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The 2012 Costume Institute Met Gala

Call the Fashion Police, because the latest WTF (What’s The Fashion?) moments at the 2012 Costume Institute Met Gala didn’t pass unnoticed. Of course there were hits and misses, but as a rule everyone got a big “A” for effort.

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations

Jessica Stam, in Christian Dior - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Jessica Stam, in Christian Dior - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Sofia Vergara, in Marchesa, with Harry Winston jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Sofia Vergara, in Marchesa, with Harry Winston jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Emma Roberts, in Escada, with Bulgari jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Emma Roberts, in Escada, with Bulgari jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Rachel Roy with Solange Knowles, in a dress by the designer and a Nancy Gonzalez clutch - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Rachel Roy with Solange Knowles, in a dress by the designer and a Nancy Gonzalez clutch - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Coco Rocha, in vintage Givenchy, with Wilfredo Rosado jewels and a Kotur clutch - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Coco Rocha, in vintage Givenchy, with Wilfredo Rosado jewels and a Kotur clutch - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Kristen Bell, in Tommy Hilfiger, with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Kristen Bell, in Tommy Hilfiger, with Van Cleef & Arpels jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

China Chow, in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

China Chow, in Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

And from there the grade gets downgraded as many partygoers truly tried too hard­ – case in point, Gwyneth Paltrow! We know she’s lovely, incredibly lithe and not 20! Still, if she’s had help we want her surgeon’s number; she looks amazing. On that note, a few dressed a little mature for their age. The Red Carpet can be intimidating, so it is understandable…but?

Gwyneth Paltrow, in Prada, with Anna Hu jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Mary-Kate Olsen, in The Row, with Fred Leighton jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Kirsten Dunst, in Rodarte - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

The gala was, first and foremost,  to celebrate the Schiaparelli-Prada exhibition. So the Schiaparelli references were everywhere, as were the many Prada notes. Elsa Schiaparelli was famed for her madcap take on fashion and Miuccia Prada is famed for introducing a somewhat early 1970s “funky” vibe into the mainstream.

Anna Wintour, in Prada - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

"Lobster" Dress, Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali, 1937, (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Linda Fargo, in custom Naeem Khan - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

"Appolo Fountain" Evening Cape, Elsa Schiaparelli, 1938

Miuccia Prada, in her own design - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Carey Mulligan, in Prada - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Chloë Sevigny, in Miu Miu - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

On the whole, not too many  seasoned red carpet goers took risks this time around, so it was refreshing to see a few doing their own thing. We assume that some substance abuse might be behind some of these apparent lapses in judgment.  Then again, creativity manifests itself in mysterious ways, no?

Marc Jacobs with Milla Jovovich, in Prada - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Claire Courtin-Clarins, Prisca Courtin-Clarins, Jenna Courtin-Clarins, and Virginie Courtin-Clarins, all in Mugler - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Karen Elson and Alexa Chung, both in Marc Jacobs - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Florence Welch, in Alexander McQueen - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

At the end of the evening, it really shows that a lovely face can help pull off some rather quirky looks. From models in need of a sandwich to pop-stars ready to dust floors with their gowns, the looks were as varied as they could be.

Anja Rubik, in Anthony Vaccarello, with Eddie Borgo jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Beyoncé Knowles, in Givenchy Haute Couture - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Diane Kruger, in Prada, with Fred Leighton jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

January Jones, in Atelier Versace, with Cartier jewels - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, in Dolce & Gabbana - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

We especially liked the men in tuxedo and the style it inspired. Yves Saint Laurent would approve.

Gerard Butler, in Alexander McQueen - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Tom Brady, in Tom Ford, with Gisele Bündchen, in Givenchy Haute Couture - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Marina Abramović, in Givenchy Haute Couture, with Pomellato jewels; with James Franco, in Gucci - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Carine Roitfeld, in Givenchy Haute Couture - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Franca Sozzani with Adrien Brody, in Prada - The 2012 Costume Institute Gala

Who are your best and worst dressed?

Comments ( 2 )

    • Janalyn says:

      The Courtin-Clarins in Mugler, and January Jones in Atelier Versace.

    • The Fur Insider says:

      Thank you for your comment! Both are great looks…and worthy of mention! And while we’re at it….let’s admit it, January Jones would look beautiful in just about anything!!!

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