All eyes in the fashion world were on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala -- aka the Met Ball -- in NYC on Monday. This is the annual event at which celebrities and fashionistas kick it up a notch and wear their most dramatic looks. Actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Jessica Parker shared a laugh on the red carpet (perhaps about Parker’s Gatsby-esque headpiece?), while co-chairs Riccardo Tisci and Rooney Mara seemed to be dead serious. Mara’s frilly white gown betrayed the theme of this year’s fashion exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” in the silver zippers at the waist. Nina Dobrev wore a more elaborate take on the theme in her corseted sweeping black dress. Kim Kardashian wore a floral Risci gown with matching gloves, which led to a disturbing sense that she was missing her hands as they blended in with the dress. To see what I mean, and for more photos from the event, see our photo gallery.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly attended a Met Gala eve dinner at Vogue Editor Anna Wintour’s home Sunday night. No word on what they might have been discussing. But Kardashian wore Prada for the occasion. [UsWeekly]
The Otis College of Art and Design bestowed its inaugural Style Icon award on Sally Perrin, creative director of Perrin Paris, at a scholarship benefit Saturday. [Los Angeles Times]
Amanda Bynes, who is retired from acting at age 27, has become somewhat infamous for her rather odd tweets. In one of the latest, she writes that she has had a nose job to remove “webbing” between her eyes. On The Times’ Ministry of Gossip blog, our Christie D’Zurilla says, “Huh?” [Los Angeles Times]
U.S. Rep. George Miller, writing an opinion piece for WWD, says that in the aftermath of numerous tragedies in garment factories in Bangladesh -- including the collapse of a multistory building that killed hundreds of workers in April -- “American consumers and leaders in the fashion industry have a moral imperative to ensure that these tragedies do not happen again. The only way forward for the global brands to improve conditions and worker safety is an effective, enforceable and binding commitment.” He calls on retailers to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (some, like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Arrow, already have; others, like Wal-Mart and Gap, haven’t). The Democrat from the San Francisco Bay Area said consumers need to know “which brands will accept blood on their labels and which will not.” [WWD]