You know how for most (not me, but most) people the Oscars is the “main event” and the red carpet telecast is the “pre-show”? The Met Ball is the opposite. The Red Carpet is the main event and the “afterparty” is a beautiful gala inside a resplendent Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The annual Costume Institute gala has a theme and honoree and this year it was classic evening wear in honor of British-born couturier Charles James, who revolutionized American couture, and determined by British-born editor Anna Wintour, who revolutionized American Vogue, fashion and trend.
Here are the superlatives of the night:
Best Model: Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
Best Texture: Lily Allen in Chanel
Most Head-Turning: Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen
Most Seemingly True to Self: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino
Best Crop Top/Most Appropriately Youthful: Emma Stone in Thakoon
Best Brand Positioning: Victoria Beckham, own design
Most Improved: Kim Kardashian in Lanvin
Best “I’m Still the Biggest Star on this Carpet” Moment: Beyonce and Jay-Z in Givenchy
What do you think? Agree, disagree? Other favorites?
On Monday night Hollywood and Fashion royalty came together for the annual Vogue Met Ball. The evening celebrated a new fashion exhibit that compares and contrasts the designs of two Italian women: Miuccia Prada and the late Elsa Schiaparelli.
If there is a Red Carpet to go big on, this is it.
Let’s get to the good first:
Awesome Old Hollywood – Milla Jovovoich in Prada
The Best Bold Color – Solange Knowles (and Rachel Roy) in Rachel Roy
Best Tribute – Coca Rocha in Elizabeth Taylor’s Givenchy
The Most Fiercely Fabulous – Rihanna in Tom Ford
The winners in the “too much” category:
Too Short or Too Long – Jessica Biel in Prada
Too Old – Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney
Too Much Hunger Games – Elizabeth Banks in Mary Katrantzou
Too Much Beyonce (even for Beyonce?) – Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci
All images from People.com