The Jewelry Insider

May 4, 2010

My head is still spinning from the amazing jewelry and frock display at last night’s Costume Institute Gala at The Met. If Oscar Night is The Super Bowl of fashion gawking let’s call this one The World Cup.

A-listers from Oprah and SJP to Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway lit up the carpet. But it was one Katy Perry who took that sentiment quite literally.

It wasn’t Katy’s jaw-dropping Lorraine Schwartz statement necklace that had tongues wagging – it was her CuteCircuit LED-laced dress that flashed flourescent streaks of yellow, pink, green and blue lights depending on her mood (the control switch was safely ensconced in her cleavage for good keeping).

Katy told one reporter,

“I feel like I really have to represent those girls that just go for it and do their own thing and, you know, have their own bit of spontaneity and self confidence. I think sometimes in fashion it can get a little stuffy so I wanted to lighten up!”

CuteCircuit are no strangers to hi-tech fashion. In 2006 their Hug Shirt was named one of the Best Inventions of the Year by Time Magazine. Katy’s dress is a more wearable version of the design duo Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz’s stunning Galaxy dress – a hi-tech gown embroidered with 24,000 tiny LED bulbs now on display in an American museum.

What do you guys think of Katy’s look? Totally hip? Or trying too hard?

For more Met jewelry gawking, click here for Jewelry.com’s full coverage of the event.

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  1. Not Always a School Marm

    I adore irreverence at glamorous events, so I love her glow-in-the-dark statement. And I loved Bjork’s swan costume at the Oscars years ago, and I swoon over all of Cher’s Bob Mackies. Yes, elegance and simplicity are divine, but a sense of humor at a “serious” event can be a refreshing reminder that originality and creativity belong everywhere.

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