The Best and the Awesomely Wacky at the ’12 Met Ball

The annual Met Ball was held on at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the opening of the exhibit Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations; this year co-chaired by co-curator Anna Wintour of American VOGUE and special guests actress Carey Mulligan and designer Miuccia Prada.

With a ticket that’s so exorbitant at $25,000 a pop, the Met Ball is not a extravagant event to play with.  Rivaling the Academy Awards as the biggest night for fashion, on May 7, 2012 selected stars and power couples came out in their glistened best to salute the best of high and playful couture and most importantly, the opening of the Met’s latest exhibit Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.  The fashion this year was definitely one of the more exciting showcases at the ball in recent memory with a real sense of individuality and fun taking the reins.  Everyone looked comfortable, like themselves, and took chances whether in small or big wasy, and by wearing subtle or gaudy threads.  There were definitely mini themes of showgirl sexy, black lace and interesting textures like pseudo-snakeskin, wrap-around satin strapless dresses, new classic silhouettes of pencil skirts topped with scalloped flare at the waist, fluffy trains, and lots and lots of shimmer, glitter, studs and charms.  The most common houses worn were naturally Prada, but also Givenchy, Marchesa and Tom Ford.  The biggest arrival may have belonged to Beyonce, who maybe purposedly arrived past the press media ending time of 8:30PM and whose post-Blue Ivy appearances are racking up and gaining plenty of attention, was dressed in an edgy for her bottomed purple laced, body-suited, half flesh-colored, half black crystal encrusted dress from Givenchy.

–Carmen Shardae J. C.

THE BEST:

PAULA PATTON in Vera Wang

RIHANNA in Tom Ford

BEST DRESSED COUPLE: JESSICA BIEL in Prada & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE in Tom Ford

The Vampire Diares’ NINA DOBREV in Donna Karan

GWYNETH PALTROW in Prada

DIANE KRUGER in Prada

SCARLETT JOHANSSON in Dolce & Gabbana

SOLANGE KNOWLES in Rachel Roy

ROONEY MARA in Givenchy

LALA AND CARMELO ANTHONY

LEA MICHELE in Diane von Fusrtenburg

CAMILLA BELLE in Ralph Lauren

KAROLINA KURKOVA in Rachel Zoe

RENEE ZELLWEGER in (for once not Carolina Herrera) but Emilio Pucci

THE WACKY:

model ANJA RUBIK in Anthony Vaccarrello

BEYONCE in Givenchy

BRUNO MARS looking like a young Michael Jackson circa 1979

CHRISTINA RICCI in Thakoon

FLORENCE WELCH of Florence and the Machine in Alexander McQueen

M.I.A.

KRISTEN STEWART in Balenciaga

KIRSTEN DUNST

ELIZABETH BANKS in Mary Katrantzou

LANA DEL REY in Joseph Alturazza

SARAH JESSICA PARKER in Valentino

COCO ROCHA in vintage Givenchy

ALEXA CHUNG

CHLOE SEVIGNY

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