Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Met Ball Gala 2011
Looks and Trends

Hollywood A-listers and fashion royalty attended the Costume Institue Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to honour the work of late British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen in an exhibition titled “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” on 3rd may 2011. The Met Ball 2011 gala was chaired by PPR (the group owns the McQueen label) chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault and Pinault’s wife Salma Hayek and co-chaired by Vogue’s Anna Wintour (who wore Chanel Couture), actor Colin Firth, and designer Stella McCartney. We highlight some of the looks seen at the gala.

White + Long Sleeves Dresses

alexander mcqueen savage beauty met ball gala 2011 - Emma Roberts in Michael Kors, Leelee Sobieski in Vionnet, Sarah Burton in Alexander McQueen, Nicole Richie in vintage Thirties white gown

White is right and long sleeves are most definitely in. Emma Stone in Michael Kors one shoulder gown, Leelee Sobieski looking absolutely gorgeous in a Vionnet Sarah gown accessorized with leaf belt and Nicole Richie in thirties dress with cutout detail on the embellished long sleeves. Sarah Burton in a flowing white caftan, still glowing from her recent stint as Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer.

Alexander McQueen Dresses

alexander mcqueen met ball 2011 - salma hayek, naomi campbell, chloe sevigny, sarah jessica parker all wearing Alexander McQueen

Some of the celebs who turned up, wearing Alexander McQueen dresses. Salma Hayek in a beige tulle gown, Naomi Campbell in white, Chloe Sevigny in black with sweet bow tie accent and Sarah Jessica Parker in a embroidered silver long sleeve sheath  gown from 2005 collection.

Nude + Long sleeves Dresses

alexander mcqueen savage beauty exhibition 2011 - Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Renee Zellweger, Fergie

Rocking the long sleeve trend in various shades of nude — Gwyneth Paltrow in crystal-embroidered gown from Stella McCartney, Diane Kruger in Jason Wu gown with thigh high slit, Renee Zellweger in bataeu neck Carolina Herrera and Fergie in a lovely Marchesa beige gown.

Bright Colors, Cut Outs + More Long Sleeves!

alexander mcqueen savage beauty met gala

Continuing the solid bright color trend we saw at the red carpet of the Golden Globe Awards.  Michelle Monaghan in a long sleeve pink silk gown, Ginnifer Goodwin in an emerald green long sleeve gown with cutouts at the waist from Topshop Unique, Kerry Washington in a seafoam green spaghetti strap gown from Escada, Zoe Saldana in a bright yellow Calvin Klein belted gown and Brooklyn Decker in neon pink Michael Kors.

Floral Textures

Alexander Mcqueen: Savage Beauty (2011 met gala ball) : Taylor Swift in J.Mendel,  Hailee Steinfeld in Stella McCartney, Liv Tyler in Givenchy couture by Riccardo Tisci, Dakota Fanning in Valentino resort collection

These dresses are more subdued in color, allowing textures to take centerstage. Taylor Swift in a one-shoulder J. Mendel couture gown , Hailee Steinfeld in nude lace embroidered asymmetric gown from Stella McCartney, Liv Tyler in a Givenchy Couture by Riccardo Tisci dress and Dakota Fanning in Valentino Resort 2011 collection gown with floral appliques.

Nude Drapes + Sparkly Details (Baby Bump Optional)

met ball 2011 alexander mcqueen - Blake Lively with Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba

Earthy tones got the sparkle and drape treatment -- Blake Lively wearing a Chanel Couture gown, accompanied by Karl Lagerfeld. Pregnant Kate Hudson in a gold stretch silk and crystal embroidered strapless gown from Stella McCartney and Jessica Alba in Ralph Lauren Collection custom platinum lamé strapless bustier gown with crystal-encrusted silk tulle overlay. As Natalie Portman had shown on the Oscar red carpet, beautiful drape dresses are friends of baby bumps and these hot mamas worked the trend beautifully.

Mermaid Dresses

Alexander McQueen savage beauty exhibition Metropolitan Musuem Costume Institute Gala 2011. - Gisele Bundchen in Alexander McQueen, Ashley Green in Donna Karan, Christina Ricci in Zac Posen

A style best suited to the  statuesque or supremely confident as demonstrated by these three ladies -- Gisele Bündchen shines in a red fishtail gown from Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2005 collection, Ashley Greene in a custom-made Donna Karan dress and Christina Ricci in Zac Posen.

Tulle Layers

alexander mcqueen wedding dresses 2011 met gala - jessica stam, miranda kerr, jennifer hudson

Wedding belles, bridal inspired styles -- Jessica Stam in a Tommy Hilfiger ball gown, Miranda Kerr in a flirty short Marchesa dress, and Jennifer Hudson in Vera Wang.

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