Tuesday, 4 May 2010

MET Ball 2010

The Costume Institute celebrated the exhibition “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” with the annual, much anticipated fundraising event that is always frequented by A-Listers, celebrities, designers, models & muses. This year's gala was hosted by Patrick Robinson of The Gap and co-hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Oprah Winfrey. The annual Gala Benefit is the Costume Institute's main source of annual funding for exhibitions, operations, and capital improvements.

So, taking this advance information aside, could we please address the following subject: I was wondering, at an event like the MET Gala - what is the dress code? I mean, apart from the fact, that very often designers dress their favorite celebrities and bring them along (and you can hardly ever go wrong with that) - is it preferable to wear a long gown or can you actually get away with a cocktail dress?

Clicking through the pictures, I have to say, there was a few who actually made me gasp (and I mean that both positively and negatively) in front of my justjared.com ( Yeah, I had to go there first, because style.com wasn't fast enough - how dare you, style.com). So, amongst the best dressed of the evening - according to my personal taste level - was Emily Rossum, who, fresh-looking in her cornflower-blue Kenneth Cole dress, with a House of Lavande semi-precious stone necklace set herself apart from the mass of glitterati ascending the stairs of the MET.
Also worth mentioning Jessica Stam in her plum shaded Rachel Roy gown with Bulgari jewellery and Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch who impressed through simplicity. Finally somebody who realises that wearing a dress with a huge décolleté only looks stunning and elegant if your breasts are not huge - and yes, that was a broad hint to you, Janet Jackson -I have never seen a Lanvin dress looking less elegant. Also head-turning, was the old-school hollywood glamour that was channeled by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, in Zuhair Murad, with Cartier jewels , Anne Hathaway in Valentino with Bulgari jewels and Marion Cotillard in - what a surprise...not - Christian Dior.
Coco Rocha looked like an elf in a marvellous flowy  Zac Posen dress with a huge train and jewels by Everlon. Doutzen Kroes, however, also in Zac Posen, with Tiffany & Co. jewels, looked like a Disney cinderella spin-off - and as much that might be the phantasy of a 5-8 year old - in this context, I think that is rather a bad thing.
Sienna Miller looked her absolute best in a night blue short Emilio Pucci dress, endorsed with Solange Azagury-Partridge and Lorraine Schwartz jewels and Emilio Pucci shoes  - also, the accessory that simply suits her best: Jude Law.

So just a question here - if you do not sport a ball gown at the MET gala - where else?! Despite a few stunning cocktail dresses (Sienna's Pucci, i.e.), in my opinion, this clearly is an event for ball gowns. I guess I will be sitting here for another few hours and taking a look at those pieces of art and wishing myself to be cinderella (however in a better -more fashionable dress), losing my shoe on the stairs of the MET.


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