The Met Gala Is Tonight – Join Us For The Red Carpet!

I've always thought of the Met Gala as the Academy Awards of the fashion industry. This year's Costume Institute Benefit celebrates the opening of the exhibit, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” which opens to the public on May 10th. “Iconic ensembles will be presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.”

We can't wait to see the exhibit, but more importantly, we can't wait to see what our favorite models, designers, celebs and musicians will wear on the red carpet tonight. That's why we're sending, well, me, to live tweet and Instagram the arrivals for you!

We invite you to join in on the fun – so here's how:

  • Follow IFB on twitter, and look for the hashtag #metgala
  • Keep your coverage well-rounded by following @metmuseum and @voguemagazine, too
  • Follow IFB on Instagram for photos (this link lets you keep up even if you don't have the app!)
  • Watch the livestream of the red carpet arrivals here, and look for me in the background!

We think it's pretty great that the Costume Institute is honoring two women this year (last year it was the late, great Alexander McQueen), and it got us thinking about influential women. Just for kicks, here are IFB's favorite powerful, fashionable, amazing women of the moment:

  • Jenna Lyons, Creative Director and President of J. Crew
  • Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx (she's a billionaire, by the way)
  • Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State (and briefly, the star of this Tumblr)
  • Stella McCartney, fashion designer (she's designing the Adidas 2012 Olympics kits for Great Britain's athletes)

There are so many more women we could name, so let's talk! Who are some of your favorite female influencers? (Besides Oprah…)


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