The Met Ball 2012: Best Dressed

It was a night like no other, our fashion favourites from far and wide came together to form arguably the most glitzy night on the fashion calendar, and to top it off, we even got to watch the arrivals in Oscar style, live. I stayed up to catch the well dressed celebs hit the red carpet, and my lack of sleep did not go unrewarded. The A-listers pulled out all the stops to celebrate the Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and these are my favourite frocks that graced the red carpet.

Not so mellow yellow

Coca Rocha absolutely stole the show in her vintage Givenchy jumpsuit. Who’d have thought to pair fuchsia and canary yellow together on the red carpet? Add to her fab ensemble the fact that she went for pink locks to boot, and you’ve sold me on this look. It may be daring, but to me it’s perfection.

Following from Coco it’s one of my Mad Men favourites, January Jones, rocking a fabulous superhero style Versace frock and huge Cartier jewels. When January gets it right she really does steal the limelight and this fab frock stood out from the crowd by a mile, for all the right reasons.

Make mine metal

Metallics were the order of the day, or should I say evening, and leading that trend up the red carpet was girl of the night and newlywed Carey Mulligan who nailed it in Prada. The amazing scale effect dress shimmered in the light and had a gorgeous ombre graduated effect going on. If cute Prada dresses are your thing, Carey’s your girl.

One of my girls of the moment, Lana Del Rey, rocked up in a cape in true gothic fashion, and she was really going for a dark edge in her metallic Joseph Altuzarra frock. The dark lips and cape made that dress for me and I thought it was a winning combination that only Lana could pull off.

Another Mad Men muse, it’s Jessica Pare a.k.a Mrs. Draper in L’Wren Scott. The gorgeous actress owned that carpet when she arrived and held her own among a room of seasoned Met Ball attendees, wearing arguably one of the metallics of the night, teamed perfectly with a soft updo and long fluttering eyelashes. Very Megan.

She’s always on my best dressed lists for her excellent vintage inspired choices, and Camilla Belle’s ’20s style Ralph Lauren dress was right on the money. Going for a full Great Gatsby look, she paired dark lips with that stunning metallic gown and slicked back hair and it totally worked.

Lastly in the gold department was Jessica Alba, merging a metallic so-good-it’s-a-sweet-wrapper style frock with classic Hollywood curls. The gorgeous pleated frock oozes glamour and really helped Jessica continue on her epic winning streak of fabulous outfits. Does she ever get it wrong?

Keeping it classic

While the Met Ball was a night for breaking boundaries, (Marc Jacobs in a dress anyone?) there were those who kept their looks classic and opted for a sprinkling of old Hollywood for the event. It’s a look that’s tried and tested and when done right really can make the biggest impact. Amy Adams’ Giambattista Valli frock was given a girly edge with her cutesy bow belt and glossy curls.

There are few that know how to work the camera like a supermodel, and Doutzen Kroes shone in her monochrome frock. Keeping the look modern with structured assymetric panels, she brought back the glamour with that vintage pin up hair and silver accessories, while teaching the world over that a red lip is always a good idea.

It was an event where Prada was the talk of the town, and what better to don than one of their gorgeous show-stopping frocks a la Jessica Biel? Her victorian style dress stole the Oscars for me and now here she is absolutely nailing another completely different, sophisticated look. Hats off to you Jess.

Rihanna rocked up after the crowds had died down, and started her own little frenzy outside with her fabulous curve enhancing Tom Ford frock. It’s proof that a great cut makes a great dress, no matter what embellishments might come afterwards. This dress epitomises simple and classic, but with an edge, the crocodile applique detail gives it that extra Rihanna oomph.

The quirky and the kooky

A world away from the simple and classic now and you have to look to Florence Welch for that. Though I’m not usually a fan of her choices, this McQueen chiffon gown looked amazing on Florence and made such an impact on the night. It’s a surprisingly flattering yet fun frock that was perfect for hitting the Met Gala in, top marks Sarah Burton.

She’s the embodiment of the Met Gala and it’s life and soul and Anna Wintour killed it in a Miuccia Prada lobster dress. The gorgeous dress, brilliantly accessorised with a gorgeous white stole really added drama and even a little bit of humour to the red steps of the Met Gala and I utterly love it.

Lastly for today’s round up it’s the one and only Emma Stone, who reinvented cute with her adorable short Lanvin dress. Looking every inch the belle of the ball she genuinely looked like the happiest girl that ever attended an event. Seriously, is her wardrobe not the most raidable on the planet?

That’s it for today’s Met Ball round up, I hope you enjoyed my highlights. Let me know what your favourite frock was, and whose style you’d steal if you had one night on the red carpet. Leave me a comment below or tweet me @MillieDelacoe. Until next time…

Millie x

Disclaimer: None of these photos were taken or are owned by me. All images link back to the original source.

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  1. Emma Stone’s dress is gorgeous – I want it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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