The annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala will be happening tonight in all it’s glitzy glory. Hollywood meets high fashion and everything in-between. As is tradition, a designer will be paired with a model or celebrity wearing his/her designs while walking down the red carpet.
Take a look at some of our favorite and “memorable” outfits from the 2011 Gala and get excited because for the very first time ever, all the red carpet action will--wait for it-- be live streamed online. As if you needed one more reason to look for whatever fantastic creation Daphne Guinness show up in.
Last year, the Costume Institute dedicated the Met Gala’s annual exhibition to the late Alexander McQueen. The curated result was named “Savage Beauty”. The Met Gala celebrates the annual opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute and serves as the perfect excuse to throw on that over-the-top feathered corseted number and a massive Phillip Treacy hat like Demi Moore did last year. Basically the night belong to fashion drama.
The spring 2012 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is titled "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations". The exhibition, on view from May 10 through August 19, 2012, explores the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s satirical “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton orchestrate conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of the designers’ most innovative work.
Aside from the obvious sartorial joy of wondering what everyone will be wearing, who shows up on the arms of whom is just as exciting. We have already gotten word from Fashionista about some of the pairings and they are truly epic. Before further ado, here is what we know so far.
Balmain designer Oliver Rousteing will be taking model, Joan Smalls. As for what she’ll be wearing, Rousteing told Fashionista that after a long fitting they decided to choose the dress on the day of the event. “I’ll let her choose, because everything looks good on her anyway,” he said. “So it’s a surprise for me too [what she'll be wearing]!” The designer, himself, says he “will wear a bow. Which is a big statement for me, I think,” he continued. “I think I have not worn one since I was four years old.”
Anthony Vaccarello is taking Anja Rubik. An interesting choice since after Karlie Kloss went MIA last season for a large portion of fashion week, dramatically dropping out of every show his was the one she made her triumphant return for in Paris.
Erdem designer, Erdem Moralioglu is taking Arizona Muse, Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman are taking Karolina Kurkova and Thakoon Panichgul is taking Christina Ricci. SI covergirl Kate Upton will be attending with the quintessential lord of the high fashion jet-set, Michael Kors. It seems Michael Kors is particularly popular this year since Jessica Alba, Hillary Swank and Korean supermodel Liu Wen will also be there wearing his designs.
Attending the met and spreading the word on a great organization Derek Lam is taking Katharina Harf. The nine months pregnant Harf is cofounder and executive vice president of DKMS Americas, an organization that hosts the largest bone-marrow-donor center in the world.
Coco Rocha’s plus one is not a designer however, quite adorably it will be her husband, James Cochran. Coco will reportedly wear a vintage Givenchy dress she bought a couple of months ago. “This is actually the first time I’ve ever worn something that wasn’t fitted by the designer himself,” she told Alexa. “I did take the vintage Givenchy piece to my friend Zac Posen and to Vogue and they all agreed that it fits perfectly, no need for tailoring!” As for her beauty look, Rocha says it will be “all about Schiaparelli pink.”
Valentino‘s design team duo, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli will attend with actress Lily Collins.
Even the men get into the Met gala, as evidenced by RVP’s from sports players Victor Cruz, Tim Tebow, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. Former MTV host and Kim Kardashian’s bff, Lala Anthony, who is Carmelo’s wife attended the gala last year as well.
Lauren Santo Domingo will be sticking to a classic gown in Oscar de la Renta dress, while Heidi Klum will wear a “very very lacy and very very see-through” Escada. Nothing says I’m over you like showing off a rocking figure in a see-through lacy number- we have to hand it to her. Alexander Wang is taking Azealia Banks, who will be performing as well.
The Proenza Schouler boys will be taking Isabel Lucas and Joseph Altuzarra will arrive with songstress Lana Del Rey.
The most bizarre choice so far is that Vogue editors all wear pink. No one knows why this evil, carefully plotted plan came about but we do know that around the Vogue offices, when Anna says “jump” all the little Vogueetts say “ How high?!”
As for the livestreaming there are plenty of options. The gala’s full coverage which should last around 2-hour’s will be available on Vogue.com, Amazon.com/Fashion, and metmuseum.org/metgala. The red carpet meet and greets will be hosted by Vogue editor William Norwich and model Elettra Weidemann.
In honor of the impending festivities take a look back at some of the good, bad and daring looks from last year.
Images VIA Zimbio