3 wedding-worthy looks from the 2014 Met Gala
Last night saw the crème de la crème of the A-list celebrate British fashion designer Charles James at the 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala - more commonly known as the Met Gala, and perhaps infamous for that Kim Kardashian-upholstery moment, thanks to Givenchy.
This year, stars honoring Charles James's high-fashion ballgowns pulled out all the stops, with several showstopping dresses (Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, for example, and Arizona Muse in an incredible Zac Posen number) and very few near misses - although Emma Stone's Thakoon number felt a little too relaxed for the occasion, as did Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton, and we can't even talk about Lupita. (For a quick crib-sheet lesson in Charles James, E! is your first stop.)
Of course any red carpet provides optimum wedding dress fantasy material, and last night didn't disappoint! Blake Lively definitely gets our top honors, in Gucci Premiere with husband Ryan Reynolds by her side.
Take your cues from Blake's Gucci gown - a deep plunging V-neck and structured bodice - in Berta Bridal, with the addition of tailored sleeves for a slight 1980s touch.
British model Suki Waterhouse was the belle of the ball in Burberry - we absolutely love those mille feuille tiers! Doesn't it remind you of Carrie's Parisian ballgown in the finale of Sex and the City? What we don't love was Waterhouse's neglecting to pose with boyfriend Bradley Cooper on the red carpet - can't these celebrities just play along?
For a Suki-alike wedding dress, Galia Lahav's tulle ballgown has it all: it's figure-hugging and super-sexy but also sophisticated and the OTT trumpet hem gives a certain Disney element that simply won't be played down! Stunning.
The future Mrs Johnny Depp wore Giambattista Valli for her turn on the Met Gala red carpet (we can not wait to see what Heard wears up the aisle; we'll quietly admit to having been big fans of Heard since her turn in awful-but-entertaining NBC show, The Playboy Club). The simple sheath silhouette worked so well with the embellished fabric, and Heard's hair and makeup were perfection! (We'll spend weeks hunting for that perfect shade of red lipstick...)
We're big advocates of taking inspiration from, rather than copying, red-carpet dresses - and while Heard's simple shape worked perfectly for her Met Gala moment, a future bride might want a little more bang for her proverbial buck, which is where Paolo Sebastian's full-skirted version comes in!
Check out Harper's Bazaar's full roundup of Met Gala gowns for more!