The annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art honours the work of late designer Alexander McQueen with the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” entirely dedicated to his legacy.
The annual fashion fete found actress Salma Hayek acting as honorary chair alongside husband Francois-Henri Pinault with fellow co-chairs including Oscar winning actor Colin Firth, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and well-regarded designer Stella McCartney.
An annual fashion feast to look forward to this year’s gala saw its fair share of ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ from hereon referred to as “The Oh Yeah, The Oh oh and the Oh No!”
Who else but the High Priestress of High Fashion to snap the crown for The Best Dressed clad in an elegant floor-length black gown with a bodice of geometric pastel chevrons. Vying for the spotlight, however, is Andre Leon Talley draped in a gown only he can truly pull off with pizzazz.
Aaaw… Carrie would have been so proud. SJP dazzled in a beaded champagne gown with a draped high neck and chic three-quarter sleeves.
Janelle shows with flair how you can never go wrong with a signature style perfected into an art form.
Ashley is a sight for sore eyes in a voluminous strapless tulle confection adorned with stripes of silver sequins. The colour, the cut – all flatter Ashley to her Hollywood best.
Diana Kruger is chic personified in this glam gown cinched at the waist and wit a teasing side split to give us a glimpse of her perfect pin. Phoar!
Case in point Iman knows how to rock the red carpet and stand out in a sartorial crowd. Foxy Cleopatra meets High Fashion and what a union it is.
Jessica Stam looks a treat in this pink blush tulle number which boasts a sweetheart neckline, ribbon sash, fishtail hem and layer and layer of tulle.
Floor-length black gown that is figure hugging in all the right places? Check. Dramatic fishtail hem? Check. Rapper-cum-music mogul to accessorise? Check. Rumour has it that Bey is preggers; we fail to see where she could have hidden that baby bump. As always, she strikes just the right balance between sexy and sophisticated.
Daphne Guiness strikes the right note with two of the biggest trends of the night: nude tones and feathers – drama without looking like a half-plucked swan.
Christina takes her back to her Adams Family days in this Gothic Zac Posen number which features spider webby patterns. Sure thing only Ms Ricci can rock this look – and she does rock it so well!
She’s already gone snatched the body of a 21-year-old and the husband of a 29-year-old… Is there anything this Demi-goddess can not pull off? Including this dramatic looked perfectly topped by a stunning Phillip Treacy hat.
In a shimmering floor-length with a seasonal one shouldered feather detail, Rumer shows she is mummy’s girl when it comes to sartorial choices.
One shoulder silhouette, on trend pleats and gold accessories… What is not to love?
Pleated coral halterneck number screams Spring/Summer 2011 and the gold pill box clutch and intricate hair piece completes this outlook with pizzazz. Result? A Greek goddess gorgeous Isabel Lucas.
Don’t know about you but Solange’s floor-length print Dries van Noten number makes me want to make a mad dash to my tailor with a roll of Ankara to see about getting a copycat one. Solange does not seem to ever put a foot wrong on the red carpet these days.
Ummmm yeah… Tory Burch is a womenswear designer but so what? Hasn’t Kanye started rocking womenswear – do check out our Kanye in Celine post from last week if you’re wondering what I am on about? And doesn’t he just look dapper?
Note to all men out there: Do not try this at home! Unless you’re Hamish Bowles, Vogue editor-at-large, this will look so wrong on so many levels.
Isn’t it a great thing that Madonna has left the coned bras and experimental couture to Lady Gaga and has emerges as a glamorous belle in this starry number? Love the clutch too!
The Oh Oh
JHud looks as if she is reliving the fairy tales of her childhood in this princess-y gown. Why hide your perfect 10 killer curves, J? And why no accessories to at least dress up your prom dress?
As always, Jessica Alba looks lovely in this shimmery champagne number, matching clutch and her must-have red carpet accessory of the last two years, the baby bump, but somehow we feel there is something missing.
With a sleek up do and embellished shoulders, JLo brings drama on to the carpet with her Gucci gown but we’ve seen her in sleeker silhouttes that are way more flattering than this gown that seems to blend her in to the red carpet.
