Earlier this week the much anticipated Costume Institute Gala or Met Ball took place. The theme this year was "Models as Muse". Starting in mid-2008 and continuing into 2009 models have been a source of immense fascination, especially the supermodels of the 90s, such as naomi campbell, christy turlington, linda evangelista (the trinity) and cindy crawford, shalom harlow, amber valleta...the list goes on. In attendance were many dazzling models, as well as our favorite celebrities. There are many posts in the fashion blogosphere about this star studded occasion, and I wanted to add my few opinions to the pool of thoughts on the Met Ball. Here are the gals that I thought deserved the join title of Belle of the Ball.
first i must say that i wholeheartedly love every look that i've put in this entry. for each girl i saw walking down the red carpet i was literally jumping out of my skin with excitement. they all looked so riveting, and so beautiful, and were all able to showcase different facets of style. one of the first ladies i fell in love with at the ball was marion cotillard. marion knows how it feels to look amazing on the red carpet, she's done it many times before, and on this red carpet she really shone. i love the nude color of her christian dior dress and the beautiful iridescent details on the bodice.
anne hathaway looked like a barbie in marc jacobs. i didn't know what she was going to wear to the met ball, but i'm happy with what she chose to show up in. marc jacobs' fall 2009 collection was heavily 80s inspired, and most of the pieces were out there, but anne makes this work and just adds such glamour, sophistication and sex appeal to it. i love her hair. not many people could wear this style now and get away with it.
kerry washington was so eccentrically cute in louis vuitton. i loved the LV fall 2009 collection (jacobs is a genius!), and i'm so happy she was able to pull this off.
lou dillon was absolutely ravishing in nina ricci. again, i loved the nina ricci fall 2009 collection and i'm so glad to see a piece from this on the red carpet! lou is obviously not trying too hard to look cool, but she looks cool, beautiful, radiant, and every other positive adjective in this dress. :)
liv tyler and kate hudson both came to the ball in shimmering pieces by stella mccartney. liv looked like an absolute amazonian princess and kate looked cute, sunny and playful--as always.
vera wang has been one of my favorite designers since i was a young girl (i'm talking about 9-12 yrs old...i'm still pretty young, but you know what i mean!)...however, i always noticed that whenever she walked the red carpet at events she looked either boring or absolutely horrendous. this might by the first time that vera wang actually looked absolutely beautiful in one of her creations. she chose an amazing beautiful blush pink dress, and i love her makeup and her hairstyle. she always wears it hanging down and i love this side pony.
alek wek knocked it out of the ballpark in this emanuel ungaro. i LOVE this color. i want that dress (and alek wek's height wouldn't hurt either!).
i'm not the biggest blake lively fan. that's mostly because she dresses as well as serena is style on the gg....but i thnk she looks like a total GLAMAZON here! she looks AMAZING. some people said this look is too overtly sexy, and she's trying to hard, and blah blah blah. she totally pulled this look off, not many women can look this great in a dress that shows so much. i love this look! you go blake! oh, and she's wearing versace.
magdelena frackowiak was absolutely stunning in this blue violet thakoon creation. from the little piece of the fashion world that i get to peruse through magazines and fashion blogs i've noticed that although models are supposed to be the most beautiful women in the world, on the red carpet they always look absolutely atrocious, wearing the most outlandish things and never styling their hair. i'm happy to say that at this ball most of the models looked fantastic and mag was one of them.
if you ask me who my favorite olsen twin is i always answer ashley. however, my fave olsen twin at this event was mary-kate. she looked like a beautiful punk victorian couture doll. i absolutelty love the design, color, and handiwork on her christian lacroix haute couture masterpiece. i love her makeup, and her slightly ratty hair. at this event, i really want the wow factor. ashley wore a clean white gown from the row...and it was decent, but mary-kate really had some oomph in her look. this has got to be one of my favorite mary-kate looks ever.
i started getting obsessed with oluchi onweagba ever since i read an article on her in a recent vogue issue. my obsession continues as i am completely awestruck looking at her in this oscar de la renta gown. she just looks so good. i don't know what else to say!
dr. lisa airan is working it in balmain. she is so wearing this dress and not letting it wear her. i love her fashion versatility.
aerin lauder zinterhofer, much like vera wang, works in the fashion industry (more specifically the beauty industry as head of estee lauder) but doesn't turn out very stylish looks. i was pleasantly surprised when i saw this image of her looking like a vision in a peachy gown by j. mendel.
oh sessilee...let's be best friends. i absolutely adore sessilee lopez in this zac posen gown. she is another model who knows how to dress for events (at least for this one). the various colors in the gown work so well with her warm brown skintone. i love her shoes and her sweet smile.
caroline trentini looks like an angel goddess in this john galliano ensemble. i don't think i've ever seen her look so beautiful.
miranda kerr is tastefully sexy in this jil sander piece. i love the fringing, and the cut-outs on this dress. this is proof that black doesn't have to mean boring!
dree hemingway just looks so cool in alexander wang.
katie lee joel is an absolute vision in vintage alfred bosand. i'm loving this nude trend, because everyone has a nudish color that looks great on them.
arlenis sosa (another model that knows how to dress for events) is absolutely smashing in her alberta ferretti frock with her megawatt smile.
kate beckinsale in marchesa was one of my top best dressed of the night because i adore that marchesa gown, and she really worked it. the model who showcased this dress at the marchesa presentation looked horrible in it but kate really made this gown her own and wore it with such grace and savvy.
gisele is ultra cute and ultra sassy in versace creation, it goes so well with her slight tan.
jessica alba looked really cute in this jason wu dress. jason wu is so having a moment right now!
what do you think of my list? i worked on this instead of studying for my finals...so show me some love guys! leave comments, i love to read them and they make me happy.