Ivanka Trump in Prabal Gurung at the Met Gala: preppy perfection or too much?

We’re wrapping up our Met gala coverage today and I wanted to talk about a couple of the ladies in Prabal Gurung. First off we have Ivanka Trump really working a blue and white Prabal Gurung gown. I don’t think she accommodated the theme at all but she looks amazing and I love the train on that dress. Incidentally, Gurung has parents from Singapore and Nepal and was raised in Nepal. He doesn’t have ties to China.

Here’s my girl Alison Brie in Prabal. (Kristen Wiig was also in Prabal Gurung but Bedhead already covered her.) I love this deep purple gown, I think it’s impressive and well designed but there’s nothing Chinese about it. Still, Alison is working it. Prabal has done these kind of dripping lines of sequins on his gowns before and I think it works particularly well here.

MET Gala 2015 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala

Look who came with Brie! I’m still watching Community by the way. The only issue is that Yahoo! Screen doesn’t have captions, and Community really needs captions for that fast dialogue.

Adriana Lima was barely recognizable in red Marc Jacobs with silver studs and black mesh. I hope that’s a wig (it looks like it) because those bangs aren’t doing anything for her. It’s a cool dress but her styling is too harsh.

Cher came with Marc Jacobs and was wearing Marc Jacobs. This fan print metallic gown fits her like a glove and goes well with the theme. She could have toned down the styling and ditched the fishnet stockings, but that’s a minor complaint.

Fan Bingbing wore a stunning Christopher Bu gold sequin gown with this kind of green art-deco like cape. Everyone is raving about this look for good reason. Bu is a Chinese designer who started out as a stylist and often uses Chinese themes in his work.

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  1. GlimmerBunny says:

    Fan BingBing was the best dressed of the night. No competition.

    • Kaya says:

      Absolutely incredible.

    • minx says:

      Absolutely. Just beautiful.

    • jen2 says:

      Finally!!!! Absolute stained glass PERFECTION! Theme–check, classy and covered-check, gorgeous–multiple checks!!!

      • lower-case deb says:

        plus good posture! man, does she look ever regal…
        (and it actually made me binge watch Empress of China, if only for the sumptuous costumes).

    • Diana B says:

      Really. Just stunning.

    • Vava says:

      Agreed!

    • Judyk says:

      Gorgeous.

    • Lindsey says:

      Yes, she is a vision, the colors are absolutely beautiful!!!!

    • L says:

      Fan bingbing was perfection. Stunning from head to toe-the best dressed of the night AND she stayed on theme.

    • I Choose Me says:

      No doubt.

    • Sea Dragon says:

      She looks like a stained glass goddess. The gold shimmer dress feels like an addition to the cape. It’s a perfect fit. I wonder what her clutch looks like.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree!!! Fan Bingbing looks AMAZING! Sigh…

    • MtnRunner says:

      That was my conclusion as well. Fan Bingbing hit it out of the ballpark.

    • kibbles says:

      I came back to Celebitchy just to look for Fan Bing. Really she should have her own post or share one with Gong Li. Those two looked exceptional and showed that Westerners still have a long way to go before really mastering Chinese fashion. Those two were the only people on point last night, looking classy and elegant while wearing Chinese fashion. Fan Bing wins it hands down. It’s too bad that I haven’t seen her being covered by most of the major news sites that mentioned the Met Gala. She was stunning.

    • chaser says:

      Hands down.

  2. Carmen says:

    Fan Bingbing totally nailed it. Best outfit of the night.

  3. OSTONE says:

    I know this is unfair to Ivanka, but the fact her dad is Donald Trump, and her exaggerated 16 hour work day comments, I just don’t like her.

    • bella says:

      i adore ivanka.
      she’s such a beauty…looks like a human statue…perfection.
      and i kind of love her somewhat iciness…
      i find her way refined…
      but i totally get why some would be put off by her…
      for me, when someone asks me who i admire for their beauty and personality…
      ivanka always comes to mind…

      • pk says:

        Ivanka looks gorgeous and classy! She is the whole package and doesn’t need to resort to cheap stunts like showing up half naked.

