixieConQueso

      “But, but ..it Twirls! And I am Lupita! And I’m dripping in jewels! Plus FEATHERS. It is everything!”

    • Jeremy

      GTNAD – Girl That’s Not A Dress.

      • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

        hahahahaha

      • Introspective

        ftw!

    • B_C_J

      Given the theme of this year’s Met costume gala, this is embarrassingly bad.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Maybe…she just had to get it out of her system, and now, it’s DONE!

    • RL McGruder

      Well, her makeup, hair, and smile are stunning as usual. And that’s a good green on her.

      That’s all I’ve got.

    • rosie5215

      What makes it even worse is the fact that this was billed as a white tie event. WHITE TIE. I was expecting Lupita drenched in jewels wearing a ball gown that trailed 15 feet behind her as she ascended the steps of the Met with hundreds of flashbulbs going off. Instead this looks like a Halloween costume made out of the remnants of a hippie bead curtain and Mardi Gras decorations.

      • FibonacciSequins

        A white tie event, and the theme was Charles James!

        • Carleenml

          I am so, so disappointed in the entire night. (going to see the exhibit in a couple weeks, was so looking forward to the red carpet in his honor and it was a wreck).

          • FibonacciSequins

            I know. I thought more people would jump at the chance to design/wear beautiful, constructed gowns in homage. Did anyone even wear one of his creations?

            • Carleenml

              when I ran through the Vogue page this morning, I didn’t see any. I saw Sandra Lee as Cinderella. (still getting over this)

            • Carleenml

              when my favorites are Zac Posens I know there’s something wrong.

            • anneshirley

              EXACTLY!!!! I am the furthest thing from a Zac fan but his gowns for this event were really the only ones that did anything for me. Maybe they were a little too literal given the theme, but come on. I scrolled through the thumbnails going “boring, ugly, boring, ugly, boring, safe, boring…”

            • leahpapa

              Did you see the one where Posen himself looks like he’s either about to give a lecture at Oxford or conduct the Vienna Philharmonic? (This is meant to be entirely complimentary.) In the NYT photo, Dita is holding his shoulder, because (I assume) she can’t walk in that gown, though she does look lovely.

              I was scrolling through with similar thoughts: GTNYD, boring, dull, ugly, ugly, ugly, WTF. But mostly I felt that a whole lotta folks had no idea what they were attending (though, given the appearance of not one but two members of the Kardashian Klan, I suppose you could be forgiven for thinking you were at the opening of a new Ulta and not a high society event.)

            • anneshirley

              Yes! Gotta give him credit for that get-up though I still think he’s probably a douche. :)

            • FibonacciSequins

              Someone at Gawker left a great comment about Sandra’s dress being semi-homemade.

            • marlie

              I was hoping to see over-the-top, beautiful ballgowns, and I was so, SO disappointed.

        • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

          Not on point here, but I LOVE your screen name AND your channeling of the great Edith Head. Just had to say it.

          • FibonacciSequins

            Thank you! The name is a character from PowerPuff Girls, it was too good not to swipe!

    • ojosazules

      How is that wretched headband staying on? Fucking hell. It’s over now, in the past. Fucking hell.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Thank God you started with Lupita, I’ve been dying to know what you thought.

      Summer camp beading project over a slip. I guess I’m just glad it didn’t happen at one of the awards shows, because those photos will be shown forever. With any luck, this will sink quietly out of sight eventually. I do like her shoes, hair and makeup (she’s always beautiful).

    • http://ayearofmommyhood.blogspot.com/ Tabby_abby

      She looks so happy and that makes this outfit seem like a misstep rather than the huge fail that it is.

      It is a weird couture dress.

      • Savin

        That’s exactly my thought. She looks like she loves that… outfit, twirling and beaming. I can’t hate it. Even though every time I focus on it there’s something even weirder I hadn’t noticed before.

      • tallgirl1204

        I keep thinking Josephine Baker, but just now I thought “Bob Mackie interprets Josephine Baker.” There’s so much bling and so much skin– and yet it is all so cheerful– that gleeful kind of 1920s sexuality–

        • http://ayearofmommyhood.blogspot.com/ Tabby_abby

          I can see that. The theme was very boring and Lupita was one of the very interesting looks which is what I expect of this event.

        • Judy_S

          Yup, Josephine Baker. Unless she’s about to get a biopic, though, that is really weird.

        • marlie

          I hate, hate, hate, this dress, but I could maaaaaaaybe get behind it if the theme was more “roaring twenties.” This was just so off target.

      • tallgirl1204

        Disqus ate my comment, so trying again– sorry if it’s a double post. This looks very “Bob Mackie does Josephine Baker” to me– it is gleefully sexual and gaudy in a 1920′s way, and I actually love it.

    • CarrieBaby

      Her being gorgeous is the only saving grace about this look. This outfit looked so out of place with what everyone else was wearing. For what we usually expect from Lupita, this was very disappointing :(

      • FibonacciSequins

        You’re so right. Imagine this dreck on almost anyone else…it would have looked 10x worse.

    • hunt3002

      The theme was Charles James for crying out loud. She should have werqed some fabulous editorial monstrosity.

    • clatie

      this looks like a rejected Eurovision costume.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hahaha. I had forgotten Eurovision is coming up.

    • Sarah

      This is Lupita’s passive aggressive statement on the fact that Kimye was allowed to attend again, obviously.

      • leahpapa

        OMG. Kendall Jenner was there, too, apparently. Where is style? Where is skill? Where is forethought?

        • Sarah

          Yeah, I saw that. Where is WORTHINESS.

        • marlie

          When I saw that she was there, I was like “ok, I’m done with this event now.”

        • demidaemon

          In her defense, at least she is a model. But,s till, neither should be there.

    • Malia C.

      For once, her heels aren’t the problem.

    • Julie Ree

      She looks like she is having fun, and everyone is still talking about her. Mission accomplished! (and I love the shoes)

    • Carrie

      Still think she looks like a one-time girlfriend for James Kirk circa 60s trek. It’s just such a horrible idea I don’t know how it ever got made.

    • bookish

      The Met Gala usually has a theme, right? Does anyone know what the theme was this year? I can only hope that’s the answer to this weirdness.

      • FibonacciSequins

        It’s not. “White Tie and Diamonds”, celebrating the opening of the Costume Institute’s Charles James exhibit. (best known for his elegant, expertly tailored gowns).

        • bookish

          Well that’s just sad then.

      • B_C_J

        The theme was Charles James – think of magnificent ball gowns & men in tails. Unfortunately neither lupita nor her people read the invite.

