On May 7th there was only one place on the planet for the social and fashion set: New York’s Metropolitan Museum where Vogue hosted the Costume Institute Ball, the kick-off carnival for the summer season. Bright coral pink and shimmering metallic gold were the trends de la nuit with everyone from models like Dree Hemingway to a goddess like Jessica Alba in a gold one-shouldered Michael Kors piece embracing the mood along with Carey Mulligan in a flowing Prada of shimmering fish-scales. Karolina Kurkova triumphed channeling her inner Daisy Buchanan – appropriate as there was a Great Gatsby themed twist to proceedings - and as Beyonce worked the red carpet in sheer sequined Givenchy couture, the gown had a purple tail that sashayed perfectly behind her. The gala was the opening night of the annual Met fashion exhibition, this year the curators have put the late, great surrealist designer Elsa Schiaparelli head to head with Miuccia Prada, together the most fearless fashion rebels. Baz Luhrmann, the Great Gatsby director who was creative director for the evening created hypothetical short videos of Prada and Schiaparelli conversing. Magic in the making. Strange to think what Schiaparelli might have made of a flamed haired Florence Welch whirling her Sarah Burton confection in front of the crowd, a giant chic snowflake amongst all the fierceness.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
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