04 May, 2010

The Duchess Considers . . .

Costume Institute Gala, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Last night, while the Duchess and the Earl of Greenwich were tucked away under the twinkling lights of Dominick's patio (scrumptious!), the rest of the Hollywood crowd was in New York for the Costume Institute benefit at the Met. This year's theme was American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, and it was co-chaired by Patrick Robinson of Gap and Oprah Winfrey of everything.

Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler

The Duchess is not going to editorialize all of the red carpet looks presented herein. Some are clear hits, some are clear misses, and some are unmitigated catastrophes, like Katy Perry's glow-in-the-dark circus costume. Why was she there, anyway? Katy, please leave the risk-taking to someone who can execute, like Lady Gaga. Least favorite (besides Katy Perry)? Doutzen Kroes in Zac Posen. How it is possible to make that woman look hideous is beyond me, but Mr. Posen accomplished it last night.

The Duchess's favorite was Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler. This look just worked for her. It's the legs, it's the makeup, it's the unconventional cut of the dress. Completely unpredictable yet still classic and classy. Rachel Weisz in pink silk faille Oscar stunned as well. Absolutely gorgeous.

Kerry Washington in Thakoon for Gap

Naomi Campbell in Dolce & Gabbana

Alessandra Ambrosio in Versace

Chanel Iman in Michael Kors

Eva Mendes in Dolce & Gabbana

Rachel Weisz in Oscar de la Renta

Riley Keough in Thakoon for Gap

Doutzen Kroes in Zac Posen

Christina Hendricks in L'Wren Scott

Elizabeth Banks in Gucci

Eva Longoria Parker in Marchesa

Katy Perry in CuteCircuit

To quote Erwin Chemerinsky, "your views?"


  1. I just can't get over how short Eva Longoria is... She's probably perching on her platform Louboutins, yet the Marchesa girlz still tower over her. Nevermind - she is still rocking a dynamite pose.

  2. The Duchess does NOT love the train on her dress. It tends to emphasize her lack of stature. Cut it off at the hem, much better, no? Xo bebe.



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