The King & I – My Night At The 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala In Elie Saab

Cameron Silver from Decades Inc. invited me to the 2012 Art of Elysium’s 5th Annual Heaven Gala which took place at Union Station in LA on Saturday evening.

The Art of Elysium is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of critically ill children through the arts.

I was honoured to wear an Elie Saab Spring 2011 look thanks to laChambre.

The look consisted of a blush embellished draped top paired with satin oversized blush pants.

Before you say it, yes the pants are way long, but I had rolled them up as high as I could and I wore my highest Louboutins.

Now I know the dilemma some celebs must face when they want to wear something so badly, but don’t want to ruin the look by altering it. The pants did look awesome in motion.

I tied my hair back into a loose bun and carried a Rafe New York clutch which I had purchased in Nordstrom the day before.

Inside the venue it was a mix of art deco, Spanish revival and California eclectic architecture set to resemble a dreamy afterworld thanks to the imagination of Cameron Silver (left), who was the recipient of this year’s ‘Visionary Award’ due to his support of the charity.

After a cocktail reception we took our seats for dinner, which was followed by a fashion show of cocktail dresses and gowns of vintage couture from Cameron’s Decades Boutique.

Estelle also got the crowd going by performing a few toe-tapping jams.

After an auction of paintings and speeches from the organisers and Elijah Wood, who was the recipient of the Art of Elysium Spirit Award for his ongoing support of the charity, was an after-party which saw celebrities dance the night away alongside go-go boys in hot silver-and-gold shorts.

If you would like to make a donation to the Art of Elysium check out their website.

Credit: Style.com & Getty

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128 Responses to The King & I – My Night At The 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala In Elie Saab

  1. Ainee January 19, 2012 at 18:01 #

    you look amazing!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 19:11 #

      thank you xxx

  2. lee January 19, 2012 at 18:07 #

    FC, you had me fooled for a celebrity! this color is gorgeous on you.

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:31 #

      haha…i wish…I would wear Elie Saab everyday if I was

  3. Luis January 19, 2012 at 18:08 #

    Such a honor. Lucky human!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:31 #

      truly

  4. juan January 19, 2012 at 18:09 #

    OMG!!!!!
    you look stunningly beautiful!! Congratulations!!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:30 #

      Thanks…It was an amazing feeling finally getting to wear Elie Saab

      • jkrau January 21, 2012 at 03:45 #

        Also, you are one of the countless examples on this blog of real people looking better in the clothes than the runway model!!! Great color and fit, I’m so happy for you FC!

  5. Yeliz January 19, 2012 at 18:09 #

    You look great FC! I don’t mind the pants. I think every detail is on the top and the color fits you perfectly. You’re also very lucky to wear Elie.
    I hope I can do it one day too. :)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 19:11 #

      i sure did feel lucky x

  6. AnnaP January 19, 2012 at 18:11 #

    I just clicked into this and thought “who’s that lovely actress, don’t recognise her. Love what she is wearing” … then realised it was you. The colour looks perfect on you. Very elegant!

  7. Iris January 19, 2012 at 18:14 #

    beautiful! how lovely that colour looks against your skin <3

  8. GusMex January 19, 2012 at 18:17 #

    go Girl!!!! dress to kill!! i love u

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:27 #

      thanks GusMex x

  9. Lexa January 19, 2012 at 18:19 #

    Forget the pants FC! You looked great :) the colour of the outfit made you glow :) and you’ve got such a beautiful smile :)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:27 #

      thank you x

  10. Marvel January 19, 2012 at 18:28 #

    NO FREAKIN WAY!!

    You look amazing and I always love you interpretations of these celeb events

    PS I hope you Louboutins werent black ;)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:33 #

      LOL..of course not ;)

      They were gold.

    • jkrau January 21, 2012 at 03:43 #

      HA Marvel you just made me laugh out loud… good call, FC would never be caught dead near black pumps! ;)

  11. HM January 19, 2012 at 18:30 #

    FC! You sat next to Rose McGowan?! OMG! Must have been an amazing night. You deserve so much for your amazing effort with this site and I’ve been a fan since so long ago. Also, you look amazing regardless of the length of the pants…think of it as helping keep the floors clean :)

    P.S. If Fan Bing Bing doesn’t wear Elie Saab this week, you are definitely up for BDOTW!!!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:43 #

      She’s so smart and funny.. My kinda gal x

  12. Suz January 19, 2012 at 18:34 #

    Hair and makeup are beautiful! Did you do them yourself?

