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Last week, I posted all about my adventures at the MET Gala. While sharing my stories and sightings I mentioned that I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Chastain. And lost my damn mind. Now, those of you who know me, know I am usually pretty level headed when it comes to meeting celebrities. So I wanted to share this picture of me and Jessica hugging on 79th street, where it is obvious I am having an excitement stroke. I feel like I should be embarrassed but she was so receptive and seemed equally as excited as I was that I feel like it’s funny. It’s not all good news though, when Jessica and I crossed paths there were rumors she would be starring opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3. The idea of Gwyneth and Jessica starring in a movie together? AMAZING. But, sadly Jessica took to Facebook to announce her schedule was too full for her to take part and it won’t be working out. I look forward to seeing who fills Jessica’s shoes in Iron Man 3. But, I can pretty much guarantee whoever it is will never get as enthusiastic a reaction as Jessica did.
From the moment I saw it while standing outside the MET on Monday night, I was in love with the Alexander McQueen gown Florence Welch wore to the MET Gala. And, a few seconds after that I began to take heat for it. My friend Lauren hated it. Later on, while we were watching “Dancing with the Stars” and eating pizza, Lauren read that the gown was an Alexander McQueen and said “no wonder you love it.” Later on when Dana and June joined us, Dana also shaded Flo’s McQueen. And, a quick Google search will show you countless sites saying negative things about the gown. I’ve read that it was tacky, busy, too much and weird. But, I don’t see any of that when I look at it. I see just a beautiful dress that looks like a fashion fantasy come to live.
What I find most comical about this influx of negativity is that it gives me deja vu. In 2006, Sarah Jessica Parker went to the MET Gala on the arm of Lee McQueen himself, in a tartan gown. The tabloids and fashion blogs tore her apart for it. Fast forward to 2011 after we lost McQueen, the same gown was featured in the “Savage Beauty” exhibit. Funny how it went from the worst dressed list to a piece of art featured in a museum in just a few short years. Now, Flo’s gown is not only from the designer honored last year with his own exhibit. The frock looks awfully similar to ones featured in said exhibit. Turn to page 110 in your “Savage Beauty” hardcover coffee table book if you don’t believe me! The idea that almost a million people waited on line for hours to see McQueen creations but then throw shade at Florence for wearing one is crazy. Like Nigel says in “the Devil Wears Prada”, fashion is better than art, because you live your life in it. So please, don’t hate on my girl Florence for living her life in a masterpiece.
Earlier I posted all about my latest adventure at Monday night’s MET Gala. But, I thought I would come to explain how the MET Gala went from something I read about online the morning after to something I went out to watch in person. My MET Gala history is brief, two years ago after attending a trivia game night at Southern Hospitality that a friend was holding, we stumbled upon the after party for the gala. And, like Christopher Columbus before us, our accidental discovery was a treasure trove of fabulous. A group of us perched in front of the Mark Hotel and met Anne Hathaway, Michael Kors and Donnatella Versace. It should be stated for the record, I was in a Bieber Fever t-shirt and was very drunk on frozen margaritas. So the following year, I had decided to dress a little nicer and maybe not get white girl wasted prior to the East Coast version of the Oscars. And thus, a tradition was born.
Like I said, I made sure to try and dress a little nicer. I mean, I always try to dress nice wherever I go. But, I decided to put on a little bow tie and a black jacket. Some people snickered thinking I had rented a tux. But, I want it known it is a basic sports jacket and a bow tie. Sorry it looks like a million bucks. It is all smoke and mirrors. If you look at the photos, the effort pays off. Especially when juxtaposed with that first year in the t-shirt. Plus Monday night, I got compliments from Coco Rocha and Cheyenne Jackson. Even more noteworthy, when I said hello to Anna Wintour on Monday night, she smiled (WITH TEETH!) when she said hello back and to be honest her opinion matters a little more than… well pretty much anyone.
