Ex-Vogue editor was ‘disappointed’ in Met Gala red carpet looks

Seems some stars need to brush up on their fashion history.

Journalist Alexandra Shulman, who served as Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue for 25 years and is now a strategic advisor at online fashion marketplace Atterley, says she wasn’t impressed by some of the red carpet looks at this month’s 2022 Met Gala.

“I thought the theme was a brilliant one — the idea of ‘gilded glamour,'” she tells Page Six Style. “So I was a little disappointed how few people really went for the authentic Gilded Age outfit, which I’d hoped they would.”

Continues Shulman of the dress code, “I felt that it was a very appropriate theme for the exhibition, which is [about] American fashion. And, you know, the Gilded Age was all about the heady days of New York. So it all made sense. I just would have liked to have seen some more really beautiful — rather than eccentric — looks.”

The 1993 film adaptation of Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence” features stunning Gilded Age costumes.
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The editor’s opinion echoes that of fellow fashion luminary (and Met Gala honorary chair) Tom Ford, who recently said the fancy fête has “turned into a costume party.”

Speaking with Amy Odell for her book “Anna: The Biography,” Ford continued, “That used to just be very chic people wearing very beautiful clothes going to an exhibition about the 18th century … You didn’t have to dress like a hamburger.”

Shulman does think a few select celebs nailed the prompt this year.

“I liked Blake Lively’s outfit; that was beautiful”, she says. “The model Adwoa Aboah looked lovely in pink Tory Burch. I really liked Kendall Jenner, who was in this enormous black Prada. And I kind of liked David Lauren, who was in white tie and tails with torn jeans; I thought that was a very good, Lauren-esque take on American fashion.”

Adwoa Aboah, Blake Lively and David Lauren’s Met Gala looks earned Shulman’s stamp of approval.
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As for Kim Kardashian — who dominated headlines by showing up in Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” gown from 1962 — and the others who opted for similarly “naked” dresses on the big night?

“I think that there’s been a real shift … to costume dressing and the emphasis being on how much you stand out. And I think that’s very much to do with the social media age that we live in,” Shulman says.

“You know, you’re trying to capture people’s attention, and then people are trying to get the clicks. So if you wear just a really lovely pink dress, it doesn’t have the standout quality of some of those, say, near-naked Burberry outfits Riccardo [Tisci] did.”

Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci dressed models Bella Hadid and Lila Moss in sheer, sultry styles for the Met.
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The internet is also what led Shulman to her current role at Atterley, which stocks stylish wares from over 400 independent boutiques from across the globe. Brands on offer range from luxury labels like Balenciaga and Valentino to contemporary ones such as Stine Goya and Ganni.

“With online shopping, there is a danger that you go crazy,” she says. “But I’m a great believer in instinctive buying, and that when you see something and you love it, you should buy it.”

Right now, Shulman’s gravitating toward pieces that are bright and bold.

“I’m sort of loving all those balloon sleeves that are around at the moment,” she says. “And the color, the richness of color and pattern, which is so joyful after two years of a pandemic.”