The Met Costume Institute Gala is to fashion what the Oscars are to film. New York’s biggest night – orchestrated by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and celebrating the “Model As Muse” – brought out only the hottest designers, celebrities, supermodels and socialites to risk-take and taste-make their way down the leopard-print carpet.
Hemlines went from the short to the shorter on celebs like Anne Hathaway in Marc Jacobs and Van Cleef & Arpels gems, Victoria Beckham in a polka-dot Marc Jacobs frock and Gisele in a band-aid-sized Versace mini with new husband, Tom Brady, in tow.
Others like Jessica Biel (whose main squeeze, Justin Timberlake co-hosted the evening), Heidi Klum and Kate Beckinsale opted for the Cinderella silhouette.
Some celebs borrowed something blue like Blake Lively in Versace, Liv Tyler in Stella McCartney, and Jessica Alba in Jason Wu and a stunning pair of emerald earrings (not as impressive as Angelina’s Oscar gems – but very close).
But the belle of the ball had to be the season’s hottest hue –
yellow gold. Designer darling, Marc Jacobs, escorted Kate Moss in an ever-so-short gold sheath with a matching turban and Harry Winston jewels; Kate Hudson channeled mom, Goldie Hawn’s, summery glow in a yellow gold Stella McCartney frock with matching gold bangles; and Oscar winner, Marion Cotillard, dazzled in Dior with diamonds by Chopard.
The evening did have its share of drama. Supermodels, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour and Linda Evangalista boycotted the event to support designer, Azzedine Alaia. And Madonna, Rhianna, and Leighton Meister caused a stir with their ‘questionable’ fashion choices.
But the fashion fireworks couldn’t outshine the golden glow as the beautiful people celebrated their big night well into the wee hours at haunts like Bungalow 8 and Monkey Bar, where Madonna wasspotted dancing to her own music with her new boy toy.
It’s a rough life, but somebody’s got to live it.