Jonathan Simkhai dresses Mindy Kaling for the Met Gala

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When Mindy Kaling shows up to an event, she means business. This is an actress who lives and breath fashion. The Met Gala? It’s her Olympics, and she’s destined to get the gold medal.

So it’s no surprise that she brought her A-game—compliments of Jonathan Simkhai—to the star-studded event this year.

Simkhai, an ApparelMagic client, has long been a fixture of the event, consistently dressing the women who end up on Tuesday morning’s best dressed list.

Kaling wore an elegant white gown by the designer. The queen of statement-dressing, it of course defied description, but we’ll try here. Sparkling in the flashbulbs, a white tonal floral pattern covered the bodice, which flared out into a sculptural peplum around the hips and turned into a demure, almost understated—for this particular event—train, which was in turn lined in subtle fringe.

Meanwhile up top, the gown framed a daring décolletage. A shimmering columnar skirt finished out the look. Altogether, a bold choice, but one that went to extremes of sophistication. This was no Choupette cosplay.

By Kaling’s side was the designer, Mr. Simkhai himself. Dressed in a contrasting black smoking jacket bedecked in crystals, his jacket looked back to both the Pearl Kings of London and the evergreen staple of pearl strands of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel, the night’s honoree.

The matching pair took to the red carpet together, combining the talents of designer and muse in perfect harmony.

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