This Is Nell Diamond’s Tremendous Bowl

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It felt completely surreal to be invited to the Met Gala. I’ve all the time been someone who’s very additional, so the concept I might attend an occasion like this, the place the style is so unimaginable, was a complete dream. I believe you’re speculated to be somewhat low key about it—you recognize, chill—however I’ve actually by no means been extra enthusiastic about something.

The “Sleeping Beauties” costume exhibit theme and the “Backyard of Time” costume code made it the right first Met Gala to attend—not only for me, but in addition on behalf of Hill Home, my style and residential model. Fairly quickly after realizing I used to be truly invited, I made a decision to create a costume impressed by Sir Frederic Leighton’s 1895 portray Flaming June. My mother is the one who launched it to me. She was obsessive about it as a result of she thought the lady within the portray seemed like me. She would actually level on the reproductions and be like, ‘That’s my Nellie.’ I’ve essentially the most superb recollections of being a tiny little particular person and listening to her say that.

The portray itself additionally has a captivating historical past. It was mainly misplaced from the artwork world for a really very long time. It was sitting in an vintage store and Andrew Lloyd Weber, the true Andrew Lloyd Weber, virtually purchased it for some insane quantity, like $10, however his mother mentioned, ‘No extra Victorian work.’ It was in Puerto Rico endlessly as a result of Luis A. Ferré, the previous governor of Puerto Rico, liked the portray and received it at an public sale for an extremely low value. It’s sort of had this renaissance and are available again into style over the previous couple of a long time. It got here to the Tate Trendy in London in 2008—I grew up in London, and I noticed it there. It’s simply such a lovely, attractive portray to have a look at.

The lady within the portray is completely bare apart from some gauze, so the very first thing my thoughts went to for my Met costume was a unadorned moist look. Then I remembered who I’m, so as an alternative, I took the colour inspiration and a few of the Grecian components. Michael, who’s the dressmaker for Hill Home, bought a costume type and draped it one million totally different instances to see how the material might lay on the physique. It was actually vital to me to have a waist second as a result of one of many causes I used to be into our nap clothes was as a result of the smocking allowed you to have somewhat little bit of a snatched waist however nonetheless really feel comfy; personally, I all the time really feel higher if I’ve a waist second. Then we wished to attach the florals ultimately, and particularly after studying concerning the impermanence of the gadgets within the exhibit, I actually wished to include recent flowers, which had been sewn in by hand, together with within the van main as much as the steps of the Met. I liked the concept the recent flowers would die by the top of the night time, so the costume would look this fashion for one night time solely. After I modified final night time, the flowers had been somewhat bit stepped on, had petals lacking, and the colours of the flowers had stained the costume in a very stunning approach. It can really by no means look the way in which it initially seemed once more.

Main as much as the Met, I positively went overboard to prep my pores and skin. I began out with Dr. Dennis Gross, who I’ve been seeing since I used to be 22. I do Botox with him on my brow and eyes, and he all the time has such a light-weight contact and is aware of precisely what I want. That’s simply my common, however about three to 4 weeks forward of the Gala, I got here in for somewhat contact up. I additionally see Lia Trojansky at Dr. Gross. She does lasers and chemical peels. Final summer season, I had zits for the primary time—whilst an adolescent I didn’t have zits—and she or he sort of saved me. She would all the time say I ought to attempt microneedling, so a few months earlier than the Met, I attempted it. I had perhaps three or 4 days of an excellent, tremendous purple face, however I positively seen a distinction by way of pore measurement and the overall well being and tone of my pores and skin. She additionally had me do yet one more Laser Genesis, which I’ve been getting from her unrelated to the Met, with somewhat peel on Friday.

On Sunday afternoon, I noticed Elizabeth Grace Hand, the founding father of Stallë Studios. To start with, it was essentially the most enjoyable facial I’ve ever gotten. It took two hours, which included a CO2 masks, microcurrent, and Lyma Laser, however nothing harsh like extractions. I couldn’t advocate it extra earlier than a giant occasion.

For my magnificence look, I wished to include a few of the Pre-Raphaelite cornerstones, like rosy cheeks and pale pores and skin, which isn’t laborious for me. [Laughs] Actually, the look wasn’t too dissimilar to my common make-up look. I had much less eyeliner on than I normally do, however I nonetheless had a winged eyeliner, which is my signature, as a result of I nonetheless wished to really feel like myself. General, I simply wished to really feel recent and dewy, really like I emerged from the riverbank. Isabel Rosado did my make-up utilizing Chanel Magnificence. She prepped my pores and skin with the Sublimage La Crème first. For the rosy cheeks, she used the Le Blanc Rosy Gentle Drops, a mixture of two Joues Contraste powder blushesRose Preliminary and Quintessence, and the Lumière de L’Ocean illuminating powder. We used three merchandise for my lips: Rouge Coco Flash in Ferveur, Rouge Attract Ink in Amoureux, and Le Crayon lip pencil in Rose Poudré. As a substitute of my common black liner, we did a softer heat brown with somewhat gold fleck utilizing Stylo Ombre et Contour eyeshadow liner in Electrical Brown and Nude Éclat.

Rosibel Del Jesus did my hair utilizing a mixture of R+Co merchandise and T3 instruments. I usually put on my hair in pure waves, however I wished to raise it with extra top on the crown for a glossy, easy look. I had flowers tied by hand in my hair, too. Truly, these flowers, and those on my costume, had been my fragrance for the night. There have been tons of of them, so you could possibly actually scent them.

Ami Vega did my nails the morning of. I’ve labored together with her earlier than for Hill Home, and she or he is fabulous. She used Base 02 and 03 from the Kokoist x Nail Ideas collab. I by no means put on nail polish on my arms, and I normally maintain them tremendous, tremendous brief. Individuals are all the time shocked as a result of the whole lot else I do is so excessive upkeep, however I’ve a tough time typing with nails and with my children it’s only a lot. However I really like an excuse to have lengthy nails. I really feel like I’ve a brand new persona when I’ve them on.

I did lymphatic drainage at Ricari Studios thrice final week—someone who goes to the Met on a regular basis advised me to go. It made me really feel so wholesome. I’ve had three children, so I maintain numerous bloat in my abdomen and I positively felt much less bloated there. Doing pilates at Forma actually helped, too. It’s the toughest class ever, but it surely’s so good.

One of many coolest issues that I didn’t understand beforehand is that you just get to spend time within the precise exhibit. I’m such a museum particular person, and I had a very early name time, which was superb. Being mainly alone within the exhibit in your robe, proper after going by the purple carpet, was an enormous spotlight—and it didn’t damage that Matt Damon was standing proper there taking a look at it, too.

Nell Diamond

—As advised to Daise Bedolla

Photographed by Emma Craft at The Mark Lodge on Could 6, 2024. Pink carpet images through Getty Pictures.

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