- Don't be boring
- Stick to the theme (in this case China: Through the Looking Glass)
- Don't go nuts (or in this case go stereotyped and/or offensive)
I'm sort of disappointed at how few people stuck to those rules tbh. 1. and 2. were the most oft broken, with loads of gorgeous-but-how-is-this-relevant? gowns gliding up the famous stairs (Claire Danes, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Chastain, Rosie HW, the list goes on) and a predictable trinity of ohmigodisthisstillathing all over sheer 'gowns' following them on Kim K, Beyonce and J Lo (who at least had a crack at the theme, to be fair). Lade Gaga and Rihanna were the only ones who came close to breaking rule 3. but made their fantastical looks work through sheer force of personality if nothing else. At least their looks are memorable though.
So who did nail it? For my money, here's the top five:
Emily Blunt in Prada
Rita Ora in Tom Ford
Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren
Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren
Olivia Munn in J Mendel
SJP Special Bonus Round
Because you can't have a Met Gala round up without bowing down at the alter of SJP. Here she is owning the theme, as she does every year without fail.
Sarah Jessica Parker in H&M