We’re not used to seeing Rihanna put a well-pedicured-edgy-footwear-clad foot worng when it comes to fashion but this seems to be off. One shoulder neckline, figure-skimming lace and an asymmetrical hem line… On paper, sounds great but does not translate into ‘red carpet fierce’. Kudos on the lovely side plait though.
Our girl crush do jour looks delectable as always in this sleek number but now that she has spoiled us with her dramatic gowns, we can’t help but think this a little too tame for the sizzling senorita.
Zoe Saldana brings sunshine on to the red carpet and there is nothing we can fault here; it just seems a bit simple and sundress-y though.
Miranda Kerr in Marchesa – a dramatic look worthy of a costume gala certainly, but a bit too close for comfort to a cross between Bjork‘s swan frightmare and Lara Flynn Boyle‘s tutu terror.
Sure her statement jacket makes – ermmm – a statement, and we love the bust of this dress, but really? Alicia, is this the best you can do? We can’t help but feel Alicia could have gone for a pastel or gem coloured number to up the style stakes.
A daring choice, this vintage organza number, but is it us or does it look a tad bit too hippy chic to be glam?
Rumour has it that this dayglo number was a hit with some fashionistas… Puhhhleaasse? Boring up top, trying too hard at the bottom with the cheap split, this is possibly one of our least favourite looks. The plus side? January Jones would approve.
Fergie in this 80s inspired, shoulder-padded, beads-saturated gown is the first of our Frocky Horror Show Bridezillas. Definitely a downer for the usually striking songstress.
We are used to seeing Serena in some outrageously extravagant outfits – be in on red clay or red carpet – but this Oscar de la Renta gown which seems to sport a few dead ostriches from the waist down takes the cookie. And the spiky head piece is likely to take an eye out. Here’s Bridezilla number 2.
A Glamazonian figure clad in Alexander McQueen would be a fashionista’s dream… so where did it all go wrong? Possibly the hem which resembles shredded bits of paper stuck together or the top which is on the busy side of embroidered. Or perhaps the kitsch flowers decorating Naomi’s updo. Here comes Bridezilla number 3.
If we were Dakota’s parents, we’d probably say “You’re not going out dressed like that, young lady!” and saved the world from seeing this strapless tulle Valentino gown, adorned appliqued flowers. Some may say it is cute. We say not.
There is classy. Then there is trashy. No prizes for guessing which this Black Swan homage molten feather and lace dress with a high front split and a low cut top is. Lege, tell you girl to cover up!
Christina’s sumptuous curves are crying under that strapless organza ombre Carolina Herrera gown and so are her Mad Men fans. Christina, please, you can flaunt that full figure in something way more flattering than what looks like a corroded sack.
Really, Joy? So you thought it was okay to wear this unassuming sweater dress more suitable for a Friday night book club outing to the biggest costume gala of the year? Like, really?
You could say this Alexander McQueen inspired soft blue and white ombre textured Prabal Gurung confection makes the most of Ciara’s assets… Or you could say Ciara’s assets are about to make a run for it out of that sweetheart neckline – and would be right. Ciara, hasn’t Mama told you, less is more?
Errrmm… KStew seems to have ripped off my grandma’s upholstery and made it into a dress. Even the deep side split doesn’t save this oddity. Well, at least she has almost smiled which makes a welcome change.
Ashley Olsen looks swallowed up by what seems to be Dior’s love child with Frankenstein. Those voluminous ivory peasant sleeves – seemingly ripped from another gown and appendaged on to this black column dress – are the stuff of nightmares, I tell you!
Stella McCartney was so exhausted from designing for half the celebs at the Met Gala that she only had time to rework her bin bag into this amorphous confection which makes a resemble a penguin that’s lost its way and found itself on the Met red carpet.
Wow! Mum’s tulle drapes from circa 1993 ended up on the red carpet glued to some feathers off a duck to make this odd number. The blush is a nice touch though, Lala, I’ll give you that!
Whoever tells us this gown is the business must get their eyesight checked. Who is wearing who here? Doutzen the dress or the dress Doutzen? Metres and metres of red tulle seem to wear Doutzen and wear her right into the red carpet. Not a good look!
Aha, here goes another Black Swan homage! Sadly yet again, wide off the sartorial mark. More panto than Goth meets ballerina chic, we say.