Trend Alert: Lesson Learned - Met Ball 2012

The Fashion world's equivalent to the Oscar's came and went on Monday night rather quietly.  Unfortunately, the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute's annual gala does not get the television coverage that the various awards shows receive throughout the year, and therefore, it was missed by many.  From a fashion perspective, it is the event of the year.  It is held to celebrate the opening of the new spring exhibit at the Met.  Last year it was Alexander McQueen, this year it is "Impossible Conversations" (running through August 10th) - an examination of the affinities between legendary designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.

With this being Fashion's big night out, it is a chance for the designers, models, fashionistas and celebrities to let loose and get all dolled up.  I find it hard to judge best and worst dressed, due to the fact that it is all about self-expression, right?!  However, I do believe we can take some pointers from the many different looks that were spotted on the red carpet.

As I glanced through the many photos online, the first thing that came to mind was the conversation that I had with Mark Badgley and James Mischka not too long ago...  They felt that the most important item a woman should purchase this spring is a colorful cocktail dress.  And, I completely agree.  Whether or not the dress is a true cocktail dress is based on your lifestyle, but you need a great dress in a bold (complementary) color!

Just take a look at how radiant these women look in their colorful dresses...

Emma Stone in Lanvin
Solange Knowles

Diane Kruger in Prada

Another fabulous choice is this season is a white (or whiteish) dress.  The LWD (little white dress) is fresh, classic and always chic.

Amy Adams in Giambattista Valli

Claire Danes in J. Mendel

Ashley Greene in Donna Karan Atelier

Their has been a big focus on silver this season, and now you see what all the hype is about... the silvery metallic dress is beautiful.  Softer than gold, it is has an ethereal quality that is quite breathtaking.

Sophia Vergara in Marchesa

Kate Upton in Michael Kors

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren

Sheer done right can be quite cool.  Sheer done wrong is just plain bad.  Some of the ladies on Monday night did it just right... 

Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu with Jason Wu

Renee Zellweger in Pucci

and some did it very wrong...

There is no elegance to this look - it seems very awkward.
Heidi Klum in Escada

I am not sure what to say about this... it probably would have been best to leave this as a runway dress.
Beyonce in Givenchy Couture

There you have it - a little inspiration for dressing up from the fashion set for the spring/summer season.

                                                                                                                          - Allison          

*Photos courtesy of hollywoodlife.com.

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