All Hail McQueen

As I’ve previously said, this years fashion exhibit at the Met is Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. This weekend was the opening and with that comes the annual Met Gala – my favorite red carpet event. Of course there was a lot of McQueen on the red carpet, but I was pleasantly surprised with many of the other designers as well. Below are my favorite 2011 Met Gala red carpet looks.

Diane Kruger in Jason Wu

I’ve heard Diane Kruger doesn’t have a stylist.. which would be pretty amazing because she is definitely one of the best dressed celebs out there. This is by far my favorite look of the night. Apparently this hand beaded Jason Wu dress took over 500 hours to sew.. thats a lot of child labor.

Gisele Bundchen in Alexander McQueen

I know it’s Gisele and her body is perfect, but how amazing does this McQueen gown look on her? Tom doesn’t look to shabby either.

Liv Tyler in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci

I’m obsessed with this Givenchy dress.. the cut outs sewn on top of the mesh lining is genius. Its modern but angelic all at the same time. However, I have to admit I’m undecided about the yellow dip dye bottom, it almost looks like the dress is dirty. But I would have to image in person it looked better.. either way I love it.

Hailee Steinfeld in Stella McCartney

You have to give this girl credit, she’s like 15 or something and has very advanced style. Someone described her as looking like a modern day Juliet.. pretty accurate I’d say. And how about those Nicholas Kirkwood shoes? Amazing.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Last, but certainly not least, is SJP in McQueen. I’ve never seen this dress before and I think it just may be one of my favorite McQueens. Its not overly dramatic but still has his signature pattern created with beads. I want one.. now.

I would also like to give honorable mentions to both Emma Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow.. both of their looks were sleek and simple yet still show stoppers. But incase you haven’t caught on yet.. I like things a bit more dramatic.

Emma Roberts in Michael Kors

Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney

Picture Books

Everyone needs a little inspiration..below are some of my favorite fashion reads:

The Sartorialist is full of amazing photographs taken from Scott Schuman’s blog. He captures people on the street and it’s fun to see what different kinds of outfits he finds interesting. There are lots of pictures and very few words (which is really how I prefer to read).

Savage Beauty was published to coincide with the current Alexander McQueen exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute. It showcases his life work and has quotes from the designer himself.

Parisian Chic is a style guide by Ines de la Fressange (french style icon and muse/model for Carl Lagerfeld) where she shares the well-kept secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and a timeless allure. This books has a mix of photographs and illustrations and is all about the Parisian point of view.

New Shoes: Contemporary Footwear Design is a book all about SHOES.. need I say more?

The Best and Worst Dressed Royals

BEST DRESSED

Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton looked perfect in her evening reception gown (by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) paired with an Angora cardigan. I actually like this more than her original wedding gown.. it’s a bit more modern and I love the idea of a cardigan with a wedding gown.

Pippa Middleton

Pippa of course looked amazing, but I think it’s mostly because of how great that dressed looked on her body.. I really need to go to the gym…

Princess Letizia

The Princess of Spain is officially my new royal fashion icon.. how amazing is this outfit? If you have to wear a ridiculous monochromatic outfit with a matching hat.. this is certainly the way to do it.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria was perhaps the only guest who actually dressed appropriately for this decade. She also gets major points for her gravity defying hat and for wearing those unbelievably high pumps, custom-made by Christian Louboutin, all while being 6 months pregnant. She really understands the concept of “pain is beauty”.

WORST DRESSED

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

How horrendous do Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie look? Honestly.. I feel ill just deciding how to describe their choices of outfits for this wedding.. I think I will just leave it at that.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara really should have taken a note from the Princess of Spain when planning her monochromatic outfit, because this is all sorts of wrong. Aside from the fact her choice of head to toe blue is a way too electric, the shape of her hat reminds me of a Georgia O’keeffe painting (if you know what I mean), ew.

Miriam Gonzalez Duantez

This hat and outfit combo is nothing less than offensive. I really don’t understand why the British are so fashionably challenged, my God, it’s called a stylist.. get one.

Fig & Olive

If you haven’t been to Fig & Olive you need to NOW. They have a bunch of locations in Manhattan, all are adorable, all are delish. Since its summer (or close enough to it) I have been craving the Fig & Olive Salad (romaine hearts, mesclun salad, fig, apple, manchego and dolce gorgonzola cheese, tomato, walnut, olive, scallion, 18 year fig & balsamic dressing with arbequina olive oil). What more could you ask for in a salad??

Fig & Olive Salad

If a salad just isn’t cutting it for you, their grilled filet of Mediterranean branzino (glazed with fig & 18 year balsamic vinegar, snow pea and figs, Picholine Olive Oil) is heaven on earth. The fish is perfectly flaky and the 18 year old balsamic adds an amazing flavor.

Grilled Branzino with Fig & Balsamic

To finish off your meal you must, and I mean MUST, try the dessert “Crostini”. It consists of a shortbread cookie topped with fresh marscapone, pistachio, an amarena cherry, and a touch of basil. YUM!

Dessert “Crostini”

The Little White Jacket

You know what spring means – white blazers! I wouldn’t go as far to say white is the new black.. but it’s pretty damn close. Above are three great ways to wear a white blazer this spring. Of course you can also throw on a white blazer with a black top and skinny black pants for an ultra chic evening look.

Go ahead.. drive a wedge between us!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are well aware that wedges are the heel of the year. They come in every shape, color and material imaginable. I prefer more natural materials and neutral colors for summer wedges… I picked out my favorites above (all from Bergdorfs). They look amazing with sundresses, flared denim, mini shorts.. anything really! They are also the perfect shoe to pair with your 70’s inspired outfits.

And if you’re feeling a little wild, throw on some multi-colored wedges like the Theodora & Callum ones below.. they would look amazing with something simple and casual, like cut off denim shorts and a white cotton blouse.