>> You all are going to shoot me when I say this, but I think my favorite look from the Costume Institute Gala was Ashley Olsen's. Believe me, I'm a little weirded out by this choice as well -- I keep going through the pictures, looking for something better, and nothing changes. I still like Ashley Olsen's outfit best.
With this event, or any event of this caliber, there's an interesting line to ride. It's very easy line to go under and look underdressed (Sienna Miller, Kate Moss), or to go the complete opposite and look way over-the-top. Usually the over-the-top involves some kind of poofy dress or loud garish color. But the thing is, like everything else, there is no set rule. As much as it would be nice, there is no set rule on what will look like too much on one person or just perfect on another -- it's all case-by-case.
What I'm getting at here is that Ashley Olsen's outfit had something interesting going on with it -- something that just worked for her (and rightly so, the dress was custom Badgley Mischka, after all). At first, the long sleeves set me aback -- I wasn't expecting her to cover up so much. But then I started liking it more and more -- the buttoned-up feel to her dress: long sleeves, long skirt, high neck is almost more sexy than any skin display could be. Because what does everyone else do nowadays but show off all of their skin and leave nothing to the imagination. It's a very demure, clean silhouette which the skinny belt breaks up nicely. And the dress isn't black like everyone wears or white like everyone else wears -- it has this lovely embroidered effect. I haven't seen the back of her dress, but a nice slit in the back above the belt and between the shoulder blades to reveal just a bit of what's underneath the cloth would be absolutely dead-on sexy.
As for her makeup -- I love the red lipstick. It, just like the hypothetical back slit, gives the outfit just that little bit of punch that it needs -- that little hint of sexy in the sea of demure. A great contrast with the clor of her eyes. And the bit of shine on her skin, I quite like that as well -- it makes her look dewy, real -- not all matte and mannequin-like. All in all, everything, it's very clean, very modern -- very beautiful.