Met Gala 2012: Pink dresses do the talking for Karlie Kloss, Emma Stone and Eva Mendez as the style set pays tribute to Elsa Schiapparelli

Any colour as long as it's pink: The dresses do the talking for Karlie Kloss, Emily Blunt and Emma Stone as the style set pays tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli at the Met Ball



20:26 GMT, 8 May 2012

Celebrities were pretty in shocking pink at tonight's Met Ball Gala, paying tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli’s signature colour.

Karlie Kloss, Emily Blunt, Emma Stone and the host Eletrra Weiderman were among many fashion stars who donned the colour on the world's most formidable red carpet, which also paid tribute to Miuccia Prada for the launch of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

Whether it was worn head-to-toe, or in small bursts, touches of Schiaparelli pink were scattered throughout an otherwise sea of gold, citrus and black.

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Model Karlie Kloss attends the

Emily Blunt attends the

Emma Stone attends the

Pretty in pink: Karlie Kloss (left) wears Jason Wu, Emily Blunt (middle) in cut-out Calvin Klein, and Emma Stone (right) turned heads in Lanvin

Designer Vera Wang and Wendi Deng

Julianne Hough attends the

Chelsea Clinton attends the

Schiaparelli pink: Wendi Deng (left) wore a bright coral gown by Vera Wang, who was also her date, Julianne Hough (middle) wore fuchsia and Chelsea Clinton wore coral

Amber Heard attends the

Sarah Jessica Parker attends the

Actress Paula Patton attends the

Actress Allison Williams attends the

Pink pops: Amber Heard (far left) wore a dusty pink Zac Posen gown, Sarah Jessica Parker (left) donned pink flowers on her Valentino dress, actress Paula Patton (middle) opted for pale Vera Wang, while Girls star Allison Williams (right) decided on magenta in Ralph Lauren

Hailee Steinfeld

Jessica Biel

Leslie Mann

Pale pink: Hailee Steinfeld (left) wore an embellished Prada dress, Jessica Biel (middle) chose a low-plunging Prada dress and Leslie Mann (right) wore Nina Ricci

Earlier it was rumoured that Anna Wintour asked Vogue editors to wear pink in a nod to the late Italian
designer, but the magazine staffers weren't the only ones to heed the editor's advice.

From the hot pink top peeking
out of
Coco Rocha's canary yellow Givenchy pant suit, to Karlie Kloss's Jason
Wu-designed fuchsia dress, the flowers on Sarah Jessica Parker's
Valentino number, and the Stella McCartney heels worn by Girls creator
Lena Dunham, hues of pink highlighted the red carpet arrivals.

Amanda Heard wore a strapless,
dusty pink Zac Posen gown, Julianne Hough turned heads in Carolina
Herrera and Allison Williams, also from the hit show Girls, wore a
magenta Ralph Lauren silk strapless column dress.

Anna Wintour arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, wearing Prada

Karolina Kurkova attends the

Scarlett Johansson attends the

Cameron Diaz attends the

gilrs: Anna Wintour (far left) wore a custom Prada gown made to
represent Schiaparelli's famous Lobster Dress, Karolina Kurkova (left)
shone bright in Rachel Zoe, Scarlett Johansson (middle) looked radiant
in Dolce and Gabbana and Cameron Diaz (right) opted for Stella McCartney

Actress Jessica Pare attends the

Carey Mulligan attends the

Lana Del Rey attends the

Jessica Alba attends the

Glitz and gold: Paying homage to Miuccia Prada, Mad Men's Jessica Pare (far left) wore L'Wren Scott, Cery Mulligan (left) wore Prada, Lana De Rey (middle) was dressed in custom Altuzarra and Jessica Alba (right) sparkled in Michael Kors

Paula Patton also opted for a dusty pink, while Dee Ocleppo, Tommy Hilfiger's wife, wore a long-sleeve fuchsia design by her husband and Chelsea Clinton wowed in bright coral.

Ms Schiaparelli, who passed away in
1973, once famously said: 'I gave to pink, the nerve of the red, a neon
pink, an unreal pink'.

used the colour in her famous Tears Dress, a slender evening gown
printed with a Dali design of trompe l'oeil rips and tears, lined in
pink and magenta, and her perfume bottle, called Shocking!, was also
created out of her signature bright pink.