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:35 #

      Hair by me, makeup by MAC

      I did one of those makeovers ;)

  13. Paul McLauchlan January 19, 2012 at 18:35 #

    ur on Zimbio

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:43 #

      Yes I saw…:) x

  14. Luisa January 19, 2012 at 18:41 #

    your makeup looks gorgeous! and the outfit is awesome too, Elie can do no wrong huh?
    and how cute is that photo of Rachel and Sophia???

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:42 #

      thank you…I don’t usually wear much makeup. I almost didn’t recognise myself :)

  15. Zarine Mohideen January 19, 2012 at 18:41 #

    Wow FC! You look gorgeous! The colour looks so fabulous on you! And Elie Saab! Double, triple wow!!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 18:43 #

      thank you… x

      wow indeed

  16. artemis January 19, 2012 at 18:42 #

    You look fantastic Fc!Congratulations! :-)I thought you were a celeb too..then I looked again and said: “this is our girl!!”

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 19:12 #

      :D thank you x

  17. jo January 19, 2012 at 18:49 #

    wow, you looked stunning FC. I think that you would easily win best dressed pool from that event.

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:20 #

      not true ;)

      Thanks for saying so though ;) x

  18. Tanize January 19, 2012 at 18:52 #

    WOW!!
    So so beautiful!!! Elie Saab and you!! It looks gorgeous on you! He should pick you as his brand ambassador. ;-)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:26 #

      Thank you…I think Fan bingbing has that title ;)

  19. Alina January 19, 2012 at 19:00 #

    OMG! look at you – we have BDOTW contender right here!!!!! you look sooooo amazing – very elegant. must have been a great experience!lucky girl!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:26 #

      very lucky ;)

      Thank you x

  20. fashionmint January 19, 2012 at 19:03 #

    wow fc ur gor~juss + elie saab…i am sooooooo jelous !

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:20 #

      thank you xx

  21. EmmaWoodhouse January 19, 2012 at 19:03 #

    You looked gorgeous FC! Stunning, chic, and it’s by ELIE SAAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so envious! Lol. The blush color is beautiful, and I didn’t even notice the length of the pants :)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:20 #

      I feel so lucky to have worn his designs

  22. Alina January 19, 2012 at 19:04 #

    Mmm… I say : BDOTW contender.

    How is Sophia Bush? Is she nice? In interviews she seems the nicest person ever.

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 19:06 #

      Sweet as pie.

      I have met her once before and she was just as nice then as she is now.

      Lovely woman.

  23. Zerina January 19, 2012 at 19:21 #

    I love your hair. It did wonders for you. This style is great for you. That’s why I didn’t recognize you at first. And my dream is to own Elie’s dress :D Or anything, for that matter. You go girl :D

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:20 #

      I’m always changing my hairstyle :D

      Thank you x

  24. Rebecca Z January 19, 2012 at 19:22 #

    I agree with all of the above–you looked totally stunning. So glad you were able to attend.

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:19 #

      thank you.. it was a magical night

  25. mol January 19, 2012 at 19:22 #

    You look stunning, hair, makeup, the color of your outfit is perfect for you – wow! Just wondering, has it changed the way you see ‘stars’ on the red carpet now that you’ve walked a mile in their shoes so to speak (you mention dealing with the length of your pants for example)? In any case, you make it all look so chic and easy!!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:19 #

      Yes, most definitely.

      It’s not as easy as it looks, in fact it is quite terrifying.

      I didn’t walk the red carpet for that very reason, hence the picture is of me inside the venue.

      The pants were not only long, but too big, so I had to be creative and tie the elastic waistband in a knot.

      A lot of work goes into these things. I do have a much greater appreciation, but then I was doing it alone and these girls have a team of people, so I wont go too soft on them ;)

      • mol January 19, 2012 at 20:35 #

        Lol – so true, and the fact you did it alone makes me appreciate the final result even more!

      • Luis January 19, 2012 at 21:13 #

        We love the details of the story. Thnaks

        • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 21:31 #

          my pleasure

      • Linda January 20, 2012 at 00:28 #

        That’s something I’ve been wondering lately, I guess it’s a lot harder than it looks! The Elie Saab is beautiful, the colour is superb on you and the make up is fantastic, you looked like a seasoned pro. Way to go!

        • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 00:59 #

          I wish :) but thank you x

  26. Mary Gatto January 19, 2012 at 19:26 #

    Great color on you, FC! Loved the outfit, congrats girl!!!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:17 #

      Thanks…I do love the colour xxx

  27. Sharon January 19, 2012 at 19:30 #

    No wonder you love Elie Saab designs — they suit you perfectly, even with the added length. You look gorgeous, FC, and you get extra points for standing up straight and smiling. :) BTW, did you dance witih any of the go-go boys?

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:16 #

      Thanks and no :D …they made me blush

  28. Brianne January 19, 2012 at 19:33 #

    You look…amazing. And I’m not just saying that because I love your site.

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:16 #

      thank you and thank you xxx :D

  29. fromchi-town January 19, 2012 at 19:34 #

    FC – this must be a dream come true – you wearing Elie Saab. You look fantastic. Your make up and hair is perfection and the color looks gorgeous on you. BDOTW nominee??? Yes, its that good!!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:15 #

      very much a dream come true.. thank you x

  30. as January 19, 2012 at 19:34 #

    You look gorgeous head to toe! And I simply LOVE that clutch – perfection and yes BDOTW worthy! :-)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:15 #

      thanks you xxx

      I’m obsessed with the clutch too.

  31. Charlotte January 19, 2012 at 19:37 #

    I am super jealous! You look incredible.. I always think that if I ever got to wear Elie Saab, I’d feel like a total princess. You are definitely BDOTW worthy! :)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:15 #

      Awww…thank you x

  32. Ade January 19, 2012 at 19:41 #

    I know you won’t even dare put yourself up for BDOTW contender because you are modest like that but you must. You look absolutely stunning, glowing, ethereal, putting certain celebrities to shame e.t.c.

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 19:46 #

      Thanks Ade…I wouldn’t :) it would feel like I was being too vain or something x

  33. Paulo January 19, 2012 at 19:42 #

    I was totally going to mention your pants until I read further down your post. That color is gorgeous on you.

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 19:46 #

      ha…I thought I would get in there first ;)

  34. Andrada January 19, 2012 at 19:48 #

    You looked beautiful wearing Elie! So very happy for you, hard work pays off! I hope you share with us more stories from L.A. :)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 20:13 #

      I wish I had more…after the website crashed I spent most the time in my hotel on the phone trying to get it fix :(

      • M. January 19, 2012 at 21:21 #

        That’s a shame! I have to recognize that I was a bit worried about the site not working! Not about the lack of posts but about how you might be feeling. It must have been horrible that the site crashed in full awards season, after the globes and after so much work on the new design! (By the way, I love it but I miss the red a bit, it’s almost too white)

        Anyway, happy to have you back and rocking Elie Saab! Is Rachel Bilson as nice in person as she seems to be?

        Anyway, very happy that you’re back and rocking Elie Saab! Did you speak with Rachel Bilson? Is she as nice as she seems to be?

        • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 21:29 #

          Yes it is a shame, but it had to be done…the site comes first.

          It’s a good excuse to go back :)

          Yes Rachel and Camilla Belle totally changed my opinions of them.

          Rachel is a sweetie pie and so is Camilla.

  35. Loulou January 19, 2012 at 20:31 #

    There’s so much to say but basically you look absolutely amazing!!!

  36. OZALES January 19, 2012 at 20:33 #

    You look beautiful. Your arms look nice and toned. I Love it! I had to take a second look because at first I thought it was Kelly Rowland. :)

  37. Dirk January 19, 2012 at 20:35 #

    I’m so happy that you’re still with us and didn’t die of complete happiness from wearing Elie Saab. :)

  38. Binkie January 19, 2012 at 20:46 #

    You look 100% amazing! I’m 100% proud!! My big sis is a superstar!!!.. Next year get get me an invite, ha. Love ya xxx

  39. Elle January 19, 2012 at 20:52 #

    FC, even if you don’t put yourself up for the poll, you are DEFINITELY BDOTW in my books! Gorgeous smile, gorgeous outfit, gorgeous clutch, gorgeous hair and make up… GORGEOUS EVERYTHING! xxx

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 21:02 #

      You are too kind and generous.

      Thank you xxx

  40. Jessica January 19, 2012 at 21:08 #

    First, let me say how amazing you look! I love the hair, makeup and outfit! Secondly, I am incredibly jealous that you got to wear Elie Saab!!!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 21:32 #

      Thank you for your compliments.