    • JaneM says:

      Wow. That’s harsh. Ivanka is a beautiful, classy women who could’ve easily turned into a Paris hilton, or any other party girl socialite. But she worked hard and chose to educate herself. She’s very empowering as a women!

    • Dhavynia says:

      Her father’s influence on her is disgusting. Famous by association

  4. Kiddo says:

    Fan Bingbing for the win. I love the print. I like Adriana Lima’s look, especially the color, but not really seeing the Chinese influence. I don’t think Ivanka’s is all that interesting. The train was a nice idea, but not enough to pull it from Waspy-debutante-style.

  5. Sisi says:

    I cannot stop looking at Fan Bingbing’s outfit. Have gone back to it severlal times already to look at it some more. Guess that makes it the winner of the event for me.

  6. paranormalgirl says:

    I’m not normally on the bangs hate bandwagon, but I agree wholeheartedly about Adriana Lima’s bangs. They are wearing her.

    And I am in love with Fan Bingbing’s entire look.

  7. RobN says:

    I think the Trump dress looks fantastic on her. It’s a whole lot of dress but it looks light on her. So many of the evening’s dresses looked weighed down and dark that I think this looks very fresh.

    It’s nice to see somebody smile, too. From the dour looks everywhere, you’d think people were being charged to look happy.

  8. capepopsie says:

    Fan Bingbing looks gorgeous and I really Think
    Cher looks good too. I agree about the fishnet stockings, though.

  9. Kitten says:

    Wow that cape is completely stunning..it kind of looks like stained glass.

  10. shizwhat says:

    I think Adriana Lima looks stunning.

    • Alexa says:

      Me too! Holy HELL!! And I have never found her attractive before. I think she looks like a SIREN in the black wig!

  11. Livealot says:

    Ivanka looks like she’s wearing a flag. Joel Mchale looks adorable. Love Adriana from the neck up. Fan BIng BIng is perfection.

  12. OTHER RENEE says:

    I have no idea who Fan Bingbing is but that dress is fabulous. And a clap for Cher as well.

    Ivanka looks like she’s wearing the Israeli flag. These colors do nothing for her.

  13. Michelle says:

    Cher looks absolutely gorgeous. Lainey has an interesting story on Cher being the ORIGINAL sheer wearer back in 1974. Cher looked much better too.

    I didn’t recognize Adriana Lima either. I just thought she has pretty eyes when I saw the picture.

    Ivanka Trump is boring but she looks good. Fan Bingbing looks incredible.

  14. Damn says:

    Adriana is so beautiful that she manages to make those bangs work. So many rather pretty but bland celebrity women are called beautiful but they become invisable next to her. There’s an instagram photo of her and those other Victoria Secret models and she makes them look mediocre.

  15. Greek chic says:

    Fan Bingbing! Perfection.

    Why people don’t stick to the theme? Is it so difficult??

  16. H says:

    Is that Edward Norton behind Fan Bingbing in the pictures? Or am I hallucinating?

    • jen2 says:

      No, that is Mr. Norton. There were also some lovely photos of Colin Firth and his wife who wore a lovely and on theme red gown. Mr. Firth knows how to wear tails properly. Mr. Clooney could take lessons in proper fit from an English Gentleman. Mr. Firth and his wife did red and tails better than Mr. Clooney.

  17. Beatrix says:

    Actually, the white and blue colors on Ivanka’s dress are an homage to traditional Chinese ceramics. Or so I think, anyway…

  18. Mellie says:

    I love Ivanka…she is full of class. Fan Bingbing is number one in my book, she hit it out of the park!

  19. lower-case deb says:

    this is how Fan Bingbing’s cape looks from the back.
    http://41.media.tumblr.com/7f511b30d46a46692157aab3249fa10b/tumblr_nnuni1myiV1qe0fxmo2_1280.jpg

    it takes many ornamental cues from Chinese imperial officer’s uniform trimmings (stylistic clouds, horizontal lines, lotus flowers), translated into an art deco style.
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e4/cf/a6/e4cfa607a40cefb9ede25fd1f7856c5a.jpg

    i actually had hoped they would add her to the Met Gala board because she has sooo many red carpet outings where she marries Western silhouettes with recognizable Asian design or stylistic elements, being on theme but never crossing the line to cliche or mis-appropriation (although in her case it won’t be, for obvious reasons).

