There was more to see at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala than usual this year – with so many celebs and designers mixing it up. It’s also a major media frenzy now, so that just adds fuel to the fame game.
Here’s my final roundup of the night. If you missed the others, catch up first with I Knew It When We MET and METaphors and Similes.
So, we left with those who dressed for their age and those who didn’t – on both sides of the age equation. There was also a whole lot of minimal chic going on, which I much prefer over poufs.
Thankfully, just for added flavour, there was still a dash of drama. What would a red carpet be without it?
Uberposer and Canadian expressionist, Coco Rocha was a train-blazer in her Zac Posen gown.
"To the left...
...and to the right. Keep it going, keep it going, it's alright" - Stereo MCs
Katy Perry didn’t just cut a rug at the soirée, she lit it up in her CuteCircuit LED gown.
Gives a whole new meaning to 'you were glowing last night'!
Perry chilling (and still glowing) at the after party.
Speaking of which, there were other women there just radiating glam last night. Mila Kunis has been blossoming into a stylista to watch. This is the second time she has impressed me – this time in Vera Wang.
We'd like to see more Mila from now on!
In the last post, I included a pic of garma-garam designer Rachel Roy, along with a pic of Jessica Stam, whom she dressed. Well, look at Liya Kebede – also wearing RRNY. I love the contrast of each look and how each woman made the label their own. Both Roy and Kebede are such great role models for women today – they inspire me with so much more than just their fashion.
Ms. Roy with another fab woman she dressed for the night - Liya Kebede
But if we are talking grand dames, my darlings, there is no better snapshot than this…
ALT and Ms. Goldberg, regal in Chado Ralph Rucci
The men are getting into the gladrag game more and more at these events. Joshua Jackson looked so dapper in Calvin Klein. This one stopped me in my tracks. Puffy/Diddy/Sean Combs was wearing Dries? Did I read that right? Dries Van Noten? Wow – we’ve come a long way, baby. Love the black on black two-tone shoes, too. I could’ve done without the pinky ring, but it’s a Dries tux so I can overlook it.
Diddy dons Dries
But if my heart belongs to anyone, it’s to the untouchable international man of mystery, one Tom Ford.
Ford. Tom Ford.
Gasp! Is that a sandy-mauve dinner jacket, Mr. Ford? Well played, indeed. Ford’s razor-sharp suits have us recalling the glam ’50s but nothing is dated here. And what a sweet kiss from a rose we received with that lapel accent. Magnifique!
Marion Cotillard should have posed for at least one photo with the illustrious Mr. Ford. It would have been a Kodak memento for us all.
The lady wore Dior. Marion Cotillard in sultry sparkles.
M.I.A also caught the light and shined right back into it, in a webbed gown and black jumpsuit combo by Alexander Wang for Gap. Yes, that Gap.
You talking to me??
She toughened it up, while Kate Bosworth opted for quieter glamour.
Falling for Kate Bosworth in Valentino
Wish these two ladies had followed the same path. Their golden globes were out in full force.
Not the essence of the Lanvin woman, if you ask me.
Christina Hendricks, what were you thinking?
The colour is beautiful on Hendricks, but there was no need for the squeeze into this L’Wren Scott number or for the giant moppy flower, which is too close to her hair colour. She is so lovely and could have worn a million dresses…sigh.
For the most part, things were muted or neutral but I liked the splashes of jewel tones thrown about.
Hendricks’ Mad Men cast mate January Jones chose better – she was right on the money with her edgy, galactic vibe.
Jones in YSL. We will gladly take you to our leader.
Party fixture Chloe Sevigny isn’t usually one of my style faves, but I liked her choice of turquoise Proenza Schouler. It was well paired with the black lingerie and pumps and she pulled it off perfectly.
Sevigny, rocking the frock
But if you are going to do drama, no better call to make than to Auntie Viv, as Thandie Newton did. I would have changed the hair and lost that necklace, but the dress is like wearable origami.
Thandie Newton in Vivienne Westwood
Ok, so I lied – I have a thought or two left on a look or two more from the gala. Look for that tomorrow.
Images courtesy of WWD, Style.com and JustJared.com. Katy Perry images from Faded Youth Blog and Huffington Post, respectively.
Foot notes: garma-garam = perfectly hot