10 May 2007

MET Gala red carpet re-cap

It’s MET Costume Institute Special Exhibit season again. I’ve gone to the exhibit for the past two years, beginning in 2005 with a history of Chanel and last year’s “Anglomania,” featuring works by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. This year’s Vogue-sponsored temporary exhibit is “Poiret: King of Fashion.” I am going to the exhibit in two weeks with my best friend and partner in preventing fashion crimes, Kristin.

For those of you who don’t know, every year from May through August, Vogue sponsors a fashion exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. And every year, they host a celebrity/socialite-saturated red carpet soiree for the unveiling of the exhibit. Every year I log onto Style.com the next morning to check out the dresses worn to the premiere. Because it’s a fashion industry event, the clothes are always even more exciting and, well, “fashion-forward” than other red-carpet events.

This year’s event was no exception. There were dresses ranging from the marvelous to the despicable. Without further ado, my picks:

Stella McCartney (center): Sparkly vegan minidresses get me every time. Shamra (my token vegan friend), take note: just because you drink soy milk and eat tofurkey doesn't mean you have to do so in hemp birkenstocks and burlap jumpsuits.

Sophie Dahl: LOVE the dress. Fix your GD hair & makeup, though.

Liv Tyler: You know…I probably wouldn’t love this dress standing alone. The color isn’t my favorite. But with her hair and lipstick and styling choices, I think she looks fantastic. Liv’s one of my favorite style icons in general. She can pull off most looks, in my book.

Cat Deeley: Didn’t know who she was til this picture, but I really like the dress and the way she styled the look. She’s pictured here with Burberry designer Christopher Bailey (whose date last year was Sienna Miller in the gold sequin mini dress...which made it OK for people to wear gold sequins again).

Best/Worst Border
Hey- remember a few months ago when I said Cobalt blue is all the rage? Well, I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but “toot toot!” However, there is a right and wrong way to wear it. Kudos to 30 Rock’s Emily Mortimer for getting it right. And as usual, Kirsten “Snaggletooth” Dunst is a HOT MESS.

DISAPPOINTMENTS (besides Dunst, she takes the cake):

As many great dresses as there were, there was an equal amount of terrible (if not more). There are some people I expect terrible from (cough Snaggletooth Dunst coughcough). But the terrible bar is raised when people who normally do right by fashion completely miss the boat.

Shalom Harlow: She was always my favorite MTV House of Style host (I never much cared for Cindy). I sure hope she can explain this debacle by having signed some sort of contract as a spokesmodel for a haunted house chain.

Parker Posey: At first I thought she just had a hot glue gun and black lace scraps lying around and decided to go D.I.Y. on our asses. But then I read the caption: “Parker Posey in Marc Jacobs.” In theory, there’s no way that couldn’t be more perfect. In reality, total disaster.

You know, if you're a dude, it's so easy to just go "Armani Tux" and look fantastic. Even if you want to be a bit more fashion-forward, like Paul Bettany did for this event, go with a classic suit by a more avant garde designer. He wore a nice, modern Balenciaga suit. The guy pictured below, however (and whoever that lady is) just took it to the next level. And its completely inexcusable. Aside from the suit, he beat Donald Trump, who also attended the event, for most ridiculous hair:

And by the way, another thing that was totally inexcusable was this Dunst getup from the Stockholm premiere of Spiderman 3 last week. Yeah, that’s right I am going to keep talking about Spiderman and you all are going to keep thinking that I love that trilogy.

Dear Kirsten Dunst, I don't web you or your dress.


Rachel said...

liv's dress is totally my color ;)

Shamra said...

Even I can get on board with the FUG Snaggletooth mistake. That is something I would put together after a long night at the Beach House. And a lot of 'schlager.

LG said...


1. It wouldn't be a "gown" worth thousands of dollars, it would be something you fashioned out of Bob's bedsheets and wore to the dining commons for MTO omelets (not the MET)


2. You have inner beauty to make up for it. Oh, wait...maybe not.

Marisa said...

Good for people to know.