The Costume Institute Gala (aka The Met Ball) took place last night and the red carpet looks were fairly hit and miss. The theme of this year’s event was Charles James: Beyond Fashion, but a couple of celebrities appeared to be stuck on last year’s punk dress code.
And out of those that did opt for dramatic ball gowns, many failed to hit the mark. We now live in a world where Sarah Jessica Parker gets it wrong at the Met Gala and Kim Kardashian blends tastefully into the background. How did this happen?
Anyway, here’s a rundown of my favourite red carpet looks. Let me know if you agree with my choices and share your own Best Dressed lists in the comments section.
Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana: Let’s kick things off with the superstar stylist and footwear designer, who wore a dramatic Dolce & Gabbana gown. This is what the Met Ball is all about! There are no more words needed for this look – it’s truly spectacular!
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino: I know some of you will probably hate this Valentino design, and it’s sure to end up on the Daily Mail’s hate list, but I think it might actually be my favourite look of the night. It’s bold, it’s unexpected and the cape is seriously chic. Only an actress of Maggie’s style calibre could pull something like this off, and for me it totally worked. Plus, she took Jake along as her date, so we really can’t knock her! He wore a Givenchy suit.
It’s a real shame Jake didn’t opt for a clean shaven look. Anna Wintour should definitely make this a rule for next year’s event…
Hailee Steinfeld In Prabal Gurung: Wow. Just wow! Hailee Steinfeld and her stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris totally get it. This monochrome gown looked fabulous on the 17-year-old star. It was easily one of the strongest looks of the night.
Beyoncé in Givenchy: It looks like Beyoncé got a bit stuck in last year’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture theme, but it doesn’t bother me because she looked phenomenal in her Givenchy design. I have a feeling this will be many people’s favourite look of the night.
Blake Lively in Gucci Première: Look who’s back in business! Blake Lively has been keeping a low profile ever since Gossip Girl wrapped for good, but she never ever misses the Met Ball. I think this gown has made my Best Dressed list because of the woman wearing it, rather than the design itself, which says a lot about how much I missed Blake. But, seriously, she does sexy Hollywood glam like a pro! Also, she posed on the red carpet with Ryan Reynolds for the first time since they got married.
Emma Stone in Thakoon: This look was maybe a little bit too low-key for the Met Ball, but I couldn’t resist putting it on my list. Firstly because Emma and Andrew Garfield are so cute, but I also think this pink colour combination is totally dreamy and I love the relaxed side braid. What do you think? A Best Dressed for sure or better suited to a movie premiere? When it comes to Emma Stone I’m completely biased, so need your input.
Olivia Munn In Diane von Furstenberg: I’m starting to question whether Olivia Munn really deserves a place on this list, because I didn’t notice the weird Princess Fiona skirt when I first went through the Met Gala images. Oliva is STUNNING with full capital letters, so it was easy to get distracted. I think maybe she can slip through – just about – as once you get past the skirt this is a fabulous look. Agree or disagree?
So, that’s a wrap people! Let me know if you agreed with any of choices on my Best Dressed list and, as always, leave a comment with your personal favourites.