Red Carpet Report: Met Gala


Arguably fashion’s biggest night, the who’s who of Hollywood came out in droves for last night’s Met Gala. From Tom and Giselle to Justin and Jessica, the Costume Institute’s annual ball, which honored Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli, was a parade of haute couture and household names. But it wouldn’t be a formal affair without a little fashion analysis, so check out a few of the striking trends that I spotted on the runway, I mean red carpet.


The Roaring ’20s are back and ready to jump, jive and wail! We’ve already seen the decade return on HBO’s new smash hit, Boardwalk Empire. And the upcoming film remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby will continue to shed some light on that time period. So it’s no surprise that stars were flocking to wear dresses inspired by The Jazz Age. And no embellishment screams 1920s like feathers. The fluffy fringe flew at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as it trailed behind the likes of Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Amy Poehler. Blanchette (in Alexander McQueen) and Poehler (in Fontini) even wore two trends at once; their mermaid-style gowns also channeled spring’s oceanic inspiration. I give them two thumbs up. The feather trains were tasteful, and the dark color choices prevented their ensembles from resembling a peacock – or a black swan for that matter.


I see London, I see France, I almost saw several A-listers’ underpants! The ladies were lookin’ sheer on the scarlet strip in eye-catching ensembles that forced on-lookers to do a double-take. Model Heidi Klum and rising star Rooney Mara wore see-through lace gowns with solid mini skirts by Escada and Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci respectively. I love the illusion these gowns create; it’s almost like they’re wearing a dress under the dress. Plus, this is a great way to show off your legs – even if you forgot to shave! Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard took the same approach with her Dior Haute Couture creation, but traded ladylike lace for gossamer. The sheer portion of her skirt started a littler higher than that of her fellow risk-takers, but still kept the important pieces covered. Bravo!


Where some silver screen sirens grinned and bared it, others kept it concealed. Trendsetters like Cameron Diaz, Rihanna and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore long gowns with high necklines. And while the may not have shown much skin, the way these dresses hugged their curves left little to the imagination. Just goes to show that you can look equally sexy without stripping down. I especially loved Diaz’s glimmering Stella McCartney. The ivory hue is indicative of the season, and the silhouette was simply stunning. Rihanna and Huntington-Whiteley both went dark, but the reptilean texture of Rihanna’s Tom Ford had bite, while Huntington-Whiteley’s striped Burberry beauty boasted dimension. But mostly I’m just impressed with their chic confidence and ability to embrace their figures. Even if they are flawless.

What’s your take on the gala’s trends? See any you’re planning to try? Who wore your favorite look?

About Jillian Dauer
Jillian began her career in writing as a journalist. She’s covered a variety of topics from trials and tradeshows to produce and local businesses before landing herself in the fashion industry. She spent two years as Associate Editor at WSAToday, a trade magazine for footwear and accessories buyers, where she focused on women’s shoe brands and luxury handbags and jewelry. Currently she manages the content of JustFabulous The Blog, as well as generates copy for the brand site.

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