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

Chanel Pre Fall 2011

Chanel Pre Fall 2011
Absolutely in LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE with Chanel’s Byzantine adventure for Pre-Fall 2011. Classic Chanel styles sometimes infused, sometimes taken over by ornamentation — square jewel buttons, layers of embroidery, intricate lace, cashmere and silk — all impeccably combined.

Chanel Pre Fall 2011

This bejeweled jacket is shoulder and collarless !!! amaze. when i was in design school i remember designing something like this, and my teachers told me it was impossible. impossible my friends?! not for The Lagerfeld. and how phenom is this jacket combined with oxford shirt and wide whale trouser.. so relaxed but opulent. totally my steez.  i love the massive, almost armor like harness on top of the classic Chanel cream tweed coat. Karl has a way of making slight changes seem so impactful and a la mode.

Chanel Pre Fall 2011

navy and black, cashmere and leather, asymmetrical pops of gold embroidery, mixed prints, sweaters you want to live in when it’s cold and damp outside, crown headbands on messy done hair, leather boot/legging/tights and jewels jewels jewels.

Chanel Pre Fall 2011

the show was held in the couture salon on Rue Cambon, surrounded by opulent gold walls, tapestries and furniture.  the models started out walking to songs off Dark Side of the Moon, and it ended with shimmering tweed, sequin and beaded gowns, mash ups of embroidery.. i love the belt folded over the gown, so unexpected.

Chanel Pre Fall 2011

my favorites tho were the frothy confections of opalescent sheer silk chiffon covered in embroidery and cheeky little gold lame panties, and medium grey sheer maxi dress with chain and jewel detailing on the sleeves..

Chanel Pre Fall 2011

you can watch the video here

real quick

there is so much amazingness i still want to talk about from fashion month – Chanel, Louis Vuitton, et al – but im heading out to see two of my most favoritest people this morning so i can only briefly say – HOW AWESOME IS THIS CANADIAN TUXEDO?!  it even includes the boots – aaand the baby!  aaah!  (not so much into the Chanel jacket over it – or on a guy really) but Karl can do what ever he wants!!!!!!!!!  LOVE HIM!

Karl! WTF?!

i have heard some people refer to the Chanel Fall Winter 2010 collection as a social statement about the injustices of global warming.  The ice caps melting on the runway, the models walking thru water in towering heels, their complete fur ensembles getting soaked (and possibly ruined) during the show.  That interpretation is complete and utter ridiculousness.  Half of the clothes were completely unwearable, and as much as i am enjoying this fur heavy season, the extravagant use of fur seemed extremely pointless and wasteful, more of an exhibition of excess than any sort of world conscious political statement.  Where as Topshop Unique was inspired by Where the Wild Things Are, Chanel just knocked the monsters off.

Neon Baroque : Chanel S/S 2010 Haute Couture

a sexy sleek acid trip into Karl Largerfeld’s genius. frothy confections you want to unwrap just to eat the magic inside


some of my favorite looks


Photographs from New York Magazine