NEW YORK — Karl Lagerfeld can make a lot of things happen. He can convince Nicole Kidman to personally greet hundreds of guests and create, what he calls, the “perfect exhibit,” at last night’s Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But he could not stop a torrential downpour. Even an act of God didn’t deter Hollywood A-listers, fashion luminaries and socials from around the globe from attending what has become the biggest party of the year: Selma Blair jetted in from Vancouver, Hayden Christensen came in from Italy and Jake Gyllenhaal even flew in from the Arctic. They all came to worship at the altar of Chanel.
Many turned up wearing Chanel — from vintage (Rachel Weisz and Lynn Wyatt) to new (Vanessa Paradis and Kidman). Tom Ford arrived in his own design, of course. “Karl’s too thin for me. I don’t know if I can fit into his suits,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Ghesquiere escorted one of his favorite muses, Jennifer Connelly. “I’ve always had this fantasy of being locked in a museum,” she said, referencing the beloved children’s book from the “Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.” But Karolina Kurkova was better prepared for a museum slumber party in her sweeping Viktor & Rolf gown — so vast that the willowy model was offering up its uses as a duvet. Speaking of oversized frocks, Mary–Kate and Ashley Olsen, outfitted in their typical shabby-baggy chic, were flanked by their huge bodyguards — the most obvious of accessories.