      • Carleenml

        white tie and the exhibit is Charles Fucking James. This makes no sense.

      • SugarSnap108

        I know. I was hoping the Met had decided on some sort of pirate/flapper theme. Because that would make more sense to me than this.

      • Sarah

        I thought this too when I looked at the pics on another site – I was like “Well, clearly the theme is Fishwife Flapper. Lupita is KILLING it.” I will choose to continue under this delusion.

        • demidaemon

          Delusion is wonderful. Most of the time.

      • Jessica Freeman

        There is always a theme and it just turns into “we wear whatever the hell we want & justify it with a lot of words that mean nothing”, much like last year was Punk and plenty showed up in ball gowns or pretty dresses, with no obvious reference back to Punk.

        • Carleenml

          I thought they were secretly hoping they’d be the only “one” who didn’t go punk and therefore would be the talk of the ball (see: Gwyneth) but too many had the same idea and instead they were all a collective snooze.

    • MaryMcClelland

      I’m starting to think Miuccia Prada is senile. Or has some secret plot to make academy award winners look bad on purpose.

    • Hysterectomypants

      I’m just relieved that you can all see the dress, too. I was worried I was having an episode.

      • RL McGruder

        Hahahahahaha!

        FTW!

      • Introspective

        girl!!! same here! i saw these pics last night and just kept coming back to them thinking what the fuck? seriously? who did this to our goddess??

        whoever is responsible OFF WITH YOUR FUCKING HEAD.

        • Scimommy

          LOL. I said the same thing on twitter last night.

    • formerlyAnon

      I was willing to attribute a great deal of the blame for Lena Dunham’s dreadful custom Prada [to this day I can't imagine why Prada would let it be known they made that for her, specifically] to Dunham or her seriously misguided hired help. I put this damn thing 98% on Prada. 2% on whatever stylist cooed over it as being “so Daisy Buchanan – but bolder!”

    • Erica

      AND the shoes are horrible!

    • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

      It’s just all so wrong. So so wrong.

      And she looks so gleeful in this atrocity. Like, it’s not an act. She’s truly happy in this green net of a dress. Wow.

      Just…wow.

    • Pumps

      Can Prada go on hiatus, until they fix their sh#t?? Were they hit with the Ugly Stick?? From what I understand, hoping it is true, that the celebs don’t get to pick their outfits. Ms. Lupita gave good face and was pretty as usual.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Lupita’s face is still glorious-the one good thing about this look.

    • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      her head is cute, i guess. whyyyyy why Lupita must you do this to me? I count on you for my daily dose of fab.

    • PlethoraofBooks

      I went all Luke Skywalker when I saw her. It was a sad day indeed.

    • Cynica

      Prada is Dead. To. Me.

      • Lori

        What is going on with all these design houses right now? Prada made this. Karl seems to be deliberately spitting on Coco Chanel’s grave. Don’t even get me started on what Raf Simons has done to Dior. It’s driving me nuts.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          It’s as if the design world needs a collective intervention-or perhaps a collective bucket of ice cold water thrown in their faces. When they produce unflattering, unwearable clothes they should be called on it; while we can look on fashion’s artistic and intellectual aspects, if the clothes don’t look good on human beings and help them feel more confident/joyful/fab, then, I ask, what is the point?

    • Molly

      I don’t like it, but it reminds me of Midsummer Night’s Dream and she look like she could be playing the First Fairy, so Ms Lupita gets a pass. Though in that getup she could also be playing Caliban, which is less flattering.

    • Lori

      The question is not simply why is Lupita wearing this, it’s why does this exist? There is no reason for it. None. Often in a bad dress you can see the good idea that didn’t quite pan out. Not this one. There was no good idea anywhere near this thing.

      She’s still incredibly pretty though and she does look happy, so looking at this isn’t has painful as it could have been. Sigh.

    • MsKitty

      All I could think about how that beading must have hurt like hell on Lupita’s thighs when she sat down for more than 2 minutes. It’s all good though, this just proves that she is indeed a mere mortal like the rest of us.

    • thesevenendless

      Okay, this isn’t pretty or beautiful by any stretch of the imagination, and I do wish she wore something else, but I do like the idea of a deconstructed flapper dress behind it. At least it is interesting, instead of another boring strapless dress (that is the mantra I keep telling myself over and over in my mind). On the other hand, I love the headband and her hair.

      • MilaXX

        The Jewelry was vintage Cartier

      • tallgirl1204

        I thought that she was doing an homage to Josephine Baker– so I guess that would be a “deconstructed flapper dress”– I actually kind of like this look, as it is so “other.”

    • Emily Giovanni

      When I saw this, I was of course devastated. Then I went on to wonder (as I always do when someone wears something this hideous) how anyone talked to her the whole night while she was wearing it. Like, what do you even say to a person at a fashion event who is wearing this?

      • FibonacciSequins

        I wondered if her people brought her a cushion for when she sat down. Can you imagine sitting on a hard surface in that dress?

      • tallgirl1204

        I would talk to her! The more I think, the more kind of out-there fabulous it is.

    • Frank_821

      Okay we must take a deeeeep deeeeep breath

      The law of averages and chaos theory predicted this moment. Let’s just chalk this up to the universe demanding payment for all that fabulous from the previous 6 months

      This just makes her human and therefore accessible as a person

    • Lorax523

      I’m still reeling from Neil and David. Can’t WAIT to hear what you guys have to say about that one. But as a palate cleanser, there was the utter perfection of Cumberbatch.

      • Malia C.

        I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a post on the Sandra Lee-fallopian-tube-satin-explosion.

        • BlairBear

          I can’t wait for the Rodarte fug they really have their own unique strain of fashion crack

    • semirose

      I’m going to view this as she’s playing a role. She’s a mermaid who was caught in a fisherman’s net and is now on land with legs and thrilled with life and decided to go to a party in a version of the net that brought her to her new life. And…she also discovered TNG and her first crush was La Forge

    • http://www.what-the-frock.com Dana F.

      I’m actually glad that this happened. Now I can stop stressing about when she’s going to finally show up at an event in something ugly. It’s done, and now we can all get back to our normal lives, until it happens again, hopefully in 8-9 months.

    • Krysta

      Her head is so fabulous I’m pretending the dress don’t exist.

      LALALALA.

    • AnaRoW

      I actually like the dress although I’m not sure what it has to do with the theme. The shoes and headband with that thing growing out of her hair are too much. There was a lot of dull and safe going on from what I’ve seen. At least she took a chance even if it didn’t totally work.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I hate it, but I do always appreciate people who take a chance.

