Miranda Kerr—having graced countless magazine covers, runways, and red carpets over the years—knows something about glamor. When she opens the door to her suite at The Carlyle, Kerr, barefaced in a floral robe and messy bun, still exudes an old Hollywood star power.
“All the girls are in here,” she says, leading Vogue cameras down a corridor. In a sun-lit room, Lily Aldrige and Jasmine Tookes sit serenely as a team of hair and makeup artists flurry around them.
“It’s a new tradition to all get ready together,” Kerr says as she settles back into her director’s chair. “It’s fun to do it with your friends.”
The supermodel-turned-beauty entrepreneur takes us for a stroll down memory lane. “When was my first Met Gala?” she wonders aloud as she scrolls through her phone. “Ah, there she is!”On her screen is a picture of a very young Kerr in black Jill Sander mini dress at the celebration for 2009’s exhibition “Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.”
In the afternoon light, Kerr’s face is remarkably camera ready. Before Vogue arrived, the three models enjoyed reiki facials in combination with Kor Organics, the skincare brand founded by Kerr over a decade ago. “Reiki is something that can help rebalance your energy,” Kerr explains. “And Kor Organics is all about rebalancing your mind, body, and skin.”
“I have to say,” Aldridge says. “This is the best way to start a Met Gala.”
As time passes, the excitement grows. “Glamor is everything to me,” Tookes gushes. “I’m such a girly girl.” In the corner of the suite, Fernando Garcia, Co-Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta, stands with stylist Jessica Paster. Between them, an elegant box holds the final sketch of Kerr’s look. “Our inspiration,” Paster explains,“was To Catch A Thief.”
Kerr’s white gown, cinematically hung in a bay window, recalled the dresses designed by Edith Head for the lush Hitchcockian thriller. In the film’s most famous scene, Grace Kelly, playing an American heiress, lures a former thief with the magnificent jewels around her throat. When Kerr emerges from the bathroom in a dazzling, 35 carat Bulgari diamond necklace, the vision is complete. Before leaving for the museum, the trio gathers for some pictures. Shimmering in sequins (also by Oscar), Aldridge stands to one side of Kerr. To her right, Tookes glitters in an emerald Zuhair Murad with matching Chopard adornments.