The 2009 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street was a gala classic: lots of gowns, Moscow-levels of fur, royalty and, of course, stars. As to the clothes? Well, judge for yourselves:

Martha Plimpton has always embraced her eccentricity, and that's one stranglehold she's not breaking.


Wonder what Tommy Hilfiger, lover of American Sportswear, makes of Dee Ocleppo's MOB special?


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Speaking of matronly, gala-appropriate-wear, we give you Maggie Rodriguez.


Marie and Ed Royce have the whole charity-prom thing down. Exhibit A: the belt.


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Marjorie Andrade has exactly replicated the posture of a fashion illustration; this is creepy.


I guess when, like Charlene Wittstock, you're on the arm of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, an Ivanhoe-style girdle-belt feels somehow topical.


Frederic Fekkai, ironically a haircare magnate, and Shirin von Wuffen, who will shortly have some curious tan lines.


Lynn Wyatt: obviously a pro.


And Maguy Maccario-Doyle, with Yves Piaget, is a woman of a dying breed: that who can sport a fur-trimmed, silk shantung, cigarette-pant suit and act like it's no big deal.


Alex McCord's brand of fug really just isn't the same.


And we've saved the best for last: Mariska Hargitay, at her most retro-elegant.

Princess Grace Awards: Royal Mess, Or Fit For A Queen?

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