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Met Gala 2012 Rundown

The Met Gala is a red carpet event known for dramatic entrances and extreme ballgowns.  But this year, it seemed the overall tone was “less is more.”  Which is usually a great thing, but not at a costume ball!  It’s the one time of year when glamor girls can wear high-fashion other than on a runway!  It seemed many stars were in simple and steam-lined frocks.  Our favorite was Camilla Belle (pictured, top right) in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren, swept-back hair, delicate accessories and dark lipstick.  She was both sexy and oozed old-world sophistication.  Neon was definitely the trend of the night – one of our favorite girls, Emily Blunt wore hot pink Calvin Klein, and husband John Krasinski also sported the same designer.  (We can’t believe that this was the first outfit we’ve ever featured of hers… especially since she’s on our inspiration page!)  Ginnifer Goodwin, Kristen Wiig, Eva Mendes, Katherine McPhee, and Kristen Bell (pictured, bottom left in Tommy Hilfiger) all sported bright orange; La La Anthony wore electric blue; Beyonce’s baby sis, Solange Knowles, January Jones, and Emma Roberts all wore extreme yellow; Allison Williams had neon purple Ralph Lauren on; and Coco Rocha had a bright yellow Givenchy pantsuit on with a hot pink top and matching highlights in her hair!  There was one trend we definitely did not love: see-through skirts. Beyonce, Rooney Mara, Heidi Klum, Leighton Meester, and Marion Cotillard all managed to make their sexy gams look strange through sheer bottoms…  A couple of young girls we love were sporting some ill-fitting frocks, including Shailene Woodley, Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Jessica Biel.  And finally, cutie-pie Carey Mulligan, Jessica Alba, Mad Men star Jessica Pare, and Victoria’s Secret model Karolina Kurkova wore some strange shades of gold that did not shine… Our other favorites were Hilary Swank in a sweeping, scarlet Michael Kors gown (pictured, above), and Ashley Greene (pictured, bottom left) in a draped, white Donna Karan creation.  (Although we hate the lackluster hair…)  Looks we liked and disliked, most of these ladies played it safe.  Next year girls, bring on the drama!



Last year, we featured Hilary Swank in P.S. I Love You a couple of times, because other upbeat Irish movies, including The Magdalene Sisters, The Field, Angela’s Ashes, and Bloody Sunday don’t exactly showcase fashion-forward Gaels.  Probably because they all tend to be about injustice, Catholic oppression, cultural uprisings and starvation.  Anyhow, here’s Holly Kennedy again from the 2007 film.  Swanks stars as a widow in New York, who loses her husband to cancer (played by the extremely sexy Scots-Irishman Gerard Butler) and he leaves her twelve final notes to help rebuild her life after he’s gone.  (Geez, even Irish romantic comedies are depressing!)  This is the final scene of the movie, when Holly returns to Ireland with her mother, played by Kathy Bates.  Holly is sporting a classic trench coat, a slim-cut jeans, knee-high black leather boots and supposedly a Marc Jacobs bag.  It’s the perfect outfit to trek across the Irish countryside in!


Guess there aren’t too many fashion favorites in Irish cinema, because it’s only Day 4, and we’ve got a repeat already.  Considering most Irish films have to do with poverty, boxing, immigration, the IRA or hardship, there is a lack of cute clothing featured on their female characters.  Here is yet another Hilary Swank as “Holly” outfit from P.S. I Love You.  It’s actually the third plaid outfit we’ve featured from this film… do we see a trend?  But those varying types of plaid do remind us of Ireland, so I guess the movie’s costume designer was on to something.  This red and black buffalo-check plaid wrap dress Holly dons for her birthday (she looks a lot cuter without the stupid fuzzy tiara).  We found the other picture on a seamstress’s blog that recreates movie costumes (omg, a dream come true for the writers of theSkinnyStiletto!)  You can buy her pieces at


Ah, more clothes from P.S. I Love You!  Hilary Swank wears a beautiful red, white and blue plaid jacket while talking to her friend, Daniel, in Yankee Stadium.  Very apropos, considering Spring-training just started, and it’s an Irish-American romantic comedy (since it’s St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday, all of the “Look-of-the-Day” outfits this week will be from Irish movies).  The adorable coat is both casual (note the hood), and classic (note the fit).  There are all sorts of blogs and threads online dedicated to this piece of outerwear, but there isn’t any definitive answer on where to find it… Oh, well.


Hilary Swank looks quite wonderful for a widow in this 2008 adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s novel, P.S. I Love You.  Swank plays Holly Kennedy, who visits Ireland in this beautiful black and white, double-breasted plaid trench coat.  It looks fantastic with a matching black turtleneck, fuzzy white beret and red flower pin.  It’s not surprising Holly made Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr. AND Jeffrey Dean Morgan all fall for her in the span of a two hours.  P.S. We love your style Mrs. Kennedy.

Top 10 Academy Award Dresses

Hilary Swank in Guy LaRoche, 2005

Reese Witherspoon in Valentino, 2002

Charlize Theron in Vera Wang, 2000

When it came to choosing our Top Ten Favorite Dresses from the Academy Awards, there were several disagreements and compromises among our editors…  We can all admit that Audrey was as regal as her character, Princess Ann, when she wore Givenchy (who else?) while accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954.  Grace Kelly wore a beautiful frock, making her last public appearance before marrying her prince in 1956.

Salma Hayek in Carolina Herrera, 2003

Grace Kelly, 1956

In 2000, Charlize Theron made orange attractive for the first time in Vera Wang.  Reese Witherspoon looked delightful in her capped-sleeve Valentino gown in 2002, while Salma Hayek turned heads at the 2003 ceremony in a Carolina Herrera two-piece the designer originally created for herself.  That same year Kate Hudson was a show-stopper in pale gold Atelier Versace, which was chosen as the #1 Dress of the Century by InStyle.

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, 1954

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, 2003

In 2004, Hilary Swank took the plunge, showing off her million-dollar backside.  Many people doubted Marion Cotillard’s chance of nabbing the Best Actress Oscar in 2007, as well as making any Best Dressed lists, but she proved them wrong twice in her stunning Jean-Paul Gaultier number that was made especially for her.  Two years later Angelina made our list by wearing her go-to color in Elie Saab.  And our final choice is up for an Oscar at tonight’s ceremony- Natalie Portman was pretty in pink two years ago wearing Rodarte – the same costumer for Black Swan!  Hopefully this year she’ll be carrying a heavy gold accessory by the end of the night…

Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier, 2007

Natalie Portman in Rodarte, 2009

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab, 2009