Trends for the Costume Institute Gala

Amy Oselkin, Celebrity Style Expert
Trends for the Costume Institute Gala
Three days after Prince William and Kate tied the knot in London all eyes were back on Hollywood royalty for the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This event is often referred to as the “Oscars of Fashion” but in my opinion this year’s caliber of stars — including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Madonna — far surpassed those we see at the Academy Awards. Even more interesting to note were three prominent trends from the event that are sure to influence bridal fashions in the upcoming season.

Sparkly headwear: Jessica Alba and Fergie’s gorgeous gowns grabbed my attention. I was also nearly blinded by Fergie’s platinum and diamond hairpiece by Harry Winston, valued at $1 million dollars. “I feel wonderful, I feel like a duchess,” the singer told me while walking into the venue. Jessica Alba got creative with her accessories and ended up wearing an amethyst and citrine Ralph Lauren necklace from the 1920s on her head. This season expect to see more brides with dazzling hairpieces — or even necklaces —like these from David’s Bridal.

Long sleeves: Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renee Zellweger all opted for long sleeve gowns at the gala, proving that covering up can be sexy. SJP told me that she actually was not allowed to alter her Alexander McQueen dress because it’s an “archive piece” so she was just happy it fit. Thankfully, most brides have the option of altering their dress and David’s Bridal makes it easy to get the long sleeved look with a few stitches. For just about $60 they’ll add beautiful beaded sheer sleeves to any strapless dress. With 35 percent of weddings taking place in a church, the slightly more covered up look is sure to be in high demand for the upcoming wedding seasons.

Neutral shades: Shades like blush, ivory and nude also dominated the red carpet at the Costume Institute Gala. Some of the most memorable gowns in the hue were worn by the event’s co-chairs Salma Hayek and Taylor Swift. Salma chose an Alexander McQueen number while Taylor went with a J. Mendel gown that took four weeks to create. The whole idea of wearing a dress other than white is really taking off and this satin A-line ivory and champagne wedding gown highlights the trend perfectly.

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