The fashions at this year’s Costume Institute Gala were a fabulous mix of covetable glamorous numbers, big misses, and just plain wackiness.
The annual gala took place on May 4th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibition’s theme was "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion".
The event was co-chaired by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Justin Timberlake, and supermodel Kate Moss.
Kate Moss arrived with Marc Jacobs. She looked stunning in a custom gold lamé turban and dress by Marc Jacobs, paired with Harry Winston jewelry. I have a feeling a turban trend will ensue.
Fashionista Victoria Beckham showed up in a Marc Jacobs mini-polka dot number that had a sort of sari feel, showing off her uber-slender gams.
Other favorites were Kate Beckinsale, and Israeli model Bar Refaeli. Both women were dazzling in Marchesa gowns.
Very pregnant Heidi Klum had an undeniable glow as she walked the red carpet in a black and blue J. Mendel gown.
Anna Wintour wore a fittingly demure Chanel Couture looked that suited her very well. Her daughter, Bee Shaffer, wore a Nina Ricci mini (fitting given that Wintour has long voiced her support for Olivier Theyskens).
Cindy Crawford, Jessica Biel, and Gisele Bundchen all wowed in Versace.
The only notable Versace misses were Emma Roberts, whose red mini dress looked like a rolled-up licorice concoction from an episode of Project Runway, and Blake Lively whose teal Versace had a slit that was just a wee bit too high.
Kanye West wore Louis Vuitton (the man has called himself “the Louis Vuitton Don").
His girlfriend, Amber Rose, seemed a bit too voluptuous to pull-off her red, strapless Carolina Herrera dress.
Mary Kate Olsen outshone her twin sister Ashley in a gray Christian Lacroix Couture gown with lace shoulders.
Ashley went for a low-cut, droopy white Christan Lacroix gown.
Also showing-off some skin via lace was Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney.
Eva Mendes, Hilary Swank, and Brooke Shields looked fine, albeit a bit boring, in Calvin Klein.
That said, amidst all the glamour and glitz there were some truly wacky misses. Rachel Weisz, with black lipstick and way too much tulle, looked like she was wearing an over-the-top prom dress (a Vera Wang number).
Madonna, dressed by Marc Jacobs in Louis Vuitton, had an odd head adornment that looked like bunny ears. Her outfit, fittingly, wouldn’t have looked out of place in a grade-school play.
Also in Louis Vuitton, Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester channeled a dime-store harlequin. Her outfit was complete with ruffled shoulders, tight pants, lace-up shoes, and ballooning fabric at the waist.
Another miss for Marc Jacobs was Anna Hathaway’s pleated aborigine mini. The design was not for Louis Vuitton, but for his namesake line.
Images courtesy of Splash News.