Inside the Met: Tales from Table 46
Our good friend Pamela Lopez of Nordstrom sent us this report from last night’s Met Costume Institute Gala, where she sat with Jessica Alba, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Lara Stone, among others, and did a lot of eagle-eyed celeb gawking for us.
Sprinted up red carpet sandwiched between
Cindy Crawford and
Victoria Beckham. Maneuvered past
Donatella-Allegra log jam. Apparently, memo to “wear short” was widely circulated. First clue:
Lisa Airan—former queen of the over-the-top gown—in miniscule Balmain. First 80′s moment:
Simon and Yasmin LeBon (photo below of Simon and Brandy Nordstrom).
Receiving line order:
Kate Moss (in gold turban), then
Justin Timberlake (wearing the same glasses he wore on Oprah).
Inside exhibit space, overheard
Gisele saying, “I hahd to ahsk them to make it two inches lohnger!” while tugging on hemline.
Small surprise that short would be the trend for a Met Gala celebrating the model as muse. Feeling smug in my short
Also run into
Josh Schulman and
Angela Lindvall. Tamara says she’s just moved to the city—today!
Cocktails in sculpture garden very civilized, not as mad a crush as past Met balls. Favorite couple sighting:
Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow. On way to ladies room (always a party within a party) catch
Jessica Szohr and Ed Westwick stealing a sweet kiss.
Tory Burch inside ladies room, touching up makeup. Can’t see who else, smoke is so thick. Suddenly
Lazaro bursts in looking for his date. She’s not in here.
Long walk to table 46 makes for stellar people watching:
The Kates (Bosworth and Hudson) both in
Stella McCartney. Kate H and Stella BFFs tonight. Stella in black lace jumpsuit.
Also spot statuesque
Liv Tyler. Finally realize am walking behind teeny-tiny waisted
Renee Zellweger in olive.
Once inside Temple of Dendur, snaking through tables, see
Josh Hartnett seated next to
Rhianna in exaggerated shouldered tuxedo looking for seat,
January Jones—barely recognizable in her super short, metallic
Michael Kors. Smoking hot! She’s sitting with
Michael Kors and
Arrive at Nordstrom’s table, # 46, where
Alexander Wang and
Lara Stone already seated. Lara in amazing gold metallic knit Alex Wang dress. Short, naturally.
Jason Wu arrives with
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren. Jessica in gorgeous, very short cocktail dress. A version of Jason’s favorite dress from the spring 09 runway in custom blue for Jessica.
At table are:
Pete Nordstrom (our host), his chic wife,
Brandy, in Nina Ricci,
Jennifer Wheeler, VP women’s designer, Vogue’s
Alexander (“Alex,” now that we’ve hung out),
Cash and me.
Jessica and Cash are adorable couple. Totally in love and gorgeous. Asked J about her makeup and it’s the latest Revlon Color Stay lipgloss. (It’s not out yet.) Cash is charming and super handsome. Both of them light up when asked about their baby.
Roland Mouret stops by. We sat together a couple Mets ago, for “Anglomania.” He is the smoothest, best room worker around. In a good way!
Alex gets the idea to use his exhibit catalog as a yearbook to see how many signatures he can get. He says that Lara has to ask everyone since everyone will say yes to her.
Lily Donaldson hop over banquette to sign yearbook. By now there is cigarette smoking inside the Temple of Dendur.
Everyone is stunned and amazed when
Bono takes the stage to speak about the exhibit and introduce the performance. Everyone was buzzing earlier that it might be
Kanye. Indeed it is.
The best Met ever! Kanye breaks into “Heartless” and everyone is on their feet. Huge crowd in front of the stage. Marc and Liv Tyler are right up front. Jessica Biel and Justin totally dancing. Arthur Elgort snapping
Shalom in front of stage.
A huge surprise when
Rhianna takes the stage. Everyone goes wild.
Suzy Menkes dances enthusiastically with
All photos by Pamela Lopez. (Thank you, Pamela!)