All The Met Gala Trends for Your Prom Dress Inspiration

metballFor the rich and famous the Met Ball Gala is just like Prom, except the entire the world is watching, so the agony over which dress to pick and what lipstick to wear is magnified tenfolds. To make things even more complicated each year there is a theme that sets the tone for the dress-code. In 2015, The Costume Institute at the Met will host an Exhibition called China: Through the Looking glass that will explore the impact of Chinese aesthetic on Western fashion, which means that the outfits were even more opulent and luxurious than usual with lots of red, gold and embroidery. While you might now be a celebrity (yet!), that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look like one at your prom, so check out our guide to the Met Ball Gala red carpet trends before you start getting ready.

Trend #1 – Emboidery

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Pretty botanical embroidery is often associated with Chinoiserie so no wonder stars like Emily Blunt, Alexa Chung, Emily Rajkowski and Hailey Baldwin chose to wear it for the ball. Colourful flowers, leaves and birds make any dress seem more lavish and extravagant. Just make sure you pick a simple silhouette and a modern colour such as the icy-blue of Emily Blunt’s Gucci dress to avoid looking like you are dressing up to star in a period drama. Hair and make up should be easy and relaxed as well, Alexa Chung’s messy topknot being a great example.

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Trend #2 – Red

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Red is considered to be the colour of happiness and good luck in China, so no wonder it was the most popular shade of the night. You are bound to be the centre of attention at your prom if you dare to wear it, so proceed with caution. Anyone can wear it however, just like with lipsticks you need to find the right shade for you shine tone and hair colour, so make sure you try the dress on in natural and artificial lighting before purchasing it. As a general rule, blondes look better in warmer shades such as scarlet, crimson and vermillion, while brunettes will find deeper shades such as ruby, burgundy and carmine more flattering.

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Trend # 3 – Gold

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For the ultimate luxury go for gold! Whether you choose a smooth silk fabric like Anne Hathaway or sparkly one like Kate Beckinsale, sequins like Jessica Chastain or pailletes like Kate Hudson you are bound to have fun dancing in a shiny, metallic number. Pick a brighter lipstick so you blend in with the gown unless you are specifically going for that look like model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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See all the Met Gala dresses here