FashionMay 3, 2011

The Best & Worst of the Met Gala

It’s the Super Bowl of fashion and the one ticket I would love to have above all other red carpets.  Last night I was glued to Twitter as pictures were released in real time of people arriving which was so fun. It was a totally gratifying evening of fashion as there was significantly more well dressed than fashion flops.  That might have to do with the man of the evening, the late great Alexander McQueen who was being honored.  It’s fitting seeing as his fashion house designed THE gown of the decade with Kate Middleton’s wedding dress last week- so the name McQueen has been on everyone’s tongues.

The Met Costume Institute Gala is all about drama and statements….and my most favorite look in the event’s history just happens to be McQueen.  When he and SJP showed up in matching tartan plaid I nearly keeled over in delight. The fun, high fashion and pure COOLNESS of their ensemble is exactly what this even is supposed to be (in my head, at least).  GENIUS.

Last night Vogue editor Hamish Bowles (who is the only person who can rock this with his amazing sense of humor) and Marc Jacobs paid homage in plaid.

I DIE for this clutch. DIE DIE DIE.

Genetic freak and all around luckiest girl in the world Gisele Bundchen is my best dressed in her McQueen red gown. Simple, stunning and classic but full of drama with that train. NOW CUT YOUR HAIR TOM BRADY. Sheesh.

Nude and black looked amazing on my other two favorites- Tory Burch (those earrings!) and Diane Kruger (those legs!)

Nude and sparkles was HUGE last night- and Gwyneth and Ashley Greene killed it.  I think I am going to order Tracy Anderson’s videos now.

SJP looks retro chic in McQueen and a chignon and Naomi Watts was ethereal with her loose hair and skinny belt.

Not loving the bling on the front of this Hererra, but the back makes up for it in spades. If your back looks like Renee Zellweger’s, that is.

Thandie Newton’s risque black lace number was one of my personal faves- she is one of the most stunning people on the planet. I would pay good money for those cheekbones.  Speaking of stunning, Bar Rafeli paired amazing turquoise earrings with this blinged out pattern gown and radiated!

Dylan Lauren’s dress reminded me a little of Pippa’s dress the world was chatting about- so lovely. Karen Elson sporting the last McQueen dress she wore on the runway for him- I love the homage and the dress is so elegant.

Hilary Rhoda is so beyond gorgeous and this unique white McQueen suit looks stunning on her- especially with those amazing nude heels and carrying that amazeballs union jack clutch from above!  Isabel Lucas’ Louis Vuitton coral and red gown is SO pretty and my fave color combo- but I could do without the headdress.

Models have no problem looking amazing- Jessica Stam looks sweet yet fierce in her pink creation while dark sequins look equally killer.

I loved Anna Wintour’s cool as heck Chanel! LOVE! And how beautiful does Donna Karan look in her own creation (with date Calvin Klein who needs to lay off the Botox)

Kristen Stewart managed to look less in pain than she usually does in her nearly backless Proenza Schouler- th front is a bit frumpy, but the back amde up for it).  I adore the whimsical bird print on Michelle Williams, who always looks so chic and funky.

Brooklyn Decker, with her new haircut, stunned in hot pink Kors. I would have loved a statement bib necklace or huge earrings with this however. Evan Rachel Wood looks less goth and more glam in purple Gucci.

How pretty goes yellow look on Liv Tyler in Givenchy and Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein? So elegant yet cheerful! I love how fab it looks on both complexions.

More nude on a positively glowing Jennifer Hudson in Vera Wang and a very chic and grown up looking Taylor Swift (who I can;t stand, but she does look gorgeous!!)

Green cutout looks of varying degrees- edgy on Ginnifer Goodwin (love that necklace) and minty and sexy on Kerry Washington.

The O twins polarized me- Ashley in vintage Dior looks shockingly fabulous (the puffy sleeves are a bit much, but for this event I think they are actually awesome). MK however, looks dumpy in this loose fitting Christmas dress. Come on, you can wear ANYTHING and you pick this?

Two very dramatic looks I appreciate yet I’m not sure I like them. J.Lo’s look is great, but those flowery shoulders are just a bit MUCH for me.  While Christina Ricci looks slightly scary in her Zac Posen (but let’s be honest, she can pull off scary), the fit and train on this bad boy is beyond amazing.

OMG- WORST OF THE NIGHT!!! Fergie in this 1985 bride of Frankenstein Marchesa nightmare! I really have disliked almost everything Marchesa has been putting out with all it’s lacy, chiffony Ice Capades meets 80’s prom aesthetic. Love that Georgina Chapman saved their only awesome dress for herself. Josh Duhamel- you can do so much better. Ruuuuuuuuun!

Chanel FAIL- such gorgeous girls, such icky dresses. I really, really do not like the toga draping on Blake’s look.

Applique detail done wrong and wrong. EEEKS! It looks like Beyonce’s dress might burst open at any moment.

OY. Chrstina Hendricks. Can someone please help her find dresses that show off her Monroe-esque bod in a proper way? The fit on this is awful (the colors look good on her though). The fit on the red dress at right on whatsherface is equally awful.

Will someone PLEASE get VEra Wang a cheeseburger or seven (and also the girl in the background)? I’m sure her dress is actually lovely, but I cannot see past her scarily gaunt frame.  While in the other extreme,  Andre Leon Talley looks like Barney. Seriously.

Black done badly.  What a weird cut and fit on Stella McCartney’s own creation. Not pretty at all.   And Lucy Liu shows where you should NOT have feathers on a dress. Around the bust and hips? Really? This was not designed by a woman. No chance.

I was suprised by how natural and garden influenced the gala decor was. I love it and think it would make for a great wedding look!

What would I have worn to the gala you ask? I am obsessed with all things Jason Wu right now-these two would be VERY top of my list:

But I also am obsessed with this Lanvin:

And for sequins I can’t look anywhere but Elie Saab:

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