Best & worst: 42 Met Gala looks

05:09, May 06 2014
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE THEME APPROPRIATE: Met Gala veteran (she's been half a dozen times) and fashion darling Sarah Jessica Parker wore an appropriately 'poofy' Oscar De La Renta gown that really comes into its own from behind thanks to the beautiful black and white detailed skirt. Her hair gives us a headache and the dress is not super flattering from the front ... but WHO CARES, it's Carrie, it's the Met Gala and she's actually stuck to the theme and we love her for it.
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THE NOT THEME APPROPRIATE: Rachel McAdams starred in The Notebook, ergo her face will forever elicit an oddly sentimental feeling in us, and said fah-chay looks beautiful here (and we also love her hair that colour) and while her custom blush Ralph Lauren gown is minimalist elegance at its best it would be better suited to any carpet other than the Met's.
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THE GREAT: While her hair and makeup's a bit harsh (we'd have loved softer curls and a pink lippie that picked up the colour of the rose on her dress) Emmy Rossum's Carolina Herrera dress is pure delight - Emmy always channels old-school poofy glam on the red carpet, and does it well, so this theme was basically made for her.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: Michael Kors may have managed to design the least flattering skirt shape in the world. We can just see him sitting there in his white pants and sunnies (indoors) ... 'Mmm-kay ... we're dressing Zoooooeeeee Saldaaaaaaana for the Met Gala. Make me a mood board based on the word 'bulbous'. I want it to look like she's hiding something!"
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THE GOOD: While we're not completely sold on that sheer neck ruffle action, there's no doubt Chrissy Teigen is working this Ralph Lauren embellished column gown like a pro. Love the steely grey colour on her and that chunky pearl cocktail ring is stunning, but we wish she'd taken the plunge and gone for a darker lip to match her manicure.
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THE GOOD (JUST): We prefer this purple hair to the Frosty-The-Snowman ice white dandruff-tastic look Nicole Richie sported at last year's Met Gala and this Donna Karan Atelier dress is mighty stunning but, while we don't like to comment on people's body types, the cut of this gown does make it look like Nic could be blown over in a delicate gust of wind - perhaps she should have taken the trend by its horns and worn something a bit more voluminous.
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THE BEST CONTENDER: Karolina Kurkova understands what the Met Gala is all about, and went full-on glam in this ornate, magnificent Marchesa gown (it must be really heavy though!).
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THE GREAT: Dang, if we had a girl crush on Allison Williams before, it's just grown ten fold after seeing her in this striking Oscar de la Renta gown. Perfectly fitting for the occasion, the dress boasts an impressive gathered train and a delightfully feminine cinched-in waist. Full marks for hair and make-up - she nailed it.
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THE WRONG YEAR: Did Rosie Huntington Whiteley get last year's invitation? 2013's theme was 'Punk' and this leopard print gladiator Balmain number suits that far better than it does 1940s couture (if she'd worn this in the 1940s she may have been institutionalised).
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THE MISGUIDED: Katie Holmes is definitely on the right track with the theme but this mustard Marchesa fits about as well as a costume at one of those 'Ye Olde Photo Booths' that charge you to dress up fugly.
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THE WORST CONTENDER: Kate Upton's really channelling mourning barmaid in a ye olde Mid Western saloon in this Dolce & Gabbana ruffle monster. We wish she'd chosen a dress more suited to her beautiful coral jewels. Do you think she's just taking the mick?
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE COSTUMEY: At any other red carpet this would be a big ol' NO, but remember people, Lupita Nyong'o is at the Costume Institute Gala and this Great Gatsby on psychedelics is just that, a couture costume by Prada. Do we love it? We're not sure. Do we love her for not playing it safe? Yessir. Do we love the fact that it's clearly channelling Josephine Baker? Muchly.
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THE LITERAL: They're one of the most powerful couples in fashion, and while David and Victoria Beckham (in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham respectively) certainly didn't disappoint, they just look a little, well, safe. Granted, they both looked perfectly coiffed and undoubtedly stylish, but we just wish these two had used the occasion as a chance to step out of their comfort-zones.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: We almost always ADORE what Solange wears on the red carpet. But this Phillip Lim is a no. A) This hair is not working on her - we miss her afro. B) All dresses that make it look like a person has one of those gut 'beings' (as they look alive and like they move of their own volition) that really, really, very overweight people have should be discouraged.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: The shocking thing about this is that it's not shocking at all - after last year's Givenchy couch-gate, Kim Kardashian has done a u-turn and looks elegant in this Lanvin silk gown. The split's mighty high, yes, and the middle bustle isn't super flattering, but she looks chic. We're also loving Kanye's triangular tux.
