The Models Reign: A Look at the Fashion at Fashion’s Biggest Night

Here is a wrap up of the fashion on the red carpet of Monday nights Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

All of the attendees dressed their best. The men wore dapper tuxedos to the black tie event while the women choose a variety of styles, the night not having one specific look. Whether the dress was short or long, they were all bedazzled and beautiful.

 

Hosts Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs both wearing designs by the designer

Hosts Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs both wearing designs by the designer

 

Host Justin Timberlake wearing William Rast, his own brand with his beau, Jessica Biel in Versace Atelier

Host Justin Timberlake wearing William Rast, his own brand with his beau, Jessica Biel in Versace Atelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newlyweds Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen both in custom Versace

Newlyweds Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen both in custom Versace

 

 

Leighton Meester in Louis Vuitton

Leighton Meester in Louis Vuitton

 

Victoria Beckham and Lorenzo Martone, Marc Jacobs' Husband, both in Marc Jacobs

Victoria Beckham and Lorenzo Martone, Marc Jacobs' Husband, both in Marc Jacobs

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The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala Exhibit Opens

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Every year the infamous Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts a gala for the fashion industry, entitled The Costume Institute Gala. Last night the gala was at the museum in New York City and was attended by  fashion designers, celebrities, socialites and models and anyone lucky enough to be invited.

The night signified the opening of a new exhibit in the museum featuring a different aspect of fashion each year. This year’s event and exhibit was entitled The Model as a Muse: Embodying Fashion.

 

Anna Wintour at the Gala

Anna Wintour at the Gala

The gala was hosted by the designer Mark Jacobs, model Kate Moss, singer Justin Timberlake and the Editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour.

 

The exhibit features “80 masterworks of haute couture and ready-to-wear. Fashion editorial, advertising, and runway photography plus large- scale projections from feature films are used throughout the galleries to contextualize the fashion zeitgeist,” according to the Met’s press release.

“The exhibition examines a timeline of fashion from 1947 to 1997 through the idealized aesthetic of the fashion model,” said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “We look at the power of clothing, fashion photography, and the model to project the look of an era. With a mere gesture, a truly stellar model can sum up the attitude of her time – becoming not only a muse to designers or photographers, but a muse to a generation.” 

The exhibit will be open to the public from May 6, 2009 through August 9, 2009.

Designer Denim

There comes a time in every girl’s life when it is pertinent to invest in a pair of jeans that fit and look great. While some brands like Levi’s offer great fitting jeans at good prices, jeans that tend to fit the best also tend to lighten the pockets a bit more.

Everyone from celebrities to teens covet jeans that fit well, have a good cut to them, and make you confident and looking good, so why not splurge a bit.

 

True Religion Jeans

True Religion Jeans

 

Some brands to check out are 7 for all Mankind, Paige Premium Denim, True Religion, J Brand Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, Joe Jeans, and James jeans, Current/Elliot, Hudson, William Rast and Earl.

 

7 for all Mankind Jeans

7 for all Mankind Jeans

 

Look in department stores for them, or online at Shopbop.com, Kitson.com, and ShopIntuition.com, and brands like True Religion and William Rast have their own stores.

 

Hudson Jeans

Hudson Jeans

 

If you want a great fit and a classic cut line, try a pair of 7 for all Mankind. If you want something a little bit more flashy try Rock and Republic. Overall, no matter how much you spend it will be worth it in the long run because they will last and be your favorite pair for years.

Spring Fever: Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

 The weather is warming up, the sun is shining and it is time to break out the sandals and sun dresses. But everyone can use a little guidance. Here are some highlights of shoe styles that are making a splash for the spring.

Sandals come in all shapes and sizes, but for this spring go for some color and some height.

