The Met Gala – the fashion industry’s Oscars…

Tim Walker for Vogue - a tribute to Charles James

Photographer Tim Walker photographed models in paper ball gowns for this month’s Vogue (on newsstands now) – a tribute to the great couturier Charles James, who is the feature of this year by the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute’s annual exhibit and was celebrated at last night’s glamorous Met Gala.

Last night was THE fashion event of the year, the Met Gala where the fashion and entertainment collide and what results is epic glamour.  The annual event, which raises money for Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, is chaired by Vogue’s Editor in Chief, the legendary Anna Wintour who brings with her the most monumental fashion moments imaginable.  The Met Gala is the ultimate costume party and every year it is themed around the institute’s fashion exhibit.  In the past its has celebrated everything from Superheroes to Punk and this year they’ve shone the light on the great couturier, Charles James.  Charles James was legendary for his incredible, grand ball gowns and desire for fashion to be considered art.  His creations were nothing less than just that.  The Met Gala brought the glam, the sex appeal and wildest fashion one’s heart can stand.  The red carpet at this ball is not about a best dressed list, its about fashion for the sake of art – its not about being safe or being pretty so bigger is always better (particularly when we’re talking about ball gowns).  Celebrities, models, designer and socialites clamor for a seat at this fairy tale event.  Everyone from Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lupita Nyong’o, Rhianna to the world’s greatest supermodels brought there fashion a game.  You can read more about the event, Charles James and see more of the red carpet magic on and/or (in my day I would have had to wait for Sunday to watch Elsa Klench on CNN!).  You can check out some of my favorite looks of the evening below but, the truth is, there were just so many incredible fashion moments – if you love a bit of red carpet glamour you have to check it out!

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the supermodels brought the ball gown glam! bigger is better! left to right: Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, Karen Elson in Zac Posen, Jordan Dunn and Toni Garrn both in custom Topshop and Arizona Muse in Ralph & Russo – you can click on the pic to take you to to see more red carpet glam!

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Texture texture everywhere! brocade, beading, lace, and ruffles – these ladies brought the opulence. left to right: Karlie Kloss in Oscar de la Renta, Lupita Nyong’o in Prada, Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture and Suki Waterhouse in Burberry. (again for more red carpet click the pic to take you to

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The crop top glam clan – the new new is a bit of exposed midriff just below the bustling – these fashion risk takers brought some sexy style the Met red carpet. left to right: Emma Stone (Vogue’s cover girl this month) in Thakoon, Rhianna (wow) in Stella McCarney, Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein and Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney. (again click the pick to go to for more!)

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Two of the big red carpet trends we’ve been seeing, black and white and shades of blush – a proper play on tuxedo dressing and pretty in prink, these stars brought both strength and beauty to the red carpet. Left to right: Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung, Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney, Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture and Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta. (click the pick to go to for more!)

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The hottest couples of the evening. The ladies were stunning in plunging gowns and their arm candy wasn’t bad either! left to right: Jay Z and Beyonce both in Givenchy Haute Couture, Blake Lively (WOW!) and Ryan Reynolds in Gucci and Gisele in Balenciaga with Tom Brady in Tom Ford. (for more click the pick to go to


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