Best & worst dressed: Met Gala 2013

22:09, May 07 2013
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: Rooney Mara successfully marries a dark punk aesthetic (zips, burgundy lips) with a fresh modern look (white lace, architectural details) in this 2010 Givenchy Couture gown. She worked the red carpet with Givenchy designer Ricardo Tisci himself.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: Heidi Klum wore an uncharacteristically full gown by Marchesa, and while her hair kind of looks like she's decided to have a not-washing-her-tresses shower and then forgotten to do it afterwards, she still looks gorgeous.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: The rumoured love interest of Johnny Depp, Amber Heard would look good in an edgy potato sack, but she looks extra resplendent in red Pucci.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: While the hair isn't my favourite, this is a punk couture themed ball and the quiff is obviously Katie Holmes' piece of punk. The Calvin Klein gown, however, is lovely - although the train does look a lot like shredded toilet paper.
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THE GOOD: On paper this is a shocker, purple lace over pink, high-necked with Heidi plaits and sequin shoulder pads: but, for some reason I actually like Minka Kelly's Carolina Herrera Fall 2013 look. Maybe it's because the Met Gala is the time to go a bit crazy.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: Nina Dobrev's Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit-meets-ballgown is event appropriate and I think she totally pulls it off thanks to perfect hair and makeup.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: While I respect that she stuck to the theme, Miley Cyrus' Marc Jacobs look is a mushy-meshy mess. At least a punk couture-themed gala meant she finally had a reason to fully show off her Billy Idol hair.
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THE SIMILAR: Emma Watson and Miranda Kerr rocked similar cut-out looks on the red carpet (I'm inclined to say Emma wins on the dress front and Miranda on the hair and makeup). Emma's wearing Prabal Gurung (her hair is really not working for me) while Miranda wears a sexy Michael Kors dress (the dress is great, but I wonder if the cut's a bit severe on Miranda's tiny frame).
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE BIGGEST CHANGE: See ya later sweet brunette pixie cut- pastel pink-wearing Anne Hathaway of the Oscars, hello to the edgy blonde Hath wearing 1992 Valentino. Debbie Harry was her inspiration, and while, yet again I'm left perplexed by how her bra situation worked, I prefer this to Oscars Annie. A lot!
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE MEH: I wasn't expecting Gwyneth Paltrow to go full punk, but it feels like she's laughing in the face of the Met Ball's punk theme in this Valentino gown. It kind of makes me nostalgic for that knickerless abomination.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: Beyonce was the evening's honorary chairwoman, but I'm feeling this is more early Destiny's Child (you know, when Bey's mom dressed the whole troupe) than it is punk couture (the night's theme). It's Givenchy. Those boots are going to give me night terrors...
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: I'm actually loving this Michael Kors dress on Jennifer Lopez, mostly because of her amazing punk hair. If anyone can pull if off JLo can. Meanwhile, Casper continues to look like the wax model version of himself - I wonder what shade of foundation he wears?
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE NOT THAT BAD CONSIDERING THE PERSON: Kim K wedged her seven month baby bump into a floral Ricardo Tisci gown. And while I'm freaked out by the fact her hand seems to be covered in floral and it is a little tight, I'm just glad there's no leather peplum. Kanye looks stoked to be there. And by stoked to be there I mean he looks like he'd rather be sat on his white leather sofa in his undies reading back over his own tweets.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks edgy and yet still gorgeous in this Gucci black and green-gold gown. Who knew boob cups modelled on intergalactic seaweed could look so great?
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: Now this is what Gwyneth Paltrow - keep clicking and you'll find her - should have worn. Cameron Diaz's Stella McCartney gown is perfect for a punk couture-themed event, and the blue perfectly offsets her eye colour. It is a touch tight around the hips though, and I think her hair's a bit harsh on her. Thoughts?
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE ICONIC BUT STILL QUITE BAD: I feel like I can't critique Madonna because she kind of invented this look, but I just wish the 54-year-old had worn some pants. The entire look was crafted for her by Givenchy Haute Couture.
