Is this the most bizarre event EVER? London's take on Met Gala divides fashionistas… with critics baffled over all-star party's 'randomness' while others laud 'love letter to theatre'

Is this the most bizarre event EVER? London's take on Met Gala divided fashionistas on Thursday evening with some critics baffled over all-star bash's 'randomness' while others lauded 'love letter to theatre'
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The great and good of the fashion world descended on London on Thursday evening for the Vogue World bash – branded the UK’s Met Gala. 

And while the annual New York event is hailed as the most important in the fashion calendar, London’s version did not seem to meet the same mark when talent was showcased at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. 

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Newspaper critics were divided in reviews of the event, which serves as a fundraiser for Britain’s performing arts industry, with the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Anna overseeing proceedings and Vogue editor Edward Enninful also in attendance. 

The Telegraph gave the event a meagre two stars – hitting out at the ‘random’ nature of proceedings and branding the event ‘a fever dream of a procession’.

Elsewhere however, The Evening Standard gushed over Anna’s star power, writing: ‘It doesn’t look like Wintour (who kept her sunglasses on throughout the show) is going to let go of her grasp of fashion anytime yet.’

Is this the most bizarre event EVER? London’s take on Met Gala divided fashionistas on Thursday evening with some critics baffled over all-star bash’s ‘randomness’ while others lauded ‘love letter to theatre’ 

Huh? A skit from Sienna Miller, Damien Lewis, James Cordon, Cush Jumbo and James McAvoy was just one of the kooky additions to the night

Huh? A skit from Sienna Miller, Damien Lewis, James Cordon, Cush Jumbo and James McAvoy was just one of the kooky additions to the night

Starring role: Stormzy gave a rendition of his hit song Crown during the show

Starring role: Stormzy gave a rendition of his hit song Crown during the show

Showstoper: Sienna Miller's bump-baring ensemble - her public debut of her second pregnancy - was one of the most talked about elements of the night

Showstoper: Sienna Miller’s bump-baring ensemble – her public debut of her second pregnancy – was one of the most talked about elements of the night

During the evening, a slew of performances were acting to showcase the best in UK talent, including a song from Stormzy, a skit from Sienna Miller, Damien Lewis, James Cordon, Cush Jumbo and James McAvoy and an incredible close. 

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The show was rounded out by the original supermodels Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell storming the runway. 

Victoria Moss of The Evening Standard penned: ‘Lady characters, supersmodels – Karen Elson! Irina Shayk! Kendall Jenner! Emily Ratajowski! streaming out, and then, the finale, Naomi, Christy, Cindy and Linda!…

‘A standing ovation for the cover women, and Vogue’s take on the West End. It doesn’t look like Wintour (who kept her sunglasses on throughout the show) is going to let go of her grasp of fashion anytime yet.

The Guardian’s Jess Cartner-Morley wrote: ‘This mood of old-school elegance was a notable departure from the rough-and-ready vibe which has tended to define London fashion week, known for draughty car park venues and stompy models…

‘The night was a love letter to theatre and performance, to supermodels and to glamour – and, perhaps, the start of a new age of elegance in London fashion.’

The Telegraph’s Anita Singh penned: ‘The sheer randomness of the evening becomes increasingly apparent…

‘Rather than the 2012 Opening Ceremony, this was akin to the Platinum Jubilee pageant, a fever dream of a procession in which Prue Leith, Patsy Kensit and Basil Brush went down the Mall in an assortment of vehicles.’

PDA: Alex, 39, and Tom, 37, who have sparked engagement rumours for months, looked as loved-up as they departed the afterparty at George Mayfair on Thursday

PDA: Alex, 39, and Tom, 37, who have sparked engagement rumours for months, looked as loved-up as they departed the afterparty at George Mayfair on Thursday

Party time: Model Ashley Graham put on a very animated display aand even enjoyed a dance in the street

Party time: Model Ashley Graham put on a very animated display  and even enjoyed a dance in the street 

Anna and Edward put on a united display as they walking the red carpet together after reports of a power struggle between the two. 

The first Vogue World event featured a fashion show and street fair when it took place in New York’s meatpacking district in 2021, but the London ceremony is expected to be a grander affair. 

The dress code on Thursday was Opening Night, with the invitation revealed a West End stage decorated with by blood-red velvet curtains.

Masterminded by BAFTA and Olivier-winning director Stephen Daldry, show director Emily Burns, and creative producer Fran Miller, along with the Vogue team, the evening will feature a vast array of performing arts.

Guests watched opera and ballet and theatre at the event which sits at the start of London Fashion Week and acts to unveil and showcase talent.

Contributing designers for the guests and performers include 16Arlington, Ahluwalia, Burberry, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Erdem, Maison Margiela, and SS Daley, among many other fashion giants. 

Across the pond, Chanel and W Magazine collaborated for a dinner in New York, where Lily Allen, her husband David Harbour and Mark Ronson. 

The clash of events meant some stars were absent from the London bash. 

Guided: Emily Ratajkowski appeared a little worse for wear as she was guided through the crowd by a pal

Guided: Emily Ratajkowski appeared a little worse for wear as she was guided through the crowd by a pal 

Across the pond, Chanel and W Magazine collaborated for a dinner in New York, where Lily Allen, her husband David Harbour and Mark Ronson

Across the pond, Chanel and W Magazine collaborated for a dinner in New York, where Lily Allen, her husband David Harbour and Mark Ronson

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