At the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala, considered the premier fashion event of the year (next to the Oscars), Sarah Jessica Parker usually causes a stir in a creation by a noted designer. Last year, she was the center of attention in a black-and-white Oscar de la Renta gown with the designer's initials embroidered on her train.
At Monday night's party in New York, Parker got noticed again — only this time she was wearing a one-of-kind gown created by cheap chic purveyor H&M.
While the H&M gowns are not available to the general public,Topshop is offering the limited-edition red carpet collection online, with prices ranging from $350 to $360.
It was the fast fashion retailer's first time at the ball, and to celebrate it collaborated with Parker to produce the one-shouldered black silk dress with a draped train embroidered with Scarlet poppies. Parker topped it off with a Philip Treacy headdress saluting the Costume Institute exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass.
H&M also outfitted Vanessa Hudgens in a custom-made pleated crimson tea-length dress embellished with Swarovski crystals, Janelle Monáe in a custom-made Mandarin-collared cropped tuxedo jacket and caped suit and the singer Banks in a custom-made off-the-shoulder, sultry, bias-cut gown in Chinese red.
Not to be outdone, H&M's rival Topshop, which just opened a store in The Galleria, outfitted a number of models in custom gowns for the gala. Among those wearing Topshop were Lily Donaldson in a red silk dress with fitted bodice and layered tulle skirt, Emily Ratajowski in an ankle-skimming long sleeve dress with intricate 3D floral embroidery, and Josephine de la Baume in hand embroidered long-sleeve red gown with black and white beading and a center back cascading train.
While the H&M gowns are not available to the general public, Topshop is offering the limited-edition red carpet collection online, with prices ranging from $350 to $360.
The men got into the act, too, with Uptown Funk composer Mark Ronson in a custom Topman black double breasted suit with Chinoiserie inspired accessories and Formula 1 race car driver Lewis Hamilton in a cobalt blue Topman frock coat with matching waistcoat.