May 07, 2008

MET Costume Institute Gala 2008: The Mortals

Now that we've looked at the "superheroes", I thought we can take a look at what the mere mortals were wearing that night.
One of my favourites (besides Christina Ricci and Camilla Belle) was Bee Shaffer's Nina Ricci dress. It was very fairy tale like and whimsical. It looked like she was floating on a cloud. And I thought her messy bun was a nice touch. It kept the whole outfit from looking too put together and sophisticated. It was a good balance.A super hero we missed yesterday. I thought Amber Valletta looked absolutely fabulous in Atelier Versace. The sleeves and the little cape at the back totally fit the theme too. I also liked the dresses on Lauren duPont (left), from Valentino, Margherita Missoni (center), from Missoni- where else?, and Candy Pratts (right), from Givenchy Couture. They were fun, youthful and cute. I loved how Lauren paired her ruffled pink dress with such a tailored black jacket- it was genius. And Margherita and Candy's dresses were just refreshing but still very flattering and cute! Somehow my attention was caught by the champagne colored dresses on the red carpet. It has a certain elegant yet feminine quality to it that makes Kristin Davis (left) in Michael Kors and Scarlett Johansson (right) in Dolce & Gabanna look poised and sophisticated. Then there are the Gossip Girls, Michelle Trachtenberg (left) in vintage and Blake Lively (right) with Penn Badgley, both in Ralph Lauren. Michelle's gold dress is a bit of a hit and miss, but I think it suits her. She looks like an evil Egyptian temptress- just like her character! Blake's outfit just looked kind of standard and boring.
Also spotted some of my old TV favourites on the red carpet, Mischa Barton (left) in Missoni and Sarah Michelle Gellar (right) in Bottega Veneta. Mischa usually looks good in everything, but I really don't think this dress suits her. Something odd about the neckline... too weirdly low I think. Sarah Michelle dress was nothing special, but I just love her timelessly elegant look.
Speaking about timelessness, Michelle Managhan (left) in J Mendel and Emmy Rossum (right) in Phi were definitely not. This may sound harsh and maybe a bit farfetched, but does anyone else think that these two dresses and their cutting a bit dated?
I don't understand how or WHY Donna Karan (left), a fabulous designer, would dress herself in a drapey bag of a dress. And in such a clashing color too. I especially didn't need to see any glimpse of her sagging chest. Then there was Amanda Brooks (right) who dressed herself boxy dressed from Marni. To give her credit, I thought her squared shoes were a good match to the dress.
Colourwise though, Donna Karen's dress could not have been more clashing than Joy Bryant (left) in Emilio Pucci and Allison Sarafim (right) in Alexander McQueen. I thought both a bit too much. I understand that Joy's dress is just pure Pucci, but there really is no excuse for Allison in her rainbow colored wrap. It looked more like a sari or something she picked up on holiday in Phuket or something meant for the BEACH, than something coming from Alexander McQueen for the red carpet....
No one can fault Lake Bell for not trying to fit into the theme in this Balmain dress. Its super tight and has sparkly red lightning bolts all over it. It's just......not very aesthetically pleasing. I thought the whole over the top layer thing was over with last season's YSL, but seeing Alexandra Kotur (left: from Vogue!) wearing this Carolina Herrera, it is obviously still here. Shame. She looks like an multi-layered cake. And I love Burberry, I really do. But all this feather on Cat Deely (right) is just too much. Maybe it is just my aversion to all things feather period, but she looks like an overstuffed black bird.
There is too much and then there is too little. I don't care that Thandie Newton (left) is wearing Chanel. It looks like she's wearing lingerie- which should be kept inside the bedroom! As for Gisele Bundchen (right), her Versace Atelier dress is actually very elegant, I just thought the bodice part could use a bit more cloth.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can see michelle trachtenberg's nipple tape through her dress

5/08/2008 6:07 AM  
Blogger WendyB said...

I loved Amber's dress -- it fit the theme. I thought Gisele looked beautiful too. A good night for Versace.

5/08/2008 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you on Bee Schaffer! Goooorgeous!

5/08/2008 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO true about donna karen, haha that was a little bit traumatizing.

5/08/2008 10:53 AM  
Blogger Fashion's Darling said...

