Met Gala: Best (dresses) of the Worst (lists)

With all the different things I love about fashion, over-groomed starlets wearing expensive dresses is not usually at the top of the list. I’ve usually already seen their clothes at preceding fashion weeks, and so there is generally very little exciting about seeing them again on unnaturally shiny celebrities. I am more interested in the Met Costume Institute exhibition than I am interested in who wore what at the gala that opened it (well ok, with the exception of Chloe Sevigny).

However, as things tend to happen following an event of this sort, the entertainment blogs and mags like to divvy up the looks into the thoroughly scientific categories of what is “hot” and what is “not.” The best dressed lists seem to consist of those who were the most traditionally pretty: buzz words like “flattering” and “feminine” get thrown around. Which, naturally, leaves everything else to the worst dressed list. Perhaps it is my inner contrarian that needs to defend the honour of the riskier pieces, perhaps I just like to cause a fuss with my clothes (like that time in the tenth grade I went to school wearing leg warmers over flared jeans in order to prove a point to my mom – a point which I cannot remember, but it was important, let me tell you). Yeah, yeah, we all know Marion Cotillard and the legions of ladies in sparkling floor length gowns looked nice, but they’ve gotten enough praise already.

Here are my choices for looks that got unfairly slammed by the critics:

I decided I would put Kristen Stewart (wearing Chanel Haute Couture) first because 1) it was probably the most universally panned by bloggers and 2) got your attention, didn’t it? MTV says: “Her outfit last night looked like a prom dress gone wrong. Essentially, the cut and shape were totally unflattering.” Maybe it’s just because the girls who covered teen magazines when I used to buy them a long time ago (read: 2004) tended to be impossibly sunny and dressed in technicolour poufs (you wanna talk prom dresses gone wrong?) Either way, I can appreciate the existence of a teen queen who prefers to wear a sheer skirt on the red carpet and who doesn’t know how to fake a smile if her life depended on it. I swear I’m not just saying that in an attempt to get page hits from Twilight fans.

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Crushing on Laia Garcia

interview by Anna Fitz

On her blog, Geometric Sleep, Laia takes an intelligent approach to fashion. Rather than focusing on outfit pictures (although she does occasionally take some), you can find her deconstructing runway shows or pursuing various creative projects like her zine, the Holy Child.

Where did the name for your blog come from?
I lived in a crappy mice-ridden apartment in Philadelphia my junior year of college. To make matters worse, I slept on a futon that was essentially on the floor so I was always paranoid that a mouse was going to get in bed with me. So one night it got to be too much and I ended up crashing on my roommate’s bed. I guess I was so worried that I wouldn’t hit her on the face, or accidentally spoon her or whatever, that I had these crazy dreams where I had to accommodate myself on the bed like a Tetris piece. INSANITY! When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I thought was, “man, I just had such geometric sleep!” I thought that was a really weird thing, so when I started the blog a few months later, that’s what I called it. I’m glad I didn’t overthink it and just went with it.

Who are your style icons?
I have women whose style I admire, but I don’t know that I would say they are icons (at least not yet). Visionaire editor Cecilia Dean always looks amazing, and even if she’s wearing a total runway “IT” piece, she always makes it her own. And, you know, the usuals like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lou Doillon, the Olsens (although lately it’s been mostly Mary-Kate, haha) and Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo. I guess it’s really just women who wear whatever they want and shy away from wearing a head-to-toe “look”.

In an age where independent fashion publishing is dominated by style blogs, why did you feel it was important to make a print zine? Did you ever make zines before when you were younger? Were they always fashion related?
I love magazines. It’s really that simple. I studied graphic design in college and became totally obsessed with making/designing magazines after I took a publication design class junior year. I was feeling like an uncreative bum since I finished school and needed something to feel productive again so the zine was the next logical step. Funnily enough, although when I was little I was always “planning” on making zines, I never actually made them. I was always cutting up magazines and making collaged journals, though, which seems like kind of a zine-y thing to do. They weren’t solely fashion related, but it was definitely a prominent component.

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