Met Gala: fashion's biggest and boldest red carpet

Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Philip Treacy head dress to the Met Gala in New York

AND so to New York where the fashion parade that is the Met Gala 2015 passed without major incident and no-one got attacked in a lift.

The theme this year was China through the looking glass which sounds like the title of an A-level English tbh.

With its focus firmly on fashion and not the Knowles/Carter family dramas Sleb Safari was able to cast its critical – and grossly untrained – eye over the outfits and is pleased to report that its favourite dress of the night was a red swirling confection worn by Amal Clooney.

In a departure from its usual form Sleb Safari actually scoured websites for photos of Amal without her husband George, an actor apparently, because his tuxedoed frame was concealing the dress.

Sleb Safari never thought there would come a time when it would wish for less photos of George and more of his date, but here we are.

Rihanna’s dress was horrific but that’s ok, Rihanna can wear what she wants. It was by Chinese couturier Guo Pei and the red carpet had to be cleared to make room for the huge train.

Rihanna also wore a gorgeous metal head piece and so too did Kate Hudson, but the piece de resistance was Sarah Jessica Parker’s flaming pom pom head dress.

Designed by Philip Treacy it was a nod to the ceremonial head dress of a Chinese bride. Sleb Safari so biblical references too, what with the whole flaming bush and tongues of fire look. Either way it was tremendous and Sleb Safari would love to borrow it.

Justin Bieber’s black jacket with golden dragons was also beautiful. And you know how much it pains Sleb Safari to single Justin Bieber out for praise. In fact his outfit was designed by the Balmain fashion house which also dresses Kim Kardashian so it’s a double blow.

Anne Hathaway deserves a nod too for her liquid gold Ralph Lauren dress with a hood. A hood! How handy for the end of the night when you’re waiting on a taxi in the rain.

Two ladies who deserve a shake of the head were Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. They went for less is more, which wasn’t the issue, it was the fugliness of their outfits and Beyonce’s hair that was the problem.

Still, there’s always next year and perhaps Amal will be kind enough to take them shopping.



DAME Joan Collins is the sort of person to whom Sleb Safari listens when she speaks because it is always hugely entertaining.

Sometimes m’lady rants and raves about commoners taking up vital oxygen at a cheese counter but in this instance she’s bestowing on us an education in how to pack a suitcase.

First off decide on your outfits for any events or parties you’re attending, then hang them on a portable rack.

Joan’s staples are “exercise clothes, cashmere trousers and sweaters for lounging, swimming costumes and cover-ups, at least one sun hat and a gilet for layering”.

“Put heavier items in first, like shoes, coats and sweaters, and the more delicate, like silk, on top. Underwear, small or soft items go in last so I’m not rummaging to find them if I haven’t had time to completely unpack,” she advises.

And finally “I keep all my cosmetics and perfume with me so I am always ready to go, and I always keep jewellery in my hand luggage, along with my diary and address book, and plenty of moisturiser.”

While that is all hugely interesting Joan Sleb Safari wants to know where you keep your tea bags?



THIS week Sleb Safari has three copies of Co Armagh author Byddi Lee's debut book March to November to give away.

The novel is set in Northern Ireland and follows five people over the eight months as they deal with death, the break down of a marriage and crushed dreams.

Protagonist Tracey Duggan has only ever wanted a 'normal' life but instead the hand she is dealt is full of violence and betrayal by those closest to her.

To find out more visit

To be in with a chance to win a copy of March to November answer the following:

Where does author Byddi Lee live?

Email you answer to and mark the entry 'Sleb Safari/March to November competition'. Usual Irish News rules apply and the deadline is noon on Wednesday May 13. Don't forget to include your contact details.

And the winner of four tickets to see Little Sure Shot at the Mac was Margaret Mc Guckien from Randalstown.




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