May 11, 2010

Costume Institute Gala: Dramatic & Intricate

We first saw some of my favourite sleek and simple Costume Institute Gala red carpet dresses, now it's time to give the intricate and dramatic gowns their shine. And there is no point wasting any time;

I find it ironic that Anne Hathaway had a "Glenda the Good Witch" vibe in this custom made Valentino, since I see a similarity between Glenda and Anne's Alice in Wonderland character. That's not to say I didn't think she looked like a princess, or a queen (or a witch, a good one) in her nude, embroidered tulle, strapless ballgown. She did. And I love the way the bodice was modified for her, I prefer the bustier cut over the original.

Another ballgown winner was Jennifer Lopez's grey tulle, strapless Zuhair Murad Haute Couture gown. I absolutely love the silver sequined leaf detailing as it runs up into the encrusted bodice. I just wish she'd close her goddamn mouth, I'm finding it really distracting, she's trying way to hard to be "sexy," even the sex hair is annoying me.. and I normally love sex hair!

My initial thought when I first saw Oprah in this beautifully detailed, navy silk-organza custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown, seen here with the designer, was "amazing." Which I think sums it up nicely, there really isn't much more I could say...except I think this is the best I've ever seen O look. Well done to the both of you!

Margherita Missoni, in what I can only assume is Missoni, looks like an Arts and Crafts princess. She's never been one to conform in her fashion, and I totally understand why she's her mothers muse, but she normally doesn't leave me scratching my head and squinting my eyes, and leaving me with furrowed brow wrinkles.

It appears Margherita Missoni wasn't the only one attempting the DIY look; Mila Kunis attended the Met Ball wearing...well, everything. She looks like she attended the fitting for her dress and Vera Wang just ran around her with tulle, until you could no longer see her lady parts, then pinned whatever material was left over to the front of the "dress." And yet somehow, I don't hate it.

Robin Tunney's very similar dress, on the other hand, I hate. It looks like there was more of a plan attempted with this one, as opposed to Mila's Vera Wang ball of tulle, and yet it was just poorly executed, and indecisive of what direction to actually go in. In short, she looks like a big ole mess.

Sticking with the arts and crafts theme, Katy Perry showed up in a glow-in-the-dark dress by Cute Circuit. Yeah, that's right, I said "glow-in-the-dark," this little crafts project, may resemble a more cotton candied, bubble gum version of a Marchesa gown I was in love with a few years back, but it is equipped with its own battery operated LED lights, with batter pack of course. I applaud you Katy Perry, you may dress up as a banana on occasion but you always look like you're having fun with fashion. And really, where else could you wear a dress that lights up, if not at the Costume Institute Gala?

There's something about Malin Akerman's black and white patchwork Temperley London dress that I like, and yet it looks unfinished.

Maggie Gyllenhaal's duvet-inspired Louis Vuitton gown has really grown on me. I think it was the stern expression on her face that originally threw me off, and all the other relatively tame gowns, in comparison. But this is the kind of fashion risk that the Met Ball encourages that makes me get giddy every year it comes around.

I have no idea what's going on with Kristen Bell's strapless Diane von Furstenberg dress, but I like it, even those flowers that are trying to hide and fade into the hemline.

Elvis' granddaughter Riley Keough also walked the red carpet in a textured dress by Thakoon Panichgul. I feel like she could have really worked this, if she didn't run out on her hairstylist midway through her appointment.

Another dress that I keep flip flopping over is Jessica Szohr's nude silk tulle, halter neck Atelier Versace with black floral embroidery. At first glance, I thought it looked incredible with her skin tone, then I looked again and decided the waist was too low and it made it look like two different dresses worn over each other. Then I realized it's a great dress and my unexplainable distaste for Jess is creating an unfair bias, then I realized it has nothing to do with bias, something really is off. In conclusion, I've decided to make a fair assessment, I need to see it on someone else...No never mind, I don't like. Wait, I do... I think, she's just incapable of carrying it... Oh fuck it.

My last flop of the evening (no flip required) is Joy Bryant in a pale pink, silk tulle hand painted, draped Marchesa Spring 2010 gown, with a chiffon train. Perhaps if this were on someone I consider more fashion-forward, or a fashion risk-taker, I'd see the merits of this dress. On Joy however, whom I know was not responsible for her dress choice, and was completely styled by Rachel Zoe, I think it looks odd and age-ed.

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