Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

The Super Bowl of Style

It’s Monday night and the most stylish place to be ce soir is the Met, darlings. It’s the eve of the Costume Institute Gala ~ and I was lucky enough to witness the red carpet up close and personal. Thanks to Vogue, Amazon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the first time the Met Gala red carpet was broadcast live online.

It was stunning and slightly overwhelming to see the gorgeous creations flooding the red carpet among the camera flashes ~ if you didn’t maintain a laser focus you easily missed the fabulous frenzy of frocks sweeping by in a sea of sensational style.

This year the Spring 2012 Gala celebrates the exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, exploring the striking similarities between two Italian designers from different eras ~ the iconic Elsa Schiaparelli (a.k.a. “Schiap) and Miuccia Prada.

Most of you are familiar with Prada’s classic, clean lines, basic colors and luxe fabrics ~ but Schiap’s influence is just as strong. For starters, having a shade of (shocking) pink ~ Schiaparelli Pink ~ named after you is a pretty big deal if you ask me, pretties! Schiap’s designs were also heavily influenced by artists in the surrealist and dada movements, namely Salvador Dali ~ but you can read more about that here.

Wonder how many muses were wearing NARS “Schiap” tonight?

The bossy photogs provided an entertaining soundtrack while guests tread the tricky & trying tapestry of stairs up to fashion heaven. Note to self: wear cocktail-length frock or have arm candy handy for a lift up the steps when Anna invites me next year.

The paparazzi repeatedly, shamelessly shouted names of celebs (Eva! Eva! Eva! Eva-Eva-Eva!) and hurled insults at anyone who blocked their shots. A few faves: Get out of the background with that portable camera!”;  Except for that idiot behind you, the picture’s perfect”; and Kristen look at the camera; she’s looking at nothing” ~ from one photog who was not happy with Kristen Wiig.

 Kristen Wiig, looking at nothing.

What I love most, besides the fashion, is that The Costume Institute Gala is not an awards show like the Oscars or Golden Globes ~ but a kick-off soiree that allows its guests to celebrate the Met and its colorful, creative, collaborative exhibitions each year. Here’s a glimpse of the glimmer and sparkle of the evening…

Anna Wintour breaks from her typical Chanel ~ rocking a stunning white Prada gown based on a famous dress Schiap designed for the Duchess of Windsor.

Ashley Green was gorgeous in a Donna Karan grecian white gown.

Lovely Leslie Mann in petal pink organza ruffle gown by Nina Ricci.

SJP arrived on the arm of Valentino in one of his creations ~ a floral satin full-length frock. She acknowledged that “There is nothing more terrifying, frankly, than these particular steps.”

The Mrs. Drapers ~ January Jones in yellow Versace and Jessica Paré in shimmering bronze L’Wren Scott.

Katharine McPhee was smashing in tangerine.

Karolina Kurkova shimmered in slinky gold Rachel Zoe gown & turban.

Why is Betty White so angry?

Damn, girl… Rosario Dawson wows in Calvin Klein Collection black leather halter gown.

Diane Kruger in purple plumed Prada.

Coco Rocha in a yellow vintage (and red-wine stained!) Givenchy jumpsuit that belonged to Liz Taylor.

Model Anja Rubick shoots from the hip in Anthony Vaccarello ~ do you accept the challenge, Angie?

Liv Tyler ~ gorg in Givenchy.

Chloe Sevigny pays homage to Schiap’s mirror print in a Miu Miu mirrored mini. Based on the crazy hair, I guess she didn’t check her reflection in her dress when she left the house.

Sofia Vergara stuns in an oyster and gold organza gown by Marchesa.

Marc “Oh, it’s just a lace dress” Jacobs.

Julianne Hough in Schiap Pink Carolina Herrera.

Gisele with hubby Dennis the Menace.

Kate Bosworth ~ j’adore her custom bordeaux and navy ostrich feather mini by Prada. Makes me wanna shake my tailfeather.

Liya Kebede, Tory Burch, Rashida Jones, and Brooklyn Decker in Tory Burch.

Renée Zellweger ~ Pucci prrrfection.

Dashing duo ~ Chelsea Handler holding on to boyfriend Andre Balaz.

 Gwynnie rocking a Prada mullet-hemmed frock with bedazzled pockets.

Brooke Shields ~  and all…that…jazz…! Bob Fosse would be proud.

Eva Mendes simmers in silk tangerine Prada.

Jessica Alba glows in gold metallic Michael Kors. No doubt styled by the j’amazing Brad Goreski.

Camilla Belle in  Ralph Lauren Collection ivory tulle beaded gown.

JT in Tom Ford & Jessica “Soon to be Mrs. J.T” Biel in Prada. Photo taken just before Justin announced “We’re gonna go find champagne” and whisked his fiancée away. I’ll clink to that!

After the fashion frenzy, I’m très tired. Time for some beauty zzzz’s…. sweet dreams!

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