Posted by: Shea Peters

Last night in New York City, the Oscars of the East Coast, more commonly known as the 2011 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art took place.  As Mayor Michael Bloomberg said to the guests of the evening, “London might have the Royal Wedding, but we have this…And this ticket is harder to get!”

The Costume Institute named this year’s honoree prior to the event as the irreplaceable British designer-extraorinaire, Alexander McQueen who committed suicide in February 2010.  With the current exhibition at the MET also dedicated to the designer, named aptly, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, celebrities, designer, and supermodels walked the only red carpet that is guaranteed to be full of high fashion.  In honor of the designer, the museum was decorated like a romantic English garden with heather and wildflowers lining the main staircase, trees sprouting from the hallways, and pots of roses and peonie were placed among candles on distressed wood tabletops.

Paul McCartney played  the piano, while Mick Jagger remembered the jackets Alexander McQueen made for his concert tours with the Rolling Stones.  Former Victoria’s Secret model Gisele Bündchen accompanied by her husband of the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, wore a stunning red Alexander McQueen gown.  Naomi Campbell wore an Alexander McQueen creation in white that only Miss Naomi could pull off because of the daring and peek-a-boo design.  Sex in the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker and actress Selma Hayek (who was an honorary co-chair of the event along with husband Francois Henri-Pinault) both payed homage to the designer by wearing Alexander McQueen dresses in nude colors.

While most were gorgeous there were some fashion misses at the MET gala including, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, who chose a not-so-flattering white Marchesa gown, while Beyonce walked with Jay-Z in a much-too-fitted mermaid dress from Emilio Pucci.  Singer Janelle Monae was in her predictable uniform of black pants, white blouse this time from Chanel afixed with a top hat, while actress Frieda Pinto also failed in Chanel.  Gossip Girl’s  Blake Lively also wore a so-so Chanel gown accompanied by her newly dyed red hair.  Speaking of red hair…fashion darling and singer Rihanna missed the mark with a long, side braid and a gothic lace Stella McCartney dress…she’ll be easily forgiven.

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The obvious fashion hits of the night was a much debated Jennifer Lopez who chose a hot pink Gucci number that many believed was too risky for the American Idol host, but fit her perfectly.  Also with an amazing performance by Florence + The Machine later in the night, singer Florence Welch raised her star status up a few notches walking the red carpet in a white Yves Saint Laurent dress.  Madonna was a stunner in a blue Stella McCartney dress adorned with silver stars up the back.  Actress Kristen Stewart of the Twilight movies went couture-goth in Proenza Schoueler, while Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour wore a beautiful ombre Chanel gown that managed to be both trendy and classic at once.

As for the best dressed men of the night New York Knicks Amare Stoudemire wore Calvin Klein, while teammate Carmelo Anthony wore Versace, and Tory Burch dressed her companion for the event Kanye West in a Tory Burch tuxedo.  While the often misunderstood, Andre Leon Talley of Vogue wore what seemed to be a large blue choir robe.

Colin Firth, the winner of this year’s Best Actor Academy Award, chaired the MET Gala with designer Stella McCartney and without a doubt, few left this event disappointed.

To watch Amar’e’s Feature at Met Gala video follow this link.

To check out the full length “Inside the 2011 Costume Institute Gala” from Vogue, as well all the best dressed stars, click here.

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