Doutzen Kroes with Zac Posen at the 2011 Met Ball
With the frockathon of award season long gone and the hipsterness at Coachella wrapping up, us Graziettes are desperate for a fash-travaganza to tide us over until the Fashion Week circus begins in September — so hurrah for the Met Ball that's set to take place on 7th May (yeep!).
In the build up to the gala, designers have been revealing who their A-list dates will be and it's got us SUPER excited. As in previous years, they will each bring along a high-profile guest — typically a model, actress or model-slash-actress — who will showcase their creations on the mammoth red carpet. In the past, we've seen such heavenly pairings as Alexander McQueen and Sarah Jessica Parker, Karl Lagerfeld and Blake Lively, Stella McCartney and Rihanna, Christopher Bailey and Emma Watson (to name but a few) so what can we expect this time round?
Lana Del Rey in Vivienne Westwood at the Brit Awards; a Autumn Winter 2012 Altuzarra design
Well, we know Joseph Altuzarra has selected Lana Del Rey and the hottest American brand teaming up with the hottest singing sensation can only equal a sizzling style moment, right? Thing is, the sumptuous singer is not one to go Gaga-tacular on the red carpet, prefering classic, elegant gowns to meat dresses (see the Vivienne Westwood beauty above) and choosing to wear only a minimalist swimsuit for her latest music video. Meanwhile, Altuzarra's Autumn Winter 2012 collection saw flamboyant gypsy-style pieces covered in brightly-coloured tiers and sparkling embellishments teamed with black leather boots — the look doesn't quite fit Lana's self-proclaimed 'gangsta Nancy Sinatra' style, does it? So might Mr Altuzarra return to his roots and dress her in a simple silk slip with spaghetti straps or will LDR break out of her comfort zone and go all-out gypsy?
Isabel Lucas in Louis Vuitton at the 2011 Met Ball; a Autumn Winter 2012 Proenza Schouler design
And news of another pairing arrived today: The Cut reports that Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez will escort lovely lady Isabel Lucas to the gala. The Australian actress has long been on our style radar thanks to her retro boho style so it's no wonder the New York design duo have hand-picked her. For last year's shindig, the Proenzas were accompanied by Kristen Stewart, who looked nonchantly cool in a printed sheath dress, while La Lucas showcased a coral silk satin gown by Louis Vuitton, topped off with a gold headpiece and matching statement earrings to suit her vintage style. Here's hoping she'll mix it up a notch and walk the red carpet this year in one of those eye-catching prints from Proenza's Autumn Winter 2012 collection because if anyone can pull off such a kooky look, it's our Iz from Oz.
But for now, all we can do is speculate and await more announcements as the big day approaches...Stay tuned!