Carey Mulligan in San Diego on July 21 and Anna Wintour in Paris on Oct. 4, 2011.
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Stop the fashion presses! The hosts of the magical Met Ball for spring 2012 have been announced! As you might already know, this annual event is organized by both the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Anna Wintour, editor in chief of (c'mon) Vogue, and brings together anyone and everyone associated with fashion (we're talking every designer and ingenue from here to Timbuktu). We like to call it Fashion Prom. Last year was a somewhat somber homage to the late Alexander McQueen, but this year seems to be all about Gatsby GLAMOUR. Wintour has chosen none other than the star of the upcoming Baz Luhrmann-directed version of The Great Gatsby (currently filming in Australia), Carey Mulligan, as the co-chair of the event. Luhrmann will serve as the creative consult of the actual exhibit, which is a retrospective of both the designs of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia PRADA. Um, FAINTING COUCH please.
Though the Met explains that the exhibit will explore how fashion from the past influences the present and vice-versa, we think there's a connection between Team Mulligan/Luhrmann and the fact that Shiaparelli designed her most renowned collections during the late 1920s and '30s (hello, Gatsby). The exhibit will feature 80 designs from both Schiarparelli and Prada (chillbumps) and will touch upon both the Surrealist movement (including an INSECT NECKLACE) as well as rare pieces from the Prada archive. OK, I don't think we're BOLDING or italicizing this enough. Y'all, Elsa S was Coco Chanel's biggest rival, so this is HUGE. Also, hi, PRADA. Who doesn't want a peek at rarely seen 1980s pieces from the House of P? Eeesh, we've GOT to figure out what to wear to this thing (when we watch the arrivals pop up on photography websites the night of) on May 7. Until then, we'll be scouring vintage stores for 1930s dresses before the rest of the style vultures swipe them out of our dainty, type-worn hands.