It has been previously stated here on BEST Blog, that my favorite holiday is Fashion’s Night Out. The celebration of retail, fashion and celebrities is an annual Autumn cornucopia of things Brian Tuft lives for. But, if Fashion’s Night Out is Christmas, then Monday night’s MET Gala was Easter. It is the night Anna reserects after dying for our sins by planning a fabulous charity gala. Each year Anna is reborn more fabulous, more successful and more inspiring. Monday Night’s Gala was to celebrate the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibit “Schiarpelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations”. The annual CI exhibit is one of my favorite things. I loved installations of years past like “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy”, “Celebrating Chanel” and “Model and Muse”. Obviously, last year’s McQueen exhibit “Savage Beauty” was more like a religious experience than a museum trip for me. Needless to say, May 10th cannot get here soon enough. But, until it does I have the memories of Monday night to keep me occupied.
My friend Lauren and I met outside the MET on Monday night and settled in to watch arrivals. We watched as Chace Crawford, Eva Mendez, Kristen Stewart and countless others filed out of their SUVs and into the tent. At one point, we could see directly into the lavish tent. Perfectly lit, lined with photographers and an immaculate red carpet draped down the most famous stoop in New York City. Watching Florence Welch and Rihanna walk up the stairs, it was like looking into a fabulous, A-list doll house. The night only improved from there, I got to see and encounter countless stars which is always exciting. But, with all of the gawkers and stalkers you were usually limited to a quick blur as Tim Tebow, Justin Timberlake and Liv Tyler ran from the madness in their black tie fab. I did get the chance to chat with Coco Rocha one of my favorite models. She was donning a yellow paint suit that was a recent purchase from the Elizabeth Taylor auction. The Hollywood legend not only wore the suit, but apparently spilled red wine on it. I couldn’t spot any stains but they almost apparently stopped Rocha from wearing it. Until Vogue editors reminded her that the stain was Liz Taylor’s and that makes it okay. I told Coco how chic she looked and guess what? She looked me in the eyes and said “you do too”. I DIE.
Later, I got to meet Cheyenne Jackson, Broadway veteran, TV star and all around dream boat. I told him how excited I was to see him on the 30 Rock Live show last month and when I inquired why he was not on more regularly he said he wasn’t really sure and it wasn’t up to him. To which I say, Tina Fey get your shit together. After that, we spotted real life Snow White and Prince Charming Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas as they party hopped. They were as gracious as their storybook counterparts. Dallas even got to play White Knight to Goodwyn when an overzealous fan got a little excited. My favorite encounter of the night was Jessica Chastain. Regular readers know how much I love Jessica, but it may surprise you to know I lost my proverbial shit while speaking with her. I babbled incessantly about how much I love her, the Jessica Chastain movie club Lauren and I started and how sweet she is. She was so gracious and told me how sweet I was and that she loved me too. Ugh, I can’t with her she’s so flawless.
Finally, while I didn’t get to see all of the gowns in person I thought that the MET Gala had so many amazing fashion moments. The outfit I was most obsessed with was Florence Welch’s Alexander McQueen gown. It was over the top sure, but it was so fun and so beautiful and everything the MET Gala and Costume Institute is about. Beauty, glamor, craftsmanship. I got the chance to tell Flo how much I loved it and she thanked me wholeheartedly and even blew me a kiss. My second favorite was Amy Adams who looked stunning in Giambattista Valli. Third place goes to Hilary Swank who turned out the glam on the arm of date Michael Kors who made the beautiful red halter gown she wore. I also want to shout out my girl Gwyneth. I wasn’t crazy about the Prada apron. But, it was exciting to see you in a new silhouette. Still love you girl, and let’s be real you were never going to top the Tom Ford from the Oscars.
The thing that stinks about the MET Gala, FNO or even real holidays is that they are so short. I look forward to this evening every year, even before I went and gawked at the couture in real life. And even with all the anticipation it is still just one night, one fabulous, glamorous and star studded night. Just as I start to feel the post holiday depression we all get, I remember… Only a few more days until the exhibit opens to the public. And only 362 days until the next MET Gala. Forget the Conversation, the Impossible part is going to be the wait until next year.