Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wrapup: 2010 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala

The Met's Constume Institute Gala has come and gone, this year under the theme of American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, and quality pictures are finally up on! Much to the benefit of my laptop's keyboard, which was nearing its limit of being pounded on in a fit of frustration. All the heavy hitters of the fashion world were in attendance, exhibiting their creations on Hollywood's A list. Rather than bore you with a complete recap that countless other blogs will no doubt feature, I narrowed down my favorite looks.

Carey Mulligan in Miu Miu
This dress has been getting a lot of internet hate, but I don't care, I'm absolutely loving the mod feel. From her Twiggy-inspired haircut to the deep apron-like pockets, I love it all. And what would it be without Miu Miu's signature flower print?

 Chanel Iman in Michael Kors
A jumpsuit on the red carpet. A gold lamé jumpsuit on the red carpet. A super deep cut gold lamé jumpsuit on the red carpet. Dear god, I'm in love.

Coco Rocha in Zac Posen
This incredible creation looks as if she's literally wearing the ocean. Not in a bad way. In a "The Birth of Venus by Botticelli" kind of way.

Francisco Costa with Zoe Saldana and Diane Kruger, both in Calvin Klein Collection
Leave it to Calvin Klein to take something so potentially awkward as a plain long dress with long sleeves and make it look effortlessly chic. The fabric hugs their silhouettes perfectly and the subtle sparkle in Zoe's dress makes her skin absolutely glow.

Jessica Alba in Sophie Theallet for Gap
I'm not a big fan of Jessica Alba, but homegirl knows how to rock Old Hollywood like nobody's business. I'm not crazy about her hair, but the dress looks as if a single drop of paint dropped from the sky, covering her in silky goodness.

Alexa Chung and Phillip Lim, both in Phillip Lim 3.1
Of course Alexa Chung would go against the grain and opt for a tux, and of course she would look gorgeous doing so. It's unconventional, it's quirky, it's exaggerated. And it's so damn chic. I'm loving the neck-ribbon thing in place of a bow tie, which keeps the look very much feminine, rather than butch.

Rachel Bilson in Louis Vuitton
Talk about a flattering fit, this fits Rachel like a glove. Though she chose a vintage-inspired design, the dress remains modern with the contrasting thick straps and abstract floral print. Wisely, she kept the shoes and clutch simple, so as not to distract from the dress.

 Rachel Zoe in Marc Jacobs
Call me a sucker, but if you make it yellow, add a long train, and slap an oversized bow on it, I will love it.

Sasha Pivovarova, Sean Lennon, and Kemp Muhl in Marni
Weird, futuristic mod meets gogo? I don't even know how to describe this one, let alone identify exactly what I like about these looks. But I do, and they're fantastic.

Tina Fey in Yves Saint Laurent
Admittedly, when I think red carpet glam, Tina Fey doesn't necessarily come to mind. But you tell me if she doesn't look positively radiant here. The exposed zipper is spot on and the strapless jumpsuit accentuates her beautiful shoulders. Not to mention, she looks like she's actually having some fun out there. A smile is the best accessory.

Zoe Kazan in Peter Som
 I wanted to go out on a strong note, and seriously, how much do you love this dress? There's a lot going on, between the cut and fabric and multitude of straps, but it all pulls together into a frighteningly flattering look.

What were your favorite looks from this year's Costume Institute gala?


  1. I have to say it's a tie between Alexa Chung and Coco Rocha for me. Coco's dress is exquisite, but Alexa just looks so fuckin cool in that tux, and like you said, not butch at all.

  2. i like chanel iman.... she did so well!