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THE GREAT: Once again Diane Kruger proves just how style savvy she is by pulling off a look that is both on trend and perfectly suited to the event. Tonight's delectable number is by Hugo Boss and features Bauhaus-inspired grid embroidery and pleated chiffon draping. Basically it's part textured slip dress, part grecian goddess and all around beautiful.
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THE FIERCE: While Beyonce seems to be channelling last year's punk theme more than this year's couture gown one (check out those spikes!) we don't actually care as this Givenchy outfit is so dang cool. The Met Gala is all about dressing outlandishly and Beyonce has delivered while still looking stunning. We love her hair and veil ... and those lips!
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THE VERY HER: Not many people could pull off shoulders-to-your-ears, ice-white, super tight, midriff AND back flashing Stella McCartney but Rihanna can and that's part of her magic.
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THE PRINCESS MOMENT: While Taylor Swift's pastel pink Oscar de la Renta gown is ideal for such a grand occasion, it reminds us of the flouncy, crystal-studded meringue concoctions we inflicted our Barbies with way back when - and that is never, ever a good thing. Hack about two metres of fabric as well as that horrible gigantic bow off the back and it'd be ten times better.
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THE BAD: There are just so many things wrong with this Altuzarra dress on Lea Michele, we hardly know where to begin. The deep neckline is beyond awkward on Lea's petite frame, the sheeny, cheap-looking fabric is giving us the heeby-jeebies and don't even get us started on that bizarre tummy pouch. It's as though the dress was made for someone with Heidi Klum's statuesque proportions and that horrible lumpy midsection is actually just excess skirt rucked up to minimise the risk of tripping.
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THE GORGEOUS: Blake Lively looks amazing in caped, sequinned Gucci. There's really nothing else to say. Win.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE GREAT: Reese Witherspoon looks like an Old-World Hollywood bombshell in this Stella McCartney gown - we're glad to see some hot block colour on the carpet (and were delighted to discover she's hiding leopard print heels under that ensemble. Sassy!).
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THE BAD: In a sea of dramatic, floor length gowns Elizabeth Olsen certainly stood out - but for none of the right reasons. Her custom-designed pale blue Miu Miu mini, complete with crystal-encrusted decolletage and sleeves as well as an unforgiveable nude mesh neckline looked straight out of the Blades of Glory wardrobe - all she's missing is a pair of ice skates. Her accessory choices are equally unfathomable - a turqouise clutch and clashing satin platforms? Maybe she would've been better off with the ice skates after all.
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THE MIXED: When we first saw Naomi Watts we were like ... ooh, Givenchy Couture, how avian, how chic! But then we more we look at the front of this dress the more we think 'really high tech sanitary pad'.
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THE GOOD: We're a bit meh on this black and white Dior gown (it's pretty, but we'll forget it after we've browsed through another few celebs) but then Charlize looks great because she's, well, Charlize. We do wish she'd gone with the theme and pulled out full pouf and colour though. PS: Our heads are still slow-slip imploding over the fact that Theron and Penn are lovahs!
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THE LAID BACK: Following her fabulous run of premiere appearances lately, Emma Stone once again gets top marks in this fresh and fun Thakoon crop top and skirt combo. We love how she's kept both her accessories and her grooming relatively simple - all focus is on the vibrant clashing pinks that somehow work perfectly together. We're predicting big things for this undone side braid 'do this season - love it.
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THE INDIVIDUAL: Leave it to Cara Delevingne to completely turn the dress code on its head and opt for a sleek, masculine-inspired crop top and pants - she is fashion's undisputed wild child after all. While the promise of a barely-there top paired with tight white pants and heels sounds more streetwalker than stylish, the younger Delevingne sister works the Stella McCartney look as only a top model could. The get-up doesn't seem entirely appropriate to us, but hey - if you've got it, flaunt it.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE GREAT: Olivia Munn looks absolutely stunning in this bright yellow Diane Von Furstenberg dress - proving that a beautiful gown can make an eyeful of cleavage look nothing but class.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: We dig Rita Ora's '40s-chic hair and makeup given the theme ... but the rest? Erm. The Donna Karan dress itself is quite pretty, but we draw the line at the tie up gladiator-style Casadei boots ... and then the line explodes with the ribbon just tied around her arm for no reason. It's cool to do strange things with fashion at the Met Gala, but this just looks like something we'd do when we hit our 3pm daily crazy and happen to have ribbon in front of us.
