Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce Knowles, Blake Lively, Cara Delevingne, Carey Mulligan, Chanel Iman, Costume Institute Gala, cut outs, Elizabeth Banks, Emmy Rossum, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Lawrence, Joan Smalls, Kirsten Dunst, LBD, Mary Kate Olsen, Met Gala, metallic, Rooney Mara, Sarah Jessica Parker
The Costume Institute Gala sneaks up on me every year. It seems like much less than 12 months ago that I was scouring through fashion sites to see each and every gown. And yet, just last night, over-the-top ensembles graced the rouge colored steps once again.
As usual, hemlines were mixed and there was an abundance of pattern play (Kim K, Amanda Seyfried). Our favorite designers were featured by our favorite celebrities.
Is it just me, or were there as many wacky outfits as there were glamorous? Bizarre ruffles, shredded hems, satin plaid and a few styles that should have been forgotten in the ’90s (Oh, she’s just being Miley). Then again, the theme was “Punk: Chaos to Couture” …And I thoroughly believe punk is not dead!
A few trends to note include la petite robe noir and a glimpse of metallic. Joan Smalls, Michelle Williams and Florence Welch are just a few women who stuck with the dark shade. Metallic trimmed a number of dresses, including Taylor Swift’s by J. Mendel and Gisele Bundchen’s very-mini dress. Beyonce’s gown sent a nostalgic shiver down my spine, reminding me of her gorgeous black and gold Emilio Pucci design from 2011.
Cut-outs were another obvious trend. Black dresses worn by Emma Watson, Miranda Kerr, Carey Mulligan, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Hart featured the trend, along with multiple others. Jessica Biel opted for a two-piece, midriff baring ensemble by Giambattista Valli, and Gwenyth Paltrow had an illusion cut-out below her collar bone. Jessica Alba, always a favorite of mine, wore a metallic hued dress with cut outs below her neck.
Questionable decisions aside, I am plenty impressed with a variety of looks. Here’s a selection of the best dressed ladies at the 2013 Costume Institute Gala.