      Without your support I would not have been blessed with this opportunity x

  41. Rory January 19, 2012 at 21:12 #

    BDOTW BABY!!!!! PLEASE FC!!!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 21:31 #

      lol…you are so cute x

  42. Hannah January 19, 2012 at 21:14 #

    OH ym goodness, you look stunning. I just saw this post and it took me forever to work out who it was! No need to explain the long trousers, they look amazing none the less. The outfit is gorgoeus, and it is wonderful that you got to wear Elie Saab, given your support of his (exquisite) work. Had you ever worn him before? The clutch is also to die for! I hpe you had a wonderful time, and on top of the many celebrities, I am so jealous, as a die-hard LOTR fan that you got to see Elijah Wood! I hope you had a wonderful time, you look divine, honestly one of the best looks of the year so far :)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 21:31 #

      Thanks…this was my first ever time wearing Elie Saab x

      Elijah Wood is so tiny, but so cute, nice and incredibly charitable.

      I didn’t know he gave so much of this time and effort to charity. It just proves that we should not believe what we read about celebs in tabloids because they are doing their bit to make a difference.

  43. noo January 19, 2012 at 21:58 #

    FC you look sensational. you look so much different from your fashion week coverage that i didn’t recognize you. the make up was stunning, the hair is so unbelievably good that i can’t believe you did yourself, and as for the pants, i thought it was a lovely skirt with a train in all the pictures, this is just perfect :D
    best of luck with all that’s to come, and may you wear a lot more elie saab in the future :D

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 22:11 #

      thank you noo… I always look forward to your comments ;)

      xx

  44. Cheryl Wong January 19, 2012 at 22:33 #

    Not sure if I’m allowed to vote FC for BDOTW. ;)

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 22:43 #

      lol :)

  45. Kyriaki-Cyprus January 19, 2012 at 22:40 #

    You look amazing! It’s great to have finally seen you, and in Elie Saab! I said that I would save any appearance I like to be ready for the end of the year polls and you’re now in my archive! I don’t know you but I’m so happy for you and it’s one more achievement of yours! You make us feel part of your site and lucky to belong here!

    • Fashion Critic January 19, 2012 at 22:45 #

      you are lovely. What kind words. I am honoured to share this moment with you. Without your support it would never have happened. x

  46. Teleholic January 19, 2012 at 23:07 #

    Okay. I want to say you’re lucky, but this did not have much to do with luck. You worked your ass of for this, pardon my language. You earned this, and I’m so glad you got the chance to wear Elie Saab and meet wonderful people. (I’ve got a girl crush on Rose McGowan, so go you!) I say this a lot but I can’t say it enough– thank you SO much for all the hard work you put into the site, and I’m glad you’re seeing the fruit of your labor. Also, you are now another girl crush. Sorry if that makes you uncomfortable, but holy hot damn, woman. (Again, pardon my language.)

    Hot!

    • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 00:03 #

      Thank you so much.

      You can been a long and faithful support for many years and I appreciate you comment. It doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all

      FCx

  47. Jess January 19, 2012 at 23:34 #

    Genuinely so happy for you…wearing Elie Saab, what a dream! That colour was made for you, so beautiful x

    • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 00:04 #

      Indeed a dream come true.

      Next I’m going to dream I won the lottery ;)

      Xx

  48. CAMERON SILVER January 19, 2012 at 23:42 #

    I THINK YOU WERE ONE OF THE BEST DRESSED!
    XX

    • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 00:02 #

      THANK YOU LOL ;)

      XXXX

  49. mm January 19, 2012 at 23:57 #

    Flawless look. And your makeup was wonderful!

    • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 00:01 #

      merci xxx
      :)

  50. BC January 20, 2012 at 00:06 #

    I vote you for BDOTW!!

    P.s. Since you were sitting next to Rose McGowan, can you PLEASE tell us wtf is up with her face? She looks like she had some serious work done. She is on duck lips pose overdrive!

  51. Denise January 20, 2012 at 00:27 #

    Love this look, you look gorgeous.

    • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 01:00 #

      thank you so much x

  52. Ashley January 20, 2012 at 00:40 #

    You looked beautiful!! I love your hair pulled back like that; it looks like you had a marvelous evening X

    • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 00:58 #

      I did thank you Ashley.

