Securing an invitation to the annual Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art if you are not in any way famous or super well-connected or super rich (the tickets are $25,000) is next-to-impossible.
But thanks to a new documentary, “The First Monday in May,” the rest of us poor schmucks will at least get a chance to take a look at what happens behind closed doors. The film, which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival next Wednesday, chronicles the planning, preparations and execution of the biggest event on the New York social calendar.
Planning the party, which Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley calls “the Super Bowl of social fashion events,” involves Anna Wintour and her head party planner Sylvana Durrett dealing with budget crises — like Rihanna who apparently charged the event twice what they had paid any other performer; emergency table setting problems (Chloë Sevigny was seated at the worst table); and absolutely no cell phones, because “Anna is sort of an old-school traditionalist. She likes a dinner party where people are actually speaking to each other,” according to Durrett. Can’t say that’s unreasonable.
But even more exciting than the glamour in the film is that it actually shows the always-perfectly clad EIC decked out in *horrors* jeans! And flats! Of course, according to the Post, “she still looked chic.” Because is there any other way we would expect Anna to be?