      • anneshirley

        I just wish she had taken a different kind of chance. Given the fact that Charles James was known for his highly structured gowns, what about a vintage Comme des Garcons “bump” dress?

        • AnaRoW

          Well, yeah, we all wish that. As I said, I don’t hate the dress but it does seem very wrong for the theme. In fact the first three outfits I saw from this event were this one, Katie Holmes’s yellow dress, and Neal Patrick Harris & partner. I thought maybe the theme was Disney. Now that I see it’s Charles James (who I also had to look up), I’m confused by most of what I saw on the RC.

          • anneshirley

            Ha! Totally! Katie Holmes as Belle and NPH and DB as the anthropomorphic candlestick guy (sorry, I haven’t seen the movie in ages).

    • cocohall

      I will admit to not knowing who Charles James was until my latest issue of the New Yorker came. Terrific article about an under appreciated talent (he seems to have made it hard for others to love him – high maintenance man, to say the least). As for Miss Lupita, she looks like a tacky Disney Princess Barbie come to life. Strap some ice skates on her and she is ready for the Pocohantas on Ice Tour. Met Ball? Sweetie, no.

      • FibonacciSequins

        The NYTimes had a good piece on him recently too, by a woman who got to know him in the last years of his life, about her friendship with him.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          NYT also did an article about the Charles James exhibit and the use of technology to explore and explain the construction of his gowns.

          • FibonacciSequins

            Thank you, I hadn’t seen that one and it sounds worth reading.

          • decormaven

            Thanks. Will look that up. Sounds like a wonderful exhibition.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              The article is titled “Architectural Underpinnings of Cinderella” and was in the May 1st edition of NYT. Enjoy

            • decormaven

              Thanks much!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              My pleasure!

      • marlie

        “Pocahontas on Ice.” Hahahaha!

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      It’s an act of mercy by Lupita so we mere mortals don’t think she’s perfect all the time and gnash our teeth in envy and despair.

    • Allie Carter

      Such is the power of Lupita’s smile that she almost sells this fugly thing….

    • MilaXX

      I don’t hate it. I think it’s over accessorized. Lose the headband and the bracelets. Change the bag for a pewter one and Im okay with it

      • formerlyAnon

        Okay, I can see it making sense, as a missed attempt at a Baker vibe. The Baker lens reconciles me to the headband, which was the most egregious sticking point for me. If the “jewels” in the fishnet had a vibe that was more Swarovsy and less Michael’s, it might have worked for me.

        edited for standard English

      • Jaeda Laurez

        I hate that headband. And this is one of the few times I’m not thrilled with her hair. I think if she’d ditched the headband, and the bangles, and the french roll at the top, it would look infinitely better.

        • MilaXX

          I could live with the hair but I think the accessories are the real distraction. When you have a dress that is basically one big jewel, you don’t need them. I expected her to wear Prada and they can be a bit out there at times. I even like the shoes. She just didn’t need a green bag to go with a green dress & green shoes The headband is not only the wrong shade of green, it’s too large for her head shape.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

            The headband looks like an afterthought. Like they failed rule #1 of getting your hair done “take the accessories with you to the hairdresser”

            • MilaXX

              It looks like Cartier is sending over some vintage jewelry for you to wear, take your pick. I can imagine it being hard for a girl to say no.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

              I would probably have just emptied all the trays of jewels into my purse.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Yes! I really don’t hate it. I want the feathers and the headband to go, and I think it could be a lot better. Agree about your comment below on not needing so many accessories.

    • NMMagpie

      On the upside, this is the one time where the terrible shoes actually have something to do with the outfit.

    • MitchellGilburne

      I just wish someone on RuPaul’s Drag Race would have worn something half as interesting as this thing last night. Can I get an amen?

      • demidaemon

        AMEN. I saw the preview for this (haven’t seen the episode yet) and I thought: “Wow, talk about saving your best for last. NOT” Everyone wore really expected looks, even Adore, who probably would have been the only surprise. And, having seen clips from their audition videos, most of the top five had a much more varied wardrobe than what they wore on the show. :(

    • ninanan10 .

      Lupita: There are traitors among your ranks. A few who think you’ve been looking just a little too good. Find them.

      • Introspective

        this. all this.

      • marlie

        Sic the Beygency on them.

    • BlairBear

      If you got rid of the my little pony scalps, gave it a full lining, made the mesh finer, and made the beads smaller and more frequent it could be kind of flapper fabulous. This is like flapper stage wear at the brothel

    • Kent Roby

      Honestly, I think it’s a major disservice to our Queen to try to pretend that there is anything remotely okay with this atrocity. Complete fail. Yes, she’s a goddess, but even Icarus flew too close to the sun. This is unbelievably terrible (unless, perhaps, it was worn for Heidi’s Halloween party).

      • BlairBear

        I think if we looked at the met gala as Halloween for designers to play tricks on celebrities it makes much more sense

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Thank you. This sucks, so let’s just say so.

    • BlairBear

      Can prada please stick to accessories

    • jw_ny

      I think she fell into the trap of believing she could wear ANYTHING, and she had us believing it too. Back to reality…

    • formerlyAnon

      Uncles, I know they’re boring to write about. But you really need to take pity and post at least a handful of well groomed men in well fitted, boring, formalwear. (And dull, appropriate shoes. Unadorned cuff links optional.) Think of it as a palate cleanser. Or therapy.

    • Jessica Freeman

      This was bound to happen. I just did not think it would be a bedazzled fishing net with feathers. And she is trying so hard to sell the shit out of it, and not one single person is buying it.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I don’t hate it. However, given the evening’s theme, I would call this a rare miss for our gal. I’d love to see her in this shade of green again though.

    • Brittany

      I did a scan of the red carpet last night and ZOMG so much ugly. I’m looking forward to today’s posts…

    • French_Swede

      Oh all kinds of no. And what is going on with that big lump of hair??? >

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Sigh-we now have proof that Lupita is, indeed, human. Who did this? We can start with Prada. This mess(I refuse to call it a dress) is a confection of craft store wickety-whack,and if it didn’t have a major design house name I don’t think it would have seen the light of day. Maybe Lupita and her stylist had a moment of insanity or just wanted to have fun. I don’t know, but it ain’t working.

      • BlairBear

        I think the designers call the shots more at the met gala because it’s a night for them? I think the guests are invited as guests of the designer ? And you are kind of on their turf. I could be entirely wrong but that’s the impression that I get

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I don’t know what the protocol is for the gala.

