"A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance." ~ Cristobal Balenciaga

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

To Dream the Impossible Dream

Hello Lovelies!

Did anyone watch Vogue's live streaming of the Met's 2012 Costume Institute Gala red carpet last night?!  What did you think?  Who was on your best-dressed list?  I have posted my favourite looks below, but first let's talk about the occasion for the night's celebration, the Met's Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

I really hope I'll somehow be able to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this year to view the new exhibition!  I'm a long-time fan of both Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.  The exhibit explores the similarities between these two Italian fashion powerhouses through Baz Luhrmann-directed videos of simulated conversations between the two women about their work.

Here's a little video about the exhibit (you can find more at the Met's website):

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Now on to the sequins & feathers!!!  Many of the Met Gala looks had a fittingly 1930s or surrealist element to them, including my first pick: Anna Wintour in a custom Prada dress, which pays homage to Schiaparelli's 1937 Lobster Dress which featured a lobster painted on it by Salvador Dali!

Anna Wintour in custom Prada

Joan Smalls in Balmain

Claire Danes in J. Mendel

Ashley Greene in Donna Karan Atelier
lovely, but couldn't she do something with her hair?!

Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Cara Delevingne & Jourdan Dunn in Burberry Prorsum

Gary Oldman & Alexandra Edenborough in Prada

Chanel Iman in Tom Ford

Doutzen Kroes in Rouland Mouret

Poppy Delevingne in Chanel

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry Prorsum

Gisele Bündchen in Givenchy Haute Couture

Rihanna in Tom Ford

Alexander Wang & Azealia Banks in custom Alexander Wang

Kate Bosworth in Prada

Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen

Carolyn Murphy in Alexander Wang

Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy Haute Couture

Renée Zellweger in custom Emilio Pucci

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture

Natalia Vodianova & Antoine Arnault in Louis Vuitton

Marina Rust

Shailene Woodley in Christopher Kane

Giovanna Battaglia in Dolce & Gabbana with Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld
she looks like Frieda Kahlo! bizarre but kind of amazing ;)

Victoria Justice in Alexander McQueen

Chris Benz & Julie Macklowe in Chris Benz

Mia Wasikowska in Prada

Milla Jovovich in Prada

Liu Wen in Michqel Kors

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Kristen Wiig in Stella McCartney

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier

Eva Mendes in Prada

Katharine McPhee in Elie Saab

Kristen Bell in Tommy Hilfiger

Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Coco Rocha in vintage Givenchy, originally worn by Elizabeth Taylor

Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy

Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera

Constance Jablonski in Haider Ackermann

La La Anthony in custom Zac Posen

Diane Kruger in Prada

Candice Swanepoel in custom Rag & Bone
 I love the back!!

Angela Lindvall in Prada
I kind of love how casual this feels

Arizona Muse in Erdem

Bee Shaffer in Erdem

Laura Carmichael in Emilia Wickstead

Lea Michele in Diane von Furstenberg

Leslie Bibb in Zac Posen

Beyoncé Knowles in Givenchy Haute Couture
I couldn't decide what I thought about this dress...love the attached gloves though ;)

Marion Cotillard in Dior

Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor in J. Mendel

Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren

Amber Heard in custom Zac Posen

Isabeli Fontana in Emilio Pucci

Julianne Hough in Carolina Herrera

Emily Blunt in Calvin Klein Collection

Rashida Jones in custom Tory Burch

Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino Haute Couture with Valentino Garavani

Christina Ricci in Thakoon

Leslie Mann in Nina Ricci

Jessica Biel in Prada & Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford
cute, but what's with her bangs??!

Clémence Poésy in Nina Ricci

Vera Wang in Vera Wang

Lily Collins in Valentino Haute Couture

Caroline Sieber in Christopher Kane

Jessica Stam in Dior

Sofia Vergara in Marchesa

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren

And now for some Met-allics ;)

Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe
turban? why not!

Debra Messing in Kaufman Franco

Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan Atelier

Linda Fargo in Naeem Khan
love the Erte-like print!

Jessica Paré in L'Wren Scott

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

Carey Mulligan in Prada

One last thing before I go...if you could have an impossible conversation, who would it be with?




  1. Joan Smalls has such a stunning dress on! And Victoria Justice's dress is so much fun ^^ Also Emma Stone looks so ADORABLE!! :)

    Love from the NaNa girls xoxo

  2. My heart stopped beating when i saw Lily Collins & Sarah Jessica Parker ... there were so many beautiful outfits out there ! Toddles xx
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  3. gorgeous pictures, great post! thanks for sharing all these...I think Jessica Biel's dress is gorgeous, but the end looks awkward - like they probably altered the length but it wasnt done well :o but its a gorgeous, gorgeous dress. Also love Sofia Vergara's dress! and is that a lobster in Anna Wintour's dress? it kinda looks like its coming out of her hand also but cant quite figure it out. such a glamorous night!

  4. I didn't watch the live streaming but I'd say overall the dresses were good. I wish Emma Watson were there.


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  7. Amazing post dear and gorgeous blog!
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  8. i love how you have colour graded the images! Think Emily Blunt's is the standout for me...simple but sexy! Great Calvin Klein number.


  9. all these dresses are fantastic!!
    i follow your blog!!!

  10. I loved Camille Belle, Emily Blunt, Nina Dobrev and Rene Zelleweger... pretty amazing dresses there, but some of them too much for my taste
    My Fashion Bug
    pd. i hated beyonce's dress!

  11. you should try the nail design and show us a pic once you do :D:D

  12. AMAZING!!!



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  14. I think Emily Blunt and Amber Heard look gorgeous - love the pink tones. Rhianna also looks pretty good too!

    The doll on fashion

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  16. I love all these gorgeous gowns! I especially love Emma Stone's cute dress and Lily Collin's dress :)

  17. Thank you so much for these lovely pictures! I love Emma Stone and Candice's dresses.


  18. Beautiful post!! The Necklace is from H&M


  19. amazing post!!
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  20. I loved Emma Stone and Solange knowles.. they rocked it!

  21. All the ladies look absolutely stunning.

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  22. I'm really looking forward to this exhibit. I loved Nina Dobrev in DKNY that night, she looked stunning. Love your blog btw, I'm definitely following :)



  23. kirsten dunn, lily collins, and jessica alba really amaze me.. they look so beautiful and gorgoeus! karolina kurkova disappoints me, i just dont like the turban :/


  24. Oh wow so many stunning dresses! Can't even pick my favorite! Great post! ;)


  25. I like a few but Beyonce's dress I don't like it.

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  26. I'm hoping to get to the Schiaparelli-Prada exhibit when I visit New York later in the summer. Hopefully the lineups won't be as bad as they were for the McQueen!

    Thanks for posting these pics from the Met gala - I'm loving Diane, Carey, Rihanna, and Renee!

    And thanks for your comments on my blog :)

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