The Best Dressed List: Mario's Muses

31 May 2011

Wow, Mario Testino sure knows how to pull in a fashwan crowd, doesn't he? Carine, Crystal, Courtney et al arrived at the El Museo Del Barrio Gala held in New York in honour of the legendary snapper last week and what a lot of lovely frocks were on display! So, in true Best Dressed style, we're totted up our top looks but what we really want to know is who gets your vote. Here are the contenders…

We begin with Mme. Roitfeld who, as we've already reported, intriguingly revealed she's working on an 'entire issue of V Magazine with Mario Testino', but what of her dress? It's black lace, of course! And what a treat it is to see her looking so feminine with that full skirt cascading from a corseted bodice and that sexy off-the-shoulder design. Onto the US Voguettes, Grace Coddington also went back to black with her simple shift dress while Anna Wintour provided a bold splash of red with her printed frock complete with frilly tiers and a fluffy white snug. So which Testino shoot is Grace's fave? 'There’s one that I do adore, and that is one I did with Annie Leibovitz and Natalia [Vodianova],' she told NY Mag. 'We did the story of Alice in Wonderland, and we cast all the designers as all the characters from Alice in Wonderland, so they were all in the shoot.' Ooh yes, we love that one too.

And from the editors to the designers, we have Tamara Mellon and Donatella Versace both sporting floor-sweeping noir gowns – Donatella's accented by a string of gems; Tamara's funked up by a pair of fierce Choos.

Not only has Kate Winslet played muse many a time to the photographer's lens, most recently for her Lancome campaign, but she's just shot with Mario and Carine for the V magazine issue so it was no surprise to see her bringing some Hollywood wattage to the proceedings, and to present Mr Testino with his award, she swathed her curves in an elegant white gown with a black-trimmed bodice and saucy slit by Narciso Rodriguez, topped off with a slick of red lippy. As for Courtney Love, she turned to Roberto Cavalli for her glad rags, choosing a heavily embellished number perfect for nailing erm, mermaid chic.

A swathe of Mario models also strutted their stuff at the soiree, with Crystal Renn looking stunning in blue, Joan Smalls wearing a striking red creation by Prabal Gurung and Candice Swanepoel ditching her usual Victoria's Secret fare for an androgynous monochrome tux.

So who gets your vote?


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