If the late Alexander McQueen isn't fashion royalty, I don't know who is! Practically every celebrity you could think of, from actors and actresses to models, turned out to honor him and his line at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, which this year is paying tribute to McQueen's contribution to style with the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.
Now if you're living under a rock, then you have no idea that the McQueen team is still going strong under the direction of Sarah Burton, who was previously McQueen's designer assistant for 14 years. She knows the brand quite well, well enough to pound out a stellar Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter 2011 collection (everyone said it was McQueen with a woman's touch), a royal wedding dress (Catherine Middleton chose the McQueen team to design her lace and silk wedding gown for her wedding to Prince William ), and now an exhibit featuring the intricate, romantic, and gothic couture creations curated by Andrew Bolton to evoke a gothic fairy tale in six parts, followed by a lavish gala event to with he biggest celebrity names around! We'd safely say that Sarah Burton has already put her name in the record books…never dwindling from the McQueen Midas touch.
But lets get back the lavish start-studded event. Every A-lister you could think of came out to honor fashion, and to honor McQueen, even when they weren't wearing him. Designers like Giambattista Valli, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Vionnet, Jason Wu, Tory Burch, and Oscar de la Renta were represented by one or more celebrity. Let's take a look at the best of the best.
Oscar winner Colin Firth was a co-chair of the event alongside Vogue editrix Anna Wintour and designer Stella McCartney. Salma Hayek and her husband were honorary chairs of the evening. One was probably expecting Ms. Wintour to wear McQueen to the event, but she actually wore Chanel. Why did the top force in fashion journalism not honor McQueen with a design? Well, apparently she wears Chanel every year!
Still, she looked wonderful and so did Salma in her nude Alexander McQueen gown.
While Sarah Jessica Parker may be the creative officer behind Halston Heritage, she was a McQueen pal and so she couldn't not turn out for this event. We all remember her at the event in 2006 walking hand in hand with McQueen, both in tartan plaid. This time her date of the evening was Bravo's Andy Cohen and she sparkled in a silver look with a high neckline from McQueen's Fall 2005 collection.
Other celebrities wearing McQueen were models Gisele Bundchen, Coco Rocha, and Hilary Rhoda. Gisele looked divine in a red McQueen number and tapped onto a stylish trend of the evening–bold jewel tone red, which was a color worn by plenty of celebs throughout the evening including Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Krous in Giambattista Valli and Twilight's Kristen Stewart in Proenza Schouler.
Here are some of my personal favorites of the evening, including some big surprises that took my breath away.
Madonna, in particular, was the apple of my eye. While we're used to seeing her clad in black leather or a tracksuit, it was particularly refreshing to see her in this debonair Stella McCartney gown that hit at all the right places and fit her perfectly. Stella is a dear friend of the rocker so it was especially fitting to see Madonna in her creation.
Blake Lively, the apple of Karl Lagerfeld's eye, looked beautiful as well in her gray pailette-embroidered Chanel gown.
While others may beg to differ, I was a fan of Ashley Olsen's Christian Dior gown with the white puff sleeves reminiscent of Princess Diana's wedding gown back in 1981. Not sure I could say the same for Mary-Kate Olsen's vintage Givenchy that looked like he was ironed too fiercely. Still, it was in the color of the evening!
There were so many celebs in attendance, there's no way I could possibly name them all in this blog post. So my favorites would have to include a hand-embroidered floral topped Diane Kruger in Jason Wu, Ginnifer Goodwin in a beautiful green Topshop dress with cutouts (can you believe its Topshop!), Ashley Greene in a custom Donna Karan made from blush tulle, Beyonce in a pattern embellished Pucci with a mermaid train, Eva Mendes wearing a deep blue pleated Stella McCartney gown,Jennifer Hudson wearing Vera Wang, Missoni's Margherita Missoni wearing color-blocked Missoni of course.
Sofia Vergara wearing a beautiful strapless blossom print faille gown with an olive waistband from Carolina Herrera, a deep blue Tory Burch gown with a ruffled neckline worn by Isla Fisher, and Zoe Saldana in a yellow Calvin Klein Collection column.
But of course, we can't end this post without mentioning the star of the evening, the lady of the hour: Ms. Sarah Burton.
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