          • BlairBear

            I don’t either but she is under contract at Prada and I think wearing some terrible clothing is part of her multi million dollar deal

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I didn’t know she had a deal with Prada. In that case, Prada , Lupita and her stylist ought to be able to work out which designs will really sing on her.

            • BlairBear

              sadly thats not really how it works I dont think. Its more like we paid you several million dollars you are wearing this. it is to her credit that she is trying to sell it

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Lupita gve this her best shot, and she does appear to be enjoying herself,so she does get points for giving it her all.

            • marlie

              I think that was the whole problem with Jennifer Lawrence and her Dior contract. She could have everything in their collection to choose from (in theory), but someone else (PR people?) gets to decide what she wears to which event.

            • BlairBear

              Yeah I’m not totally sure how it works but when J Law steps out of the Dior bubble a lot of times it works so I’m not sure it’s her fault . I would assume Dior ships stuff to her stylist ? Not sure if the stylist requests it. I also think Raf isn’t a good fit for Dior especially in the formal wear

            • Lisa_Co

              And believe it or not JLaw has renewed her contract with Dior:( she must be getting some serious $$$.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

          I remember seeing somewhere – not sure where – that Anna W calls the shots. She matches the designers to the guests for the night and gets some sort of say in the dresses.

          • BlairBear

            I can see this but I’m sure that Prada was guaranteed to get Lupita because of the amount of advertising they put in Vogue and the fact she is under contract to them.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

              I want to blame Anna for something.

            • BlairBear

              I am sure there is plenty of blame to pass around. Also that she hasn’t gotten a Vogue cover yet. maybe they want time for the taste or Kardashian to rinse of the cover? I hope they give her the september cover.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

              I also have my fingers crossed for the September issue!

            • BlairBear

              I hope we are right. Not only because she is stylish and poised and an oscar winner but because she can rock a photo spread time and again

            • butterflysunita

              If Lupita is on the cover of the September issue, I will buy Vogue despite the Kimye fiasco.

            • marlie

              Blame her for the Kardashians.

        • Lisa_Co

          I think you’re right.

    • thecitysleeps

      TERRIFYING. That headband, that dress underneath in that colour, those cheap looking jewels, those droopy FEATHERS, those shoes. I can’t. Sorry Lupita.

    • Coleen

      Oh thank goodness. I was horrified.

    • Ginmaru

      Do they sort the Met dresses by color? Top pic has a lady in back in green and the lady on the right has a green “something” near her face. Is this a thing now that you arrive according to the color of your gown?

      In that case what do the guys do? Arrive by pant height? Color me confused!

    • Jaeda Laurez

      I was so upset! This was terrible. I blame Prada.

    • Badriya Al-Badi’a

      Josephine Baker homage?

    • cleva1

      A PR unconventional materials challenge using items found in a fishing supply store. YUCK.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Desiiiiiiiiigners, your challenge this week is to scavenge materials from these Maine lobster boats!

      • AnneElliot

        Okay, that really made me laugh out loud. I nearly spewed my tea. Thank you for that hilarity.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      A reason why to always choose truth, never dare.

    • NormDeplume720

      It looks like a Miss Universe costume.

    • Gracie82

      Its the Met Gala, arent people supposed to dress weird?

    • Crystal

      I’M SORRY LUPITA I TAKE IT BACK KEEP YOUR SHITTY SHOES

      APPARENTLY WHEN YOU WEAR CUTE SHOES THE REST GOES TO HELL

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Aww, she looks so happy, but that outfit(?) is epically bad.

    • barbarasingleterry

      You mean she is not in the Miss Universe pageant? This would make a “wonderful” costume!

    • Sly

      She was being different. Just as Charles James was different in his day, Lupita was being different and daring. It would be all too easy to come in in a giant ball gown, but this, this pushes the envelope, this dares people to look at fashion in new ways. This is the MET, and this is where women should push boundaries. I applaud her for this. This Josephine Baker, flapper dress. A true style icon.

      • Qitkat

        Thank you!

        • Sly

          Yay! I do not stand alone! Thank you!

    • Aurumgirl

      Shoes are pretty great, though.

    • numenah

      Far, far worse than anything Dior has done to JLaw. This is an ill- fated collaboration, I fear. I’m the bitterest of kittens this morning. Seems as if few attendees, even the ones who looked good, bothered to learn anything about Charles James.

    • http://melaniesuzanne.blogspot.com/ Melanie Suzanne

      I kind of love it. Isn’t the Met Gala supposed to be sort of batshit insane?

      • SylviaFowler

        Within the theme. Karolina Kurkova pulled it off. Lupita did not.

    • SylviaFowler

      White Tie. Charles James ballgowns. This was the EASIEST theme in the history of fashion and event planning. It is unfathomable how most of the “guests” to this event managed to f* it up completely.

    • majorbedhead

      Thank god. I though you were going to love this and then I’d have to have some serious questions for you because I do not like this one little bit.

    • Alex

      Someone in the PEOPLE comments noted that Charles James worked with Josephine Baker a lot in the ’20s and this may have been a homage to that era that none of us caught? Can anyone confirm? Otherwise it’s truly hopeless.

      • malarson2

        Josephine Baker was the FIRST person place or thing I thought of when I saw this dress. Plus, I think this Gala famously makes women lose their minds. They all try and be costume-y because that word is in the even title…right?. It happens to upstanding RC Divas every year. Someone – hmmhmmm cough cough – should be the Gala Liasons with the purpose of guiding them to understanding just what ‘Met Gala’ means. Ask not what your country can do for you and all that jazz.

    • deelup

      I’ve been thinking about this since TLo tweeted it last night. I can only come to one conclusion… This was a calculated look at me sort of disaster. Sort of like pulling a formal Miley. In a sea of gorgeous frocks, the biggest story really is what she’s wearing. Well done Lupita’s handlers. You’re earning your money I suppose.

    • BrooklynBomber

      What the?

    • pattie capet

      I like it!

    • KendraMR

      In the words of the late, great Whitney Houston, “It’s not right, but it’s okay.”

    • Nika E

      Its a bunch of hot messery. I cant even believe it. It’s shocking how bad this is.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Can Prada please stop making clothes and stick to shoes and handbags?

    • Bobbie_Loblaw

      Even the hair is wrong. I know it’s the least wrong thing about this get-up (I didn’t even notice it at first), but what is that big bump on the side of her head?

    • JR Labrador

      A dress composed of a fishing net with a bunch of roach clips attached? And a Geordi LaForge head visor? Jebus.

