Vogue Magazine's annual Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was dominated by a very British designer, represented by a staggering number of gorgeous gowns and the leading ladies of Hollywood that wore them. You would think I'm referring to Alexander McQueen. The late designer is being honored by a retrospective at the Met's Costume Institute this spring titled Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty. However, Stella McCartney was the British designer that stole the show. While co-hosting the gala in honor of her late friend Lee McQueen, it was Stella's designs that could not be missed. Never in the history of the Vogue / Met event has one designer make such a strong showing on the red carpet. It would be an achievement to score one or two of these lovely ladies - but to have dressed all of them - unheard of! The list goes on and on - Madonna in embroidered blue silk, Gwyneth Paltrow in nude crystal embroidery, Kate Winslet and Rihanna in black lace, Kate Hudson in gold stretch silk, Eva Mendes in Violet pleated silk, and so on! (19 in total!!)
Stella's collection has really come to fruition. What was once a collection of hot items, is now a full fledged runway collection referenced by every major fashion magazine in the world. (Not to mention her blinding number of collaborations in sport, beauty, & childrenswear).
Of course, no one at the House of McQueen can be too upset. After Sarah Burton captured the attention of a worldwide audience by designing Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress, team McQueen must be on cloud 9. Also, it is all in the family - Stella McCartney, Like Alexander McQueen is part of PPR.
One must give credit where credit is due. Stella McCartney has earned her accolades with hard work and determination. To achieve this success in the designer fashion world without producing any handbags, shoes, or clothing made from leather - again - unheard of. Stella's personal convictions of a Vegetarian way of life could have crushed other designers. As I've written before, for Stella to fight that fight with a partner like PPR - known for leather goods, is amazing. Bravo to you Stella McCartney! You upstaged every American Designer in their own backyard at this very New York event.