>> Despite all the drama before and after, the Costume Institute Gala itself furnished plenty of notable and quotable moments; for those who were wondering, Carine Roitfeld did attend, even though it was reported that Julia Restoin-Roitfeld would not.
Gisele Bundchen pulled out of John Galliano's table at the last minute, choosing to ride in with the Versace camp instead; it sounds like she might be returning as the label's Fall 2009 face — the New York Times reports that her custom Versace dress "was conceived while she was modeling for [Donatella’s] next ad campaign." Helena Christensen, meanwhile, joked of her Zac Posen dress, which read "Vogue," the V formed by a plunging neckline: “It’s so I can remember whose party I’m at."
And while Kate Moss was on hostess duty (and presumably her best behavior) for Anna Wintour, she still managed to be herself, pulling a big wad of gum out of her mouth when asked about being a muse: “I’m amused. I think it’s quite interesting for somebody to go outside of the box and think that a model actually has had some input into fashion. A lot of the time, the models don’t really get a say.”
But they do have a bathroom fascination »
But it sounds like all the models had a little fun being the honorees of the night — a number of male designers were spotted waiting outside the women's restroom for their model "dates": Anne Vyalitsyna had Peter Som on hold for at least 10 minutes, Doutzen Kroes left Phillip Lim outside, and Narciso Rodriguez was in the same post, waiting for Lily Donaldson as the party closed. But maybe they should have just followed their dates inside — at one point, Olivier Theyskens, the Olsen twins, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, Eva Mendes, and January Jones were all smoking cigarettes in the ladies' room (which could explain why the aforementioned models took so long in the first place). At another point, John Galliano joined the models inside for a smoke.
Frequent fashion fixture Kanye West took on performing duties, prompting Yasmin Le Bon, Gisele, Marc Jacobs, and Shalom Harlow to dance, with Arthur Elgort snapping Shalom in front of stage. But when Rihanna took the stage for her set, it was Suzy Menkes who got up to get down with Alber Elbaz.