The 2007 Costume Institute Gala, celebrating the Paul Poiret exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art took place on Monday evening. All the stars came out. If there is any night to pull out all the stops, it is this night. A few tried, but fell short, others played it safe but we loved them anyways. Here are a few of my favorites, and a few of my least favorites (or at least some of my disappointments anyway).
Queen Anna in Chanel Couture with daughter Bee:
Bee Schaffer looks amazing in this blue Nina Ricci gown. It was a stunning gown, and I just want to steal it off her back!
Lucy Lui wore a STUNNING Zac Posen gown. It was perfect for the event, and she pulled it off brilliantly.
Kate Bosworth in Prada:
Kate Bosworth has been improving in my book. While she is still impossibly thin, judging from recent photographs it looks like she is getting back to her Blue Crush body that we were all so envious of. I love this retro glam look on her. Everything about this look is perfect!
Naomi Watts in Zac Posen:
Oh she is just GLOWING. She picked an amazing gown that showcases her bump perfectly!
Mischa Barton in Giambattista Valli:
I loved Mischa’s hair for this event, and I love the dress. Well played.
Cutest couple of the night:
Kelly Ripa is just adorable in Zac Posen with hubby Marc Consuelo. This was a great color on her.
MK & Ashley Olsen: A for both of them
Mary Kate was by far my favorite twin of the night. Her dress showed how crazy thin she is, and that terrifies me, but alas the dress was gorgeous. I loved it so much it surprised me. Believe me, even as I type this I can’t believe it. Ashley’s look was high on glamour and I liked that, but I was wondering why the fur was necessary especially given the fantastic weather we’ve been having here in the Big Apple!
Jennifer Hudson in Michael Kors:
Simply Stunning! She should have worn this to the OSCARS!!!
Loved it then, love it now…
Cameron gets it right! Cameron Diaz looked smashing in what looked like a re-interpretation of an ensemble Sarah Jessica Parker wore to a SATC event in 2003. I LOVED Cameron’s Dior by John Galliano dress! I thought the turquoise accessories brought out her eyes, and I love that she lightened her hair a bit!
A+ for Christina Ricci:
The sweetheart bust line of this Calvin Klein Collection gown is perfect for her. She looks very fresh & glamorous. I also love her fuchsia lips.
Renee Zellweger in Carolina Herrera is a winner for me!
The dress is gorgeous, a simple silhouette with amazing detail is perfect for Renee. I love that she is back to blonde & look…no pursed lips!!! A winner all the way around!
Lindsey Lohan in Zac Posen:
I thought she looked amazing. This dress does wonders on her. It makes her look like she has a figure (which she no longer has), and she looks older & sophisticated.
I love the Marchesa girls:
amazing dresses, amazing shoes!
What happened to Jessica Simpson???
She looks AWFUL!!! Her lips look TERRIBLE! Her lipstick is terrible, but the problem is deeper than that. She needs to FIRE whomever is giving her lip injections. It has to stop. She also needs to go back to blonde, and de-Beyoncify. This dress looks like it was stolen right out of Beyonce’s closet. John Mayer, on the other hand, was looking mighty fine.
The Style pages gave us a sneak peak at Lauren Davis’s Nina Ricci gown, and even though I think the green color makes her look like a walking wedge of iceberg lettuce, I find it necessary to applaud anyone who chose to pull out all the stops for the Costume Institute gala. I can’t pick on Tinsley Mortimer’s smoking hot Versace frock either because…she looks amazing.
When head gear goes wrong:
Kirsten Dunst was a TRAIN WRECK in vintage YSL. Her date was also a disaster. Juliette Lewis wasn’t as bad in vintage, but I might like her dress, had she not had the Pocahontas-inspired head band.
Scarlett Johannson in Stella McCartney:
I really love Scarlett’s dress, and I really love Scarlett but I think the two should part ways. She has a tendency to look a little pushed up. I also hate her shoes & fishnets.
D+ for Rihanna:
I hate the black glove with this dress, I hate the Janet Jackson-esque bust line, and her hair puzzles me.
Molly Sims in Armani Prive:
This reminds me so much of the dress Penelope Cruz wore to the Oscars, that I can’t love it. She is gorgeous, the dress is gorgeous, but I can’t explain it…I see it and I feel just a little Blah.
Jessica Stam in Dior Couture by John Galliano:
Stam can pull off anything… absolutely anything… this girl is AMAZING. But this dress is awful. Horrendous even. It reminds me of an old moth ball smelling tapestry you would find in your great-great-great grandmother’s attic.
I hate column dresses for events like this, but the back of this Calvin Klein Collection dress is really amazing:
I’m not a fan of Liv Tyler’s red lips though. Against the teal they look a bit too orange for my taste.
Parker Posey in Marc Jacobs:
The dress is okay…but the shoes, hair, & makeup signal that she just doesn’t CARE.
No No No…Chloe is a disaster:
the green dress from Balenciaga just doesn’t work here. Also, what is up with her HAIR?
I am just exhausted from looking at all of these dresses! EXHAUSTED, I tell you! I don’t have the strength to continue on to tell you how absolutely HORRIFIED I was to see Cate Blanchett in that gold fringe Balenciaga number, or how Shalom Harlow looked like a mannequin in Viktor & Rolf and that I hate that I kind of want to look like mannequin now too. I’m so tired of these Costume Institute Gala photographs that I can’t articulate how much I HATE when girls pair ankle boots with short, poofy dresses, or even how annoyed I was when I saw Kate Moss shamelessly wore a dress from her own TopShop line. I must go now, and recuperate, but please feel free to leave your thoughts on any of the dresses!
photos via: (Style.com & Wire Image)