Gorgeous Girls Gala(vanting)

Monday was the anual Metropolitan Costume Gala — and most of the ladies looked stunning.  as usual the gowns were more festive than what we see on the Oscars runway (which is what makes it so fun, yes?) take a look below at the trends that crossed the scarlet carpet.

Long Live McQueenAs the evening was to celebrate the late great Lee McQueen, lots of people wore pieces from past collections: Sarah Jessica Parker in vintage McQueen; Naomi Campbell in custom McQueen, Karen Elson, Salma Hayek

A Cut (Out) Above The Rest
Cut outs are deffinitly a newer trend on the red carpet, espescially side cut outs (so hot right now)  Ginnifer Goodwin looks phenomenal in the twisted emerald green version, while Beyonce’s was a bit too much with the lace AND cutouts AND fish tail AND embroidery..  from left to right: Nicole Richie, Kerry Washington, Ginnifer Goodwin, J Lo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Beyonce Knowles

Solid POPSimple design and optimistic colors made these ladies stand out from the rest : Brooklyn Decker, Michelle Monaghan, Zoe Saldana (looove the pleated back detail of this column dress) Vera Wang (please eat something) Eva Mendez, and Nancy Shevell

It’s A Mans WorldUsually it’s all about the ladies, but some of the gentlemen decided to work the runway as well. Hamish Bowels in custom Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Rober Duffy, Victor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, the Karl, Stefano Pilati, Zac Posen and Andre Leon Talley in a custom kaftan (really?  i thought it was off the rack!)

We Put Birds on ThingsPlumed, plucked and perfectly pretty, feathers were all over the place. Florence Welch in Yves Saint Laurent, Daphne Guiness in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton, Margherita Missoni in Missoni, Liv Tyler in Givenchy Couture, Lucy Liu in Vionnet, Demi Moore in Parbal Gurung

Hey OmbreSome of the most stunning gowns of the evening had ombre effects that kept the eye moving from head to toe to head again.  Christina Ricci looks AMAZEBALLS in Zac Posen (is it me or is she channeling her faux ma Morticia Addams?) Taylor Swift looks beautifully grown up in J Mendel, Christina Hendricks in Carolina Herrea, Anna Wintor in possibly one of my favorite Chanel Couture gowns from Spring Summer

Flower GirlsA little more graphic than what might be thought of as a red carpet gown, these ladies were easy to spot.  Blake Lively in Chanel Couture, Emma Stone in Lanvin, Akota Fanning in Valentino, L’Wren Scott in L’Wren Scott

Black and White and Red Carpet All OverClassic colors and unique silhouettes. Elle Fanning incredibly age appropriate in Valentino (love it paired with the flats!) Ashley Olsen in Christian Dior, Diane Kruger in Jason Wu

Hem and HawAnother pretty recent trend showed up on the red carpet — the mullet hem! Hailee Steinfeld in Stella McCartney and Jessica Stam in Tommy Hilfiger

Black Tie OptionalAnd trend setters Chloë Sevigny and Freida Pinto look fit to be tied. Chloë wears Alexander McQueen, Freida is in Chanel Couture

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