If you have been following my blog for the past two days you know that The Costume Institute Ball held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday night drew a posh crowd of celebrities and fashion taste makers.
The event carried on paying homage to Alexander McQueen who already received a dose of royal attention last weekend thanks to the Sarah Burton designed dress that Kate Middelton the Duchess of Cambridge wore- not only to her wedding ceremony, but also an additional dress for the evening reception.
These two events have transformed the late Alexander McQueen into the most talked-about fashion house of the year. The spring exhibit of his work at the Costume Institute was celebrated in full force on Monday with a Scottish theme that included bagpiper’s and a savage garden.
During the night there were some speeches that paid homage to the man, his life and designs but thankfully for Karl Lagerfeld who said “I am here for a fashion event, not for a memorial,” and did not want to wallow in the sadness of McQueen’s passing but rather to celebrate his genius (paraphrasing) the speeches were kept succinct and light, with plenty of mentions about the references to the recent nuptials of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.
There were many McQueen Collection looks worn by Supermodels like Giselle Bundchen and celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker along with, some newer items worn by the likes of Salma Hayek who wore a dress from the current Collection by Sarah Burton.
But many other designers had a chance to capture the spotlight – including Stella McCartney, who created a number of beautiful pieces for the night like Madonna’s slinky satin blue gown with stars cascading down the back it was a perfect fit and a welcome change from her usually more bold choices.
A pregnant Jessica Alba looked stunning in a gold strapless Ralph Lauren number chosen by her stylist the darling Brad Goreski former protégé of Rachel Zoe.
Ashley Greene looked incredible in a nude colored sequined Donna Karan gown with a cascading train Her dark pulled back hair and pretty makeup were like the icing on a chic cake.
And Liv Tyler wore a gorgeous white and yellow feather confection of a dress by Givenchy. It fit like a glove and showed off her curves to perfection.
Of course the fashion trendsetters were out in full force and dressed to please. Alexa Chung wore a sequin dress by Christopher Kane which I loved instead of her usual semi-dressy, semi-casual quirkiness. And of course Anna Della Russo wore the most incredible Givenchy creation topped off with a fascintor that only she could wear…. Somehow this woman always manages to make me smile.