Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Metropolitan Museum Costume Gala Best Dressed 2009


It took a bit of doing to find women who were neither excessive nor simply idiotic in their choice of garb at Monday's Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute gala opening for "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion." However, there were some absolutely stunning choices. And while mine may not agree with everyone, I'm certain that my first pick is one of the winners across the board:

Imam, who always displays the most amazing good taste, in a satin gown by Donna Karan.

Anne Grauso--so nice to see a real woman amongst the stick figures, in such a beautiful dress. If anyone knows who created it, please do let me know! (Although I am not a fan of skimmed back hair on high foreheads, but let's not quibble.)

Speaking of stick figures, I know that jaws will drop all over the world at my next selection.

Anne Hathaway covers up her gaunt figure in a wonderful purple dress by Marc Jacobs, with a 60s inspired bouffant hairdo that transforms her from princess to wild thing. In my opinion, it's a welcome change for her usual red carpet needing a glucose IV look.

And how gorgeous was model Oluchi Onweagba in her (of course) Oscar de la Renta black and white ballgown? I MUST own this one ASAP.

Here is Liv Tyler working a Jane Russell look in a dark blue Stella McCartney gown with smoky makeup to match.

Speaking of old Hollywood...

Special kudos to Marisa Tomei for wearing vintage ADRIAN!! She looks beyond beautiful, every inch the movie star. The designer would be so proud.

Sorry if there were fewer than expected, particularly at a fashion gala, but the truth is, there was less to choose from than I would have expected. For one thing, the Omnipresent Silhouette from the recent Fashion Week was everywhere: a tight waisted short dress with a bouffant skirt and overstated shoulders. Oh, there were variations...strapless, or one-shouldered...but not much inspiration, IMO. And yes, it looks beautiful on beautiful women, but how much effort does that take?

I also think I'm starting to suffer from Pose Fatigue. All of those hundreds of women standing in variations of two or three poses...hands on hips, hips forward, one leg forward, one hand on one hip...eventually they all start to blur together, dahlings.

Oh, dear, I really think I must lie down. Coming soon: entries about a new salon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Isaac Mizhari, and anything else I feel like writing about. It is my blog-thing, after all.

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog


Anonymous said...

I realize that you're trying to show a range of body sizes in this post, but please don't denigrate people based on their body sizes being smaller than you believe is appropriate. It's offensive, and runs counter to the goal of taking body size off the table as a valid consideration.

Hoardmeister said...

Dahling, if statistically you look at how "denigrated" thin women are as opposed to how "denigrated" women over a size two are, I believe that you might reconsider. Unfortunately, much of the point of fashion in recent years has been to feature models who are thin to the point of gauntness. Actresses are also encouraged toward this unnatural state.

Yes, there are those who are naturally extremely slender. But I imagine if you took away all of the drugs/coffee/cigarettes etc. and substituted it with healthy food, many of these actresses and models would look quite different in less than a month. You cannot take body size off the table unless the vast majority of women are allowed to look like, well, women. And this blog exists specifically to celebrate the more luxurious female body. If you don't like it, don't read it.

I generally do not publish anonymous comments, but felt this one merited a response. Now do go have a chocolate and calm down.