THIS season's hottest colour is blue – in all its shades – as sported by stars at one of the most important dates on the fashion calendar.
WHEN the stars step out in style the fashion world takes note. This is never more so than when the red carpet is rolled out for the annual Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The event last week saw everyone from Madonna to Kate Moss and Liz Hurley donning their most glamorous gear to send the awaiting paparazzi into a frenzy.
The celebrities colour of choice was blue – one of the key shades for summer.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford looked stunning in a blue satin gown with a thigh-skimming side split while fashion designer Donatalla Vesace chose a figure-hugging sparkly number.
Others who shone in blue were Jessica Alba, sporting a bright blue satin skirt with a bustier top, actress Brooke Shields who wore a one-shoulder number and Liv Tyler, who sparkled in a midnight blue floor-length gown.
Madonna may have sang about True Blue but sadly that wasn’t the case for her.
The singer turned up to the gala in a bizarre ruched blue dress which she wore with over-the-knee patent leather boots and an elaborate fabric hair piece, sparking criticism from fashion experts.
If you want to shine like Cindy rather than have the moody blues like Madonna, opt for glamorous, sophisticated evening wear.
Coast has a great selection of stunning blue gowns and Vivienne Westwood, in Hood Street, Newcastle, also sells the best of blue, including a beautiful halter neck, midnight blue dress for £299.
Maxi dresses are flattering for most figures. Wallis does a chiffon version for £55, French Connection has a blue cotton dress for £80 and Long Tall Sally has blue tie-dye maxi dress for £75.