American Vogue editrix showed up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in this creation, a Chanel Couture design reworked by Karl Lagerfeld to fit into the evening's theme of exploring the transformative powers of fashion. A fun Newsday piece by Joseph Amodio pointed out that the eyecatching nautilus shell-shaped epaulets and pockets (built for more than just hands) is actually common in fashion history which is replete with examples of designers experimenting with various silhouettes - natural or otherwise. Bloggers, being bloggers, reacted more along the lines of: "Oh my God!!! Princess Leia!!" (Gawker), "it's one of a kind which is good because we don't need two of those" (wizbangpop.com), and "Just add matching Verdura cuffs and she could zoom off and fight (fashion) crime the world over" (yes, yours truly)
The one thing everyone seems to be in agreement about? Unlike her normally chic but
boring safe Prada proclivities, she avoided the cardinal style sin: being boring.
- Lesley Scott
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