Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Belles of the Ball

Last night, whilst the rest of us prepared for the working week ahead, in our pyjamas with a cup of tea perhaps, the fashion elite slipped into their couture and cracked open the Cristal for the annual Costume Institute Gala. Co-hosted by Anna Wintour (who wore SS08 Chanel couture btw) and held at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the glittering event gave the brightest style-stars yet another chance to shine. And my ten best dressed dolls are (in no particular order, because that would just be too hard)...

Jessica Szohr's caramel complexion carried off this nude silk tulle and black lace gown to perfection. Long, lean limbs were a key feature for both Gossip Girls, as Jessica's halterneck Atelier Versace number showcased her arms in the same way Blake's dress accentuated her 'look-at-me' legs. Sapphire blue Marchesa ensured Blake Lively sparkled amongst a sea of neutral tones.

Since nude is the new black, for SS10 at least, it was hardly surpising that a few celebs opted for this on-trend theme. Gwen Stefani paired a whispy, champagne sheath dress from her L.A.M.B. line with the usual dramatic red lips and smoky eyes. Contrastingly, Sarah Jessica Parker took an altogether more natural approach, styling her Halston gown (yes, another one!) with perfectly polished skin and a Carrie-style corsage...lovely!

Proenza Schouler catapulted Chloe Sevigny even further up the style charts, with this teal tutu dress. Amazing, with understated hair and make-up and chunky shoes by the same label.

Zoe Saldana appeared elegant and sophisticated in figure a hugging Calvin Klein creation. Proving less is most definitely more, accessories were kept to a minimum with nothing more than an oversized cuff and mirrored clutch. Although, more was, well, more, in the case in Jennifer Lopez who chose to work old school Hollywood glamour in icey blue Zuhair Murad with similarly stunning results.

Next up...best dressed couples!
Marking their first public appearance together since Jude's affair with the nanny (oh, and not forgetting having a baby with an unknown 'model') this was the occassion for Sienna to dress to impress like never before. The plunging neckline and graduated hem of her Emilio Pucci dress ensured Sienna looked quirky but classic, and although I hate to say this, she did have the best accessory of the night! No need to look so smug, Jude...
Diane Kruger and Josh Hartnet were another impecably dressed duo. Proving frou-frou frills, embellishment and glitz aren't the only way to achieve glamour, Kruger's Calvin Klein floor-sweeper is one of my firm favourites. Clean lines and crisp white appear modern and polished amongst fussier silhouetes.

And finally, although not the best look of the night, Gisele proved that supermodels really do look good in a bin liner (a shredded, Alexander Wang bin liner.)

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