    • SewingSiren

      I don’t hate it. But It could be a LOT better. Did someone tell her it was a Gatsby theme? Because this would be kind a great for a Gatsby theme party. i hate the headband though. And also was it Wintour driven? because is that Ms. Wintour in the background with a matchy green on? Sometimes she stirs wrong, maybe Wintour’s mad because she didn’t “discover” or put Lupita on the Cover before everyone else already did.

      • formerlyAnon

        I wondered, it does look like Ms. Wintour’s hair in the background. But that dress looks so tacky/shiny and I don’t associate Ms. Wintour with attempts to wear something so awful it’s good.

        • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

          That’s Sarah Paulson back there.. :)

        • SewingSiren

          I was wrong, It’s Sarah Paulson (from American Horror Story).

    • Amy_R

      Wow…I kinda love it. Except the headband…that’s the one thing she should have taken off. Its a Ball…a party with a theme thats meant to be fun. And judging from her smile in the spinning pic, it looks like she is having blast.

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        I know, I honestly love it too. Her face/happiness really helps carry it off.

    • CT14

      GreatGatsby in hell.

    • Janet B

      Nice makeup.

    • ElifSimge

      It feels like in the first picture woman in the green dress and Lupita belong to the same runway. But yet of course, Lupita’s dress seems like one of those showcase items, while the other dress is applicable to life.

    • GorgeousThings

      The headband just cements it. Yikes.

    • Liz

      But she looks so happy!

    • http://www.readbarbara.com/ ReadBarbara

      It fails even as an interpretive dance costume. And that’s a pretty low bar.

    • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

      This might be the biggest fashion WTF since the Bjork swan dress, and for that I have to say HOORAY!

    • Mr. J.

      Mardi Gras? St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

      Oh dear.

    • Sissy

      She nailed it. It’s the freegin Met Gala. If I see one more strapless dress or giant ball gown, I’ll lose it.

    • golden_valley

      But look at the woman standing behind her in the first photo…it was wear a weird green dress day!

    • kipper

      I do not hate it as much as I did last night. The Met Gala is the place to go full ” Cher “….. but it is still a horrible no – NOW, if it was sans feathers and headband it would be much better – and shoes, those shoes still have a hot glue trail…..

    • Yolanda

      Sigh… Yes, we knew the day would come eventually. But sweet baby Jesus, when Miss Lupita goes off the rails, she goes at full throttle. I cannot. I. CAN. NOT! I want a full Fashion Police investigation to find the culprit of this heinous crime against fashion and Miss Lupita.

    • ChristySchiff

      To keep it upbeat, though – those are some of the best shoes I’ve seen her wear.

    • AnneElliot

      It’s quite fascinating in its horrificness. (Is that a real word?) It’s sort of like if Tinkerbell and Pocahontas got tangled in Captain Hooks’ fishing net, and washed up on the shore at West Egg outside Jay Gatsby’s house party.

      Cute shoes, though.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Yes! This happened in Baz Luhrman’s Gatsby-the deleted Pocahontas-Tinkerbell catfight!

      • Qitkat

        That sounds so cool! Not a bad thing at all for an imaginary movie mashup!

    • alliekat9090

      I don’t understand this. Was she confused as to what function she was attending? This would be fun (maybe) in another venue, perhaps the opening of an animated Disney film, but THE MET BALL? WHYYYYYYYYYY?

      • Shamara Riley

        Of all the places to have a fashion fail, dear Lupita chooses one of THE fashion events of the year in which to fail. SMH

    • Shamara Riley

      Her stylist needs to be slapped for allowing Lupita to walk outside in this horrific ensemble. Where do I even begin? The green, feathery fishnet thing, HELL NO. The brown hoochie-mama dress underneath it, NO. The shoes, NO. The Pocahontas-encounters-an-alien headband, HELL NO. That hairpiece that they put in her hair, HELL NO (they’ve yet to do a hairpiece that has actually been good. Stick to her own hair, guys!). Even her makeup this time is a NO. Just awful…….

      • marlie

        I’ve actually loved all of her hairpieces, but this one is atrocious.

    • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

      She’s the absinthe fairy!

      • Imasewsure

        Or the Nyquil Fairy

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      She looks like she’s having fun, and I actually like her shoes.
      And let’s face it, compared to last year’s punk theme, this year was boring. And so badly fitted. It’s the Met Gala, for crying out loud. Spring for a couple of fittings, you bums.

    • mmebam

      I actually really like the dress, but the styling was all wrong.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      This is a royal up-yours to Anna Wintour by Muiccia Prada.

    • Judy_S

      Arrgh, 229 comments so far so probably someone else has said this. But I was looking at all the grand Costume Institute period-evoking ball gowns and my first thought on seeing this was that she had come “as” Josephine Baker. She looks beautiful as always but it’s a jarring look on her.

    • WendyD

      DOES. NOT. COMPUTE.

    • KayEmWhy

      Bless her heart. I think it would have worked without the Gumby hair and feathers. At least her shoes are different.

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      I think she was far from the worst dressed of the night, and I really love this look for her because I am such a magpie and this is so sparkly flapper fabulous. I especially love when she twirls in it. Girlfriend is having her a true ball.

      If someone can make some twine and crystals look this good.. it has to be Lupita of course. :) And these shoes she should get in every possible colour – that ankle strap really works for her.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Prada should be ashamed of itself.

    • Claudia Berry

      It WAS Erlanger!!!! I’m so disappointed. Man, when she finally crashed it sure was one heck of a pile up, huh?

    • robert paul

      I like it.

    • Tricia Rose

      no headband, no feathers and a better shoe and this could have been a WERQ.

      • CanIbeFrank

        TOTALLY agree.

    • JP

      Aw, baby’s first red carpet fail. I guess it had to happen sometime…

    • MarTeaNi

      The head band is beyond the pale, but the dress itself would make a great dance costume. It twirls, it spins, and it would be moving quickly enough that you don’t realize how ugly it is.

    • SusiePamudji

      Everything you say is true and I have no love for this “dress,” however, I do appreciate that she’s making it work for herself. She looks delighted in every picture. I imagine her inner monologue goes something along the lines of “OK girl, just imagine that you’re at a Peter Pan/Pocahontas/Little Mermaid craft party and is obvi you are the most fabulous of all.” Because how else could one get through the night dressed like that? Sigh.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I can’t help myself — I really like it. As others have noted, very reminiscent of Josephine Baker jazz age costumes.

      • sisterb67

        With a big gardenia or green orchid behind her ear and no feathers, this could have been VERY Josephine; but it truly does look like a homemade costume in many ways. The jewelry, I might add, is spectacular.

