On Monday, May 7th, 2012, STYLE 101 had a little bit of fun, dissecting the various fashions that were paraded down the red carpet of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala.
Each year, the Met -along with its partnering entities- presents a themed exhibition, as a fun and creative way to raise money and preserve its collection of costumes. Last year's theme (2011), was a retrospect of the late Alexander McQueen (Savage Beauty), and this year's theme focuses on two, Italian designers from two different era's; Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations.
While the Met imagines a conversation between the two aforementioned people, here's what our imagined list of STYLE 101 "Red Carpet Superlatives" would look like:
Ironically, ALL of our favorite ensembles come from the fashion industry's finest... proving once again, that the new-Hollywood-hat-trick (wearing a dress and nothing but a dress), just does not work within the world of high-fashion and glamour!
#1 Karolina Kurkova
#2 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
#3 Chanel Iman & Tom Ford
#4 Giovanna Battaglia
& Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld
These two ladies came close to making Best Dressed, but we still acknowledge their exemplary effort!
#1 Rooney Mara
#2 Mary-Kate Olsen
They weren't 100%, but they stood above the crowd as another two of our favorite ensembles of the night!
#2 Renée Zellweger
These duo's arrived to the gala, perfectly-paired, with style and grace!
#1 Joan Smalls & Olivier Rousteing
#2 Gary Oldman
& Alexandra Edenborough
#3 Marcus Samuelsson
& Maya Haile
#4 Thakoon Panichgul
& Christina Ricci
#5 Elaina Watley & Victor Cruz
SAFE AND SOUND
When you're not sure which way to go, stick to the basics and go with the flow! These two ladies did just that... and got it right!
#1 Camilla Belle
#2 Paula Patton
He showed up, but he didn't show out! AND, he even interviewed ;-)
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
It's her world... and the Met just lives in it! *SCORE* ...another one for the books!
***Although these categories are just for fun (and only a matter of opinion), STYLE 101 does not judge the creativity of others and we do not dictate whether -or not- someone is 'worst-dressed.' Rather, we'd like to say that some people simply did not make the best choice.***
She's no doubt, one of the hottest models on the planet (Kanye West even rapped about her)! But going to a 'Ball,' means to put on the ritz... not a** and t***
LOVE ON TOP (HATE THE BOTTOM)
Seemingly, all of the lacey/sheer numbers of the night, just... couldn't... quite... pull it... together :-(
But if they had altered their ensemble, in just 1-small-way, things would have looked 100x better ;-)
#2 Christina Ricci
#3 Marc Jacobs
*SMH* ...These lovely ladies usually hit all the right notes and tend to get all the high points... But something went terribly wrong, on this occassion :-(
#1 Sarah Jessica Parker
#2 Rashida Jones
#3 Scarlett Johansson
IT'S CUTE... BUT IT'S A DIFFERENT THING
Maybe on a different night... At a different affair, these outfits could have worked?! But just not for this moment :-/
#1 Kristen Stewart
#2 Coco Rocha
*LE SIGH* ...It's like you just almost want to give it to them (that Honorable Mention nod), but it's that 1-off-thing about their outfit, that just keeps you on-the-fence... Ugggh!?!
#1 Gwyneth Paltrow
#2 Amy Adams
#3 Janelle Monáe
(On View May 10–August 19, 2012) "The Met's Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, the exhibition features orchestrated conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work. Iconic ensembles are presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.
"The exhibition showcases approximately ninety designs and thirty accessories by Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and by Prada from the late 1980s to the present. Drawn from The Costume Institute's collection and the Prada Archive, as well as other institutions and private collections, signature objects by both designers are arranged in seven themed galleries: "Waist Up/Waist Down," "Ugly Chic," "Hard Chic," "Naïf Chic," "The Classical Body," "The Exotic Body," and "The Surreal Body."
"Schiaparelli, who worked in Paris from the 1920s until her house closed in 1954, was closely associated with the Surrealist movement and created such iconic pieces as the "Tear" dress, the "Shoe" hat, and the "Bug" necklace. Prada, who holds a degree in political science, took over her family's Milan-based business in 1978, and focuses on fashion that reflects the eclectic nature of Postmodernism."
*** THANKS FOR SHARING THE FUN WITH US!!! ***
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