METaphors and Similes

Red carpet fashion at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala last night included everything from the sleek to the oblique, the shine to the divine, the delightful to the frightful.

In addition to Diane Kruger’s reign of the red carpet, there was a woman who can be compared to no other. She rules her own kingdom.

Queen Anna, in Chanel Haute Couture

The silver was a perfect choice and the ruched gown and glitzy Chanel jacket just reminded us that we are not worthy. You just bow down to her choices. They are impeccable. Her daughter, Bee also looked lovely and age-appropriate in printed Balenciaga.

Mother and daughter mode - Anna with Bee Shaffer in Balenciaga Edition

Don’t you love it when people wear something suited to their personalities and their body type? These two were a dream.

Like the top of a delicious wedding cake - Diane K + Josh J
Francisco Costa and his lovely ladies of the night

Francisco Costa must have had a great night. He dressed two of the best dressed women at the soirée.

Zoe Saldana's sleek one-shoulder Calvin Klein Collection sparkler

I am liking the return to simplicity and curated accessories. Amber’s blonde locks and fair skin were well-matched with this chalk blue Mouret. The necklace complements the neckline so well and I like her choice of shoe – a strappy sandal would have been predictable and boring.

Amber Valletta in RM by Roland Mouret

And there’s this woman – who could arrive in burlap and we would all still be envious. That dress would have been so much less without that hair…and you know I am a sucker for burgundy lipstick!

Iman in Prada, looking divine.

The column was the way to go – Jessica Stam opted for an indigo Rachel Roy, accented by golden tresses and jewels.

Jessica Stam in Rachel Roy

Ms. Roy was a popular choix and she of course, wore her own design – preferring a dash of frou.

Rachel Roy and Fabiola Bercasa

Also loved this black, white and red ensemble on Dree Hemingway. Is anyone keeping a scorecard? Another tick for Mr. Costa.

Dree Hemingway in graphic Calvin Klein

It seems the classic labels are back with a vengeance. Look at Donna in this lust-worthy gown. I’m going to need this.

No one does drape like Donna - Ms. Karan in her own design (with Russell Simmons)
Grace, personified.

Karan is one of the best examples of women who dress age-appropriately. She works her curves and stays true to her organic style.

Tina Fey – one of our modern-day heroes is still trying to find her way when it comes to style. She tried to rock the jumpsuit trend last night, but her stylist should look for other work. It didn’t fit her well and she looked uncomfortable and awkward. It’s all wrong – the suit, the bag, the shoes. There are so many things I could have put her in that would have accentuated her brilliant personality and poise.

No way, Tina Fey. No way.

It’s all about being comfortable in your own skin – whatever the age. Look at Brooke Shields – solid style in Michael Kors.

Liquid assets on Brooke Shields, in and with Michael Kors.

I also liked the slightly different story told by the Chanel Haute Couture gown that Elisa Sednaoui wore. It also helps to have Uncle Karl as your date for the night – gives you a je ne sais quoi factor. Love that dress.

Elisa Sednaoui in Chanel Haute Couture with Uncle Karl

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Why are the young Hollywood starlets dressing like old ladies?

Couture doesn't always work - Kristen Stewart also in Chanel HC

Why is Kristen Stewart letting couture wear her instead of looking like Emma Roberts?

Emma Roberts dons Marni

Why does Anne Hathaway insist on nude-coloured sparkly princess dresses?

Fairy princess Hathaway in Valentino

She would look so fantastic in a short, jewel-toned dress like the one Blake Lively rocked.

Blake Lively in Marchesa

Work what your mamma gave you, girls. You can’t dress like a 25-year old at 45 so why do it the other way around? Live a little!

Gisele Bundchen in Alexander Wang

Be yourselves. Look at Miuccia’s look. It’s elegance, elevated.

Ms. Miuccia

Look for my final thoughts on the Met’s red carpet soonish.

Photos courtesy of WWD, and Fabiola and RR image courtesy of Rachel Roy.

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