This year’s Costume Institute Gala was themed on Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit, which explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras who enjoy the use of unconventional textiles, colors, and prints. As always with at the Met there are those that rise to the occasion embracing trompe l’oeil prints, whimsical flourishes, and intricate embellishments versus those that play it safe.