Met Gala 2011

4 May

I always look forward to the Met Gala, because it puts the focus on the celebrities of the fashion world–the designers, models, and industry insiders. Because of its focus and guest list, attendees dress to the nines in high fashion, as opposed to the more mainstream looks seen on other red carpets.

There were numerous Alexander McQueen ensembles, fittingly since the gala was in honor of the McQueen exhibit opening. My favorite was Daphne Guinness, one of McQueen’s dear friends, who wore a dress from the McQueen spring 2011 line, the first collection designed by his predecessor Sarah Burton. She wore the slightly avant-garde molded dress the right way, keeping her hair and makeup simple.

Other notable McQueen ensembles were Coco Rocha’s black and gold feathered frock, Anna Dello Russo’s bolero pantsuit, and Gisele Bundchen’s red hot gown.

Mia Wasikowska in Thakoon was on my list of best dressed attendees. It was elegant, with a slightly ’50s silhouette contrasting the plunging neckline. Gorgeous. 

Ashley Greene in custom Donna Karan was stunning. The dress was the right shade of nude so it went well with her skin tone. The beading was not too much, and the shape suited her. The dress spread out on the ground beautifully.

Crystal Renn in Zac Posen looked fierce, from her shiny slick hair to her dark dramatic skirt. The pleating in the gown made the black intriguing rather than one-note.

Liv Tyler brought Givenchy’s latest haute couture collection to the red carpet. She styled it well to keep it from looking too fussy: wavy hair and minimal jewelry.

Some of My Not-So-Favorites:

Where did the rest of Jessica Szohr’s dress go? This is the Met Gala, not a nightclub. This was too revealing for the event. 

Sofia Vergara’s Carolina Herrera dress didn’t do much for me. I wish she had chosen a brighter color or a more interesting silhouette to match her personality. The flower on the skirt was an awkward attempt to make the dress cheerful, and it didn’t work. She has a big personality, and her dress didn’t match that.

Julianna Margulies’s Narciso Rodriguez was unflattering and fit her oddly. It was very vanilla, from the color to the shape. I yawned a little.

Rashida Jones’s look seemed amateur, with the headband and dress style. I thought she could have picked a much more flattering dress and hairdo.

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