The New York Costume Institute’s annual gala is THE fashion event of the year. Wall to Wall with stunning gowns and glamorous make-up, this is the one event that no fashionista wants to miss. This year the ball was a tribute to the late, great Alexander McQueen, with the Savage Beauty exhibition of his fabulous gowns opening at the Met. Of course, this meant a range of beautiful McQueen gowns on show, but many other designers were showcased too, with Stella McCartney having a very busy Met ball. Here are my picks for the best and worst dresses.
Ginnifer Goodwin flew the flag for the high street with this emerald-green dress custom-made by the Topshop Unique design team.
Renee Zellweger and Gwyneth Paltrow both shone in gold backless dresses. Gwyneth dripped liquid gold in a Stella McCartney dress that showcased her amazing figure and go-on-forever legs. Renee also looked beautiful in a Carolina Herrera nude/gold dress with sequined train. This was gorgeous, the only jarring point being that Renee’s back resembled something from Torchwood!
Sarah Jessica Parker looked demure and beautiful in a 2005 Alexander McQueen nude beaded gown, showing that showing less flesh can look devastating in an amazing dress. Selma Hayek also looked great in McQueen, wearing a sheer chiffon floaty dress with a corsage detail.
Ashley Greene from Twilight sparkled in a Donna Karen strapless dress that was very Old Hollywood, whilst Diane Kruger looked like Veronica Lake reborn in Jason Wu. Livia Firth, wearing a one-off eco design from Stella McCartney reminded me of Doris Day in her early 1960s heyday, with a long skirt worn over a trouser suit.
Pregnant stars Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson both went for gold, strapless options. Jessica wore a Ralph Lauren gold draped number, whilst Kate was another aficionado of Stella McCartney. Both looked glowing and glamorous.
My absolute favourite dress on the evening was the gold Alexander McQueen dress worn by supermodel Karen Elson. She had previously modelled the gown on the catwalk, and the dress was apparently ripped. But she looked incredible on the night, a real tribute to the genius of McQueen.
Stayed tune for the frocky horrors from the night…there were plenty.