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Just about a year ago the fashion world lost one of its most brilliant players, Lee Alexander McQueen.  It seemed only fitting that this year’s theme for the Costume Institute Gala would be in honor of him.  Stella McCartney, who worked for the same company as him, was a perfect host alongside fellow Brit Colin Firth.  The fashion was at its finest that evening with many sporting looks past and present by Alexander McQueen  and his predecessor Sarah Burton, who had an especially bright weekend after creating two gowns for Kate Middleton.  McCartney also dressed quite a few guests, which I’ve spotlighted along with Tom Ford, and a Lanvin look…all my favorites!  There was much more that I may have to share in a sequel post.

savage beauty

Just some of the looks you can expect at the Costume Institute exhibit Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

natural inspiration

A replica of a tree from McQueen’s Essex garden in England, the inspiration behind his fall 2008 collection that was one of his most acclaimed.

Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen

One of McQueen’s muses, Guinness looks amazing in a feather dress from spring 2011.  Lady Gaga wore this in her Vogue shoot in March as well.  Where was Gaga that night?  She was becoming another muse of his before his death.

Hilary Rhoda in Alexander McQueen

Model Hilary Rhoda wears a look from the spring 2011 runway, one of Sarah Burton’s first to design on her own.

Gisele Bundchen in Alexander McQueen

Not everyone could get away with wearing red on the red carpet, but this is Gisele!

Coco Rochas in Alexander McQueen

Coco Rochas could wear anything and look amazing, but put her in Alexander McQueen and she jumps to a whole other level.

Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen

One of McQueen’s dearest friends, Campbell wore an ethereal creation. 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Parker wears an embellished  gown from 2005.  She was Lee McQueen’s date to the Anglomania themed Gala a few years back, the only one he ever attended.

Karen Elson in Alexander McQueen

Combine the red locks of Karen Elson with gold metallic and you have a stunning combination.

Miranda Brooks in Alexander McQueen

Vogue contributor and landscape designer, Miranda Brooks shows how pretty McQueen can be.

just a few important guests

Salma Hayek wears Alexander McQueen and stands next to her husband François-Henri Pinault, also in McQueen, Stella McCartney, Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture, and Colin Firth in Tom Ford.

Stella McCartney in Stella McCartney

Co-host for the evening with Colin Firth, McCartney wore a custom creation with Cartier jewels in her hair.  Who knew the mega designer just gave birth to her fourth child!

Kate Winslet in Stella McCartney

Winslet shows off her amazing shape without literally showing it off.  The lace cut outs at the hip only accentuate her curves.  So elegant!

Madonna in Stella McCartney

I have to be honest, Madonna has not looked this good for quite some time.  She has made so many great fashion choices throughout her career, and this one joins the list.  The Veronica Lake hair and red lips were so fantastic with the steel-blue dress with silver embroidery.  Star!!

Thandie Newton in Stella McCartney

Sheer black with lace is executed in the prettiest way, and worn by an equally ravishing woman.

Hailee Steinfeld in Stella McCartney

The young Hailee Steinfeld can’t seem to make any fashion mistakes.  This nude lace dress from autumn 2011 is so appropriate, and the shoes were perfect too! 

Amber Valletta in Stella McCartney

I don’t think Valletta’s beauty is going to fade anytime soon.  McCartney’s signature lace adds just a bit of detail to a simple black strapless gown.

Rashida Jones in Stella McCartney

Rashida wore a favorite color of mine, with a little detail at the hip, and pretty jewelry for the hair.  Keep an eye on her fashion choices.

Rihanna in Stella McCartney

The train on this gown flows off the side of Rihanna, while the other side remains short with a panel of fabric matching her skin sitting between panels of lace.  Her red braided hair and green jewelry add a perfect Rihanna pop to this stunning dress.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney

An example of simple sensuality.  Paltrow’s dress completely covers her arms and the entire front, but add a high slit, make it backless, and create it out of a sequined nude fabric and it becomes so sexy!

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stella McCartney

I love when a dress remains simple from the front, and surprises you with detail in the back.  A woman’s back is one of the most beautiful parts to show.

Eva Mendes in Stella McCartney

This pleated one-shoulder gown gives that red carpet some strong competition.  So luxe looking in that jewel tone with a metallic belt.

Iman in Stella McCartney

A gold sequined jumpsuit is just as appropriate as any gown, especially when it’s worn by the statuesque and infinitely gorgeous Iman.  Where’s David Bowie?

Naomi Watts in Stella McCartney

A shear sleeve with subtle embellishment that’s also found on the skirt is the epitome of quiet sophistication.

Emma Stone in Lanvin

The only one I saw wearing my favorite Lanvin, Emma Stone is rising higher on the list of fashion stars.  This floral dress from fall 2011 is amazing with her more recent switch to blonde and drop earrings as her only jewelry.  Invite this girl every year! 

Eleanor de Sole in Tom Ford

The wife of Tom Ford CEO Dominico de Sole, it only makes sense that she would sport a TF look.  So lovely in silver metallic!

Joan Smalls in Tom Ford

One of the models that graced his only Tom Ford womenswear show  to date last fall, Joan Smalls wore a chic beaded dress.  You wouldn’t think that a dress that has long sleeves and a high neck would be sexy, but Ford achieves that mood effortlessly.

Tom Ford with Carolyn Murphy in Tom Ford

Now that Mr. Ford is a full-fledged womenswear designer again, we can all look forward to seeing his designs pop up on the occasional red carpet.  Carolyn Murphy wore a one-of-a-kind look by the designer for the Met Gala.  She is one of my favorite models, and by seeing how often she appears in Tom Ford ads, I’m guessing she’s a favorite of his too.


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