The annual Met Gala was held last night in NYC and it never fails to be a veritable smörgåsbord of the front runners of fashion.
The Costume Institute Gala, or Met Gala as it's fondly referred, celebrates the annual opening of the Metropolitan Museum's fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute. The high society affair has been going on since 1948, when the Costume Institute was founded, and is known in the fashion industry as the Night of Nights. It is hands down the best red carpet for fashion -- it is hosted by Vogue
after all -- and is covered worldwide by fashion magazines and the industry as a whole. Celebrities, models and fashion insiders all dress to the nines, as this is the
night to be photographed. This year the event was hosted by Anna Wintour -- rumor has it she asked that all Vogue staff members send her not only photos of their dress options for the evening, but also potential hair styles -- and celebrated the opening of the exhibit Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
. Each year there is a theme, and this year it was pretty implicit with many wearing pink in honor of Schiaparelli as her favorite color was widely known to be a bright, shocking version of the hue. The outfits of the evening were truly a sight to behold and below we've included some of our favorite looks.
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We'll start off with the evening's host, Anna Wintour, who was perfectly on theme combining both designers into one stellar look. The dress is by Prada -- a one of a kind gown made specifically for Wintour by Miuccia Prada herself. The design is a modern take on Elsa Schiaparelli’s iconic lobster dress. Leave it to Anna to get it exactly right.
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We love MIA. She is the epitome of a modern woman. Her outfit here is so prim, tailored and feminine yet simultaneously kicks ass. The pattern mixing between her two piece suit and the clutch is perfect, and the lipstick ties in so nicely. Obviously MIA is the only woman who could make a floral mountain scene look this good.
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Florence is no stranger to outrageous looks, so clearly she was going to go all out for the Gala. Her Alexander McQueen gown consisted of layers of embroidery and tulle which she took full advantage of by twirling throughout the night. The voluminous creation was the work of Sarah Burton and the brass knuckle clutch is McQueen as well.
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Jessica Stam's highly structured look embodies all of the elegance of Dior. Gold accents, stacked jewels, a classic up-do and that beautiful flowing silvery blue train -- total showstopper.
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Stella Tennant's Chanel dress definitely landed on the more casual side for the evening, but we are dying for the jewel tone geometrics. Totally reminiscent of Christopher Kane's gel filled collars of last season, this simple, trendy look hit home.
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I mean really, do we need words?