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Met Gala 2011

Jay-Z in Tom Ford and Beyonce in Emilio Pucci Fall 2011 at the 2011 Met Gala

On Monday, heavy hitters from industries around the world attended the 2011 Met Gala in New York hosted by Vogue Magazine. With the official name of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit, the event, hosted by Anna Wintour, has grown from it’s simple small $50 a head beginnings, to one of the largest arts fundraisers in the world. This year, as every in every year, there was a theme. In light of Lee McQueen‘s tragic death, the theme was a retrospective entitled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, built around McQueen’s creations for his namesake label, Alexander McQueen.
At an event of this magnitude with these names in fashion involved, the red carpet is sure to be filled with custom/off the runway looks. Most certainly one of the most premiere red carpet events, right up under the Oscars, stylists and celebrities pull out top designs to display on the carpet and this year was no different.

celebs: Beyonce, Daphne Guinness, Diane Kruger, Florence Welch
dresses: Pucci, Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, YSL

A few of my favorites of the night included of course Beyonce’s Emilio Pucci look. The Fall 2011 gown was so tight that the international performer had a hard time going up the stairs and because of this decided to not stop for photos. It was this that caused the paparazzi to boo her and husband, Jay-Z as they ascended into the exhibit. Another big name that I enjoyed was Daphne Guinness. Always known for her strong wardrobe choices, Daphne wore a Spring 2011 Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton gown that she donned in the window at Barney’s. Florence Welch was another favorite dressed in a custom Yves Saint Laurent gown. Florence has become a regular on best/worst dressed lists this past red carpet season with her sartorial choices. Diane Kruger chose a Jason Wu Fall 2011 gown for the carpet with a high slit showing a good amount of leg. The dress came off just as well off the runway as it did on it.

celebs: Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooklyn Decker, Claire Daines, Sarah Jessica Parker
dresses: Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen

Of course as in ever red carpet showing there were trends. It seems that the penchant for sleeves, simplicity, and shine carried on even to the Met Gala. Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney and Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors both chose gowns that look similar to some of the Calvin Klein gowns we saw during red carpet season. The dresses touched on a few trends: simplicity, splits, and sleeves. While Claire Daines went sleeveless with her Calvin Klein, there was still a simplicity and bit of shine to the piece that held it within the parameters of the trend of the night. Francisco Costa is undoubtedly proud of his work and the way it has come to define different celebrities on the red carpet. Sarah Jessica Parker appeared in a flesh toned Alexander McQueen gown, that while wasn’t stunning, was a solid choice.

Peek-a-boo, I see you.

I live for spring fashions, it allows serious expression of ones personality and allows risks to be taken as far as showing skin on a daily basis, besides who wants to be covered in clothes as the temperatures start to heat up? Of course about 60 years ago you couldn’t tell but since then things have changed…

Showing skin has always caused an up roar, even if its just from your basic jeans shorts, but what happens when designers get a hold of the idea and put their own twist on it?

Michael Kors, is the American dream and with this piece he wants you to be the American “fantasy”.

Every time I look at this I can’t help but thing that this was “GaGa” inspired, she’s the only one I can picture wearing this. Anyways, Marc did an amazing job at bringing every peek-a-boo element into one piece, even the shoes.

Yes, can you say simply elegant with the stencil effect? Marchesa is all about vintage and Asian influence but this one…I’m lost for words. Truly a work of art.

The trends on the runway are always a perfect time to see how designers think differently, it’s amazing how all of their minds think alike but yet so differently, an inspiration to stand out no matter the similarities. Spring time is about showing a little skin, a tease before the summer and fashion is simply about taking risks and of course standing out. Take advantage of both, you’ll be surprised at what you may come up with, who said a little peek-a-boo would ever hurt anybody?

Images provided by NBCNewYork.com

Written by Courtney