Shoe Showdown at the Estee Lauder “Modern Muse” Fragrance Launch Party

It was a parade of stunning faces, fabulous dresses, and beautiful feet clad in the most gorgeous pairs of shoes at the Estee Lauder “Modern Muse” fragrance launch party held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on September 12. It was a star-studded event where beautiful people — from statuesque models to A-list celebrities — converged.

Here are seven stunning women who we think stood out the most and were among the best dressed of the night:

1. Hilary Rhoda (also featured here)

Hilary Rhoda was the definition of perfection in a Prabal Gurung ivory cutout dress that showed off a hint of creamy skin. The gold detail on this sexy one-shoulder number matched the Jimmy Choo black-and-gold sandals that she wore to complete her look.


Estee Lauder Modern MuseHilary Rhoda looking stunning in a sexy ivory cutout dress from the Prabal Gurung fall 2013 collection and Jimmy Choo “Besso” sandals at the “Modern Muse” launch party in New York on September 12, 2013

jimmy-choo-black-besso-textured-and-mirroredleather-sandalsJimmy Choo Black-and-Gold “Besso” Textured and Mirrored-Leather Sandals, $795

2. Drew Barrymore (also featured here)

Drew Barrymore charmed everyone in a Marc Jacobs Broderie Anglaise dress, a vintage Chanel jacket, and Marc Jacobs peep-toe snakeskin sandals.


Estee Lauder Modern MuseDrew Barrymore looking positively sweet and adorable in a lovely white frock from Marc Jacobs and a pair of Marc Jacobs high-heeled snakeskin sandals at the “Modern Muse” launch party in New York on September 12, 2013

Marc Jacobs has a pair of peep-toe sandals with a similar style from his FA13 collection called the Python Patchwork sandals:

marc-jacobs-python-patchwork-sandalMarc Jacobs Python Patchwork Sandals, 120 mm, $1,890

3. Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls was lovely in lavender as she stepped out in a strapless dress from the spring 2014 collection of Prabal Gurung. The gorgeous model paired her dress with gray double-buckled-strap pumps from a collaboration between Prabal Gurung and Casadei.


Estee Lauder Modern MuseJoan Smalls in a pretty lavender dress fresh from the recently debuted spring 2014 collection of Prabal Gurung and a pair of gray almond-toe pumps from Prabal Gurung for Casadei at the “Modern Muse” launch party in New York on September 12, 2013

prabal-gurung-grey-almond-toe-pumpPrabal Gurung for Casadei Gray Double-Buckled-Strap Almond-Toe Pumps, $1,800 (sold out)

prabal-gurung-black-almond-toe-pumpPrabal Gurung for Casadei Black Double-Buckled-Strap Almond-Toe Pumps, $1,800

prabal-gurung-olive-almond-toe-pumpPrabal Gurung for Casadei Olive Green Double-Buckled-Strap Almond-Toe Pumps, $1,800

4. Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery dressed to impress in a Vionet nude bateau top and an asymmetrical wrap skirt. She completed her sophisticated look with a pair of Paul Andrew “Zenadia” bronze leather pumps from the designer’s fall 2013 collection.


Estee Lauder Modern MuseMichelle Dockery looking chic and on trend in a lovely Vionet nude top, a color-blocked asymmetrical wrap skirt, and Paul Andrew “Zenadia” bronze pumps at the “Modern Muse” launch party in New York on September 12, 2013

These gorgeous Paul Andrew “Zenadia” suede pumps have leather soles, covered heels, and peaked, low-cut sides. They are also available in deep purple and black:

paul-andrew-zenadia-pumps-deep-purplePaul Andrew “Zenadia” Suede Peaked-Vamp Pointed-Toe Pumps in Deep Purple, $695

paul-andrew-zenadia-pump-blackPaul Andrew “Zenadia” Suede Peaked-Vamp Pointed-Toe Pumps in Black, $695

5. Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal played the role of a bohemian babe really well in an incredibly sheer brown long-sleeved dress with a blue paisley print. She was clad in the same Christian Louboutin “Geo” pumps that Sandra Bullock recently wore for the premiere of her new film at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Modern Muse fragrance launch partyMaggie Gyllenhaal in a pair of Christian Louboutin “Geo” pumps and a ’70s-inspired sheer brown dress with long sleeves and an intricate pattern at the “Modern Muse” launch party in New York on September 12, 2013

christian-louboutin-blue-kholbronze-geo-100-suede-pumpsChristian Louboutin “Geo 100” Suede Pumps in Blue, $710 (sold out)

christian-louboutin-blackbronze-geo-100-suede-pumpsChristian Louboutin “Geo 100” Suede Pumps in Black, $710 (sold out)

Since both the blue and black versions are currently sold out, why not try other variations of the Christian Loubotin “Geo” pumps to spice up your ensemble?

christian-louboutin-geo-pumps-black-patent-leatherChristian Louboutin “Geo” Pumps in Black Patent Leather, $725

christian-louboutin-geo-pumps-gray-patent-leatherChristian Louboutin “Geo” Pumps in Gray Patent Leather, $725

6. Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough looked girly and pretty in a white dotted Swiss dress with long sleeves and an exposed white skirt from Emilio Pucci. She completed her outfit with a pair of gold sandals from Casadei. We couldn’t find her gold sandals online, but they sure emphasized her toned legs and helped make her look even more enchanting than she already is.


Estee Lauder Modern MuseJulianne Hough embracing her girly side in a long-sleeved sheer white dress from Emilio Pucci and Casadei gold sandals at the “Modern Muse” launch party in New York on September 12, 2013

7. Tao Okamoto

Tao Okamoto brought life to the party as she stepped out in bold colors. The model and actress stood out in a sea of monochromatic modern muses with her pink-and-white dress and high-heeled green mules.


Estee Lauder Modern MuseTao Okamoto playing with bold colors and prints in a pink-and-white dress and embellished mules at the “Modern Muse” launch party in New York on September 12, 2013

We couldn’t identify her shoes, but here are some alternatives for a fun and playful look:

jenni-kayne-suede-mule-heelsJenni Kayne Suede Mule Heels in Seafoam, $190.50

rebecca-minkoff-brick-dasa-cutout-mulesRebecca Minkoff “Dasa” Cutout Mules in Brick, $345

oscar-de-la-renta-yellow-mina-embellished-satin-mulesOscar de la Renta Yellow “Mina” Embellished Satin Mules, $328.50 (sold out)

oscar-de-la-renta-pink-strappy-muleOscar de la Renta Pink Strappy Mules, $675

There was a multitude of gorgeous women in fabulous shoes at the Estee Lauder “Modern Muse” fragrance launch party. Do you agree with our favorites of the night? Whose look did you like best?

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