Tuesday, May 08, 2012

"Impossible Conversations" // Met Gala 2012

   Occurring annually in the first week of May, the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the addition of a new fashion exhibition. This year, the new exhibit is “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” honoring designers Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli who have and continue to make and impression on the world of fashion. The event, May 7, was hosted by Carey Mulligan, Anna Wintour, and Miuccia Prada herself, along with honorary cochair of the Met, Jeff Bezos. 
   The newly added exhibition is titled "Impossible Conversations" because a conversation between Prada and Schiaparelli is, well, in fact impossible. With Prada still alive and Schiaparelli deceased, a conversation between the two never did, and can no longer take place. But through their designs and creations, much can be said about their similar and legendary impacts on the history - and future - of fashion.
   In addition to Prada and Schiaparelli's impact on history, this year's Met Gala will be going down in history, too. Vogue, Amazon and the Met Museum made it possible for anyone to watch the red carpet of the gala on a live stream that ran on all three sites. Viewers were able to watch the guests arriving and being interviewed by Vogue's William Norwich and model Elettra Wiedemann, the two hosts of the live stream. As a viewer myself, this was a very exciting and engaging way to experience the gala while sitting at a desk at home, three hours away from the party itself.  It was very interesting to see the way a red carpet unfolds and the chaos that surrounds it. [Anyone who heard the photographers yelling knows what I'm referring to.] Vogue, the Met and Amazon made this coverage possible, and now it will be a large part of the event for years to come.
   But along with the historic relevance of the event, it's fashion's biggest and boldest night out of the year. A guest list of nearly eight-hundred attendees was compiled and the red carpet was full of interesting outfit choices. Although each guest was dressed for the occasion, only certain individuals separated themselves from the bunch and truly showed their unique sense of style. Below are photos (courtesy of Getty Images from The Huffington Post) of Fashion is Freedom's best dressed guest from the 2012 Met Gala.
Anna Wintour in Prada
Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren
Tim Tebow in Ralph Lauren
Ivanka Trump in Peter Pilotto
January Jones in Versace
Claire Danes in J. Mendel and Van Cleef & Arpels and Hugh Dancy in Prada
Sofia Vergara and Leighton Meester in Marchesa
Leslie Mann in Fred Leighton Jewels
Beyonce in Givenchy - Perfect example of, "if you've got it, flaunt it."
Ashley Greene in Donna Karan
Emma Stone in Lanvin
Roland Mouret and Doutzen Kroes in Roland Mouret and Robert Clergerie Querry
Okay, so it's time for the number one best dressed gown of the night. It's not just me voting this, I've seen countless blog posts and tweets about this dress all day. Drum roll, please... The winner is Ms. Solange Knowles. Not only does the yellow in her Rachel Roy dress bring out her flawless skin tone, but the peplum waist is the icing on the cake. Peplum is so trendy this spring I can't even begin to explain it. It's the perfect pop to a plain dress, and it's the right amount of detail. With her natural hair, minimal jewels and a simple clutch, all the attention was on the color and peplum, and boy, did she look stunning. I can't get enough. The simplistic beauty of peplum is so sophisticated and the tailoring of this gown is perfect.

Such a perfect look, I can't get over it. My jaw dropped when she arrived on the red carpet and I just knew there wouldn't be a look the rest of the night that topped it. But in a close second place, is Jessica Paré in a gold L'Wren Scott number. Similar to Solange, Jessica's makeup, hair and jewelry was minimal, because it was all eyes on the gown. And a stunning gown nonetheless! The gold was a perfect match for her coloring. It brought out her warm brunette look nicely and it was just a perfect shine for the evening. I'm a big believer in gold, so that made me love it even more. The tailoring of it was magnificent and the neckline really complimented her body. Despite hating her character, Megan Draper, on Mad Men, I fell in love with her Met Gala gown. I've said it before, "shimmer, shine and strive for style."
I already can't wait for next year's Met Gala. With the live stream and the history behind Prada and Schiaparelli, it was such an enjoyable experience [the live stream]. I can't wait to venture to the Met to see the exhibit for myself! I still glance back at my McQueen book from last year's exhibit and I'm amazed at the creations a single person is able to produce. It's so special for these talented designers to be celebrated and showcased, and it's extremely inspiring for young bloggers who are yearning for their big break. That's a wrap.
I hope you all agree with the best dressed pick!
xx, ZM


  1. The Met Gala is definitely my favorite red carpet every year. People take risks and really go for "fashion" instead of an US Weekly best dressed look. Plus, I love having red carpet snaps of all of the models. Mainstream press doesn't appreciate them enough!


  2. Camilla Bell can do no wrong. How gorgeous



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