I don’t know if E.L. James got a stylist for the Fifty Shades of Grey promotional tour, or if that stylist was paid by the studio, but someone was totally helping her. E.L. was really well turned out for the tour, even wearing flattering Jenny Packham gowns for two major events. James is a pill, for sure, and she’s delusional about the quality of her franchise and yes, she’s totally drunk with power. But I don’t have a problem with James being seen as fashionista-writer and a celebrity in her own right. So I have no problem with the idea that James wants an invite to this year’s Met Gala. Why not?
“Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James is angling to attend Anna Wintour’s ultra-exclusive Met Gala in May. Multiple sources tell Page Six that the writer of the S&M opus has not scored an invitation from Vogue and is asking designers and fashionable friends to help her get a ticket.
“With the success of the ‘Fifty Shades’ movie, she feels this is her moment,” said a source, adding, “She wasn’t invited by Vogue, so her representatives are asking around … to find someone who has a table to invite her to the gala.”
Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades” star Dakota Johnson, who is featured in Vogue’s February issue, is assumed to be a guest. Our source added: “It’s likely that Dakota will be going, and James wants to be at the gala, too. ‘Fifty Shades’ is her creation.”
Tickets to the coveted springtime fête thrown by the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute cost $25,000 last year for those not on the official invite list. Designers, moguls and brands can pay up to $250,000 for a table at the Vogue-orchestrated affair, as of 2014, but the prices can go up. This year’s gala is themed “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and will be co-chaired by Hong Kong retail king Silas Chou, along with Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer, Jennifer Lawrence and Chinese actress Gong Li.
Hells to the yes on Gong Li!!!! I love Gong Li. And Bedhead will be happy about J-Law co-hosting too. The Met Gala is still months away, although it is the biggest fashion red carpet that we have to look forward to post-Oscars. I’m actually thinking that the Met Gala will be a much bigger event than this year’s Oscar red carpet. And yes, E.L. James should attend if she wants to go. Why not? They let Kim Kardashian come. They let Kate Bosworth come. They let every C-list Fashion Girl come. And if worse comes to worse, couldn’t E.L. simply buy a table?
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