On Monday Cameron Silver from Decades Inc. invited me to tag along as he prepared to make his grand entrance on the red carpet at the 2011 Met Gala with his friends.
I met them at The Carlyle Hotel in New York which wasn’t too far from the venue.
In the lobby I saw many guys in dark black suits carrying garments bags, no doubt they were delivering to other Met Gala attendees staying at the hotel.
Cameron opened the door wearing a bright blue Jil Sander suit with a yellow shirt, taking his cues from this season’s colour blocking trend.
After laying out his Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 suit which Sarah Burton herself had loaned him especially for the occasion, we all had a glass of champagne to toast the occasion.
Mary Kuusisto had two choices on the night. In the end she opted for a beautiful gunmetal grey Temperley London Jaden silk-satin gown. Her homage to Alexander McQueen was showcased via a stunning gold leaf detailed clutch with a skull clasp. Yes it is as heavy as it looks.
Stephanie Carter is one of the funniest women I have ever met. We all kept telling her that she needs her own TV show. She opted for head-to-toe black wearing a Martin Grant gown which has a Swarovski embellished waistband. She teamed her gown with a black clutch and sparkling Miu Miu heels, which she had just purchased from Barney’s that afternoon.
She shared that she knew Anna Wintour would not be happy with her for wearing all black, but I’m guessing Anna would’ve been distracted by Stephanie’s stunning 50s vintage gold diamond encrusted bracelet.
Julie Maclowe wore a romantic Alexander McQueen gown from the designer’s final collection. It was the first time I had seen this gown up close. The details on the bodice are exquisite. Julie shared that this was one of her smaller gowns. Usually she goes much bigger. In one quick movement, her train was in her arm as she made her way to the bar. I could tell she had done that many times before.
Julie Stemerman looked beautiful wearing the Alexander McQueen bustier gown we saw Mila Kunis wear to the 2011 SAG Awards. She teamed her colourful dress with a McQueen clutch and a diamond necklace.
We all went down to the bar where we spotted many celebs and supermodels. Dasha Zhukova was hanging out in one corner with Miuccia Prada. Russian supermodel Sasha Pivovarova was wondering around looking for someone wearing a silver strapless Herve Leger dress. I spoke to Isabel Lucas who told me she was wearing Louis Vuitton, but she was unsure who designed her headpiece.
Cameron, Stephanie, Mary and I headed to the venue in a town car. As we got closer we saw many celebs and socialites abandoning their cars due to the traffic and start walking the remaining short distance to the Met.
I saw Amanda Brooks arrive wearing a beautiful cocoon Giambattista Valli dress. Coco Rocha also walked to the Met in her navy Alexander McQueen gown. Alexa Chung arrived with Christopher Kane who designed her dress.
I was in my element identify dresses and gowns on the sidewalk from the town car much to Cameron’s amusement.
When we finally arrived there was a sea of people.
I was surprised at how narrow the red carpet was considering there are so many gowns fighting for train space.
At the entrance there were publicists and PRs waiting for their clients to arrive before they made their way to greet the world’s media.
I was able to hang out in this area for a short while to observe the organised commotion.
Leighton Meester arrived with her stylist Logan Horne, Donald Trump arrived with his wife and was royally booed by the crowd which he seemed to actually enjoy.
Ryan Seacrest (who is really short; bless him) arrived with Julianne Hough who told me they were both wearing Burberry.
Bradley Cooper arrived with his mum and Jason Bateman.
Before I fainted at the double dose of hotness on the red carpet, Christina Ricci swept passed me arm in arm with Zac Posen. At this point after only seeing a few gowns, I knew this was the one to beat.
Turned out my feeling was right.
Christina is tiny.
Probably the most petite woman I have ever seen, but she worked her Zac Posen couture like a 6 foot supermodel.