Olivier & Caroline’s MET Prep


“My attitude toward evening [dressing] is a little bit weird now,” Olivier Theyskens confessed yesterday afternoon. “I don’t believe it’s nice to wear something that is too traditional. But a couture thing with a fresh attitude, that looks really modern? Yes.” Theyskens is standing in the music room of painter (and friend) Ron Ferry’s aerie off Fifth Avenue—the former home of Museum of Modern Art co-founder Lillie P. Bliss—and the evening being pondered is, appropriately, the annual MET Costume Institute gala. His date is longtime muse Caroline Trentini, fresh off her honeymoon in Bali. The pair hadn’t been apart for very long: the model’s wedding dress was a love affair between the two, from initial fittings in New York to final tweaks before she walked down the aisle. It was during that process that Theyskens popped the question, “Will you be my MET date?” The answer, naturally, was yes.

The duo agreed on softly shaded makeup and an easy (but “super chic”) up-do to compliment the “tee shirt-y” feel of her one-of-a-kind Theyskens’ Theory washed denim dress. Hairstylist Jordan M relied on a ¾ inch curling iron (“I’m in love with this size; you can do everything with it—from Brigitte Bardot to beach curls”) and Bumble Thickening Hairspray to give Trentini’s long blond hair some movement and hold, but left the final arrangement to the model herself. “Last year, a hairstylist put some product in, and said, ‘Just tie your hair.’ Sometimes it looks the best when you do it yourself—you know your own head shape.” Theyskens’ signature mane got a quick freshening up with Prep spray, a paddle brush, and a blast of hot air, the designer’s only request being, “Just give it some shine.”

NARS makeup artist Cindy Rodriguez “worked off the subtle 1920’s wave in the hair, and the bejeweled top” from Trentini’s look, focusing on textural eye shadows and an emphasized brow. “Makeup is about balance. I didn’t place color on the entirety of the brow,” she said, alternately brushing single shadows in Blondie, Bali and Coconut Grove through for a natural look. Lids took on a finger-painted, three-dimensional quality with a base coat of cream shadow in Corfu, followed by a layer of Nepal and “topped off with a little Portobello, keeping the shape rounder and a bit diffused—truer to that 1920’s smoky eye.”

With ten minutes to go, Trentini slipped a tube of Gold Digger lip gloss into her clutch and retrieved a pair of well-worn Louboutins from her carry-all. Theyskens, taking one last sip of champagne, nodded his head in approval: “That’s the best choice, you know? To have shoes you know are comfortable.” Rules to live by, for any formal occasion.

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  • Miss K

    He's unique. Unmistakable hairstyle!


  • http://thesparkle.net/ erin

    the updo is so chic! the makeup is very subtle - would have loved to see a full, final shot.


  • http://twitter.com/wingandwell wing and well

    I am so in love with Oliver's brand of style. I have a Theyskens' Theory messenger bag and I adore it. Caroline wears that dress perfectly, and I love the comment about the Loubs.


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marisa-Lentoni/680558003 Marisa Lentoni

      I think you are right.

  • http://161cm.com/ Joanne Choi

    Caroline looks beautiful! I love her make-up there.



  • http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/ monkeyshines

    fun captures!


  • http://www.365fashionandlifestyle.com/ Roncea Mioara

    What a great duo. And Caroline looks lovely as always.

  • Marie-Thérèse

    wonderfully written and an interesting insight on the big prep. must have been fun, too, no? :)

  • Serdane-elie

    They are just so inspiring for me !


  • http://itsallbeautytome.blogspot.com/ leinti nti

    theyskens is a gorgeous man and I love his shiny tresses as well. what does he use? pls do a top shelf post with his fave products.

    • eva

      intothegloss has already done one on him, just search it or go back in the archives, he uses some Australian brand i remember that.

  • Elise

    How TALL is she? The dress looks like denim.....

    • Jessica

      Her agencies list her at 5'11" - which means she's really at least 6'0"

  • Monica Gonzalez

    Love him! That denim dress is so unexpected but it works.

  • Karissa

    Amazing! They both looked fabulous! That dress was one of my favorites of the night - gorgeous and unique, but effortless.


  • http://kitchenafternoon.blogspot.com/ Kitchen afternoon

    I NEED gold digger l gloss - we're in the money we're in the money....
    That dress is a fresh idea, smart to leave the blingy things to tv girls

  • http://vvatima.livejournal.com/ murt

    hmmm for some reason I really like the idea of a washed denim evening gown. And I think maybe that Theyskens has done as great a job as a person could possibly do with this concept. But I still don't like the dress.

  • http://vvatima.livejournal.com/ murt

    I loved her wedding dress though!

  • http://twitter.com/MatterOfDress MatterOfDress

    Brilliant designer! I met him at at a party last year, and after a glass or two of champagne, told him that his hair would make a great weave. Embarrassing, but great blog fodder: http://matterofdress.com/2011/06/15/matter-of-good-hair/

  • Clau

    Great Robe & Pic!!!
    best regards from germany,

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni

    they both look fantastic!! love the color of her dress!!

  • http://twitter.com/toastedtofu Toasted Tofu

    I sort of wish he had worn the bow for real.

  • Lou

    Amazing photos and I love the evening dress. Her outfit and hair work perfectly together.


  • Adeola Naomi Aderemi


  • http://glossandmagic.blogspot.com/ Gauri

    Great article!!! :) I loved her hairstyle. So chic!! :D

  • Cary

    She did her own hair (basically), wore denim and old shoes. Love this.

  • Anonymous

    Stunning - Really beautiful and unique!

  • Stephanie Liu

    Her look is so amazing! It's really fresh and surprising for the Met. If I had seen this earlier, this would definitely go in my top 3 with Camilla and Karlie.

    xo Stephanie

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    LOVE her dress--it definitely is different but so fantastically chic in a "not-trying-too-hard" kind of way. I wish I had somewhere to wear a dress like that because it's soooooo beautiful!

  • Jane S.

    I love that the denim dress is lined in gorgeous creamy satin! She looks amazing. Cindy Rodriguez is a genius, in addition to being a knockout herself. May have to head to the Bleecker Street store to try and recreate this fresh and pretty look.

  • http://stylesaint.com/ Saint Allison

    That dress is a dream!


  • Lisa C

    They are so relaxed and sane and I bet they had a great time. Yay!

  • mcgintylauren

    These two are lovely, talented peas in a pod lately. (see Caroline's decadent wedding) Adore


  • http://pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com/ Michelle Lee