The Met Gala: the Good, the Bad and the…Risky?Posted: May 8, 2012
The annual Met Gala celebrates the opening night of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ fashion exhibit in New York City. The 2012 collection is entitled, “Impossible Conversations: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada”. While this is a night to view great art, most of the viewing is done outside of the museum, on the red carpet. Dubbed “The Oscars of Fashion” the Met Gala is known as a fashionista’s playground where Hollywood and fashion elite experiment with new styles and go all out for this very special night. Check out my top 5 best dressed, worst dressed and risk takers!
#5. Rooney Mara in Givenchy
Rooney is wearing her signature black but with beautiful lace detailing and a sheer skirt. While I would love to see this budding fashion icon in some colour, you can’t mess with a good thing. She perfectly captures her mysterious and sexy side while remaining fashion forward and put together.
#4. Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera
This Glee starlet rocked one of the brightest frocks of the night. I love that she’s not afraid to wear some serious colour! The drama of her colour choice was toned down by the delicate fabric and sexy deep neckline.
#3. Ashley Greene in Donna Karan Atelier
Proving to be one of the most fashionable vamps ever, Ashley wowed in a sweeping white dress. The intricate design suited her figure while the sexy draping helped her to look more bombshell than bridal.
#2. Jessica Alba in Michael Kors
Jess stunned in a simple gold number by Michael Kors. The grecian-inspired silhouette and colouring highlighted Jessica’s beautiful olive skin and showed off her unbelievable mother-of-2 figure!
#1. Amber Heard in Zac Posen
And my favourite of the night: Amber Heard in a blush purple Zac Posen creation. The dramatic dress played up Amber’s drool-worthy hourglass figure with a plunging sweetheart neckline and mermaid skirt. The back of the dress was an art piece of its own! To top it off, Amber wore gold Louboutins and had her hair up in a classic old Hollywood style.
#5. Sarah Jessica Parker in Valentino
Carrie Bradshaw would not approve! Unfortunately, SJP decided on floral and matronly for her Met Gala gown. The floor-length, long-sleeve, high neckline dress overwhelmed her tiny figure while the old-fashioned print aged her considerably. As a style icon and designer herself, SJP we expected better!
#4. Chloe Sevigny in Miu Miu
While I can appreciate a fun short dress, Chloe took the term “casual” way too far. She basically showed up in a black bra and panties with a dress made of mirrors thrown on top. To top off her barely-there (and not in a good way) ensemble, Chloe also decided to go with bedhead for the occasion.
#3. Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture
First off, props to the new mama for daring to do her first red carpet post-baby in a sheer dress! That being said, this dress in particular was a mess. The embellishments were overdone and added unnecessary weight, the off-nude body suit was distracting, and the black to purple feathers were horrifying. We know you have a rocking post-baby bod Bey, but this wasn’t the dress to show it.
#2. Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte
K.Dunst underwhelmed in an aging, orange, suit and skirt ensemble. The outfit was unflattering and with her too-coiffed locks, Kirsten looked like a 1920’s school teacher.
#1. Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen
Known for her dramatic fashion choices, it wasn’t a complete shock to see Florence in an outfit so outrageous. But I couldn’t find a single redeeming quality about this choice. The colour washed her out, the sheer paneling was poorly placed along her chest and the embellishments looked like tacky Christmas decorations. She looked like she was modeling lamp shades!
#5. Lana del Rey in Altuzarra
Pros: her silver sequin dress is actually very flattering. Cons: you can’t see the dress because of her cape! Only one woman can pull off a cape (Gwyneth Paltrow) and it’s not Lana! Besides wearing a jet black cape, Lana added to her vampire-esque image by opting for dark make-up and side swept locks.
#4. Coco Rocha in vintage Givenchy
Pros: she honoured the late Elizabeth Taylor by wearing her pant suit. And I’m actually a fan of the pink she added to her hair. Cons: despite the sentimental value of her outfit, I can’t help but be reminded of a Vegas show act.
#3. Diane Kruger in Prada
Pros: I can’t quite put my finger on it but I think the relaxed fit of the bodice and deep purple colour work for me. Cons: she picked her plume from the same bird as Beyonce! While I like the feathers better on Diane’s dress, those coupled with her minimal hair and make-up look a bit odd.
#2. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe
Pros: something about the sexy back cut-out and overall look of being dipped in luminescent gold is kind of beautiful. Cons: or she could look like she’s wearing a sequined wet suit. The head to toe gold is a bit much. We probably could have done without the hat…
#1. Marc Jacobs in Comme des Garcons
Pros: I do appreciate seeing a man dress up for the red carpet in something other than a basic black suit. And Marc Jacobs is a fashion icon, so it’s hard to say an ill-word against him. Cons: but I will say, I am not on board with the sheer man-dress! In my opinion: man + dress = mess! Besides the black lace shirt dress, Marc also wore bright white boxer shorts and leprechaun-like black shoes.
What do you think? Whose dress would you buy in a heartbeat and which ensemble would you never be caught dead in? Which risk paid off? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @RianaAutumn!