Wedges:

Sam Edelman Sahara Wedges, $158: Urban Outfitters

Sam Edelman Sahara Wedges, $158: Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

 

ASH Tahiti T-Strap Cork Wedge, $208: Shopbop.com

ASH Tahiti T-Strap Cork Wedge, $208: Shopbop.com

 
 
 
Diane Von Furstenburg Moore Wedge, $260: Shopbop.com

Diane Von Furstenburg Moore Wedge, $260: Shopbop.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gladiator Sandals

 

Pelle Moda Fala Whipstich Flat, $150: Urban Outfitters

Pelle Moda Fala Whipstich Flat, $150: Urban Outfitters

 

Sam Edelman Gilda Sandal, $69.99: Urban Outfitters

Sam Edelman Gilda Sandal, $69.99: Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright Colors

Report Madera Platform Sandals, $240: Shopbop.com

Report Madera Platform Sandals, $240: Shopbop.com

L.A.M.B Tab Sequin T Strap Sandal, $320: Shopbop.com

L.A.M.B Tab Sequin T Strap Sandal, $320: Shopbop.com

Get This Look: Kate Bosworth

 

Kate Bosworth in Chloe

Kate Bosworth in Chloe

 

The long boyfriend blazer, the high wedge shoes, and the short and silky shorts all come together to form this beautiful outfit. Casual if paired with ballet flats or more dressy when put with heels, this outfit is sophisticated and pulls off these spring trends nicely. So usually, this outfit would retail for around $2,000 all by the designer Chloe. I wanted to recreate this outfit and make it more recession friendly.

 

Boyfriend Blazer $88 from Bloomingdales

Boyfriend Blazer $88 from Bloomingdales

 

Silk Shorts $195 Saks Fifth Avenue

Silk Shorts $195 Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Wedge Heels $90 DKNY

Wedge Heels $90 DKNY

This whole outfit cost $373.oo…that’s bargain shopping and a real cute outfit all found at ShopStyle.com.

5 Spring Fashion Do’s and Don’ts

Many magazines and websites have dedicated articles depicting what one should not ever be caught wearing and things that are acceptable to wear. I think it is interesting to take this concept and talk about what has been deemed as “in” for this season. Here are my opinions on spring fashion do’s and don’ts.

 

Jcrew Cardigan

Jcrew Cardigan

 

1. DO wear Ruffles. I like a shirt with a ruffle collar, or a skirt with a slight ruffle at the end. Also a nice light colored cardigan with a slight ruffle around the collar like this Jcrew cardigan are really cute when paired with a straight legged jean and ballet flats.

 

 

 

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Tucker Floral Dress

 

 

  2. DON’T stay with the bag lady look. While bohemian looks are still fashionable    when you take them in single doses, this spring look for more  figure fitting lady-like  pieces. Skirts, blouses and pretty floral prints are big for  the spring.

 

 

 

Alexander Wang Blazer

Alexander Wang Blazer

 

 

3. DO wear bright colors. Pastel bright colors and semi-neon colors are great for the summer, but stick to one bright piece per outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current/Elliot Boyfriend Jean

Current/Elliot Boyfriend Jean

 

 

 

 

4. DON’T stick to your usual boring jeans. The new looks for the spring are destroyed denim. Ripped, destroyed, worn in denim in baggy and straight leg sits are very popular.

 

 

 

 

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Large Black and White Statement Necklace

 

 

5.  DO pick statement accessory pieces. Big and bold necklaces and larger bracelets and rings are in!

Model Profile: Samantha Ruggiero

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Samantha Ruggiero, 20, hailing from the small town of Redding, Ct, has been making waves in the New York fashion scene. An undeniably beautiful redhead, Ruggiero has been a model in many fashion magazine ads including Cosmopolitan and Elle, and was also a contestant on the fourth season of Bravo TV’s Project Runway in 2008.  Ruggiero graduated from Joel Barlow High School in 2006 and spent a year at college in Philadelphia. After leaving college to dedicate more time to her passion, modeling, Ruggiero moved back home.

From Redding, she commuted into the city for jobs. In 2007, Ruggiero got her big break when she auditioned and got picked to be a model for Project Runway. She was feautred on the show each week, and her team made up of the designer Rami and herself made it to the show’s finale and ended up coming in 2nd place. Ruggiero currently resides in Brooklyn, just a short commute to NYC and continues to model.

Here is a youtube video of the finale of the fourth season. Ruggiero can be seen in the black silk top and pink skirt.