Prada, along with Elsa Schiaparelli, headline this year’s Met Gala exhibit entitled “Impossible Conversations” which took place last night in New York at Metropolitan Museum of Art. On display through August, the exhibit highlights the two Italian women designers from very different eras.
The exhibition will showcase approximately ninety designs and thirty accessories by Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and by Prada from the late 1980s to the present. Drawn from The Costume Institute’s collection and the Prada Archive, as well as other institutions and private collections, signature objects by both designers will be arranged in seven themed galleries: “Waist Up/Waist Down,” “Ugly Chic,” “Hard Chic,” “Naïf Chic,” “The Classical Body,” “The Exotic Body,” and “The Surreal Body.” (source: www.metmuseum.org)
A-Listers attended. This is a selection of the best outfits and the not so great.
Favourite of the bunch:
Model Karolina Kurkova definitely took all the spotlight in this body hugging sequined Rachel Zoe gown with a matching turban. Her confidence was dazzling. She is my favourite of the night.
January Jones in Versace which she accessorised to perfection ; simplistic so the focus is where it is needed. Her hair is beautiful too.
Model Iman Chanel looking elegant in a Tom Ford Gown. Ladies take note on how to wear shear and lace. Hair away from the face is essential when wearing a bold outfit.
Co-hostess Carey Mulligan, who recently married Marcus Mumford; cut a striking figure in a gold and silver-scaled knee-length dress by honoree Miuccia Prada.
Joan Smalls and Olivier Rousteing both in Balmain look effortlessly too cool for school.
Camille Belle looks like a 1920s screen siren in this delicately embellished Ralph Lauren gown.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry Prorsum
Rooney Mara looked very elegant in her Givenchy gown.
Gwyneth Paltrow looks angelic in this Alice in Wonderland Prada dress.
Ashley Greene in Donna Karen.
China Chow wore a Jean Paul Gaultier Couture gown. I am drawn to this dress. The detail speaks volume. Simple and feminine.
Emily Blunt in Calvin Klein. The British actress opted for a coral Calvin Klein gown, simple accessories, simple hair = A winner.
Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy, with Rachel Roy. Love the dress, love Solange. She knows what works for her body type and delivers.
Least favourite of the bunch:
This Givenchy haute-couture dress is a beautiful creation in its own right, however a little decorum from Beyonce would have done it wonders. More is less.
Rihana’s Tom Ford dress was sublime but her hair did not compliment it at all.
Designer Marc Jacobs turned up in a lace dress. Erm……… *still thinking of what to
This Escada dress on Heidi Klum almost looks too cheap (maybe because of all the lace I have been seeing around the high street). Not being able to put my finger on the missing element bothers me. Maybe it’s the shoes and the ‘less is not always more’ factor. *shrugs*
Renee Zellweger in Emilio Pucci. It gives her too much of a boyish figure and she looks gaunt.
forward backward. Sarah Jessica Parker, even Carrie Bradshaw would not be able to pull off this Valentino Couture gown. It even had matching shoes!
Alicia Keys should have opted for some killer heels at least since colour was not on the menu.
Looking at Anja Rubik in Anthony Vaccerello, one word springs to mind: FOOD