    (despite the wholly Western silhouette on this following picture, you can even immediately recognize the difference between Chinese vibe (the imperial majesty dragon dress, or Chinese China pattern) and the Japanese vibe (the Japanese crane pattern, modern obi train))
    http://www.tonguechic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/FanBingBing.jpg

    never mind when she opts to hit the red carpet with that Old Hollywood/Shanghai Dàjiě vibe…

    she truly showed everyone up and proved that it’s not really that difficult, people!

  20. Giddy says:

    Fan Bingbing’s incredible dress is a work of art. I feel like this is the kind of dress that the Met would love to exhibit in their Costume Collection. I hope it ends up there.

  21. KellyBee says:

    Fan Bingbing was gorgeous from head to toe a best dress for me she owned it last night.

  22. lorraine says:

    Adriana is incredibly stunning, mesmerizing eyes, and I love the hair, bangs and all.

    Cher looks wonderful, dress is flattering and age-appropriate!

  23. CooCooCatchoo says:

    Suzie Wong dresses. Dragon brocade. Bar girl hair. Ming the Merciless eyebrows. Harajuku Lolita accessories. Topknots with chopsticks. Pr0nographic Japanese woodcut illustrations. Winged eyeliner. Opium Poppies.

    All of these racially insensitive stereotypes and more in one bloated, self-agrandizing celebrity event. For once, the boring dresses made my best dressed list.

  24. Elly says:

    oh my, some of the fashion choices this year are so “safe” and normal it shows how afraid some people were to look unappropriate. The motto wasn´t a good idea.

  25. Jayna says:

    Ivanka was perfection. Her poses are refreshing compared to that Kim K pose she loves so much, the vacant look.

    Fan’s ensemble was stunning.

  26. minx says:

    Alison Brie looks matronly, and she’s so young and pretty.

  27. LAK says:

    Fan Bingbing won this night for me. Closely followed by SJP and Rihanna.

    I’m still appalled at the praise and or gloss over the poppies…….but all in all a better showing than in previous years.

  28. Winterberry says:

    Ivanka Trump looks like she showed up at the wrong party. At any rate, I think she is a terrible person and I can’t forgive her for the way she bashed President Obama and played along with her father’s hinting that he might run against him in the last election.

  29. belle de jour says:

    I said in a different post that I hoped someone would pick up on the blue and white colors of beautiful Chinese porcelain, and I think Ivanka did so in this dress. It’s subtle, but it’s on theme.

  30. Judyk says:

    Ivanka…love her, but way too much IMO. She’s not royalty, although her father thinks they are.

    Why is Cher wearing HOOVES with that gown?

    • CooCooCatchoo says:

      I think Cher’s hooves were a nod to the antiquated and misogynist practice of foot binding. Because mutilation is sooo fashion-forward, right?!?

  31. Lucy says:

    Cher and Ms Bingbing FTW!!!

  32. Prettykrazee says:

    Fan Bingbing is absolutely divine! This is the type of look that should be worn to the Met Gala. She is perfectly on theme without trying too hard. She is my favorite of the night.

  33. serena says:

    I’m sorry but Fan Bingbing’s dress wins over anyone and everything! It’s really stunning and she looks gorgeous!!!

  34. Lucy2 says:

    That cape is beautiful.
    Ivanka’s is ok.

  35. Abby says:

    Cher and “tone down” never work in the same sentence. I love the dresses on this post!

  36. cheryl says:

    Fan Bingbing wins. Completely stunning. Best thing I’ve seen at any event.

  37. Kate says:

    I’m obsessed with Fan Binbing.

  38. Krishan says:

    Fan Bingbing is fabulous! She and Christopher Bu have an amazing relationship. He knows exactly what she likes and what looks good on her. I’ve loved every red carpet appearance she’s made, especially the ones in Cannes. Wow. She is stunning.