The annual Costume Institute Met Ball took place in New York on Monday evening. Dubbed the fashion Oscars the fashion elite were out in force. Designers were accompanied by their favourite stars showcasing their gowns. The gala celebrated the opening of Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibition comparing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada runs at the The Metropolitan Museum Of Art until August 19th.
Feathers were popular on the night with numerous stylish ladies rocking feathered gowns. Queen Bey showed off her post baby body in a sheer Givenchy couture gown covered in black crystals with a vivid purple feather train. She wore her hair styled in a sleek ponytail. Diane Kruger also opted for purple feathers in a boho style purple Prada gown with ostrich feather hem. She channelled boho chic keeping her look simple with a long gold necklace and wavy hair. Kate Bosworth went for a full on feathered dress. The red and navy flapper style gown was also by Prada. She styled her hair in a topknot and sported one of the evenings biggest beauty trends, dark coloured plum lips.
In the battle of the McQueen gowns Florence Welch was my winner. I fell in love with the couture style tiered gown on the runways at Paris fashion week back in March. It's one of my favourite pieces from McQueen's autumn/winter collection. I love the embroidered dandelion detailing on the gown. Cate Blanchett wore a dramatic black fishtail gown with an ostrich feathered hem also from McQueen's recent collection. She accessorised with a matching pom pom McQueen clutch. Victoria Justice opted for a colourful floral embellished tulle dress with belt and chain detailing from the recent autumn/winter McQ collection as seen on the catwalk in London in February. She carried a signature black and gold knuckle box McQueen clutch.
Carey Mulligan was one of my best dressed of the evening in mixed metallic's. She wore a dazzling gold and silver mirrored dress paired with silver satin heels and styled her hair in a quiff. She co-chaired the evening with Anna Wintour and Miuccia Prada. I adored Jessica Alba's gold Grecian gown. The floor length Michael Kors dress worked perfectly for the red carpet. She sported glamorous side swept hair and dark red lips.
Cameron Diaz wore a gold crystal fringed gown by Stella McCartney. The figure hugging dress had a draped back and long sleeves, a popular trend on the night. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova opted for a similar dress but stole the show in a stunning rose gold sequined Rachel Zoe gown. Her statuesque figure showed off the sparkling gown perfectly. She wore a matching gold turban and carried a gold clutch.
Scarlett Johansson wore a pretty beaded Dolce & Gabbana dress with a tulle layered skirt. She wore her hair in loose waves to show off the crystal embellishments on the off the shoulder gown. Leighton Meester channelled Blair Waldorf in this fairy tale Marchesa gown. I could picture Blair wearing this to a party on the Upper East Side! The sparkling gold gown is from Marchesa's autumn/winter line, one of my favourite collections from New York fashion week in February. Lily Collins wore one of my favourite dresses from Valentino's spring couture collection as seen in Paris at the start of the year. The pretty sheer lace white gown had a romantic feel with long floaty sleeves and a ruffled neck.
Rihanna wore a sultry jet black crocodile skin gown by Tom Ford. The backless design showed off her figure with a split at the back. I really liked Marion Cotillard's sparkling Dior dress embellished with black crystals with a purple sheer lace skirt.
The red carpet wouldn't be complete without a touch of glamour from Elie Saab! Katherine McPhee wore a figure hugging coral coloured Elie Saab gown. She added gold accessories and styled her hair in a wavy up-do. Elizabeth Banks chose British designer Mary Katrantzou. I loved the clashing digital prints over the oversized peplum waist and the cape style design. The thigh high split showed off jewelled crystal Louboutin heels.
I have to give a special mention to Marc Jacobs sartorial choice for the evening! The designer arrived in a long sheer lace shirt dress to celebrate the unconventional style meeting of the exhibition. He stated he "didn't want to wear a tuxedo and be boring". Nice one Marc!
Who was your best dressed on the night?