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I felt like thered carpet lineupfeature needed a rethink so let's make it a conversation instead.I've enlistedKurt from Your Movie Buddyto chat with today.This is but a small sampling from this week's big event which seemingly hundreds of celebrities attended.But we're only talking about 18 of them.


Nathaniel:The Met's annual Costume Institue Gala has been nicknamed the "Oscars of the East Coast"亚博主页in the past -- everyone goes -- so I figure we should uh,say something,though predictions cannot apply.Nobody wins anything except for maybe your oohs and aahs.

Hi Kurt!

Kurt:Hi Nathaniel!I was not aware of such a nickname,but okay.I'm all for lavish attire and oohs and ahhs.As for the first quartet of ladies you've provided,shall we go through them one by one?

Nathaniel:Two by two because...Chloë SevignyandFreida Pinto.Don't they seem like inverted images.The theme was "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"I think -- there's always a theme.Wouldn't it be great if Oscar had a theme each year?

Kurt:They have unofficial themes -- remember when everyone wore red in 2008?"Savage Beauty,"eh?

Nathaniel:What's with the ties (?) and the black and white reversed?

Kurt:There's not much savagery in the Sevigny-Pinto duet,unless you count Chloe's 'do.The inversion is interesting.I feel like it's part of a trend I'm not privy to,as both of these ladies seem to be on fashion's cusp.As for who wore it best -- I'm Team Freida.

Nathaniel:Vote Split!As for women in ties,I would like to vote for Diane Keaton circaAnnie Hallin absentia and perpetuity.

Kurt:Of course.for the record,though,I am a HUGE Chloe fan

Nathaniel:True story.When i was a little kid I thought it was pronounced "shlow"and my friends never never never let me live it down.

Kurt:In that case,I imagine you would've had a helluva a time with SEVIGNY not Sevigny herself.Just her namesake.But when one says they are a fan of Chloë that can mean SO many things.Don't you think she has kind of a schizo fan base like acting,fashion iconery,polygamist cult-obsessives,drag queens...So what kind of Chloe fan are you?

Kurt:Very schizo fan base indeed.I'm of the opinion that if you like Chloë S.,we can friends.She has a very specific coolness.Me?I'm a fan of the actress first,the fashion icon second,and whatever else she's into third.

Nathaniel:Is "whatever else she's into"a reference toBrown Bunnybecause this isn't that kind of blog!!!

Kurt:Haha!I'm going to admit I've never seen that.I've heard it's such a slog,and I feel like I'd only be watching for the BlowJ part.Not that that's not worth seeing,I just feel like I'll let it keep its lore and mystique.Besides,I'm certainly no Vincent Gallo completist.

Fair enough.I worry for people who are.Is it fair to say that you're a fan ofDakota Fanning--I know you liked herRunawayswork-- or am I being too pushy about recruiting?She needs some support given The Rise of Elle.

Kurt:I'm definitely a Dakota fan.She's one of my favorite young stars to watch.The whole evolution thing is really fun when the star is actually a big talent.I feel the same way about Saorsie Ronan (who suggests future Blanchett chameleonism inHanna).I remember thinking in that awful moviePush,which Dakota totally ran away with,that she has all sorts of Jodie Foster parallels.I think she will be a star until she's dead.

Nathaniel:Are you suggesting that Elle will have to kill her to dethrone her?I hate what Dakota is wearing here.But moving on...I only includedJennifer Lopezbecause she's "relevant"again (damn youAmerican Idol) DON'T MAKE ME TALK ABOUT HER.

Kurt:Oh no,we MUST.JLo is a perpetual red carpet fiasco,which is so funny because she's obsessed with fashion.Here we have another mess...

[long pause]

Nathaniel:I've half typed seven different jokes and can only raise a white flag.JLo has defeated me.I have nothing to say.

Kurt:Was one of them "bondage gardener?"I was so excited when I saw her in the lineup.She is the queen of excess,which I guess is appropriate but MY GOD.It's always the antithesis of "take something off before you leave."And this getup looks so effing uncomfortable.

Nathaniel:But does it look Savage?Or Beauty-ful?

Kurt:I'll give her Savage.  Savage Garden

Nathaniel:Heh.These lineups are very random except when I wanted to pair people.


And I have to say this about both Zeéeeee andEva Mendes.You have to give them points for tenacity.Whatever their onscreen merits,I feel like they both have death grips on their fame.They're just not going to give up.Eva's look screams very sophisticated key party to me.As for Zeéeeee,well she is fairly reliable as red carpet stars go.

Kurt:(Oh,that inescapable pout...) Interesting point about death grips.Eva rides high on sexiness,which is definitely what keeps her working

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