The 2014 Costume Institute Gala Best Dressed

Met Gala 2014 Rihanna Cara Delevingne

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 Dolce Gabbana Met Gala 2014

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 Valentino Met Gala 2014

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.

Jake Gyllenhaal Met Gala 2014

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 Prabal Gurung Met Gala 2014

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 Met Gala Givenchy 2014

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 Met Gala 2014 Gucci Première

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 Thakoon Met Gala 2014

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 Met Gala Diane von Furstenberg

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.

Images PR Photos (minus Beyoncé and Jake Gyllenhaal photos which came courtesy of Givenchy)
  • parkncube

    TOTALLY biased when it comes to Emma Stone as well, she could be wearing a bin sack and she’d be on my top 3. and dayum Blake looks hot.

  • Anja Skrba

    Oh God, so many of them failed this year… Even worse then the last one! But, YES, there are couple of those who scored 🙂 I think you just inspired me to tweet my opinion of best dressed!

    Thanks girl! 🙂


  • Estranged

    Karolina Kurkova, Blake Lively and Charlize Theron are in my top 3 (not necessarily in this order). I also liked Amy Adams’s and Bee Shaffer’s dresses, mostly for sticking to the theme and Florence Welch’s cape.

    • cocos_tea_party

      Florence did give good cape action!

  • WHERE is Hamish Bowles in this Coco! I agree with Tabitha and Beyoncé – both stunners. What the hell was Rihanna thinking? And what are we calling these wide u-shaped cleavages?

    • cocos_tea_party

      The U-boob?

  • I had a brief catch up when i hit the #metgala on instagram and Emma Stone instantly caught my eye, I thought she looked beautiful but you are right in saying that she played it a little low key…this was however before I saw Tabitha Simmons in D&G, literally got goosebumps, she looks incredible. Blake also looked incredible. I had to a comical double glance at maggie gyllenhall as I thought it was Ellen Degeneres, I definitely like the Valentino print on her and anything that ends up on the daily mail worst dressed will definitely be on most people’s best dressed. It’s a shame about Beyonce…trying to recall what she wore last year, perhaps she didn’t really get into the punk theme so much last year but was so impressed with what everyone that she felt inspired to try out the look a year later. loved your list xx

    • cocos_tea_party

      Beyonce’s look last year wasn’t great. She definitely made up for it this year. And so true about the Daily Mail! x

  • Sandra Saimon

    Are you kidding??? SJP was yet again best dressed at MET GALA, her look being eccentric and chic at the same time

    • cocos_tea_party

      I have to say I like it a lot more now that the dust has settled on the event. But I’m still not totally sold on it, which is strange because I’m a SERIOUS SJP fangirl.

  • Abby

    Ha, the Princess Fiona comment made me chuckle. Love Tabitha’s dress, it’s stunning nut totally impractical- I’d be flat on my face within minutes, and Maggie looks amazing, just because she dares to be different. But oh, Blake!! I’m with you there, I miss her and that alone makes me totally crush on that outfit. But girl crush aside, she looks like she was poured into that dress, absolutely beautiful.

    • cocos_tea_party

      Have you noticed Blake is getting papped way more at the moment? I’m really enjoying it. She’s total style porn for me!

      • Abby

        Yes, mine too, love her.

  • Reina

    I REALLY loved Hailee’s look and Blake always looks so freakin hot its unfair
    Also, I feel like I see Emma Stone in a lot of the same styles, and colors, a lot of clean cut dresses in warmer shades. Dunno, maybe its just me. I like this look, I just feel like I’ve seen it on her before so its not particularly exciting.

    I actually liked SJP’s dress. She makes it work.
    My favorite of the night was actually Dakota Johnson’s. RICH and ELEGANT and GLAMOROUS and COMMANDING and ohhhhhh. REALLY love the dress.

    Kristin Wiig had a pretty cool look going on too with the eye teaser “I’m look like a dress but I’m actually not!”

    What did you think about Lupita’s choice of the night? I just think the green was a terrible color choice… I can’t really get past that. I can’t even tell if I would have liked the outfit in different colors.

    Also, I HUGELY missed Jennifer Lawrence!!! wish she hadn’t made a last minute decision not to attend…

    • cocos_tea_party

      Yes, I missed Jennifer too, although I’m not crazy about her style choices at the moment so maybe it was for the best.

      I thought Lupita would be my best dressed for sure, but wasn’t terribly keen on her look. It would have been better suited for the Prada theme three years ago.

      And I didn’t even see Kristin Wiig so I’m going to have to google that now!