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Daphne Guinness at the Met Ball 2011

4 May

I purposefully left Daphne Guinness out of my previous post on the Met Ball, I just felt like she deserved her own post. When I said the Met Ball was for pushing the fashion boundaries, I was thinking about Daphne. The impeccably dressed muse and couture collector continually experiments and challenges the status quo like an inquisitive child. I mean that in the best possible way, she’s true patron of the fashion world.

I was quite intrigued to see what she would choose to wear to the opening of the McQueen exhibit, as a very close friend of the designer it was a given that it would be something McQueen but I felt as if her actual outfit choice would be significant. It seems I’m not the only one who thought so as Daphne was videoed getting dressed in a dramatic performance piece for Barneys. She ended up wearing a Burton designed McQueen dress, which I thought was a very poignant stamp of approval for the new designer.

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The best and worst dressed at the Met Ball 2011

4 May

Monday evening saw the fabulous and fashionable out in their finest for the annual Met Ball 2011. The ball is one of my favourite fashion events, much more interesting than red carpet watching at the Oscars and Golden Globes. As it’s a fashion event, attendees can push the envelope with their wardrobe choices should they have the guts to pull it off. Though Monday night’s event was a celebration of McQueen’s work and the opening of the Savage Beauty exhibition, I was surprised that very few stars were wearing his designs.

The designer of the evening was definitely Stella McCartney who dressed Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rihanna. I’m sure I’ve seen Gwyneth in a very similar dress (perhaps at The Oscars?) but the super sexy, slim silhouette just works on her. Madonna looked great, I loved the dramatic train and intricate embroidery. Maggie looked radiant in her midnight blue sparkly number and I’m glad she kept the accessories minimal. Rihanna had Twitter in a bit of a frenzy with her sexy fitted, sheer dress. I liked it but would have chosen different shoes.

If Stella was the designer of the evening, red was definitely the colour of choice. Jennifer Lopez was glowing in Gucci, the colour looked great on her skin and I liked the red lips and scraped back bun. The little cover up was a little much though, I think it would have looked a lot better without it. this may be a little controversial but I didn’t actually like Mary-Kate Olsen’s vintage choice. It’s the Costume Institute Gala…make a little effort. Gisele and Dianna Agron were my perfect ladies in red, both looked absolutely breathtaking in very different ways. Gisele was a vision in her dramatic dress but Dianna’s simple Michael Kors dress was just stunning. 

I’m glad Salma Hayek and Sarah Jessica Parker were representing McQueen on the night. Two very different looks, I think I preferred Salma’s wispy, delicate beauty over SJP’s high impact, futuristic number. 

Props to Ginnifer Goodwin for wearing Topshop! 

Zoe Saldana also opted to go down the eye-catching brights route in this simple Calvin Klein gown. I’m a fan of her red carpet choices, she always gets it right.  

Christina Ricci’s Zac Posen gown was a little controversial but as I said earlier, the Met Ball is the one place you can get away with being a little dramatic. I think she stole the show and looked utterly amazing. 

The not so best dressed…


It’s Blake Lively, she’s in Chanel. It should work but for me it just didn’t. Karl was clearly inspired by Indian saris but it just doesn’t look right. 

The almost unstoppable combination of Burberry and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley should also just work but to me, this isn’t a good look. I’m not sure whether it’s the cheap looking satin or the amount of flesh on show but I think she could have looked a lot better. 

Apparently Beyonce and Jay Z were booed on the red carpet. I wouldn’t go that far but I really wasn’t a fan of this Pucci dress on her. The fishtail shape is very boring, the black and gold embroidery has been done to death, I don’t like the hair and I don’t know why on Earth Jay Z would wear a cream blazer with a white shirt. Bad. 

The Costume Institute Met Ball 2010

4 May

Awards Season and Fashion Week seem like long, distant memories so thank God for the Costume Institute Gala/Met Ball. Finally, after a long and hideous drought we have images of beautiful fashion to salivate over. No, just me?! The annual Met Ball theme for 2010 is ‘The American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity’. To be honest, I wouldn’t have a clue what to wear, thankfully a whole army of celebrities (and their stylists) decided pretty dresses were fitting the theme. Nude and metallic were the most popular choices when it came to the dresses, although there were still a few who dressed in failsafe black. White was a welcome change as were patterns. 



Sarah Jessica Parker in Halson, quelle surprise. She looks amazing in this metallic dress from Halston Heritage. The loose shape makes it look so easy and comfortable, but being metallic and slightly sheer, it’s still hot and red carpet worthy. 



Emma Watson was flying the flag for Britain in this custom made Burberry dress. I love the pleating/ruffle detail and the sexy one shoulder/slit combination but her hair looks like mine when I’ve just woken up! A dress like this deserves some glamour. 



Diane Kruger normally dresses so prettily on the red carpet, but she’s gone for ultra minimal with this Calvin Klein dress. I’m not too fond of the top part, but the bottom bit and the little train makes me think of a calla lily. Beautifully simple look though. 



Nicole Richie is simply glowing in this metallic Marc Jacobs dress. Metallic works well with the simple shape. 



I think a patterned dress is literally a bold choice on the red carpet, but I this this dress really works on Eva Mendes. The shape itself has been done for the past few seasons but I think the print makes it work. 



Dree Hemingway looks perfect, not as dressed up as most of the red carpet attendees but with those perspex heels and backless jacket from CK Collection, who cares?! So chic.



I’ve got to admit, I do love a big dress on the red carpet which is probably why I love this Zac Posen creation on Doutzen Kroes. The bodice looks amazing and those oversized sheer shoulders must be DIYed on something somehow…



Camilla Belle does look gorgeous and radiant in this Jason Wu dress which looks like it was made for her. But I think it’s more appropriate for something like the Oscars. 



Sienna Miller looks amazing in her Emilio Pucci dress, and her man-candy isn’t half bad either! The super low front and shredded, feathery look may not be to everyone’s taste but I like it. 



I can sometimes be overly critical of dark dresses on the red carpet, but I love this CK Collection asymmetric dress on Zoe Saldana. Sometimes you just need to keep it simple and put a gorgeous dress on a beautiful girl without frills, pouffs, pleats, bows or ruffles. 



It’s good to see Blake Lively wearing something age appropriate, I’m still slightly scarred from images of her wearing a horrid gown from a few seasons back. The colour of this Marchesa dress is perfect on her. Totally contradicting my previous comment, I love the pattern and ruffles on this dress!



Love this Burberry dress on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She is far too gorgeous for her own good! I think the belt wrapped around the waist works really well and dresses it down just a touch. 



I like daring looks at the Met Ball, and Alexa Chung was plenty daring! Shunning a stereotypical dress in favour of this Phillip Lim tux was a good move.



Marion Cotillard is definitely in my top 3 looks from the Met Ball. Absolutely stunning dress. It’s similar to Diane Kruger’s dress but I like this much more. 



The Marchesa girls and Eva Longoria look stunning, I love the icy shades and the fact that Georgina Chapman is 6 months pregnant and wearing feathers! Eva’s dress is lovely but the length has puzzled me a little, not quite full length, it feels like it’s ended abruptly. 



I want this Versace dress! It makes Alessandra Ambrosio look chic, stunning, daring and sexy all at once. What more does a girl need from a dress?

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