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THE GOOD: Never one to shy away from a red carpet 'moment', Anne Hathaway opted for an updated take on a classic silhouette in this midriff-baring Calvin Klein red number. The structural column shape is perfect on her rangy physique and we love how she kept the whole look minimal by adding only an octagonal black clutch and drop earrings.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: If LOTR had been set in the late '60s I'd have popped the chief elf person in this Valentino gown ... I'd also dial up this outfit if Kathy Bates was guest-starring on That 70s Show and playing someone's eccentric hippie aunty. Maggie Gyllenhaal can pull off quirky looks, but not this. PS: Jake seems to be missing a neck.
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THE GOOD: Ah-ha, the master of old Hollywood glamour strikes again. Amy Adams may not have quite mastered the art of posing on the red carpet, but her dress choice is right on the money yet again. This silver Oscar de la Renta sweet-heart creation is stunning on her - it hugs in all the right places, accentuates her curves and shines without looking even slightly garish. In fact, ethereal is the world that springs to mind. Agree?
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE GREAT: It brings us indescribable joy when someone's eye makeup works perfectly with their dress, and that's what we've got going on here with Jess Alba in DVF (pictured). And would you look at that cheekbone highlighting?! It looks like you could cut diamonds on those suckers.
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THE GREAT: Watch out Kim K, your younger sister is well and truly snapping at your stylish heels! 18-year-old Met Gala first-timer Kendall Jenner looked stunning in this pale pink, figure-hugging Topshop gown - so much so that we fear Kim will never let her leave the house again. Everything from her slightly bouffant mane to those amazing defined brows is utterly gorgeous - top marks.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE DIFFERENT: With sequins, feathers, tulle, a corset-effect and layers galore, at least Kristen Stewart looks very 'Met Gala' in Chanel Couture. If we were making a jazzy, musical version of Noah she'd be the extra we'd have in the back of the stage representing 'birds' ... all birds, because you can't fit that many people on stage. Oh, and girlfriend needs to touch up her roots!
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THE BEST CONTENDER: Liu Wen in Zac Posen = swoon. The colour of this elegant, very theme-keeping dress is so stunning, and we love the colour lippie the Chinese supermodel has chosen. Charles James himself would have been proud of the voluminous silhouette the godets create on the skirt. We can't find an iota to fault. Love.
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THE GREAT: Yet again, a young starlet shows elegance beyond her years. Selena Gomez is absolutely flawless in this Diane Von Furstenberg number. While the dress is undeniably flattering - the deep v and pleated accents would do wonders on almost any figure - it's her chic up 'do, dark lips and plum smoky eye that give the look extra oomph.
Best & Worst Dressed: Met Gala
THE DIFFERENT FOR HER: We're used to seeing Sarah Silverman in denim cut-offs and knee high socks and so this maroon Zac Posen is quite a shock to the ol' system ... aaaand, she's rocking it. PS: She's going out with Michael Sheen?! That man gets all the ladies!
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THE GREAT: Rosy-hued frocks seemed to be something of a theme for the night, and Kate Bosworth is one of our favourites in this slinky Stella McCartney number. The petite blonde stacked on the gold accessories, slicked down a side part and pulled off the lovely apricot shade with aplomb.
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THE BEST WHITE TIE: While some have commented that these two look like stock characters from a cartoon - we actually love both Johnny and Amber's looks for the night. Mr Depp, whose red carpet aesthetic normally looks more homeless than gentlemanly, appears to have put some real effort into this outfit. He's wearing a Ralph Lauren tuxedo complete with tails and cane - playful, yet dashing. Amber looks nothing short of beautiful in this gold foil Giambattista Valli gown - we love the teased up 'do and statement lip.
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THE GREAT: Holy moly, does this woman ever look bad? Gisele rocked her fifth Met Gala red carpet in a form-fitting Anthony Vacarello dress - she was all dangerous curves, stunning hair and big smile. Sigh, some people really do have it all.
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THE VA VA VOOM: Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen equals Babey Von Babeston. We love the mermaid cut on her. Divine.

There's no doubt about it - this is the best red carpet of the year. The $NZ17,000 a ticket annual Met Ball in New York is fashion's most extravagant night, and it sees all sorts of celebrities - from pop stars to models to movie stars - playing dress up based on a theme.

This year's 'dress code' is 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' - James was a British-born fashion designer who worked from the 1930s through to 1958 (but his career peaked in 1947). He's widely known as 'America's First Couturier', and his gowns were structured, extravagant, full-skirted, beautifully draped and often jewel coloured.

Aka, we can expect some seriously full-on dresses on today's red carpet. Catch the stars as they arrive in our live best & worst dressed gallery... 

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