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Diana’s Best of the 2012 Met Ball!

              

Carey Mulligan, newlywed and co-chair of the evening, shut it down in this sparkly Prada number. I’m not usual a fan of shine and shimmer in a dress but this is certainly worth making an exception for. Also, the Met Ball is such a formal affair that most women opt for a full length gown and those who do not have to select something really amazing to compete with others wearing 50% more dress. In all respects Carey pulled it off!

              

Cate Blanchett can always be relied upon for a polished red carpet look. She’s willing to take chances in her day-to-day wardrobe (which for her means film premieres, photo shoots, interviews, etc) so she has to go the extra mile to really amp it up for an event like this. Covering everything in feathers could be a horrible road to travel but she’s rockin’ it, while looking unbelievably relaxed.

              

This dress is just too bizarre. Elizabeth Banks is amazing for having worn it - and so well considering how unusual it is. Was this a leftover from her wardrobe as Effie in The Hunger Games? She got my attention and gave life to a dress that would never see a traditional red carpet. Kudos risk taker!

             

I’m a sucker for all things purple so when I originally got stuck on this dress Diane Kruger wore I felt my color bias was kicking in. But later in the day I kept thinking about it and had to select it as one of my favorites. The necklace and hairstyle work so perfectly with the dress too!

             

I want to wear this Elie Saab dress and have that body. Basically I want to be Katharine McPhee on the red carpet at the Met Ball. Period.

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The Met Ball - 2011 Recap

I’m far from fashionable, but I sure do enjoy looking at beautiful celebrity women rocking the shit out of a fabulous ensemble. Naturally even the richest women with the most impeccable bodies and in-the-know stylists with the best connections to fashion designers can’t always look amazing. Even a massive behind-the-scenes team of make-up artists, hair stylists and jewelry experts can’t ensure an outfit will come together as planned. And nobody really knows how the final result will go over with critics. Critics from professional judges on television shows which rehash major red carpet events, critics on well-read blogs and the critic in me.

                      

I usually don’t know why I love one look but hate another. That’s why I enjoy reading write-ups from articulate critics who can break down an outfit, explaining what element was off, why the balance of elements worked, what dress was hopelessly out of date or the entire look was too ‘outside the box’. I silently wonder what I’d look like in some outfits and in the same thought bubble am so grateful my world doesn’t include the pressure of red carpet appearances.

                      

There is one event that seems so much more special than the rest - The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. Sure, it is attended by the very most fashionable people in the world (overstatement? perhaps, perhaps not) and there’s a ton of expectation surrounding the wardrobe selections, but from what I gather it is the only event where you’re encouraged and applauded for dressing like Lady Gaga would on a casual day. The more interesting, unique, couture and daring the outfit, the better. You want to be talked about. You want to be noticed - amongst a sea of other LOOK AT ME, noteworthy dresses.

                         

At last year’s Met Ball the winner of the evening, for me, was Christina Ricci. She is a tiny woman who isn’t an A-List star but she commanded attention and admiration in the beautiful dress she wore. Sure, other women like Iman, Michelle Williams and Florence Welch were phenoms too (see above photos for proof) but Christina wowed on a whole other level. There’s no doubt some critics hated this dress but for my money it was a big winner. This dress which wouldn’t make it out on the town in almost any other instance, was appreciated for its brilliant design and unique vision. I can’t wait to see what everyone will be wearing tonight to the 2012 Met Ball!

                

*All photos pulled from Tom & Lorenzo blog with original sources listed as Getty Images and WireImage.

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