Met Gala 2012: Inescapable

There were a few pieces of couture we had met before the Met’s red carpet. However, one piece seemed to stand out more than all the others.

Ms. Paltrow emerged a Wonder Woman when she donned one at the Academy Awards earlier this year. A handful of others followed in her super-duper footsteps and draped themselves in fabric.

In short, the cape was inescapable, wherever you looked. But my dears, some did it better than others – and, there was nothing short about it.

Lana Del Rey looked pretty enough – the glossy locks, the burgundy lippy and matching nails (thanks, Lana) and her Altuzarra ensemble. However, there was something amiss. Was it her stance, by chance? Was it the glance?

One must hold her head up high; one must carry a cape – not have the burden of carrying it. You know?

1. Lana Del Rey in Altuzarra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
Lana Del Rey. The stance says it all: can you hurry up and take my picture already? I need to escape...

I adore Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s designs for Valentino (not to mention their names!), but I think MGC cut it a bit close to Gwyneth territory with an all white dress/cape ensemble.

 2. Maria Grazia Chiuri in Valentino at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
I prefer a sleeker silhouette under a cape, otherwise it's fabric city.
3. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the 2012 Oscars on Exshoesme.com
Besides, G's cape was all about the shoulder staying power. Still want to know how it stayed on!

Now, this doesn’t mean that because one woman rocked a cape on a red carpet that no other can follow.

Why follow at all?

Why not forge a new path?

Like I always say, if you are lucky enough to go, go grand.

4. Bianca Brandolini D'Adda in Dolce and Gabbana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
Take Bianca Brandolini D'Adda, for example, in decadent Dolce and Gabbana.

Now, that’s a cape.

I adore Domenico and Stefano’s homage to both Prada and Schiaparelli, here. But – make no mistake – it’s also very, very Dolce and Gabbana.

5. Bianca Brandolini D'Adda in Gold Dolce and Gabbana Cape at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
She was glowing all night! What more could a woman ask for?

I have an over-the-top gold sequined mini – an ’80s vintage find I picked up for an Austin Powers Halloween party years ago. Surprisingly, I’ve worn it for a few occasions and it’s become a favourite mood lifter. Now if I only had the cape…

6. Bianca Brandolini D'Adda in Gold Dolce and Gabbana Cape at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
"Reflections of what life used to be...reflections of..."

Linda Fargo, Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Bergdorf Goodman, is no stranger to making a dramatic entrance. She always stands apart from the crowd. Last night was no exception.

7. Linda Fargo in Naeem Khan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
She wore a custom dress and cape by an American designer - not Schiaparelli, as many (including moi) first thought.
8. Naeem Khan's Sketch of Linda Fargo's Dress and Cape for the Met Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
Naeem Khan custom designed both pieces for the fab Ms. Fargo. This is the sketch of his creations.

So, if you did guess that it was a Schiaparelli cape, you weren’t far off…Khan most certainly must have looked at the Met’s collection, for inspiration.

9. Apollo of Versailles Schiaparelli Cape in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Exshoesme.com
Apollo of Versailles Schiaparelli Cape, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
10. 7. Linda Fargo in Naeem Khan Cape - Back View at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
Khan's Deco design was breathtaking.

Like I said, why follow, when you can leave a trail.

11.  Bianca Brandolini D'Adda in Gold Dolce and Gabbana Cape at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala 2012 on Exshoesme.com
A golden moment, captured in black and white.

I have a few, but I am cape-able of loving a few more. The floor-length version still eludes me…but you know, my dears, I do believe in the magic of the universe.

We shall find one another one day…

Yes, I have more Met stories to tell. More, tomorrow. Read all Met Gala 2012 posts, so far.

Original images are credited as follows (all have been modified by yours truly): 1, 6, 10. Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images North America; 2. Joe Schildhorn via Style.com; 3. Jason Merritt Getty Images; 4, 5, 7. Larry Busacca Getty Images North America; 8. Sketch via blog.bergdorfgoodman.com; 9. Metmuseum.org; 11. Vogue.com

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