Met Gala 2011 Page 1
The Met Gala exists for pretty much one reason and one reason only: capital-F Fashion. (And don’t let the name Costume Institute confuse you — costume is just an academic term for clothing.) While some of last night’s looks made our jaws drop in a really good way, others were hideous, boring, and/or inappropriate.
At last night’s Met Gala, Anna Dello Russo wore Alexander McQueen. And an egg on her head. Call it the Great Egg Conspiracy of 2011 (or don’t), but it got us wondering: what could she possibly be hiding in there? Allow us to wildly speculate!
We sort of expected to be blown out of the water by the looks at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala last night. After all, the event is all about fashion, and last night’s, specifically, was about the creations of one of the greatest designers of our time, the late Alexander McQueen. McQueen’s designs were known for their grand scale, high drama, innovative use of materials and nods to time gone by. And the women who made the biggest impressions on the red carpet last night wore gowns that did the exact same things.
This year’s Met Gala celebrated the genius of Alexander McQueen. The Costume Institute‘s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit opens tomorrow, and breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe it. But more on that later! The Met Gala is arguably the most fashionable event of the year, so it’s no surprise than many of the A-list guests dressed in keeping with the fashionable McQueen theme.
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and Gossip Girl Blake Lively hang out everywhere. At store openings in New York, at fashion shows in Paris — even in the original Chanel store! So is it really any surprise that the two fashion heavyweights would be spotted in cahoots at the most important fashion event of the year? No. No, it is not.
Anna Wintour is, well, ANNA WINTOUR. Our general stance on the Vogue EIC’s style is this: while she supports exciting, edgy designers, she tends toward a classic, conservative, uniform-like aesthetic. (In fact, she’ll often wear the same dress several times in the span of a few months.) Sometimes, however, she breaks her own mold and wears something we absolutely adore.
Hamish Bowles is like, the dandiest dandy who ever dandied. Ever. He’s the word dandy personified, and he proved that tonight on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala. Bowles wore a tartan tuxedo complete with an embellished cape and patent leather shoes with beaded tassels at the event, which is chaired by his boss, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Nicole Richie is really taking this fashion thing seriously. Dare we say she’s in the midst of becoming a truly respected celebrity designer, à la Victoria Beckham? She’s definitely headed in the right direction, even dressing a top model for the most fashionable event of the year.