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Met Ball madness

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 4:29pm

There was a bit of a furore recently when William and Kate, aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, stepped out of the Lindo Wing a mere seven hours after giving birth. Well Kate had just given birth, I’m sure William was present in a supporting character role.

Much was made of how glowing, rested and impeccably groomed Kate was, and how it gives new mothers an unrealistic view of what it’s like to step out of the hospital with your new bundle of joy.

Now, first things first, regardless of your view of the royals, Kate, no matter what way she looked, was going to be criticised by people and the world press.

She walked out of there looking put together and she’s accused of making other women feel bad but can you imagine if she had walked out of there looking like she probably felt on the inside, wearing stretchy pants and a deranged look of exhaustion? Then people would have said she could have made more of an effort. You just can’t win.

The Duchess of Cambridge is, well, a duchess, we cannot use her as a yard stick to how our lives should be and how we should present ourselves. Her life is so very far removed from the general population.

This woman will eventually be a queen and I’m sure she had a few people on hand in the hospital to do her hair and makeup and style her custom-made Jenny Packham dress. So cut yourself some slack. You also have to remember, as celeb as you think you might be, none of us have a giant bank of photographers awaiting us when we step out of the CUMH and your picture isn’t going to end up on every social media platform and printed media.

More importantly, can we just talk about how nobody even bothers about what William wears for each postpartum photo call? Why shouldn’t he be just as scrutinised as his wife? FYI, in case you’re wondering what he did wear, he wore what could be the same light blue shirt each time with either a blue blazer or blue v-neck jumper, which is so sensible, I feel like it deserves to be called a pullover.

So let’s call Wills out on being a sartorial yawn.

In more exciting news I have been loving all the style at the 70th Met Gala Ball with the theme being 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'.

Traditionally held on the first Monday in May, it’s the ultimate night to show off your best look and even though sometimes a celeb's look can go a bit pear shaped, it’s always very entertaining and a welcome change from the boringness that is the standard award season outfits of bland gowns and the same black tuxedo worn by every male star.

This year's theme really lent itself to being extra out there and it was a theme that was just made for labels like D&G, who dressed Sarah Jessica Parker, complete with a nativity scene headpiece and Gucci who dressed Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto in looks that were giving us serious religious iconography feels. Now Jared Leto always brings it in the style stakes to every event but I was very heartened to see all the other male celebs step up their game this year in a super display of peacocking.

My favourite look had to be from Rihanna who took the theme rather literally and gave us fashion papal realness that any contestant on 'Ru Paul's Drag Race' would be proud of.

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