One of my favorite formal events each May is the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s annual gala, which attracts a bevy of celebrities and beautiful people—and royals, too! (Diana, Princess of Wales made a memorable Met Gala appearance in 1996, and Princess Beatrice of York and Queen Rania of Jordan have also graced the gala’s red carpet.) This year’s gala has been postponed until September, but in the meantime, I thought I’d do a little throwback to one of my favorite Met Gala looks of all time: the purple and gold ensemble worn by actress Lucy Liu in 2007.
Liu wore a royal purple gown made by fashion designer Zac Posen for the 2007 Met Gala, accessorizing with vintage jewels and a golden clutch bag with a snakeskin print. The ensemble featured touches of Art Nouveau-style details, a definite reference to the gala’s 2007 exhibit, “Poiret: King of Fashion.”
She continued the golden animal theme with a tiara. (I’m always excited when we get tiaras at the Met Gala!) The golden bandeau is an Egyptian-inspired piece, with a winged scarab surrounded by lotus flowers in its design. The lotus flowers echoed the pleats and seams of the gown’s fabric. The tiara stood out beautifully against Liu’s dark hair.
There was also a little additional sparkle courtesy her yellow gold and diamond drop earrings, which were classic enough to complement the overall look without detracting from the tiara or the gown.
And, of course, a gown of this color demands an amethyst adornment, doesn’t it? Liu’s look was finished off with a major gold statement bracelet featuring a large purple amethyst ringed in diamonds. The jewelry Liu wore for the gala was reportedly borrowed from Fred Leighton.