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MET Madness

It’s that time again…

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Time for my favorite fashion event of the year. It’s my version of prom! Last year’s event was held in honor the (then) recently deceased Alexander McQueen and the red carpet was amazing.

5:36 p.m:  Dolce & Gabbana dress and Christian Louboutin shoes, all set for the gala.

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This year there were so many gorgeous women on the red carpet – fashion insiders, celebrities, models, actresses – that it was hard to narrow down my favorites.

Hollywood Dolls:

{Rooney stuck with what’s worked for her over the last few months of red carpet appearances. Dramatic. Bold. Givenchy! There was lots of white on the red carpet this year so her lacy black gown stood out all the more.}

{Bombshell alert! Amber Heard’s Zac Posen gown was striking and oozed with old school glamour. Love!}

{Elegant but eye-catching at the same time, that’s what Giambattista Valli does best!}

{Sleek & sexy. Gwyneth Paltrow put women half her age to shame in this fierce little Prada cocktail number. I love the embellishments here – the pocket on the dress, the low-cut back, and the jewel-encrusted stilettos.}

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{This was a great choice for her. A beautifully cut dress in the perfect color, soft, sweet makeup, and loose curls framing her face. Just stunning.}

{Kirsten Dunst has long been a fan of Rodarte and they served her well again last night with this one-of-a-kind retro inspired dress. The look was definitely unique, but I think she looked phenomenal!}

{I’m always excited to see what Miss Cate will show up on the red carpet in, and she didn’t disappoint last night. Alexander McQueen with black feathers and a fishtail train? Only a few women in the world could pull this off.}

{Nina has been stepping up her game on the red carpet the last year or so, really making an impact, and this Donna Karen gown is another great choice.}

{Wow. Renée Zellweger usually wears Carolina Herrera but this Pucci gown is stunning! The low back and dramatic train are gorgeous.}

{Wow. Just. Wow. Love it all. Color, fit, fabric, accessories. Fierce!}

{Claire Danes’s sexy white wrap dress was perfectly complemented by her teal envelope clutch and sleek updo. Well done.}

 

{Bombshell! Camilla Belle was a vision in a sexy silver Ralph Lauren gown. Simple and elegant. I like that she went minimal on the accessorizing.}

Model Muses:

{When I think about the MET Gala this is what I picture. Daring fashion. Avant garde styles. Fashion with a capital F. Well done ladies, well done!}

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{Drama Drama Drama. Chanel Iman and her sexy plus one were all about black & white drama.}

{Coco’s brightly colored vintage Givenchy and matching pink curls were definitely eye-catching. Are you a fan?}

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{Veteran model Amber Valletta’s Prada gown was perfect, with both color blocking and pleats, it was right on trend for Spring!}

{I think Constance may have stolen Tilda’s dress, but that’s ok because she killed in it! Love the color and fabric combinations, the silky teal with the royal blue pleats are perfection!}

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART'S Spring 2012 COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Gala

{Lace, asymmetrical silhouette, and brilliant pink – Jason Wu definitely wanted Miss Karlie Kloss to stand out this evening!}

{The face of Burberry Body rocked her long-sleeved, retro Burberry gown. Only Rosie could make sequined stripes look this good!}

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{Victoria’s Secret stunner Candice Swanepoel positively glowed in her custom cobalt & black lace Rag & Bone gown. J’adore!}

And my favorite – Diane Kruger. I know she’s an actress but I always think of her a model. She’s got phenomenal taste and a flawless sense of style, something I usually associate with models who spend their time surrounded by fashion editors, photographers, and designers.

{DRAMA. Purple feathers, a train, and killer jewels? Miss Diane clearly wanted to make an entrance last night. I hate hate hate to find fault with her, but I think an updo would have been the perfect final touch to this.}

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And what would I have worn?

I narrowed it down to these choices over the weekend. And these choices clearly show my multiple personalities. Part of me wants to go for old-school, golden age glamour, and the other part of me thinks that an event like this one calls for no holds barred, serious drama.

{This gown in Valentino red would be a fabulous choice – Bold but classic and flattering.}

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Or something a little more dramatic and high-impact.

{I love the drama of Zac Posen gowns and this is a phenomenal color. If it had a keyhole or open back to offset the high neck and cap sleeves I’d be all over this!!!}

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What was your favorite dress this year? What would you have picked for yourself?

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Awards Awards Awards

No time to chat, lots to see!

12th Annual AFI Awards Luncheon:

Claire Danes looked stunning in chic white Donna Karan. The belt & pumps were a great touch of color and I like how the look is low-key and elegant rather than in your face. You can always count on Donna Karan for that!

Adorable! Such a complimentary combination of colors and fabrics on her. And great shoes!

