I wasn’t going to do a recap, but the jewels of the 2014 Met Gala were so good that I felt compelled to talk about them. Who am I to resist?
It feels appropriate to start with SJP, who was reliably on-theme in a grand gown with a clear Charles James inspiration (but was it absolutely necessary to have a GIANT ODLR stamp on the back? I really felt that detail cheapened the whole look).
She did rock some great accessories, from her flower crown and a pair of juicy antique diamond ear drops to her long gloves and sparkling arm party. The earrings are 4 carat 19th-century diamond stunners from Fred Leighton, as is the white enamel and diamond bracelet and antique diamond and pearl brooches pinned to her glove.
Next, we simply must look at Lauren Santo Domingo. If you (like me) found this gem-encrusted rose familiar, you probably also saw the jewels of JAR exhibit at The Met. It’s the same one. I would say more, but it leaves me speechless. (Images via and via.)
Jessica Paré had one of my favorite accessories looks of the night. Much has been said about her megawatt diamond earrings (1950’s, Fred Leighton), but anyone who doesn’t notice her wrist and fingers is seriously missing out:
I’m obsessed with the dynamic lines of her bracelet stack and how perfectly the sapphire on her finger picks up the color of the sapphire bracelet on her wrist. These jewels are all antique and vintage Fred Leighton, all 1950’s except for the ca. 1930 sapphire bracelet.
How about THIS shot?? Regram from Christina Erlich’s Instagram feed, c/o Fred Leighton.
Lily Aldridge gets my vote for best statement necklace of the night (and there was some fierce competition!). This antique Stephen Russell diamond choker is beyond glorious. She’s not wearing any earrings and I don’t even mind.
Karolína Kurková’s 55 carat Harry Winston diamond necklace was the prefect choice to accentuate her sleek hair and makeup and her ebullient Marchesa gown. She’s also not wearing any earrings with her statement necklace and if this becomes a trend I will mind.
I saw a lot of tweets about Lupita’s Met Gala outfit that said “She can do no wrong!”. I’m sorry – I adore you, Lupita – but I find this outfit to be a wrong. Maybe if the Met Gala had been Paul Poiret themed this year…but it wasn’t.
Anyway, her jewels are exciting. The bandeau is Art Deco Cartier. I assume they switched out the ribbon to match her dress, and I think the color is amazing behind the diamonds. I might have liked it better as a true headband than an across-the-forehead diadem; it’s a little bold to be that close to anyone’s eyes. That said, it’s a beautiful piece. As are her earrings AND her bracelets. (Image via.)
I can’t find a great shot of Lupita’s bracelets, so here is a collage of mediocre shots. They’re Cartier and appear to be diamonds and emeralds, hopefully Art Deco. If anyone knows where I can get a better look at these, please drop me a comment. They appear to be amazing. (Images via.)
Elizabeth Olsen’s powder blue dress may have looked like a figure skating costume, but figure skating costumes are delightful and the Other Olsen – who I will always love for being in a movie set at Kenyon – also gets major points for this fabulous shades-of-blue Cartier bauble.
The 2014 Met Gala really was a great night for the statement necklace, which fills me with joy. I found Alison Williams’ gown to be unremarkable, but I loved her 19th century Fred Leighton diamond earrings and laurel-leaf necklace. I hear that she also had diamonds in her hair, but I haven’t been able to track down a photo.
Karlie Kloss and Anna Kendrick in classic diamond earrings and necklaces pairings as well. Karlie’s are antique, Kendrick’s sadly remain a mystery. (But if you like the earrings, BaubleBar is selling a remarkably similar CZ style which I definitely already own.)
KK stayed true to form in some serious Lorraine Schwartz diamond earrings.
Blake Lively made a bold choice in pairing some glorious claret-colored Lorraine Schwartz jewels with her pale pink gown. Diamonds would have been the easy choice here, so I love her for thinking outside the (jewel) box. Here’s a look at the bold earrings; her rings are below. (Image via.)
I thought these might be garnets, but Lorraine Schwartz just uploaded a photo of Blake’s gems to Instagram and tagged it “rubies.” How fabulous. I’d still love a better look at the stacks on her other hand, but I think I see some ruby there too.
Dita Von Teese has possibly my favorite gown of the night, a gloriously tailored Zac Posen. She also accessorized the gown most fabulously with vintage gold and diamond Van Cleef & Arpels. (Image via.)
Sleek gold, diamonds, and pearl jewels on Kate Bosworth! Still looking for info on these.
Olivia Munn had tiny gold and diamond wings in her hair. Yes, please.
Zooey’s bold and yet girly statement necklace fit perfectly with both her navy gown and her personal style. According to twitter, it’s Chanel.
I’m going to end with Kate Upton, who was wearing a truly eclectic array of jewels. I feel very fondly towards Ms. Upton for no particular reason. I’m not into her dress and I’m really not into her headwear, but she did have fun with her accessories. That said, I don’t think the random colors against her black lace gown did much to help the disjointed feel of her overall look. (Image via.)
I’m pleased to see that statement necklaces are still making a strong showing, as well as ring stacking! This year also involved more then a few well-deployed bracelet stacks, which was delightful. I’d love to see more color, but at least there were plenty of jewels to admire.
Which of the 2014 Met Gala jewels were your favorite?? What did I miss here that you want to talk about?
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