Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Savage Love

Is anyone else underwhelmed by this year's Met Gala? Granted, the theme of this year's Costume Institute Gala -- Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty -- was a bit depressing and restrictive, but the issue of same-ness seemed to plague the red carpet. There were more than a few doppelgangers (Glee's female leads both in red gowns; Beyonce and Christina Ricci in weird explosive poufy black tulle mermaid dresses; Gwyneth and Renee in near-identical nude sheaths) but then there were also a handful of standouts... and if last year's Met Ball woke me up to the fact that Jude and Sienna were back together again, this year's photos alerted me to the relationship between Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Jason Statham. So you see, fashion dos or don'ts, there is a purpose to this showy event, if that's only to announce new celebrity couples to those of us who don't read TMZ every day.

I think this time I'll do a trends report, because there were a few, starting with...

The whole nude long-sleeved sheath thing: Gwyneth in Stella; Renee in (who else) Carolina Herrera; SJP in archival McQueen.

Though if you ask me, there's a very been-there-done-that vibe to this look, especially since I believe Gwyneth wore something really similar to perform at the Oscars. Much more appreciated is a long-sleeved dress that really packs a punch, like this bam-pow-WOW neon sheath on Brooklyn Decker (Michael Kors, reminiscent of the hot pink he did on Blake Lively at CFDA), or something with cutouts like the Burberry on Rosie Huntington Whiteley or the Topshop (yeah, TOPSHOP!) on Ginnifer Goodwin.

Speaking of brights, citrus continues to sell hard and fast. Isabel Lucas in LV is deliciously orangey, but when FashionGeek Virginia was debating between orange and yellow Cambridge Satchels I steered her most emphatically towards fluoro-yellow, a la Zoe Saldana (Calvin Klein) and Liv Tyler (Givenchy).

Though colour was a major factor, one silhouette seemed pretty prevalent -- the slinky fishtail hem. Michelle Williams rocked my beloved Miu Miu swallows along with (gasp!) a tan. Madonna look surprisingly classy in a Stella gown embellished with a starry train. And new geek fave Emma Stone went floral in Lanvin. Up at the top of this post, Freida Pinto shows us how its done in Chanel.

And just to leave off, a slew of boring but lovely nude and red gowns, which are really becoming very standard affair these days. There's a reason for that: they work. That's JLo in Gucci, Gisele in McQueen and Dianna Agron in Michael Kors, finally not looking like she just put on something from her mom's closet.

Then there's the trio of ethereal nudes: Salma Hayek in McQueen, JHud (the new JLo?) in Vera Wang and Dakota Fanning in Valentino, which is at least embellished with flowers in our favourite yellow, because we really have Valentino to thank for the neon trend we're seeing these days, in spite of what Christopher Kane and Proenza Schouler fans may believe.

Images: Just Jared

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