Last night I had the pleasure of attending a CLASSY little party at The Room. The occasion was the release of Derek Blasberg's first book 'Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady' (Already a New York Times bestseller).
For those of you who haven't heard about Blasberg, (where have you been for the past 3 years?!) he is fashionably ubiquitous penetrating the industry from every direction. He is the editor at large of Conde Nast's Style.com, he writes a regular column in Harper's Bazaar, he is the special projects editor at V Magazine, and regularly contributes to countless other magazines including Vogue and Interview. Blasberg is also well known for his styling and for editing Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's best selling coffee table book 'Influence'. On top of that Blasberg is a regular fixture at the most exclusive fashion shows and parties, often on the arm of one of his devoted girls who include Margherita Missoni, Emma Watson, Barbara Bush, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Alba, Daphne Guinness, and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld among others.
The book is a delightful guide of how-to's, do's, don'ts, and don't even think about it's. Blasberg provides advice about everything from how to throw a dinner party to how to dress at the airport and even on how to how to shape your eyebrows. His humorous and inspiring guide includes witty anecdotes, quizzes, checklists and visuals all modeled by the beautiful Byrdie Bell (pictured above) who accompanied Blasberg to last night's Room fete.
I have been a big fan of Blasberg's writing for a few years now so it was very exciting to finally meet him and get a taste of the St. Louis, Missouri bred southern boy charm he's so notorious for--and was he ever delicious.
*Special thanks to HG and SG for making it all possible
"I'll never forget when Anna Wintour called me to play at this event, she called me and said, 'I would like you to play at the Met gala, but I just want to make sure, because I've seen you perform before, that you won't be swearing during the performance'. So Anna, I will do my fucking best!"
Lady Gaga in a Prada tux with Miuccia Prada at the Met Gala on May 3, 2010
*image via Prada
Finally had a chance to put together some pics of my favorite looks from the Met gala. Here they are. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Chloe Sevigny in custom Proenza Schouler
Emma Watson in a beautiful, sophisticated and age appropriate Burberry gown
Camilla Belle in Jason Wu's custom red chiffon
Gwen Stefani in L.A.M.B.
Alexa Chung in a custom 3.1 Phillip Lim suit (Shoes and Bag are 3.1 too)
Blake Lively in sculptured Marchesa
Charlotte Gainsbourg in Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquiere with the designer
Malin Akerman in black and white Temperly London
Fashion darling Dree Hemingway in Calvin Klein Collection and Perspex shoes
Elizabeth Banks in Gucci feathers
Jennifer Lopez in Zahair Murad Couture, Judith Leiber bad and Sergio Rossi shoes
Gisele Bundchen in a woven leather by Alexander Wang
Naomi Watts in Lanvin
Kerry Washington in Thakoon for Gap
The Golden Girls-Boooooring (all of them identical and blehhh)
Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney
Jessica Biel in Ralph Lauren
SJP in Halston
Jessica Alba in Sophie Theallet for Gap
Brooke Shields in Michael Kors
Natasha Poly in Michael Kors
Eva Mendes in Dolce and Gabbanna
Vera Farminga in Sophie Theallet for Gap
What did you think???
So far I'm feeling unimpressed and uninspired by the sartorial choices for 2010's Costume Institute Gala. Where is the drama ladies? Where is the glamour?!
If I were attending I'd wear something like this from Christian Dior Couture Fall 2008. The dress demands an audience and is from a one of my all time favorite collections ever.
If you got the coveted invitation in the mail what would you wear?
*image via style.com
Tonight is The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala aka the Oscars of the Fashion world. This year's theme is American Women: Fashioning a National Identity' is being hosted by the queen herself Ms.Anna Wintour, the queen of talk Oprah Winfrey, and Patrick Robinson head designer of The Gap. A perfect trio to represent the highs and lows of truly American fashion. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing lots of designer collaborations with the Gap including Rodarte, Sophie Theallet, and Alexander Wang.
Last year's exhibit, titled 'The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion', was a fascinating adventure through 21st century designers and their relationship with supermodels. Can't wait to see what this year's curators have in store for us.
Stay tuned for my favorites of the night!