There are two red carpets that we watch every year with bated breath: the Oscars and, of course, the Met Ball. All the stars come out for these fashion-forward events, and we couldn’t take our eyes off of all the gorgeous looks that strutted down Fifth Avenue last night. Here are a few of our editors’ favorite, unforgettable styles from the evening:
I had a hard time picking a favorite, but I don’t think anyone was as stunning as Camilla Belle (although Diane Kruger did look pretty superb). I absolutely adored Belle’s curve-hugging beaded gown, which struck the exact right balance between sexy and glamorous. What’s more, her hair and makeup were the perfect compliment to her dazzling dress. And kudos to the star for choosing such a daring, deep red pucker. Usually, that wine-stained shade is reserved for the winter, but I think the actress is on to Hollywood’s hottest new trend for the summer. —Meredith
I’ve been covering fashion shows for a few seasons now, and I’m rarely surprised by anything that goes on backstage. But at yesterday’s J. Mendel show, revered Revlon makeup artist Gucci Westman threw me for a loop. “There’s not really a clear inspiration, per se,” said Westman when I asked her about the look. What? No inspiration?! Despite being a little startled, I continued the interview. “It’s kind of a more cool, futuristic girl,” explained Westman.
Revlon’s Gucci Westman doing makeup for Karolina Kurkova backstage at J.Mendel
Aside from the fresh, dewy skin (courtesy of Revlon’s Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator), my favorite part was the smudgy eye makeup. A mix of greys, browns, metallics, and pearls, Westman was applying a range of moody shades. “It’s very like how these kind of girls would wear their makeup,” said Westman. “It’s edgy, it’s tougher. It’s the opposite of glamorous.”
The models’ hair also echoed the-night-before vibe with TIGI stylists working diligently to create coarse, stiff styles using copious amounts of Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray. “It’s a bit sort of Debbie Harry-inspired. A bit punky, a bit grungy,” said Paul Hanlon of TIGI about the severe look.
Parted off to the side and matted down with plenty of Session Series Work It Spray, the models all rocked netting over their hair up until showtime. “It’s to press the hair to keep it flat,” explained Hanlon of the temporary lunch-lady effect. “The idea is to make it look like they’ve had a hat on.” Intentional hat hair? You’ve gotta love fashion week.
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