BAFTA Los Angeles 18th annual Awards Season Tea Party:
 

Evan Rachel Wood was quite a sight in a fitted red pencil skirt and pointy-shouldered printed blouse from Roland Mouret. I love that she unbuttoned her blouse to reveal a lacy black bra. Feisty!

Charlize Theron looked prim and proper in a gorgeous Stella McCartney dress. The pop of cherry red lipstick keeps all of the yellow from being too sweet.

Octavia Spencer was a vision in white. She accessorized perfectly with a leopard clutch, thick bangle and metallic pumps. Perfect for an afternoon tea.

Felicity Jones stood out in pale Dolce & Gabbana, the ribbon shoes and neutral envelope clutch keep it from being too plain,

 
The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards:
 

White seemed to be the color de jour in the days leading up to the Golden Globes and Miss Elizabeth Olsen was another who tried it out. I love the layering of this look, the oversized boyfriend blazer over a shift dress, paired with long necklaces. And I love love love this top handle handbag. Need!

 
Cinema For Peace event benefitting J/P Haitian Relief Organization:
 

Felicity Jones was a vision in lacy, layered Valentino. Such a beautiful dress!

The 2012 Art Of Elysium Heaven Gala:

Amber Heard amped up the glamour with this Old Hollywood knockout look from Donna Karan. She wisely let the dress take centerstage and steered away from over accessorizing.

Kirstin Dunst tends to favor looks with a bit of quirk, so while the sheer black overlay on this Valentino gown might have appeared matronly on another actress, it somehow works on her. Another reason I included this look was because her makeup looks flawless, I've never seen her look better.

The white Valentino gown that Ali Larter donned was anything but boring and her earrings and clutch really stole the show. Absolutely gorgeous.

Minka Kelly was hard to miss in bright, bright Oscar de la Renta. The basic silhouette of this gown and the simple gold accessories were important since they let the extraordinary color of the fabric take front and center.

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Sorry to tease, I’ll be back later today with the Golden Globes!

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Pre-Fall 2012 Collections: Part II

Welcome to Part II of MCLV’s reviews of the Pre-Fall 2012 shows, you can catch up on Part I here.

The Burberry Prorsum show was full of clean lines, dark hues and great details, for both men and women. There were beautiful purses, hats, gloves, shoes and belts in yellows and reds, and of course to die for coats and jackets. This was one of my favorite of the Pre-Fall shows, not only could virtually everything transition directly to the street, most of the pieces are timeless and could be worn season after season. (See what Tom & Lorenzo have to say about this collection here).

This 40's style dress is flattering on a lot of body types and the contrasting belt and suede booties are a great touch. And while the slim fitting suit that he's wearing is hard for most men to pull off, the jacket is divine.

A beautiful double-breasted coat with a fun yellow bow belt, fur collar, tights and moccasin inspired booties - A perfect fall look. I can absolutely see someone walking down Park Avenue in this!

Quite the chic couple! I love his sweater layers in chocolate and tan with almost a Peter Pan collar underneath, and her belted puff coat with dramatic shoulders over a rust colored sheath dress.

 
Giddy up y’all! There was a distinct Southwestern flare in Michael Kors’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, which took Nan Kempner as its inspiration. While some of the looks may not be the most practical, there were a lot of great, classic pieces in the show.
 

This is a great white dress with interesting zipper details. The belt and strappy boots add just enough flare to keep things interesting.

This is what Mr. Kors does best, creates a fun, "themed" look, composed of fairly basic pieces. A beautiful black, capsleeved dress is taken to a whole new level by adding a leather bustier, thick belt and dramatic gladiator-style platforms.

 
My favorite style of jewelry is, without a doubt, art deco, so I was thrilled when I read that it was Rachel Roy’s Pre-Fall 2012 theme. The collection was colorful and eclectic, showcasing separates, dresses and outerwear in silks, knits, leather and wool. The minimalistic styling for this show was really well done, double strap, round toed heels, colorful belts and chain link necklaces.
 

This coat is just the sort of thing that I've come to expect from Rachel Roy, clean lines, flattering cut and ready to be worn.

Talk about versatile, this belted, black & white tuxedo-inspired dress has a touch of sparkle that would easily take it from day to night with a change of shoes. Just add tights and a blazer for work!

 
Pringle of Scotland is an iconic British house and this Pre-Fall 2012 collection was oh-so-British in its composition. Skirt and pants suits in dramatic colored knits, patterned menswear inspired separates, minimalistic mini dresses and thick-heeled boots with splashes of red, orange and yellow.
 

This simple sleeveless black shift is anything but boring with slashes of burnished yellow at the hem and beautiful boots. Can't you just picture Tilda Swinton wearing this when she runs errands?