        • IMNAngryLiberal

          For her famous Apache dance at the Folie Bergere, Josephine work pretty much nothing EXCEPT feathers (actually ONE feather, I think).

          • sisterb67

            True, true.

    • Phoenix

      I think she nailed it. This is what you’re supposed to wear to the Met Gala.

    • Wink

      This is her costume from “Dancing with the Stars.” (Well, that’s the story I’m going with in order to get through this.)

    • http://suzannemoorebooks.com Suzanne Moore

      How does one sit down in this mess of a dress? Sitting on all those baubles…OUCH.

      • Qitkat

        P’haps sitting down was the last thing on her mind. If you’re Lupita, your dance card is FULL.
        I could have danced all night…

    • J. Preposterice

      I feel like the COLOR is good, and if you extended it under-dress to the ankle and used it as a lining for green sparkles and frippery this could’ve been awesome.

      I mean, a totally different dress, but awesome.

    • Akemi

      This makes me SO SAD. UGH HEADBAND!

    • J.W.

      To me it looks like an over-the-top cat toy. An immediate improvement would be if she got rid of the headband and the feathers.

      • Imasewsure

        Good call… many a cat would cry when he or she got this fabulous Lupita cat toy stuck under the fridge (but for the rest of us, it would be an improvement)

        • J.W.

          Hah-hah!

    • Kbear

      It must have hurt to sit down in that….. or maybe she didn’t sit.

    • 25or6to4

      She took a risk, and it looks like it would be fun to spin around and dance in. Not her best look, but she looks like she’s having fun, so it’s okay in my book (except for those hideous spore shoes).

    • melanie0866

      Exactly. Ugly, unflattering, and inappropriate to the venue. SO SAD.

    • alyce1213

      I’m not sighing or clucking, I like it!! This is what the Met Costume Institute Gala is about. I wish the headband were thinner and higher on her forehead, but I’m on board with this for the event.

    • Judy_J

      That headband is killing me. But lawd-a-mercy, she has the most beautiful skin!

      • http://petaphotography.tumblr.com/ Peta Jones

        The headband is supposedly vintage Cartier, from 1906, the year Charles James was born.

    • NeenaJ

      Lupita is totally trolling you, Uncles!

    • Greg

      Terrible and so missed the point of this year’s Met Gala where the theme/style advice was Hollywood Glam. This is just terrible.

    • http://petaphotography.tumblr.com/ Peta Jones

      The flash is not her friend in this set of photos. I’m certain it was less ‘flashy’ in reality!

    • Imasewsure

      “Pocahontas at the craft store” absolutely… but she is loving it (poor dear). That makes one of us….

    • DagnyReardon

      If there was a Catholic school of fashion, I would tell her to go say 5 Hail Mary’s and an Act of Contrition.

    • Qitkat

      Is anyone else as baffled as I am as to The Theme for The Night?
      So far on the four posts that are up, someone on both Lupita’s and Kirsten’s teams have given each of their respective ladies a fair shake at a LOOK, no matter what you might think of the results. Which I like, because Met Gala IS a fricking Costume Ball, after all!

      • MilaXX

        There were 2 (sort of). The theme was White Ties & Decorations, however the gala itself was named a Tribute to Charles James. The Met has an exhibit opening today. Frome Metmuseum(dot)org The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute will examine the career of the legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978). Charles James: Beyond Fashion will explore James’s design process, focusing on his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. Approximately seventy-five of James’s most notable designs will be presented in two locations—the new Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery in the Anna Wintour Costume Center as well as special exhibition galleries on the Museum’s first floor.

        • Qitkat

          Would I ever love to go visit this!
          If you ever get there to see it, MIla, since you live a Megabus ride away (so to speak), please tell us all about it.

          • MilaXX

            it does sound nice. I’m not sure if I’ll get up to see it, but I may try.

          • marlie

            I’m definitely going to go. There’s also an exhibit of Downton Abbey costumes in Delaware that I’m going to hit up soon. I love this kind of thing.

            • Qitkat

              Please, I’d love to hear about both these exhibits in the Lounge after you visit.

            • marlie

              Sure!

    • BLauD

      I think if she got rid of the feathers and got some new shoes, it wouldn’t be so bad. This is the Met Gala. It’s an over the top and fairly ridiculous costuming event.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      A beautiful woman in an ugly dress. At least she’s working it.

      • Chartreusite

        I’m trying to figure out if that’s why I’m kinda alright with it…she’s got the right attitude to carry it off even if it is an absolute disaster (although I feel strangely good about it, but it might be the flapper references)

        • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

          Actually, now that I’m over my initial weirdness about it. I’m kinda feeling it.

    • Michelle Gennari

      Just terrible. How do you sit on those things? Ouch.

    • Chartreusite

      That’s a gorgeous headband though!

    • HarryintheHollow

      Has anyone else been having trouble with the pictures here on TLO taking forever to load? Any help would be appreciated!

    • Coco Cornejo

      Reminds me of Sacheen Littlefeather and not in a good way.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      She miss read invitation? Charles James…. NOT ERTE’!

      • MilaXX

        I’m thinking she was going for the decorations part of the White Tie & Decorations theme.

    • anyalama

      Still, that face.

    • Judih1

      Not even Cher could have rocked this look. Prada has been on crack for years!

    • alliekat9090

      If she had even worn a full length sheath under it and plucked her feathers, it might not look quite as bad. No. It still probably would look as bad.

    • MoreShoes

      She thinks she’s a great catch :)

    • Fuchsiaforever

      All I have to say is, Lupita must be acting. She won an OSCAR for best actress after all! She can’t possibly, in her right mind, be in love with this look. I mean, she must have a mirror, right? Just look at that headband! It’s all wavy (like the glue dried poorly) and I’ll fitting- it looks so cheap and yes, homemade! I cried and wailed when I saw this. Maybe it was too late for changing gown options and she decided well, I’ll make lemonade with these lemons. What happened Lupita? I don’t get it.

    • MK03

      Fuck you, Prada. Just…fuck you.

    • Mrs. C

      After the Met Gala, Lupita (in fierce shoes) cast off her Hobby Lobby trawling net and went clubbing ’til the wee hours.

    • NinjaCate

      God. Even the shoes are horrible. I just… no, honey. No. Did you piss of your stylist? Forget her birthday?

    • Violina23

      I think it is a cry for help. She was clearly forced into this against her will.

    • Qitkat

      It’s so funny, the more everyone hates it, the more I want to defend it!
      Come here, girlfriend, you and I and @Sly and Miuccia are just going to start our own parade, over there, marching to the beat of a different drummer.
      KIsses, y’all!

