Tuesday, May 06, 2008

We Can Be Heroes ... Just For One Gala

NYC's biggest, poshest bash of the season, the annual Costume Institute Gala, took place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art last night and a who's who of fashionistas and celebs (and fashionistas who fancy themselves celebs and vice versa) got themselves all dolled up for the occasion. This year’s theme was titled Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy ... which meant that no look was too ostentatious or too fug for this yearly event. Here are a few photos from last night's red carpet:

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L.A. might have the Oscars, but Manhattan's social event of the season is the annual Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute gala, which draws bold-faced, glammed-up names from both coasts and across the pond. This year's theme? Superheroes, a fitting one given the massive box-office hit that was Iron Man and summer flicks still to come: The Dark Knight, featuring the Caped Crusader, and The Incredible Hulk. Designer Giorgio Armani served as this year's honorary chair, while George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Vogue editor Anna Wintour chaired the benefit. Armani dressed Clooney and Roberts. "He asked me very sweetly if I'd be his date," Roberts, wearing a platinum Giorgio Armani Privé gown, said about the designer, who also outfitted other A-list celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Beyoncé Knowles and John Mayer. The crowd buzzed as Cruise and Holmes arrived, and Holmes, in an orange strapless gown, grinned and got a little assistance climbing the steep staircase in her killer blue stilettos. But they did not stop for interviews; neither did Beyoncé, who was without Jay-Z and without a visible wedding ring. David and Victoria Beckham, in a sequined, plunging white Armani, posed for photos the longest, vamping all the way up the staircase. Clooney was taking it all in stride. "I get to have a drink. It's easy for me," he said. As for the superhero theme, he said he had a favorite when he was a kid: "Well, you know, I loved one that no one ever talks about, the Green Hornet. He was really cool." ... Jennifer Lopez wore a blue-green number with metallic and jewel trim by Alberta Ferretti. Getting ready for parties these days "is the same except with a baby on my lap," she said. As for which superhero her ensemble recalled: "The only thing I could think of was Wonder Woman with my cuffs." Wintour wore a black and white embroidered dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Haute Couture. Chanel also dressed Thandie Newton, Kate Bosworth and Audrey Tautou ... [Naomi] Watts was all glamour in white Thierry Mugler embellished with a star at the waist. "I'm glad that the structure of this dress is holding me upright," she said. "I'm very tired. I've been away in Sydney for ages, so I'm sure I'll see a lot of people I haven't seen for a while." Sex and the City's Kristin Davis, in a Michael Kors number with a flowing, cape-like train, said she felt like Superman. "We both wish we could fly."

Yes, yes, everyone was all dressed up to the 9's. Chace Crawford sure was lookin' sassy ... I love it. The Olsen twins were their usual mess ... I dunno why Mary-Kate felt that her ill fitting dress was the right choice for such a high profile event. The saggy boob look will *never* be in. [Source]

David and Victoria Beckham joined forces with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to try and steal as much attention from the other attendees as they could ... tho, I think the sun has set on this foursome generating all that much excitement ... and to be honest, I'm pretty disappointed at what Vicki B. and Katie wore over all:

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Team Cruise and Team Beckham reunited on the red carpet last night at the social event of the season, the annual Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala, which drew a who's who roll call of international stars. The quartet put aside rumours of a rift as they posed up together at the glamorous event, but in typical fashion, Posh did her best to steal the spotlight in a see-through white Armani dressing coat. But with her usual bob swept up into a carefully set chignon and heavily painted face, Victoria's attempt at Old Hollywood glamour was rather too literal, leaving her looking well beyond her 34 years. And pout-prone Posh appeared more glum than ever - perhaps it was the pressure of competing with a host of Hollywood actress and supermodels that prompted her look of disdain. Katie Holmes, who also wore Armani, didn't fare much better in the style stakes, leaving onlookers shocked and awed at her bright orange dress and cobalt blue stiletto combination. The extravaganza, billed as Manhattan's rival to the Oscars, marked the opening the museum's Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy exhibition, a theme that delighted the ever-excitable Mr. Cruise. "I've always just loved comic books," he said as he arrived. "I dig those characters."

I totes agree ... Posh's upsweep makes her look like Faye Dunaway a la Joan Crawford a la Mommie Dearest -- but not as nice. Katie's make-up was a misstep for me ... the orange eyes would look really fab on a model runway but I just don't think she can pull it off. Sorry. [Source]

In happy news, Scarlett Johansson very demurely showed off her new diamond engagement ring on the red carpet last night ... mere hours after her rep released the statement that she and Ryan Reynolds are engaged to be married:

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Scarlett Johansson has become engaged to her actor boyfriend Ryan Reynolds after a one year courtship. The Lost In Translation actress looked delighted as she showed off her new diamond ring for the first time as she attended the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York City last night. The 23-year-old and Canadian beau Reynolds, 31, started dating in March 2007 - a month after the Just Friends actor ended his three-year engagement to singer Alanis Morissette. Johansson's representative Marcel Pariseau confirmed the couple's engagement to People magazine on Monday. She said: "They're both thrilled." Pariseau declined to say exactly when the couple got engaged, but admitted it was recently. They are yet to set a wedding date.

Altho Scarlett happily showed off her new rock, her fiancée was nowhere to be seen at last night's affair ... clearly he had somewhere more important to be ;) At any rate, much congrats, again, to Scarlett and Ryan ... I guess ... I mean, I'd much prefer that Ryan stay sexy and single (and shirtless, let's not forget shirtless) but if he *has* to get married, I guess Scarlett is as good choice. Yeah, whatevs. [Source]