On Monday evening The Costume Institute Ball at The Metropolitan Museum of Art took place in New York City. Notoriously the biggest night of the fashion calendar where the red carpet rivals the Academy Awards and the list of stars never ends. The year the Scottish theme paid tribute to the late great fashion designer Alexander McQueen with bagpipers playing at the entrance and savage garden to complete the theme.
From WWD Mayor Bloomberg shared “London might have had the royal wedding but we’ve got this, and an invitation to this is actually harder to get,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg remarked. “And we have British royalty here as well — the co-chairs, an actor who won an Academy Award for playing the king and the daughter of a knight.”
Bloomberg was referring to Colin Firth and Stella McCartney, who co-chaired the gala with Anna Wintour. Others included Penélope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Moore, Beyoncé, Madonna and Rihanna, and designers including Miuccia Prada, Riccardo Tisci, Valentino, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, Michael Kors, Giambattista Valli, Diane von Furstenberg, Tom Ford, Kenneth Cole, Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. There was also a heavy British contingent, among them Kate Winslet, Christopher Bailey, Sir Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Daphne Guinness and, naturally, McQueen designer Sarah Burton, who wore an all-white dress — perhaps her way to remind people that she designed the royal gown. The designer, who’s been press shy since the wedding, would not broach the subject, or any for that matter.
And the A-listers didn’t disappoint when it came to the red carpet, countless stars including Sarah Jessica Parker and Salma Hayek who wore the British designer’s creations – a gold chiffon gown with rose detail from the spring 2011 collection by Sarah Burton., proving, with every arrival, that McQueen was a fashion icon and more than just fashion’s bad boy… he had true vision.
And let’s not forget the supermodels some went with avant’ over the top runway creations while, Gisele Bundchen was drop dead gorgeous in a showstopping scarlet number from autumn 2005.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s dress mentioned above showed off her incredibly fit curves in a figure-hugging gold embellished sheath from the same collection as Gisele’s, while Daphne Guinness longtime friend and confidant of McQueen wore a creation made entirely of feathers that was the finale of Sarah Burton’s second collection for the fashion house earlier in the year.
But there were many many more wonderful red carpet moments check in tomorrow to see more of my favorite picks!