Impossible Conversations

5.11.2012

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{Jessica Stam at the 2012 Met Ball}
I'm one of those girls that tunes into the red carpet of the Oscars then mutes the television when the actual awards ceremony begins. Are we surprised? Probably not. But, it's for a similar reason that there wasn't a whole lot I wouldn't have done to have done to be at this year's MET Ball. The Costume Institute and the MET merged many years ago, but the entire costume collection could not be displayed year-round at the museum due to its fragile nature, so every year they host a Costume Institute Gala honoring a different designer. The designated theme for 2012 was "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations."  The event has evolved from a society benefit event to a full-fledged celebration of fashion in the ultimate fashion mecca, New York City. Anna Wintour, of course, plays her hand in the event, co-chairing it this year with Carey Mulligan and the honoree himself, Miuccia Prada.

Instead of listing both the good and the bad, the beautiful and the damned, the hits and the misses, I don't want to dwell on the total disasters (one of which was Leighton Meester..sad day). Rather, I'm choosing to expend all my energy on praising those worthy of praise, starting with the always flawless Camilla Belle.

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{Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren}
Camilla played it right in a floor-length sequin gown that was stunning but not too showy. The sheer trim was a lovely delicate detail to outline the silver paillettes dripping down the dress in that alluring pattern. She styled it well with the wine-colored lip that complimented her olive skin perfectly.

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Gwyneth Paltrow didn't stray far from her typical monochromatic white look, but she totally worked the Prada dress. She even played with a trend that's showing up in everyday fashion with the tail hem on her dress. Her slicked-back do, minimal make-up and blending-in shoes drew very little from the dress itself, an appropriate gesture for an event hailing the masterpieces of Mr. Miuccia.

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Sometimes musicians take fashion freedom a little too far, but Lana Del Rey's look was just as much music to my ears as "Video Games" or "Blue Jeans." This was her debut appearance at the ball, and if her prospect of a second invite was resting on her appearance this year, I presume she'll make a return for years to come. Her silver-sequined ensemble draped with that commanding black cape (clearly, I'm drawn to the silver styles of the evening) was designed by Joseph Altuzarra.

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Yet another starlet in sequins made me swoon. Perhaps it's just my developing love for The Vampire Diaries that made the show's star, Nina Dobrev, catch my eye. Nevertheless, she looked gorgeous in this black and gold gown sweeping the floor. Now, speaking of gorgeous, where's your boy Ian, Nina?!

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{SNL's Kristen Wiig in in Stella McCartney; Emma Stone in Lanvin; Kate Bosworth and Carey Mulligan in Prada}
Though the floor-length gowns fit the flair of this dramatic event, those that rocked the mini-dresses made for almost equally gasp-worthy guests. Carey Mulligan's two-toned large sequins were one of the biggest hits of the night; Kristen Wiig looked darling in her below-the-knee 50s-inspired frock; and Kate Bosworth made feathers a flirty fashion statement in her ostrich dress.

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I'm aware I tend to play favorites with Diane Kruger, but I truly think she stole the show. Once again, her fashion senses proved to be impeccable. She was one of the few who chose to go the royal route in this deep purple color. Her gown, with its thick feathered hemline, effortlessly draped the red carpet. Now if only Pacey was there to accessorize this Prada gown.

The event was certainly star-studded with enough feathers and sequins to make your head spin. A little over 700 tickets are allotted to style icons, celebrities, and designers alike, so perhaps I should eliminate attending this event from my bucket list before I encounter inevitable disappointment, but, hey, a girl can dream. Luckily, for those of you like myself who are not lucky enough to get the trĂ©s exclusive invite, there's plenty of photo candy on the web for us to swoon and sigh over. Happy weekend!



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