Who needs couture Jaime King and Dree Hemingway wear cut-price Topshop frocks to the Met Ball
16:23 GMT, 8 May 2012
Two young starlets turned affordable street wear into on-trend black tie attire at the year's most prestigious fashion event.
Actress Jaime King, 33, and model Dree Hemingway, 24, wore Topshop dresses to last night's Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum Of Art.
But as both gowns played into the night's biggest colour trends, bright coral pink and metallic gold, it was hard to tell they were of a low-cost variety.
Affordable style: Actress Jaime King (above) and model Dree Hemingway wore Topshop frocks to last night's Costume Institute Gala. Ms King's coral-toned gown turned out to be right on-trend, as did the other one
All in the details: The low back of the actress' Topshop frock showed off a silver Bulgari snake necklace that crept down her back
Both dresses were previously seen at London Fashion Week when Topshop showed its Unique Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.
The frocks were then 'adapted to reflect the glamour of the Met Ball' according to a spokesman who spoke to MailOnline.
Ms King, who stars in the CW series Hart Of Dixie, was dressed in a custom-made bright coral gown by the chain store.
It featured a subtle scattered cross embellishment and fell all the way to the ground.
A ruffled cap sleeve added a touch of youthful femininity to the look.
It was made a little edgier with a silver Bulgari necklace that wrapped around and fell dramatically down the actress' back.
Risky: The model (above) wore a gold design that featured revealing mesh panels across the chest
Ms Hemingway, on the other hand, wore a
far less demure custom-made metallic gold dress that featured mesh paneling across
the chest. The panels exposed her nipples.
The edgy model is the grand-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway.
Both women attended the Met Ball as guests of British billionaire Sir Philip Green.
Their decision to wear Topshop is no doubt a major coup for the clothing chain.
But it is not the only low-cost retailer that has dressed Hollywood's elite.
An affordable gown made by H&M, one of Topshop's major competitors, was spotted on actress Michelle Williams at February's BAFTAs.