Spring's Gorgeous Gowns
MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN
Vintage was the style of choice for the sisters, who held hands throughout Monday night's Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ashley (right) picked an Oscar de la Renta design while Mary-Kate donned a lacy frock from the upscale N.Y.C. shop What Comes Around Goes Around.
Kidman, the face of Chanel No. 5 perfume and cochair of the night's event celebrating the House of Chanel, wore – what else? – Chanel. The gown was handmade especially for the Interpreter star and was accented with a diamond necklace by Fred Leighton.
Simpson arrived with two dates: best friend CaCee Cobb and Michael Kors, who designed her skintight gown. The Dukes of Hazzard star, who'd flown in to New York earlier that day, had only an hour to get ready. "My dress wouldn't zip up, so I'm basically stuck in it," she said.
Connelly accessorized her feathered Balenciaga dress with a letter "P" necklace (for her husband, Paul Bettany). Her favorite thing about the party? Just being at the Met. "Since I was a kid, I had a fantasy that I would find myself locked in the museum at night," the New York native said. "With or without the dress, the museum is so extraordinary."
The supermodel took the comfortably elegant design of her Calvin Klein gown a step further – by wearing flip-flops. "I'm a surfer chick. What can I say?" explained Macpherson, who came with fiancé Arpad Busson for "a romantic weekend in New York. The kids (Flynn, 7, and Aurelius, 2) are back in London where we live. We've been looking at exhibitions and hanging out."
Wearing a vintage Chanel ball gown, Blair snuck out of the party early. "I have to catch a plane," she confessed. "I feel like a Cinderella jetting off." She was due the next day on the Vancouver set of The Fog but came that night for Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld. "He made my wedding dresses," said Blair, who's married to Ahmet Zappa. "He is precious to me."
The King Kong star described her Calvin Klein Collection gown as "angelic, but a bit ice-queen-y." She had an admirer in fellow partygoer Jake Gyllenhaal, who called her dress "gorgeous – a cloud."
In an Alexander McQueen gown and plenty of body shimmer, Donald Trump's new bride had a blast dressing for the gala. "I like having fun when I'm getting ready with hair and makeup," she said. "It's like a small party every time." Said her proud husband: "She has great fashion sense."
The A Lot Like Love star looked radiant in a Marc Jacobs dress and Fred Leighton diamond headband – but she was more impressed by her fellow guests. "Everyone is so beautiful," Peet gushed. "It's overwhelming." Having ended her Off-Broadway run in Neil LaBute's play This Is How It Goes, she's enjoying some down time: "I'm seeing my friends and a lot of theater."
Clad in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, the Desperate Housewife said she came to the gala for a very simple reason: "I was invited." And though Cross doesn't have a favorite Chanel piece, she said, "Right now I would like anything warm."
The Constantine star wore vintage Chanel, even though Weisz admits that "I always wear Narciso Rodriguez." And on her arm for the night was her director boyfriend Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream), who joked about the fashion-conscious evening: "I have an issue with museums, so I'm glad I don't have to look at the art while I'm here."
The singer, in Ralph Lauren and vintage Cartier gems, had no trouble getting prepped for the event: "I had a staff of people getting me ready," Crow said. "I just sat there and had them work their magic." Her beauty secret? "Chapstick."