by Nakia P. Thomas
May 5

This evening, Vogue’s annual Costume Institute Gala, aka the Met Ball or Met Gala, which takes place at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrated the theme “China: Through the Looking Glass”–the name of this year’s Costume Institute exhibition. The fundraiser, with a $25,000 per ticket price tag, benefits the Met Museum’s Costume Institute, and boasts a star studded guest list of A-listers. This year’s Met Gala was hosted by fashion lovers Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour.

Rihanna Met Ball 2015 | StyleChile | Life, StyledGiven the theme, I anticipated a lot of red and gold–auspicious colors in Chinese culture, where red symbolizes good fortune and joy, and yellow/gold (the most beautiful color, according to the Chinese): generates both yin and yang and represents good luck. Red and gold are often paired together. Anna Wintour, Vogue’s legendary Editor-in-Chief, always sartorially astute, arrived in a red and gold frock. And, Rihanna was a stunner in a yellow cloak by Guo Pei. Check out who wore what in the list below, and view pics in the slideshow.

China: Through the Looking Glass is inspired by China, obvi, and includes: over 100 pieces from Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, et. al.; and other objets d’ art from ancient China. Museum members can preview the exhibit on May 5th and May 6th.

Rihanna wore Guo Pei

Jennifer Lopez wore Versace

Beyonce wore Givenchy

Madonna wore Moschino

Amal Clooney wore Maison Margiela

Kim Kardashian wore Cavalli

Jessica Chastain wore Givenchy

Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Philip Treacy hat

Lady Gaga wore Alexander Wang

Katie Holmes wore Zac Posen

Usher wore Calvin

KleinReese Witherspoon wore Jason Wu

Keri Russell wore Altuzarra


Article by Naki.

Nakia works as a corporate lawyer for a Fortune 500 company, and as a fashion and lifestyle consultant — providing styling, lifestyle management and concierge services for brands and individuals along the Northeast Corridor, from her home base in New York City via Nakia Thomas Creative. Nakia also provides legal and advisory services to clients in the fashion, art and entertainment industries via Stelle Legal, and appears in that capacity as a cast member in WeTv’s Money.Power.Respect., a docu-series focusing on lawyers in New York City. Nakia is a member of the Board of Directors of Bronx Legal Services, and was previously on an Advisory Board for Moore College of Art & Design. Visit for more information.

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