Met Gala 2012

The Met Gala,  the opening night of the annual fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is now something of a fashion Oscars.  It’s a star studded event where conventional evening dresses rub shoulders with extravagant outfits, in an effort to match the theme of the opening. ‘After last year’s emotionally charged blockbuster, a posthumous Alexander McQueen retrospective, the Impossible Conversations: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada show is a move back  into more cerebral, curatorial territory. The exhibition explores the connections between Schiaparelli and Prada, two Italian women whose design was motivated by a desire to challenge conventional notions of beauty and chic.’ (, accesed 22.05.12).

I am not going to talk about all the dresses on display.  The rich and famous stepped down the red carpet surrounded in appropriate glitter and breathtaking frocks.  But despite having become an Oscar-style event, The Met Gala is still about art and it’s so nice to see a bit of something else too. These are a few of my favourite outfits of the night and the resons why.

Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney for reminding us of the elegance of the  40s era
Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte for bringing the Marlene Dietrich look back where it belongs
Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Huillier for being my most recent revelation: she’s not afraid of colour and knows how to stand out without being flashy
Chloe Sevigny in Miu Miu for taking kooky to a whole new level

Diane Krueger in Prada for how she can rock casual and glamourous at the same time. Plus the colour of this dress is simply divine!

Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs for making covering up sexy

Cate Blanchet in McQueen for being the epitome of the black swan

January Jones in Atelier Versace for going futuristic in a rather retro way (remember the Jetsons?)and who else could have pulled it off if not the Mad Lady herself?

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