      Best night of my life :D

  53. You’re quite tall, aren’t you? How LONG are those trousers???

    • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 01:32 #

      At lease 42 ins I think as my rags are 36 ins

  54. TeaAtTwo January 20, 2012 at 02:56 #

    Said by everyone else but You and Elie Saab- a match made in fashion heaven. :) I love the make up too.

    • Fashion Critic January 20, 2012 at 04:06 #

      thank you. very much appreciated.

      I hope to wear Elie Saab again sometime soon.

      • TeaAtTwo January 20, 2012 at 06:25 #

        I like the title of the post too.

  55. Vee January 20, 2012 at 04:33 #

    Great color on you. You do look great! lord if the pants are long on you at your height who were they made for?!

  56. marina January 20, 2012 at 05:27 #

    Late to the party! Hear it again, that color and the fabrics look wonderful against your skin. Make up, flawless (note to self, buy some more MAC).
    What a nice treat to wear that, even if the pants are long, one of your pet peeves, as I have read!
    Take care and keep enjoying this year, you have been very active this month, wish everything goes smooth in your life and work!

  57. glenn January 20, 2012 at 05:58 #

    You Look Stunning !!!!!
    LOVE THE COLOR

  58. mattison January 20, 2012 at 06:11 #

    Posts like these are exactly why I read your site- you update like a madwoman, you’re fair and keep your critiques fashion-based, and on the rare occasions you show your face at an event, you give everyone else there a run for their money. Cheers!

  59. Rosalie January 20, 2012 at 06:34 #

    stunning!best look youve posted

  60. Fashion Foie Gras January 20, 2012 at 09:17 #

    Catherine…. what an amazing night! You looked absolutely gorgeous in Elie Saab and despite the length of the pants, that ensemble looks like it was made for you and only you to wear. Thank you so much for sharing this evening with us all!!! IF anyone deserved such an amazing night it was definitely you… so next up, the oscars?

  61. Manja January 20, 2012 at 09:26 #

    As everyone else here I am soooo happy for you,you more then deserved it.Love your site so much,and you are just getting better and better.Great look for you,and by ES none the less.

  62. Stephanie January 20, 2012 at 09:32 #

    Wow!!! You’re make up looks SO beautiful! You really are glowing! And the Elie Saab…beautiful colour – particularly against your skintone, so chic and nice to have a variation on the usual evening dress!
    Did you get to pick it out or was it chosen for you? Either way, great choice!

  63. DSI January 20, 2012 at 13:47 #

    FC,that’s a dream come true!!! You look awesome,to say the least. You have a long way to go…and all of it paved by yourself-that’s what makes you adorable!

  64. Tania January 21, 2012 at 01:06 #

    You look amazing, so happy for you x

  65. Parvati January 21, 2012 at 21:01 #

    You look amazing, FC! This colour is great on you and I especially love your hair and make-up! You’re so lucky to wear an Elie Saab look! :D

  66. Jess2 January 23, 2012 at 12:09 #

    You looked stunning Catherine!! You should have included yourself in the best dressed of the event poll – a winner for sure!! Love the colour of your outfit against your gooorgeous skin :D hope you had an amazing time xxx

  67. ash January 24, 2012 at 03:18 #

    i cant even hate you for wearing saab, because i know how much you adore his creations!lol
    you look elegant and stunning:) also lovely makeup.
    i learned by trial and error and learned to whip up mascara like no other on these sky high lashes of mine..lol
    btw, how do you feel about capes..purchased one and wanted to know if they are in..any suggestions?
    thanks

    • Fashion Critic January 24, 2012 at 03:57 #

      thank you.

      I always find it hard to wear capes, but that maybe because I am so tall.

  68. bianca January 24, 2012 at 23:06 #

    Oh my God, I am mesmerized by you, I haven’t seen a look so perfect on a celebrity (yes, you are) in a loooong loooong time.maybe since Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci,back in 2011.you are perfection: gorgeous hair, skin is glowing, the eye-brows, girrrl those eye-brows make me soo jealous,sweet-lips and white smile.don’t wanna start talking about ellie-saab on you, you ain’t got enough space for that.at first i thought it was a gown.you are flawless (without an army of stylists) and that’s all i think about.and still, you are so humble.how in the world can you manage to do that?!

    • eyoung January 25, 2012 at 05:12 #

      Wow..I am blown away by your comment. Thank you so much.

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