Last night’s Best Dressed: the Chopard show

30 April 2010

When luxury jeweller Chopard throws a party in celebration of 150 years in the precious gem business, you know it’s going to be a good’en. So it was no surprise to see that the lavish gala, held at The Frick Collection in New York City, pulled in a glittering pack of models and movie stars in an array of show-stopping gowns. In the words of Brix Smith Start, we’re having a “fash-gasm” at the sight of this fancy schmancy bunch! But what say you? Take a gander at the selection and with all factors considered, let us know who’s your top pick.

christina ricci

Remember when Kate Moss brought a citrus burst to the London streets by wearing a lime floor-sweeper? At the time, we resigned ourselves to the fact only supermodels could pull off the vivacious colour. And who wasn’t captivated by Keira Knightley’s lavish emerald gown in 'Atonement'? No one should look so good. Or what about La Lopez’s unforgettable making-of moment courtesy of that Versace dress? Wowser. The point is, donning a green dress can guarantee a memorable fashion moment so three cheers for Christina Ricci who boldly chose to enter the hall of fame with this zesty number. The pea green tone of the vintage Galanos gown works perfectly with her skin tone and jet black bob, exaggerated by complimenting accessories. She’s simply effervescent, and we’re green with envy (ha!)

gwyneth paltrow

Of course no soirée would be complete without a touch of lace, and lace there was thanks to the ever-elegant Gwyneth Paltrow. In fact, there was so much of it that Gwynnie was covered head-to-toe in a no-flesh-on-display shocker. As much as we like the Antonio Berardi ankle-grazer, we can’t come to terms with not seeing her leggy legs after being bombarded by the sight of them during her 'Iron Man 2' promotions. Perhaps she deemed it best to keep things tame after the last sheer Berardi dress she wore, which whipped up a whole host of peek-a-boo controversy (here’s a quick refresher). At least the girl knows how to mix it up...

When it comes to flawless beauty, there’s no doubt Claire Danes has refined the golden glow, so good work for magnifying it with this creamy creation from Lanvin’s SS10 collection. The gown comes with gorgeous Grecian-esque draping and an asymmetric grosgrain waist for added interest, yet it’s lacking pizazz in comparison to her fellow attendees. More frou-frou please!

kate hudson

Jennifer Lopez, Claire Danes, and now Kate HudsonAlber Elbaz’s designs have had quite the A-list exhibition this week. La Hudson turned to Lanvin’s Pre-Fall AW10 collection for this silk cocktail dress in dusty lavender and brought a 1920’s spin with a large strings of beads in true flapper fashion. Somehow, the actress manages to execute every outfit with a flair of fun and flirtatiousness, and last night’s treat was no exception. Bravo!

georgina chapman chopard

There’s nothing that elicits a swoon from Team Grazia like a fusion of feathers, lace and a welcome air of whimsy, so hurrah for Georgina Chapman who looked nothing short of fabulous in one of her own designs, from Marchesa’s SS10 collection. We love the sass, we love the drama but wait, haven’t we seen this swan-like creation before? *sharp intake of breath* Yes, tis true – not only has Camilla Belle sported the dress but queen of kooky, Katy Perry also wore it at the 2009 EMAs, which makes us wonder why the designer herself decided to trot it out again, six months after we first saw it. Thanks to the distinctive style, it’s hardly a regurgitation that would go unnoticed by the beady eyes of fashion fans... But whatever the reason, we’re mightily impressed with Georgina’s bold move to keep those young starlets on their toes, especially considering she’s wearing it with a pregnant belly. Hey ho, a little competition never hurt anyone. Speaking of which, it’s time to pick your Best Dressed, folks. Get a-voting above.

by Jessica Vince


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