      • MilaXX

        I like it too.

      • Chartreusite

        I feel like I like it because it’s so crazy; isn’t the big M.O. of the met gala to do some risky fashion? I realize this isn’t entirely risky but it’s certainly crazier than most stuff on red carpets these days.

    • MannahattaMamma

      The fuck? Another headliner in my own personal category of WTF dressing. This one might be the new number one.

    • marlie

      I hate absolutely everything about this. The “dress,” the shoes, her hair… ALL of it. I don’t know WTF any of her people were thinking.

    • Joey Melliza

      on the upside – the shoes really look good. It looks like one of those reject costumes for an African Miss Universe Contestant — it’s Tribal in a bad bad bad cliché way. – - – BAD PRADA! BAD! BAD! BADDDDDDDDDDDDDD!

      • conniemd

        That was my thought, that it was a really, really bad attempt at African tribal.

    • Qitkat

      The Josephine Baker Story was a 1991 made-for-tv movie.
      Please, please, let someone (really, really creative and talented) be writing a new version to star Lupita.
      All the bitter kittens are with me?
      Think of it as eye-wash for the painful agony some of you are going through.
      It would be FABULOUS, amirite? Costume redemption.

      • MilaXX

        Lynn Whitfeild was awesome as Josephine Baker.

        • Qitkat

          That is good to know. I didn’t mean to sound like I am putting her down, i haven’t ever seen it, and made the assumption that because it is a made for television movie of years ago, that it might not be that well done. It’s on youtube so I plan to make time to watch it.

          I do think Lupita might be an excellent choice for a revisitation of Josephine’s story.

    • webslice33

      now she’s becoming a slave to fashion…

    • ItAin’tMe

      The feathers are the most heinous part.

    • Clydette Wantland

      Who did this to you indeed! PUKE.

    • ElaineMarie34

      I’d still rather stand next her in the buffet line than, say, Kim FugKashian. You can still see “talented, smart, interesting human” amongst the crystals and feathers. I wish the netting and underslip were the same length, or close to it; then it would be cute with the shoes. The headband definitely should go away, though. Beautiful face!

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

      Also, how in the WORLD do you sit comfortably in this?

    • Dagney

      I thought this was risky and wonderful. IN.

    • Sam Smith

      She looks like she comes from the District 4 in the Hunger Games (the fishing one).

    • disqus_ApdHvDcdNP

      WOW! What? Did you lose a bet? That get-up was a MESS!!!!!! Hey! don’t ever let them do that to you again!!!! LOVE YOU!!!! P.S. JUST SAY NO!!! HELL NO!!!!(smiles)

    • sherrietee

      I agree. This is butt ugly. BUT … she looks like she’s having fun wearing it. So, y’know, if she’s having fun wearing something, let her have her fun. I’ll judge her (not so silently) on the look of it, but hey, she’s young and she wants to twirl. Go for it.

    • PeggyOC

      Show us on the doll where the bad man dressed you.

    • http://writeslikeagirlblog.com/ nicole @ writes like a girl

      it’s an awful look, but i guarantee you she had WAY more fun than anyone else last night. she was spinning and twirling all over that gala.

    • Raspberry2012

      It’s very “Pocahontas Flapper from the Merry Old Land of Oz”.

    • LaSylphide

      Well, she looks like the beaded curtain on my bathroom in my 1960s-era house when I couldn’t afford a door. Having said that, out on a limb here, but I love it. Yes, tacky and cheesy, and…funny. How much funny (as in humorous) fashion is there? She’s obviously having a blast, and thank god, it’s not another slit-up-to-here/down-to-there piece of tat. It’s a funny, goofy, off-the-wall piece of tat, and she gets full marks for wearing it and not taking either herself or a ‘fashion gala’ too seriously.

    • suzq

      Agent: Hi. I represent Lupita Nyong’o, star of “Twelve Years a Slave,” Academy Award winner. She needs a dress to the Met Ball.
      Prada guy: That’s the one where people come in costume, right? What’s the theme this year?
      Agent: Uh….???
      Prada guy: Don’t worry. We’ll come up with one. Trust us.

      • demidaemon

        DON”T. DON”T TRUST THE PRADA.

    • Kate

      so if she was sitting down, and then stood up, would she have bead pock marks all over her legs? I think the headband (aka forehead belt) might have been “better” (maybe?) if it was slid up onto her hair – cuz we all know girl can rock a headband.

    • Lilithcat

      I nearly cried when I first saw this! Yeah, she’s made some minor mistakes in the past, but this is simply horrendous.

    • Joey Melliza

      She looks like a bad Cliche WERQing it on the RED CARPET –WHY!

    • Alloy Jane

      I can’t hate it, I’m laughing too hard. This is Tarzan’s Jane drops acid crazy. Like it came from Josephine Baker’s reject pile. Hey, if you’re gonna bomb a look, you may as well leave a crater.

      She’s so cheerful in it too! At least that shade of green looks nice on her. What a gas…

      • Not applicable

        I thought the same thing- Josephine Baker is up in heaven going, oh girl, no! that’s not how it’s done! :)

    • Mars Tokyo

      Call me crazy, but I actually like it. It has an effervescent delicacy to it. And Lupita is clearly the only woman who could pull this look off. And I think she does.

      • LaSylphide

        Completely agree. And I simply can’t believe she thought anybody was going to say, “OMG, doesn’t Lupita look gorgeous”. I think she’s just having fun, and why not.

    • Glammie

      I groaned when I saw this last night and then I saw some of the other red-carpet disasters and it didn’t look so bad in comparison. It was kind of a sartorial mess last night. So, love the green color, but the dress is just dead wrong for the event–the Grammy’s might have worked. Maybe if the netting had been an overlay over a real dress, it could have worked. All I can think is Lupita got taken in by the Prada mystique.

    • andi56

      I think the point was missed, and it’s about the opera! This is a costume for Papagena in “Die Zauberflote”; she’s the mate of Papageno, the bird-catcher.

    • dschubba

      I get what she was going for, but it’s not working. Perhaps, if the dress was a different color?

    • irielle

      She still looks glowingly beautiful, but I think the evil queen theory is right on target.

    • Joanna

      People, you are right. It looks like an ode to Josephine Baker. I still don’t really like it, because it looks a little haphazard, but maybe Lupita is a little bored and wanted to make people yell. She still glows, though.

      • Shawn EH

        She’s too much a fashion victim; that dress is wearing her. I bet she’s over in the corner crying with Solange once she sees Queen Bey.

