Hollywood celebs and designers came out en masse last night for Anna Wintour's annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ironically the theme was "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion", since celebs far outnumbered models walking down the the zebra print carpet.
About the fashion, we are of the opinion that generally it was rather disappointing. The colors of the evening were blue (electric, teal, turquoise & navy) and gold. There were women in tuxes (not a fan) and too many short dresses to count. We are all about art meets fashion, but some of these outfits fall flat. They were just too unbelievable on the celebrities and should have been worn by models, who by the way, fared better fashion-wise. We want to see glamor and gowns when it comes to New York's chicest event of the year.
The designer winners of the evening (judged by the red zebra carpet) were Stella McCartney and Chanel. The losers? Marc Jacobs (for both his own line and Louis Vuitton) and Versace.
A very pregnant Heidi Klum looked amazing in a beautiful navy blue J. Mendel couture silk tulle and organza gown.
Anna Wintour in a black & white Chanel gown
Kate Beckinsale in an over-the-top, but perfect for the evening midnight blue Marchesa ruffled gown.
Veronica Lake Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney
Liv Tyler in Stella McCartney
Eva Mendes looked stunning (as always) in her Calvin Klein Collection gold lamé gown
Kate Hudson in a gold Stella McCartney gown
Diane von Furstenberg and her muse for the evening, Eva Longoria Parker in obviously, DVF.
Diane Kruger (with Joshua Jackson) in a gorgeous white lace Chanel Haute Couture minidress.
Marion Cotillard with designer John Galliano in his Dior creation.
The Decent, but Could Have Been Better
Victoria Beckham in Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton shoes
Jessica Alba in Jason Wu. She loses major points for too heavy of a shoe and wintry black opaques.
Gisele with hubby Tom Brady in a Versace minidress and matching booties.
Ashley Olsen in Dolce & Gabbana
Brooklyn Decker (Mrs. Andy Roddick) in gold lame Derek Lam
Bee Shaffer (Anna's daughter) in a navy Nina Ricci corseted mini/gown
Lake Bell in a tux and fedora (much better than Rihanna's…see below)
The Dreadfully Atrocious
Madonna in a Louis Vuitton blue ruched minidress nightmare, thigh-high boots and a turquoise headpiece a la Carrie Bradshaw.
Leighton Meester in a Louis Vuitton tunic and jeweled leggings. Simply awful.
Gala co-hosts Marc Jacobs (looking dapper) with Kate Moss looking not so great in a Marc Jacobs backless gold lame minidress and gold turban.
Rihanna in a Dolce & Gabbana tux
Mary Kate Olsen in Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, which proves too much for her to carry off.
Helena Christensen in a figure skating dress.
Blake Lively in a teal chiffon Versace gown
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in a red Versace Atelier asymmetrical gown
Anne Hathaway in Marc Jacobs
Tyra looking like a tranny hot mess in lord knows what.
Katy Perry in a turquoise Tommy Hilfiger gown. Tommy Hilfiger evening? Yeah, we were scratching our heads too.
We adore Andre Leon Talley, but not in this massive Isabel Toldeo robe which makes him look larger than life…almost clownish.
Cindy Crawford gets major points for looking this amazing, but ends up on the bottom of the pile for her awful Versace gown and matching blue shoes (matching shoes?).
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