Silver siren: Sofia Vergara

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren

Silver siren: Gwyneth Paltrow

Silver sirens: Sofia Vergara in Marchesa, Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren and Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada

Rooney Mara

Gisele Bundchen

Mary-Kate Olsen

Chloe Sevigny

Striking black: Rooney Mara (far left) was dressed in custom Givenchy, Gisele Bundchen (left) also wore a Givenchy gown, Mary-Kate Olsen (middle) chose one of her own high-neck The Row gowns and Chloe Sevigny (right) wore a black geometric cut-out Miu Miu dress which shimmered under the red carpet's lights

But if not wearing pops of pink,
attendees played it safe in black, paid homage to Miuccia Prada in
metallic or chose vibrant yellow or cool persimmon to break away from the pack.

There were a great deal of sequins, beads, embroidery, feathers and shapes verging on sculpture – finally, unbridled dress choices, and a few pant looks, that all altogether were a carnival for the eyes.

turned out in Prada, including the evening's co-chairwoman Carey Mulligan,
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth and of course, Anna Wintour, who wore a
custom Prada gown made to reflect the 1937 Lobster Dress by Schiaparelli
– a simple white silk evening dress which featured a large lobster
painted by Salvador Dali onto the skirt.

Cate Blanchett


Beyonce Knowles

 Linda Evangelista

Classic selection: Cate Blanchett (far left) wore an Alexander McQueen gown, Rihanna (left) wore a Tom Ford design, Beyonce (middle) chose a Givenchy haute couture gown and Linda Evangelista went the extremely safe route by wearing a Prada dress in the classic colour

Stella McCartney

Doutzen Kroes

Chanel Iman

Black and white: Classic tones were blended by Stella McCartney (left) who wore her own label's pants and top ensemble, Doutzen Kroes (middle) wore a Roland Mouret gown and Chanel Iman (right) wore a Tom Ford dress. The designer was also her date for the evening

others were dressed by their designer dates – Emma Stone looked picture
perfect in Lanvin accompanied by Alber Elbaz, Tom Ford and Chanel Iman
were a polished pair and old friends Olivier Theyskens and Caroline
Trentini came together.

So did Alexander Wang and Azealia Banks, Joseph
Altuzarra and Lana Del Rey, and Greta Gerwig with Parabal Gurung.

Actress January Jones arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations in Versace

Emma Roberts attends the


Solange Knowles attends the

Citrus stars: New mother January Jones (far left) wore a strapless Versace gown, Emma Roberts (left) chose an Escada dress, Coco Rocha (middle) wore a vintage Givenchy pant suit that was once worn by Elizabeth Taylor and Solange Knowles (right) wore a strapless Rachel Roy gown

Katharine McPhee attends the

 Kirsten Dunst attends the

Eva Mendes attends the

Ginnifer Goodwin attends the

Pretty in persimmon: Katharine McPhee (far left)
shone in Elie Saab, Kirsten Dunst (left) chose old world glamour from
Rodarte, Eva Mendez (middle) supported in Prada and Ginnifer Goodwin
(right) chose Monique Lhuillier


K Stew

Elizabeth Banks

 Shailene Woodley

Mix and match: Some celebrities broke all the rules entirely such as M.I.A. (far left) who wore Stella McCartney, Kristen Stewart (left) who chose a Balenciaga design, Elizabeth Banks (middle) who wore a multi-layered Mary Katrantzou dress and Shailene Woodley (right) who wore a Christopher Kane gown

Approximately 800 guests attended the
Gala this year, and Ms Wintour announced that over $11million had been
raised for the Costume Institute, its biggest sum yet.

Elettra Wiedemann co-hosted the
red-carpet arrivals with Vogue's Billy Norwich, who at the end of the
evening, after hundreds of vibrant, sparkly and jaw dropping creative
dresses had walked past him, said: 'There's a real feeling of
surrealism. I feel a little bit trippy'.

It perfectly sums up the exhibition, and the two iconic Italian designers it honors – Schiaparelli
who broke the rules of fashion through her continual collaborations
with surrealist artist Salvador Dali, and Prada, who remains at the
forefront of fashion through her eclectic visions and quirky style.

Elsa Schiaparelli aboard the SS Europa in December 4 1936 during a shopping trip to New York

Madame Elsa Schiaparellim, French dress designer. Photograph, 1920s

Signature style: Elsa Schiaparelli, pictured above on a shopping trip to New York in the 1930s, broke the rules of fashion through her various collaborations