The Gala.

3 May

The Costume Institute Gala happens only once a year and it is a sure bet that it will be one of the best nights of fashion for that entire twelve months. Last night’s Gala, themed “American woman” proved to be a successful night of both home and international proportions. Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel were all graciously accepted on the red carpet worn by Anne Hathaway, Oprah, and Kristen Stewart respectively.

As with all red carpets there are a few standouts… most in a great way.. others not so much.

My #1 has to be Sarah Jessica Parker. Maybe it’s my ultimate and undying love for Carrie Bradshaw, but SJP and Vintage Halston just make-it-work!

The gorgeous, shimmering color, the beautiful shape and flow paired with the perfect set of waves and hair accessory to boot. A + perfection that leaves me, yet again, wishing for the closet of Miss Parker.

Some other red carpet stars of the night include….

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad.

The lovely Emma Watson in custom Burberry, no doubt.

Camilla Belle looking absolutely radiant with Jason Wu.

Angel Alessandra Ambrosio in Versace with the most beautiful cutout side and back.

Whew, can Tom Ford wear a suit or what?! I am all over this.


Unfortunately, not everyone can get it right every time. Some missteps in my opinion include…

I mean, a jumpsuit?! Really, Tina Fey? I don’t even think I need to explain this.

Christina Hendricks was climbing up my red carpet ladder after Awards Season, but with this number, she’s back to the pavement. The stiff hair, the painted on make-up with the horrid plant growing off her shoulder and the far too prominent display of cleavage, it was just all too wrong to even think of being right… PS. do we see pink shoes peeking out?!


I for one, love seeing the Gala fashions even more than watching on Oscars night. People are more fun and daring, like Anna Wintour’s fantastic silver Chanel Haute Couture number, but with that can also come disaster-ly daring, á la Katy Perry’s light up circus tent dress. It is a fabulous night in fashion and I for one was happy to see the majority of the red carpet looks. As for trends, all shades of blue were displayed and if one thing’s for sure, glitter and sparkle is here to stay; Nicole Richie rocked the red carpet with a floor length Marc Jacobs silver number that was to die-for. Soft, spring make-up battled the test of NYC heat and humidity but overall the pinks and golden shades were complimented sweetly with loose waves and tousled up-dos. (The majority of…) Fashion’s best proved their right to shine on the red carpet last night, and I can’t wait to see the exhibit for myself.


These were my favorites (and least favorites) of the night! Would you agree?!


All photos from WWD.


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