Giambattista Valli and Doutzen Kroes attend the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala in 2011.
With the Met Ball just days away, intel is finally trickling in about the event that is often dubbed the Oscars of the East Coast. This year’s event will pay tribute to Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli and serve as the launch party for the Met's “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" exhibit at the Costume Institute. Co-chairs of this year's event include Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Miuccia Prada, Carey Mulligan and Founder and CEO of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos. (Amazon.com and Conde Nast are underwriting the event).
Who's Bringing Whom
The biggest question, of course, is what will all of the A-Listers attending the event wear? It’s become tradition that designers and stars pair up as “dates” for the big event -- designer Giambattista Valli is pictured with his date from last year's event, model Doutzen Kroes, wearing Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.
Expect a lot of Prada on the red-carpet, considering Miuccia Prada is being honored during the night. Mulligan, a Prada muse who even wore a custom Prada gown to her recent wedding, will undoubtedly be wearing something from the label.
Azealia Banks is attending with Alexander Wang, wearing one of his custom creations and reportedly performing at the event. Proenza Schouler is dressing Isabel Lucas, Joseph Altuzarra is dressing Lana Del Rey, and Chris Benz is dressing socialite Julie Macklowe. Heidi Klum recently told Hello magazine that she'll be wearing a "very lacy and very see-through" dress by Escada to the event.
Recently, Style.com reported a slew of additional designer-and-model pairings: Balmain's Olivier Rousteing will be taking It-model Joan Smalls to event and Roland Mouret will have Doutzen Kroes as his date, while Anthony Vaccarello is taking Anja Rubik and Haider Ackermann is taking Constance Jablonski. In what should be a surprise to no one, considering their warm friendship, Jason Wu will be taking Karlie Kloss. Prints-and-lace-savvy designer Erdem Moralioglu will be taking an It-model of his own: Arizona Muse.
Style.com also reported that Rachel Zoe will be taking Karolina Kurkova as her date, while Thakoon Panichgul will be taking actress Christina Ricci.
One Met veteran going against the grain is model Coco Rocha, who will be wearing vintage Givenchy and attending with her husband. "This is actually the first time I've ever worn something that wasn't fitted by the designer himself," she told the New York Post. She said,"I did take the vintage Givenchy piece to my friend Zac Posen and to Vogue and they all agreed that it fits perfectly, no need for tailoring!"
Update: More celebrity - designer pairings have been announced, including Cameron Diaz and Stella McCartney, Kristen Stewart and Balenciaga, Scarlett Johansson and Dolce & Gabbana, and Claire Danes in J. Mendel. Louis Vuitton will be dressing both Dakota Fanning and Jessica Chastain, Lanvin will be dressing Emma Stone, and Tory Burch will be dressing Brooklyn Decker, Liya Kebede, and Rashida Jones. The lady of the evening, Miuccia Prada, will reportedly be bringing Linda Evangelista, Diane Kruger, and Kate Bosworth, among others.
The Hot Rumors
It’s been rumored that Vogue is encouraging attendees to wear pink, a shade popularized by Schiaparelli herself. Macklowe seemed to confirm this tweeting to Benz this week, “Wait 'till they see our matching pink frocks.” In past years, guests have been encouraged to dress in accordance with the night's theme, as in 2008 when the gala was inspired by superheroes.
One of the biggest rumors circulating about the gala this week is that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl Kate Upton paid for her own ticket to the event, dolling out $25,000 to attend (it’s customary for fashion houses to pick up the tab for tables, with the money going to the Costume Institute, and then invite celebrities as guests). The gossip item was reported on by the New York Post and since, Michael Kors has announced that he is dressing Upton and she is sitting at his table. The real story here may never be known, though Kors is also attending with Jessica Alba, Hilary Swank and model Liu Wen.
A Red Carpet Open to the Public ... Kind Of
A exciting development about this year’s gala is that the red-carpet will be live-streamed and Vogue's William Norwich and Elettra Wiedemann will interview celebrities on the red-carpet. At-home viewers will be able to submit questions via the hash tag #metquestions. Several Tumblr bloggers have also been invited to participate on the red carpet -- call it the beginning of a friendlier, more inclusive Met Gala.
Still, don’t expect an invite to one of the coveted after-parties. The hottest ticket in town will be the official Vogue after-party at the Upper East Side Sinclair Mansion on Fifth Avenue. Another after-party will take place at downtown hot spot Top of the Standard.