Faux Met Gala

You didn’t think I’d gush about “Ocean’s 8” & not talk about their faux Met Gala now did you? You know how much I adore a fancy dress with a theme!

Our fashionable crew of criminals pulled of their coup of the year at The event of the year. While it may have been designed for the movie, it was treated just as the real deal. Anna Wintour offered up her Vogue powers to procure the actual Metropolitan Museum as the set & Hamish Bowles to curate the exhibit.

The heist is centered around a $150 million Cartier necklace. Called “the Toussaint,” it’s named after Jeanne Toussaint, the real life female Cartier creative director in the 1930s, & based on a 1931 design that Jacques Cartier made for the maharaja of Nawanagar. Cartier was so on board with the project they actually supplied all of Daphne’s (Anne Hathaway) jewellery.

Playing off the royal influence of the Toussaint, the exhibit centered around the influence of European Royalty on fashion. The set design played on the crumbling end of an empire. The entire event intertwined Tudor Elizabethan dress with the waning days of the French Monarch.

Pastel coated footman line the entryway to the Temple of Dendur which has been transformed into a Versailles garden party.

Right away I was getting Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette vibes in the best way possible. That movie is a feast for the eyes!

Appropriately so Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen makes an appearance as does Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino. Interestingly the gowns would not have entirely been out of place at this past year’s Heavenly Bodies exhibit.

The disintegrating submerged palazzo again really takes a page from Marie Antoinette. They really nailed that end of an empire feeling.

Of course all of this was only the backdrop for the one of a kind designer gowns the stars wore.

Lou, ever the rocker in archived Givenchy.

Constance & Nine Ball serving major transformation bombs in Jonathan Simkhai & Zac Posen respectively.

Tammy undercover, but rocking a version of her leg of mutton sleeves which I like to envision as the toned down sophisticated Prada version of her 1980s prom dress.

Debbie Ocean swathed in an Alberta Ferretti silver & gold embellished sea of gauzy waves.

A nod to Amita’s jeweller skills Naeem Khan designed a custom glittering golden gown.

Another throwback to Marie Antoinette, but perfectly representative of Rose is this Dolce & Gabbana retro floral frock with aviary headpiece.

Appropriately fitting the theme of the faux event as well as the character is Valentino’s magenta column gown with 15 foot cape. It is a perfect blend of European monarchy meets Hollywood royalty.

And that is how it’s done.


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