The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala was held just last night at the Met in New York City. Held annually in the museum and hosted by Vogue, the Gala is considered the premiere fashion event of the East Coast, rivaled only by the Oscars nationally, and is often regarded by industry professionals as the greatest red carpet event in the world. Celebrities, designers, and artists flock to the ball to celebrate the annual opening of the Met's fashion exhibit. With individual ticket prices ranging from $5000 to $15,000 USD, it is no wonder that the Gala is often referred to as the "Night of Nights" in the fashion industry.
Here are my picks for some of the best dressed women at the Met Gala 2012:
Amy Adams was a pristine stunner in this gorgeous Giambattista Valli off-the-shoulder gown. The champagne gold belt with the bow detail was an interesting accent with just the right amount of metallic to give it just enough uniqueness; to take it from a beautiful, flowing dress to a beautiful, flowing dress with personality.
January Jones took no prisoners in her bold, canary Versace gown with, again, metallic accents. The hard-edged boning and geometric lines are what make this dress spectacular, modern, and super-chic. But it's the even bolder turquoise jewelry used as an accent that makes it unforgettably divine.
Dianna Agron is flawless and effortlessly beautiful in this absolutely immaculate Carolina Herrera gown. The belt, the draping, and the clutch all do wonders for me; but it's that insatiable colour that drives me nuts! This dress does everything right and it is exactly on-point for the season. Brilliant!
Kristin Wig looked spectacular last night in her beautifully laced and classically cut Stella McCartney dress. The colour is perfect for Spring and the length is perfect for Wig. The high neckline keeps the dress clean and crisp; because there is simply no need to overly accessorize a dress that is so beautifully patterned. A glittering earring and a nude clutch? Perfection.
Jessica Alba glistened and glowed in her (again!) gold metallic gown by Michael Kors. The bold empire waist and pleated texture take the simplicity of this dress to an Haute level that could easily be worn for any red carpet event in New York. Stunner!
Another power-pigment? I'm not surprised! These actresses are serious about their fashion. Emma Roberts sported a sophisticated Escada gown that was near perfection when partnered with that subtle-but-bold-enough black belt and very slight peplum. The neon tangerine is a brilliant hue for Spring; she has done everything right.
Carey Mulligan stunned in perhaps one of my favourite pieces of the night! This metallic (yes! again!) gem of a dress is by Prada and not only hits Mulligan in all the right areas, it keeps you staring, and staring, and staring! A textural masterpiece, this dress takes your eye from top to bottom and all around in total adoration and sheer awe. A silvery, pewter-toned treasure!
Lily Collins was a powdery damsel in this weightless, air-like Valentino Couture. A difficult dress to pull-off, this 23-year old did it perfect justice! She is the right age to wear such a youthfully energetic dress that is as demure as it is whimsical. The light fabric and layers of texture and pattern are perfect for the season! A gorgeous ensemble for a gorgeous young girl.
Ginnifer Goodwin look exquisite and sharp in this stunningly tailored Monique Lhuillier gown. Always an eye for great taste, Goodwin's petite figure is the perfect host for this high-necked, napalm wonder. A classic empire waist and a textural neckline keep the dress, and Goodwin herself, as the centre of attention; not to be out-done by the over-glitzing of many of her red carpet rivals. And those silver shoes? Yes please!
Yellow done right! Solange Knowles, Beyoncé's baby sister, is unforgettably chic in this Rachel Roy evening gown. Unlike her sister, Solange kept it clean, sharp, crisp, and absolutely fabulous. Spring, spring, spring and a little glam! Love!
All in all, it's clear to see who really made it this year at the Met. Beautiful women in fearless gowns! Crisp whites, bold and bright spring-pigments, and metallic, metallic, metallic! If memorable is what you want, these women are a fantastic example. Stay tuned for my thoughts on some of the Met Gala's worst dresses of the night as well. Cheers!
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