Rita Ora in Vera Wang at the Met Gala: Becky please or rather striking?

Met Gala 2016 - 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology'
Rita Ora was hanging out of her ostrich-looking Vera Wang gown at the Met last night, but that’s typical for her. She often hangs out of whatever it is she’s wearing. At least there’s nude material built into it to avoid wardrobe mishaps. This dress reminds me a bit of Bjork’s Oscar swan dress, but I guess that’s going to be the case with any gown with feathers and cutouts until the end of time. This is also very Katniss, although it doesn’t look like a specific dress from the Hunger Games and is more of an homage. It’s a gorgeous dress, I’m just not sure that Rita is the right person to wear it. Maybe her goofy makeup is throwing it off. (Update: thanks to those of you who pointed out that feathers are very Met Gala circa 2012.)

Met Gala 2016 - 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology'

In case you were wondering if things were ok between Rita Ora and Beyonce following Rita’s reference to lemons and her denial that she was one of the Beckys, Rita Snapchatted a selfie with Beyonce. She captioned it “family,” and it looks like she caught Beyonce on her way to the bar, but I can buy that they spent five minutes together.


Also in silver was Allison Williams, in Peter Pilotto. I love the modern swoop of the sequin stacked stripe along this heavily embellished gown. My mom is a quilter and she’s been telling me about these very expensive quilting machines which have computerized options for embroidering patterns on the fabric where this used to be done by hand. That’s what this gown reminds me of, particularly the precision of the striping.

MET Costume Institute Gala 2016

Met Gala 2016 - 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology'

Adriana Lima was in black, white and blue Giambattista Valli with a full skirt. This is how you do contrasting patterns so that they’re interesting instead of clashing. I heard on E! that there was a moratorium on selfies last night but maybe that only counted when they were inside. Rita Ora didn’t get the message.

MET Costume Institute Gala 2016

MET Costume Institute Gala 2016

This dress had a bolero cape if that’s a thing. I guess it is now.

Here’s Wendi Deng, in Christopher Kane. US Weekly was talking about the fact that it’s Wendi’s first red carpet since we heard that she snagged Vladimir Putin. I imagine dating the leader of Russia must be more trouble than it’s worth, but he also has a net worth of $70 billion. Wendi knows how to pick ’em. The floral pattern on this dress is too busy for my taste.

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I like Allison’s gown very much.

    • Dhavynia says:

      I actually like both Allison’s and Rita’s, Rita’s dress looks better when shown in full but this is not theme related. This year is so boring I kind of miss the grandma flower couch (not!) I never laughed so hard when I first saw it

    • sauvage says:

      I would actually WEAR Allison’s gown!

    • ichsi says:

      I had no idea who or what Peter Pilotto was before I saw Ellie Kemper’s SAG Award dress but their style has been growing on me ever since. I really like this dress.

  2. Miss Grace Jones says:

    Has there been a post featuring Danai Guriara’s look? One of my favorite looks of the night.

  3. Jade says:

    Normally I hate her style but I can tolerate Rita’s gown here…very Katniss. Erh what’s that sticking out from under her right boob?

  4. Lizzie McGuire says:

    Allison’s dress is definitely different so that’s a win already,
    Why is Rita Ora? I’ve never heard a single from her, the only song was that awful Black Widow with Iggy & the 10 seconds she had in Fifty Shades of Grey (Yes, I watched it! Yes, I am ashamed!). So why is she invited to this event? I don’t understand.

    • Jill says:

      I saw many people I didn’t recognize at all. Rita at least has one over on them.

  5. paolanqar says:

    The feathers were ‘in’ a couple of years ago. Didn’t Rita get the memo? Plus the dress is awful and the sheer material is of the wrong nude coilor.
    She has one of the worst fashion senses I have ever seen and she is such a try hard.. let go Rita, you will never happen, not even if you change your name to Becky.

  6. Tifygodess24 says:

    So it must have been Rita’s turn to do feathers. Haven’t we seen a feather train every year past couple years? Beyoncé then Kim and now Rita. This dress would have fit in better last year especially with the extreme cut outs.

  7. vanessa says:

    adriana lima looked gorgeous

  8. serena says:

    I like Rita Ora’s dress, also it sort of fit the theme?
    Adriana Lima though… of course those contrasting patterns clash, THEY DO and terrbly at it.

  9. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    Rita’s dress is two seasons too late. She needs to stop wearing looks so similar to everyone else and actually be fashionable and daring on her own reputation. This is why she’s considered a swaggerjacker.

  10. paolanqar says:

    Rita is going to ride the Becky train until the last drop of Lemonade.

    Dear Lord.

  11. tacos and tv says:

    I’m saying yes to the front of Adriana’s dress. She is so pretty Ugh. Always a fan. I’m saying double negative to the back. Talk about a kill joy back side. Oh well. I like Wendi’s hair. Now, to the queen of thirst herself, Rita. She is still hanging on, isn’t she. Girl can really hustle. I wish I wasn’t so lazy because I could learn a thing or two. That dress would be better if you couldn’t tell it had obvious nude body netting. I don’t like that at all. I love the silver and the feathers, but it really seems dated. I hope this is her last year of the Thirstorade.

  12. Clairej says:

    Depressing Rita was there. The Met Gala is a joke now.

  13. TOPgirl says:

    Rita always look like trash to me…no matter how much nice clothes she puts on. And I can’t believe that Beyonce stood next to her for a selfie instead of punching Becky!