I may be a few days behind, but I have certainly not forgotten about the presentation of fashion at the Annual Costume Institute Gala. This year, the Gala celebrated the opening of the Met Museum's new exhibition, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty." Good year for Sarah Burton, huh?! This event is hosted by Vogue and has been termed the Oscars of the East Coast. As you can imagine, the stars did not disappoint.
And neither did the decorations. As Vogue describes it:
"In McQueen's honor, the museum was decorated like a beautiful, romantic English garden with heather and wildflowers lining the great staircase, towering trees and hedges sprouting from the halls, and pots of garden roses and peonies haphazardly placed among glittering votives on rustic wood tabletops.
After cocktails in the Petrie Court, the sound of bagpipes filled the air as guests were summoned to a dinner that included artichoke, poached quail eggs, American caviar, Highland beef, and spring vegetables—and a performance by Florence + The Machine that had everyone on their feet."
Here are some of my absolute, to-die-for favorites of the evening:
|SJP pays tribute to the designer in a high-necked, glittering Alexander McQueen gown, which she pairs with jade green pumps|
|Ashley Olson (surprise, surprise!) shows off her shoulders in a puffy-sleeved vintage Dior Couture frock|
|Emma Roberts shows a little skin in her cut-out Michael Kors white silk crepe column gown and black crocodile envelope clutch|
|Ginnifer Goodwin inspires envy in her plunging emerald wrap Topshop dress, adding sparkle with turquoise and pearl jewelry, plus contrasting eggplant Aperlai sandals|
|Rhianna makes a statement in her one-shoulder peek-a-boo lace Stella McCartney gown and Christian Louboutin sandals (and horrific braided ponytail)|
|Selma Hayek looked incredible in a peach organza Alexander McQueen couture dress and a champagne-hued clutch|
|Zoe Saldana was a ray of sunshine in a striking yellow, belted Calvin Klein Collection column with a long train|
And then there were those whom I didn't love so much, even though I realize that if you are going to go over the edge with fashion, this is the place to do it.
|I say EW! to Alicia Keys' head-to-toe chocolate-colored ensemble by Givenchy Haute Couture|
|Attention Freida Pinto - Black Tie Required doesn't apply to the women |
Dressed in a white silk Chanel Haute Couture gown
|Go big or go home! |
Iman should just go home in this bronze and gold embroidered long sleeve Stella McCartney jumpsuit
These prints just didn't work for me.
|Amy Adams in a curlicue-embroidered L'Wren Scott gown|
|Beyonce in a curve-hugging, embellished Emilio Pucci gown|
|... so tight that Jay-Z and another had to actually help her up the stairs because she couldn't move. How did she sit for dinner?!|
|Kristen Stewart in a crimson Proenza Schouler gown|
|Is Madonna pooping birds?! This aqua Stella McCartney gown is terrible.|
|Michelle Williams, get a new stylist. It's been years since you've chosen a great gown. |
Dressed in a swallow-embellished Miu Miu gown
|Naomi Campbell in her Alexander McQueen gown|
There seemed to be a Black Swan/feathers/ballerina theme. I can do feathers, but I'm sorry to say, these ladies look ridiculous. I think that they are jealous of Natalie's Oscar!
|As you know, I am all about wearing a fascinator - except this one. This is HIDEOUS. And the gown doesn't help. |
Demi Moore in feathered Prabal Gurung dress with a Philip Treacy fascinator
|I am in love with Christina Ricci's full trumpet skirt and amazing train, but the rest of her spiderwebby lace Zac Posen gown is hideous.|
|Liv Tyler joins the flock in a white-and-yellow ombré Givenchy Haute Couture gown. I could really love the front of this gown if I didn't see the bird on her butt cheeks.|
|Lucy Liu's sheer Vionnet gown does not do her justice.|
|Oh, Miranda Kerr. No thank you to this Marchesa mini and platform sandals.|