        • pdquick

          I think when she sees Solange or Queen Bey, she’s going to be saying, “Suck it, bitches! I’m wearing this! And I’m STILL hot!” She would never really say that, of course. But she will mean it without saying it.

          • Shawn EH

            I don’t think her emerald mermaid could stand up to Beyonce’s spider-web vampire queen!

    • Trickytrisha

      That headband really bothered me. It looks loose and ready to drop over her eyes in a Geordi La Forge visor sort of way. The rest of the “outfit” looks like a pre-teen chicklet had a little too much fun making a Halloween costume.

    • Linderella

      Since these are stills and not video, it’s impossible to tell if she was blinking “SOS” to the camera, secretly begging for rescue.

    • http://sharialbert.com shazziz

      Queens everywhere weep. Where has our little princess fashionista gone? More importantly: WHERE ARE HER GAYS?

    • DeTrop

      Do you think she owed somebody something and this was the payoff? Anyway, she’s a beauty and she’d shine in burlap.

    • TigerLaverada

      Ya know, I like it except for the feathers. Gets an up vote from me, putting me at odds with 99.9% of the bitter kittens PLUS the Uncles, I know. What can I say, I like to live dangerously.

    • Melissa

      She looks like an extra from the movie Idlewild. But more neon.

    • Karen Clark

      I was stunned when I saw this ‘look.’ The headband looks like it was just rolled off the spool, still all bumpy. And…and…and…*sigh* I just have no words for just how awful the whole look is.

    • Karen Clark

      Lupita, you’re college educated! Next time just use Google images and see if your outfit remotely references the designer. I cannot find one reference in Chales James in that get-up you’re enmeshed in.

    • SophieCollier

      The beads, feathers and the design on the headband look African inspired to me. There are better ways to pay homage to one’s homeland and plenty of amazing African designers to chose from. I kind of like this on her, though. It’s a statement.

    • Erica Woods Tucker

      I like the idea of it. Take away the headband and the feathers then maybe.

    • DebGuss

      If she pulled it over her eyes, the headband would look like Levar Burton’s eye wear in Star Trek.

    • Deb

      If you are going to crash and burn, you might as well do it in a big way :)

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      You know, for all the DIY vibe, I’m over my initial shock, and I’m warming up to the look.She’s still a knockout; she looks happy, and she’s selling it hard. I especially like the 3rd photo where she’s giving the feather netting thingy a twirl. It works in its own way.

    • demidaemon

      EPIC SADFACE. :(

    • DesertDweller79

      I’m actually hearing Kim Catrall in my head saying, “Oh, honey. No.”

    • pdquick

      I love that she really tries to sell it with her attitude. It’s why we love her. It’s why (almost) everything looks good on her.

    • Call me Bee

      Well–I can see that beads used for this are fabulous–all glass and crystal and fabulous colors. I can just see some little Czech lady working her fingers to the nubs building this garment. It’s just the wrong outfit for this event. I think. I would have loved to have seen this worn on a different RC–the Grammys, maybe. Hate the headband, BTW….

    • CJHogan

      She usually wears killer dresses and brides maid’s shoe. She finally found a great pair of shoes and paired it with a fugly dress. Isn’t it ironic, don’t ya think?

    • Truthiness2U

      NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

      Why, Lupiata WHY?! And booo to her stylist for presenting this to her…and for this event with it’s theme this year? and sorry, but I have to give a sadfaced boo to Lupiata for choosing to wear this.

    • e jerry powell

      I get the feeling that Miuccia was on-task as far as this year’s theme goes. I’ll leave it at that.

    • http://tvblogster.blogspot.com Boop

      When I first saw this I thought that the Met Ball was the one where everyone dresses really avant guard and strange – so I gave her a pass. For a moment. But then I realized people are supposed to look somewhat normal at this event. She looks like Pocahantas took a trip down bourbon street and all she got was this lousy dress. Oh Lupiata. My heart is broken. Your perfection, now scarred.

    • Man Dala

      Dlisted described it as “a dreamcatcher caught in a nightmare”. Couldn’t have put it better. Someone from the set of Xena Warrior Princess wants that hairband back.

    • ybbed

      I like it, it does remind me of Peter Pan. So what? Why not? I like it.

    • http://www.thefoodhussy.com Heather Johnson

      I thought it was cute! If you’re going to wear something unique and funky – this is the place for it

    • wontons

      I almost kinda sorta like it–the dress, I mean–but then there’s that headband. Oy.

    • LadyVimes

      She looks like she’s having fun. It’s miles away from a WERQ, but this dress is the equivalent of those light up shoes that you loved as a kid. And everyone needs the equivalent of light up shoes in their closet. I’d twirl around in it too.

    • Michelle Lim

      The brown slip is GAWD awful!! The colour!!! Time to sack Prada girl!!

    • Sabin

      I do love the purple eyes. Totally calls back to the I. Magnin purple liquid eyeliner and mascara I bought in 1982.

    • http://fractionista.com/ Fractionista

      I’m convinced that this was a calculated move. After awards season and People magazine’s coronation, the pressure to be perfect must be staggering. She needed everyone to dial down the worship & expectation level so she could just relax and enjoy herself again. Mission accomplished. Now no more Prada, please, girlfriend…

    • A Certain Someone

      Oh, Lupita. I knew this day would come, but I still wasn’t prepared for THIS. I think Miuccia may hate you.

    • katiessh

      I read that it’s supposed to be… a socio-political statement on the time period or something? I don’t know guys, I’m really grasping at straws here

    • littlevase

      I seriously cannot even with the way she matches her shoes to her outfits. This is the ugliest thing I have ever seen.

    • FridaStaire

      Is the poor darling on bad party drugs?

    • akelo

      I think this dress is fun. Totally crazy, but the colouring is as if it were created for her. Love it. I agree with Fractionista :) I think fashion needs to be more fun, and there were many fun dresses at the Met Gala.

    • sewmollssew

      I had a bead ‘curtain’ just like that (but purple) when I was in 7th grade!

    • Melanie

      It’s fun and weird. I would have been more ok with it if she took off the headband.

    • demidaemon

      That sounds like someone drank a lot of bad Prada Koolaid.

    • Columbinia

      Everyone on fashion parade at the gala must have heaved a sigh of relief on seeing the 2014 champion right out of the running. Each of them now had a chance to get some attention.

    • gefeylich

      As someone who recently re-watched Michael Palin’s Sahara, I have to think this is some sort of tribute to the traditional clothes of Africa. Or something.

    • Clash D

      She lost a bet.
      That’s the only explanation how she ended up wearing this to the MET Gala.

    • JynxTheCat

      Prada needs to take a year off