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I know the Costume Institute’s Met Gala happened yesterday, but you can dress inspired by it everyday!  This year was a celebration of couturier Charles James, who is best known for his spectacular gowns, so we knew from the get go that it was going to be all about pretty and over the top ball gowns this year.  Full length skirts, opera gloves, and brilliant baubles were also called for, and for the men?  White tie!  With what I know of Mr. James, I had instantly in mind some of today’s best designers that would really shine in the spirit of Charles James.  The man of the night, before I even saw how many ladies were wearing his garments, was surely going to be Mr. Oscar de la Renta.  Sarah Jessica Parker even wore a custom gown emblazoned with the designers name on the back, with some controversy.  I liked it!  Zac Posen was also all over the red carpet, with his incredibly ladylike looks.  I’ll share my official favorite looks from the evening tomorrow on my Tumblr, but for now, here are some looks I would’ve loved to see, and some that just inspire me!

Vogue 1948

Charles James gowns, photographed by Cecil Beaton, Vogue 1948

Charles James ribbon dress

Charles James ribbon dress

Charles James ribbon dress

Charles James ribbon dress

Charles James four leaf clover dress

Charles James four leaf clover dress

Rochas fall 2005

Rochas fall 2005

Zac Posen fall 2014

Coco Rochas in Zac Posen fall 2014

Zac Posen fall 2014

Zac Posen fall 2014

Zac Posen spring 2014

Zac Posen spring 2014

Zac Posen spring 2014

Zac Posen spring 2014

Oscar de la Renta fall 2014

Oscar de la Renta fall 2014

Claire Danes actually wore this gown!

Oscar de la Renta fall 2014

Oscar de la Renta fall 2014

Oscar de la Renta fall 2014

Oscar de la Renta fall 2014

Model Karlie Kloss wore this one.

Nina Ricci spring 2008

Nina Ricci spring 2008

This was worn by Lauren Santo Domingo to a previous Met Gala, accompanied by its designer Olivier Theyskens, and before that by Sarah Jessica Parker to the Sex and the City: The Movie premier.

Nina Ricci spring 2008

Nina Ricci spring 2008

Nina Ricci spring 2008

Nina Ricci spring 2008

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2014

Fashion images from style.com

 

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