As you’ve more than likely already heard, the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala was held last Monday night in New York City. As per usual, the grand Oscars of Fashion is co-chaired by Anna Wintour, who was accompanied this year by Miuccia Prada and Carey Mulligan in honor of the exhibition “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.”
WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW is what trends marched down the red carpet. (Or maybe you do, since live coverage was live-streamed for the first time on Amazon.com, vogue.com and metmuseum.org.) Anyhow, dare I say that the Costume Institute Gala is more fun than say, The Oscars, probably because here we’re looking at fashion people (not just celebs) and if there is ever a time to take a risk, it’s here, amongst other fashion people. Although in the end no matter WHO you wear, you want to be on Anna’s good side and that’s no easy feat.
One sure way to do it is by dressing in the designer that the exhibit honors. And in this case.. the devil wears Prada (couldn’t resist).
Since the exhibit is equally dedicated to Schiaparelli, apparently Anna encouraged guests to embrace Schiaparelli’s trademark pink. After that it was up to interpretation from vintage elements of pink to paring it with denim (like only Jenna Lyons can) and pink hair a la Chris Benz.
Unfortunately for Schiaparelli, ORANGE is still having a moment for Spring 12. And so it is here, the number one fashion color at the Costume Institute Gala.
Also indicative of the Spring 12, BOLD PRINTS liven up the red carpet in refreshingly season-appropriate looks.
METALLICA never looked so good. Shimmering silver and gold embellishment dazzled as THE number one trend of the evening, with Karolina Kurkova standing out in a backless Rachel Zoe number.
Leave it to the fashion crowd to take on one of Spring’s most buzzed about details, PEPLUMS!
Sheer maxis are very much on trend and look every last bit glamorous on the red carpet. See-through skirts offer a more forward look than slits.
More than a handful of guests dresses in jewel tones from emerald to sapphire. Constance Jablonski in two-tone Haider Ackermann wore it best.
If jewel tones have you thinking Fall, these Renaissance Women take it a step further in lavish embroideries which were indicative of the most recent runway collections.
Alas, The Individualist. From lavish frills to mismatched, shirt layering to barely there.. anything goes!
If all else fails, black is an eternal crowd-pleaser and these frocks are anything but ordinary.