 

This suit is expertly styled with a fur scarf, burgundy velveteen belt, knit turtleneck and burgundy suede booties.

 
The Donna Karan Pre-Fall 2012 collection was sleek and tailored to perfection, just the way Karan likes it. There were a few pieces that really stood out in this show though – black, white and navy two-piece looks with white tops and dramatic skirts and wide leg pants, decorated with oversized bows and paired with ladylike pumps.
 

This look is ALL about the drama. The dramatic color pairing, the dramatic bow-belt, the dramatic A-line silhouette of the skirt, the dramatic deep v-neck blouse. While the bow might be a little much, one can't help but think that this would be a great holiday party look!

This belted navy and black pleated silk dress was classic Donna Karan. Chic and minimal, ballet-style crisscross patent leather heels completed the look.

 
Zac Posen, back in New York, gave us a dramatic show full of dichotomies. East versus West, embellished versus simplistic, high versus low. His collection included sheaths, suits, separates and outerwear that any woman I know would wear to work, all paired with gloves, fur shawls and gorgeous art-deco jewelry. The other half of the collection showcased intricate gowns with yards of train, layers of tulle, elaborate shoulder embellishments and skin-tight Chinese printed silk.
 

This sheath is the definition of perfection, I can't imagine a more beautifully made, perfectly fitted work-dress. I'll take one in each color please!

Old school glamour with a modern twist. You would have trouble getting me out of this once I had it on. And that bracelet would never come off. Ever!

This combination is so Zac. A conservatively cut, well-tailored grey blazer paired with a bright blue, ribbon covered puffy A-line skirt.

 
Fendi was all about separates in their Pre-Fall 2012 collection – beautiful, exciting separates. To quote style.com’s Matthew Schneier: “Ziggy Stardust goes to the office Christmas party.” Yup, that pretty much sums it up! Daywear and workwear pieces for a woman who not only wants to make an entrance, but who probably has amazing plans for the evening. Mouth-watering bags and multi colored strappy pumps finished off the looks.
 

The styling of this look is pure Fendi. A demure tan pussy bow blouse paired with a navy pencil skirt with circle details, with what else, a gorgeous handbag with flames on it.

This look is sort of "ladies who lunch" meets "school-girl." I love that the tan accessories are separate from the black and white of the central pieces.

 
 
Harper’s Bazaar continued their highlights from the Pre-Fall shows and FabSugar added to their collection of pictures and reviews here.
 
 
Stay tuned for the third and final post on the Pre-Fall shows later this week!
 
 
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Looks of the Week

 
I’m not sure if it’s because celebs are gearing up for the 2012 awards season or what, but when I was looking at pictures over the last week I saw a lot of gowns. A lot. But since I am one of many women secretly harboring a princess fantasy, I never say no to ball gowns!
 
Bring on the glam!
 

Jennifer Hudson looked PHENOMENAL at the Michael Kors Celebration of American Fashion

 

One of the things that initially made Freida such a standout on the red carpet last year was the oh so flattering jewel tones she sported, but after seeing this I'm not sure what I prefer on her. Love the dress, love the styling, love the hair & makeup.

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While Carrie does look a little bit like she’s auditioning for the role of Oscar, you have to admit she’s spot on for an event like the CMAs. A beautiful dress with a flattering cut and enough shimmer and shine to stand out on the red carpet.

Jennifer Nettles wore my favorite dress of the CMAs, it was dramatic enough for a country affaire but still stylish and chic. Love her hair.

 
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Sofia Vergara looked - to quote RZ - BANANAS at the Latin Grammy's. Whoa, this woman has a KILLER figure.

Zoe also attended the Latin Grammy's and stole the show in this gorgeous green gown. I would wear this is a heartbeat!

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Jaime King looked chic and elegant, nothing fancy or innovative, just pure glam all the way!

 

Ashley Greene looked stunning and statuesque at the Breaking Dawn premier in custom Donna Karan.

 
And just because I couldn’t resist… He’ll be our non-gown love!
I don’t even know where to start! I love the suit w/ the vest & rolled pants, I love the shirt w/ the cuffs protruding slightly, I love the fun tie, I love the bag and those socks KILL ME. Seriously, can The Sartorialist start listing phone numbers for his males subjects? I want to go shopping with this guy!

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To me fall is a time for change. The seasons are changing, why shouldn’t we? And in true MCLV fashion, I made a drastic change in the form of cutting bangs into my long blonde hair and dying it dark, vibrant red. I’m ready for Fall now!

Are you in the market for a new look? Check out these hippie and mod inspired cuts or some seriously cute braided hairstyles for a whole new you this season.

 
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