I LOVED Thandie's dress it's so sexy...but not hooker-ish. Bee looked gorgeous!

5/08/2008 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. You know nothing about fashion

2. You know nothing about writing a blog
- Michelle Trachtenberg isn't in the freaking show! It's Taylor Momsen.

Please do you research properly before posting. You seem really unprofessional.

5/08/2008 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Brady's tie was messed up the whole time he was on the carpet, that trick he's with didn't notice and fix it for him. he looked good though. so did hayden christensen

5/08/2008 5:28 PM  
OpenID awear said...

Scarlett Johansson's dress looks more like something 18th-century women would have worn under their dress.

It's conservative lingerie!

5/08/2008 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm some people seem to have some attitude problems...and it's kinda kinda funny because michelle trachtenberg is in gossip girl and "anon" goes on about research...


i lovvve the first dress! and I actually like gisele's's kinda different. plus, she can pull it off because she's a supermodel!

oh yea, and mischa does look weird!

5/08/2008 8:14 PM  
Blogger Pamcasso said...

I agree with you on Michelle Monaghan's and Emmy Rossum's dresses. They look like prom dresses from 5-10 years ago.

I did a post on this too a few days ago on my blog!

5/08/2008 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really loved Michelle Trachtenberg's dress! it was elegant and really different from the rest

5/08/2008 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Mer said...

everything looked really cheap and sad, if you ask me...

5/08/2008 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blake Lively's dress was really beautiful, if you ask me. Timeless and classic. Looks great on her.

5/09/2008 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually think the Pucci is one of the prettiest. The Michael Kors is pretty but not on her. The Versace was a bad choice--she needs color.

5/09/2008 12:44 AM  
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5/09/2008 12:55 AM  
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5/09/2008 1:34 AM  
Blogger Bostonista said...

I thought I was the only one who noticed how amazing Lauren DuPont was! I've only seen her on my blog and your blog! Perhaps it's a sign we should switch links? I've already added you to mine!

PS: to whoever anon is just ignore them! you definitely know fashion AND gossip girl!

5/09/2008 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha i love how someone left a prissy comment about how michelle trachtenberg wasn't in the show...if they're going to be mean about getting facts right, its ironic that he/she didn't bother to do the research!

i love gisele's dress btw - only she (and erin wasson) could pull off something like that!

5/09/2008 4:42 AM  
Blogger trapiello said...

The dresses are horrible!!!
I like Gisele's dress

5/09/2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger YA76OO said...


5/09/2008 5:34 PM  
Blogger Miss V. said...

I think Blake Lively's dress is lovely, as is the Nina Ricci dress. Mishca actually looks nice! I really like Gisele's dress, but yes, it is a tad too revealing... and Donna Karan looks horrible.

5/09/2008 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Mint said...

I think Giselle looked stunning. My jaw dropped when I saw her.

Donna Karan was absolutely horrendous. Good designer gone bad.

I rather liked Mischa's look. Sophisticated, sexy and not over-the-top. I think I would've liked it even better if the waist was cinched in.

Blake Lively's dress was boring. Sarah Michelle Gellar should've saved that dress for a personal event; this Gala is where all the fancy stuff is supposed to come out!

Amber Valletta looked spectacular and Bee Schaffer's dress was to-die-for!!

5/10/2008 11:55 AM  
Anonymous kpriss said...

Oh Donna, why? why? She looks like sack and that plunging neckline letting so much to the outraged eye... (sigh) fashion has come a long way... and it's going straight to fashion hell it seems :(

5/11/2008 5:07 AM  
Anonymous  said...

I think Thandie Newtons was a little to much, and definetly Donna Karan! I really do not understand why they would wear such hideous ensembles! Alexandra Kotur, Amanda Brooks, and Emmy Rossum's dresses where all strange and dislikeable. Emmy Rossum's was super outdated with the lace. I'm not a fan of Mischa Barton's either. I love Scarlett Johanson's look, Bee Shaffer's, and Michelle Tratchenberg's. Michelle's was so different, unique, and vintage! Loved it!!!!

5/13/2008 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Viv said...

The people who attended this gala certainly do not have a lack of money and some of their outfits are ugly, perhaps you should offer your services to them. Thanks very entertaining.

5/14/2008 5:57 PM  
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