The Greatest Looks Of The Gilded Age

The Greatest Looks Of The Gilded Age

This week, all eyes were on the fashion event of the year – The Met Gala! With A-Listers swarming to get a table, our attention was firmly fixed on the red carpet as the stars showcased their most elaborate looks.

This year’s theme was around America's Gilded Age - a period during the last 30 years of the 19th century when industrialization rapidly amplified the country's wealth gap.

Whilst many missed the mark on the theme, there were definitely some eye-catching looks that had us clapping with excitement. Here’s our top picks…along with some tips on how you can draw inspiration for your own style. 

Actress Blake Lively stole the show with her gown that paid tribute to New York’s architecture. The stunning custom-made Versace gown drew inspiration from some of the city’s famous landmarks. On arrival, the beaded dress was wrapped by an oversized coppery satin bow. As she ascended the stairs to the entrance her bow was dramatically released to reveal the rest of the sweeping ensemble: A long skirt in turquoise and aged copper that paid tribute to the patina of the Statue of Liberty. We loved the theatre of this, and it ensured all eyes (and cameras) were on Blake. Want to have your own gilded moment without the need for assistants to release your dress? Then our Li Gown in yellow with its full skirt shape and chic neckline is just the ticket. Wearing a Tiara is optional but encouraged ;) 

Whilst golden dresses were definitely popular at the Gala, we loved that Gigi Hadid did the theme totally differently by opting for a body-hugging corset and layered, voluminous, showstopping maroon coat by Versace. With an almost sci-fi feel, we loved her quirky look that felt dramatic and cool in equal measure. Whilst we’re not sure a padded coat with a wedding dress-worthy train would work on our daily commute, we do love a padded design touch. Our So Puff Coat is perfect for those wanting to dial up their supermodel credentials whilst staying cosy. 

Kim Kardashian may have arrived late, but she did it in style! She sparkled her way into the Gala wearing a very special gown. Adorned with over 6,000 handsewn crystals, the dress was instantly recognisable as the outfit the iconic Marilyn Monroe wore to famously sing "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Designed by Jean Louis with help from Bob Mackie, the shimmering dress is one of Monroe's most well-known looks and instantly hit the Gilded Glamour dress code. Bleaching her hair blonde and slicking it back, Kim looked beyond stunning and every inch the Hollywood star. Love the slinky silhouette but not sure if you want to go all out in gold? Then our Lily Dress in white is a great choice. Add on a fur wrap for that Marilyn feel.  

Riverdale actress, Camila Mendes was the golden girl of the night as she stepped out on the red carpet this week. She absolutely dazzled in a golden sequin and fringe halter gown with a midriff cut-out, by designer Alexandre Mattiussi. With her hair in a glamorous updo and a pair of elbow length gloves, she embodied the old-Hollywood style we craved. Love the peak-a-boo detail but want to make it more wearable? Then our Fen Gown is a must-have. Available in four striking colour options, the cutwork on the waist delivers endlessly. 

Hailey Bieber was the picture of elegance as she arrived at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Looking ethereal and sexy, her stunning custom-made Yves Saint Laurent white gown with a feather trim coat featured a saucy thigh-high split that made her look like an angel with a devilish side. She dialled up the glamour even further with sparkling Tiffany jewels. Want to copy Mrs Bieber’s look? Then our Chen Gown in white is perfect for that red carpet feel. The beautiful open back with chain detail is just the finishing touch you need to secure your star on the walk of fame! Just add feathers. 

We love the Met Gala for its creativity and spirit. Every year surprises and inspires us! Why not tell us which star’s look you loved the most over on social by tagging in @emmawallacedesigner! 

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