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Sound Off: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

I expected a bit more drama from the guests of last night’s Met Gala, especially with the night being a tribute to Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit. Perhaps I expected too much because, while industry titans, taste makers and stars took to the red carpet I couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed.

I expected brilliance, ‘splendiforousness’ and all the wonder that come with names like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Society, Anna Wintour, Vogue, and Alexander McQueen.

Christina Ricci in Zac PosenMy favorite gown of the night, this Zac Posen spider web dress is positively divine. It’s as if the Adams Family took to the high fashion world in a frock that embodies the Savage Beauty that the Met Gala was supposed to exhibit.

Andre Leon Talley & Anna WintourBlake Lively with Karl Lagerfeld

It may be Anna Wintour posing center stage in Chanel, but it’s definitely Andre Leon Talley that’s caught my eye. The Isabel Toledo cerulean blue cape has an outlandish quality and his facial expression takes the cake – his whole persona was perfectly in tune with the drama that the Met Gala is supposed to encourage. As for Blake Lively, between the strawberry blond locks and the Chanel couture gown that manages to conceal all of her assets, I just couldn’t understand it, at the very least I can usually expect something that deserves a closer look – this does not.

Leighton MeesterI didn’t much care for her Louis Vuitton corset dress to be honest, but there was this sort of startling resemblance to Audrey Hepburn in Leighton Meester last night that I can’t take my eyes off of her. From the moment I saw her in the first episode of Gossip Girl, I knew the casting director made the right choice.

In other news, here were the hits from last night’s foray onto the red carpet:

Getting the Look: Blake Lively at the Chanel Event Hosted by Lagerfeld in Her Honor

Getting the Look: Blake Lively

She may not be my favorite Gossip Girl, but having Karl Lagerfeld throw a party in your honor during Paris Fashion Week to commemorate you being named the face of the Mademoiselle Chanel handbag line makes Blake Lively one of the luckiest ladies alive. André Leon Talley’s given us his account of the evening, that boasted a menu of langoustines and caviar, along with delectable macaroons from Ladurée (yumm!).  The girl has a pair of Christian Louboutin’s named after her, but nothing compares to being outfitted in a silver haute couture Chanel minidress, and having Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine attend and perform at your request.

As for getting the look:

1. David Koma – Wool, Silk and Leather Dress with Skater Skirt; $4,670.00, BrownsFashion.com

2. Paris – Pearl & Crystal Brooch; $775.00, BrownsFashion.com

3. Christian Louboutin - Tasseled Latticework Sandal; $1095.00, NeimanMarcus.com

4. Ben-Amun – Deco Pearl Drop Earrings; $170.00, CharmandChain.com

5. Chanel - Mademoiselle Quilted Patent Bowler; Price Available Upon Request, Chanel.com