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THE BAD: Katy Perry chose Dolce & Gabbana and seems to be confused by the theme - this is more Spamelot than Punk Couture. Plus, her hair is too static-tastic for me.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: Proving she can wear pretty much anything she wants, Gisele Bundchen rocks this teensy Anthony Vacarello gown. I'm pretty sure I would have hated it on almost every other human being in the world.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: Is it just me or does January Jones' makeup make the Mad Men star look a lot like Matt Smith from Doctor Who? Maybe crossed with Siouxsie Sioux. The dress is Chanel 2009 and is meh, but that makeup. Wow. Oh wow. Has she rubbed Vaseline all over her face or something?
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE MEH: Taylor Swift's red carpet appearances have a tendency to all blend into one, and this J Mendel look does too, even though it's about an ounce edgier than her usual style. We also have a serious case of hair not matching the dress going on here.
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THE WEIRD: Mary Kate (left) and Ashley (right) Olsen channel 80-year-old rich eccentrics (you know the kind who never leave their dusty mansion, smoke from those ciggie holder things and speak in Southern drawls). Mary Kate's wearing a Chanel gown with a Balmain jacket and Ashley's wearing a Christian Dior gown - all vintage dahling (I feel like that jacket will almost certainly smell of mothballs).
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THE EVENT APPROPRIATE: Now, keeping in mind this is a punk-themed costume ball, I think Sarah Jessica Parker's crazy look kind of works. Sure, she looks totally off the reservation, but she's the queen of that, so can pull it off. Her dress is Giles, her headpiece Phillip Treacy (how peeved would you be if you had to sit behind her the whole night) and her velvet boots (prob my least favourite element) are Christian Louboutin.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: While the colour suits her, it looks like someone has inflated the crotch area of Kristen Stewart's Stella McCartney onesie, and that's not a look you ever want to go for.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: While it's not even a bit punk, Jennifer Lawrence's jewel-encrusted Dior gown is old-Hollywood glam, and I think this might be the best she's ever looked (I think it's a waste she didn't go punk though, as she could have rocked it). She was joined by fellow Dior ambassador Marion Cotillard (so basically they get paid lots to wear the designs - tough job).
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: This is the best 43-year-old Uma Thurman has looked on the red carpet in a long time. The colour of the green Zac Posen creation works perfectly on her and the cut flatters her gorgeous curves. She does look like she's ready for the Oscars rather than the Met Gala though.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE PRETTY: Blake Lively's another one I wish would have played more to the theme, but still, there's no denying this Gucci silk georgette gown looks great. I still think she could have looked edgier though...
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: I love these two women, but I just can't get on board here. Elizabeth Banks' Atelier Versace gown is like something Liberace would've worn, but just in latter-years Elvis' size. While I'm surprised that Alicia Keys' sequin and leather gown was custom made for her by Jason Wu as the cut out just seems to be in the wrong place, and I don't think the shape suits her gorgeous figue.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: Gwen Stefani makes a totally not punk Maison Martin Margeila satin ensemble look edgy because, well, she is; while Kate Bosworth rocks embellished Balmain (this was styled as a top and was a lot baggier on the runway, but I actually think Kate wears it better).
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THE GOOD: Anja Rubik's outfit at last year's Met Gala sits firmly in the infamous fashion cannon (seriously, Google it), but I love this Anthony Vaccarello dress given the event was an ode to punk. It featured similar metal detailing to Gisele's look by the designer.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE BAD: 15-year-old Elle Fanning is adorable, but it looks like she got her makeup done on a speedboat, by David Bowie. I'm also not a huge fan of this Rodarte dress in that it's not really a design rather than a piece of printed material slightly sewn together.
Best & worst dressed: Met Gala
THE GOOD: Jessica Alba's leather Tory Burch gown and eyebrow-less makeup is a modern take on punk, as is Kirsten Dunst's Louis Vuitton (I'm loving the level of ruffle).

The annual Costume Institute Gala (or the Met Gala to its friends) is the most daring and dangerous red carpet of the year - and there are always plenty of fashion fails. 

The red carpet extravaganza marks the opening of the annual fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and this year's theme is PUNK: Chaos to Couture - meaning the red carpet is edgier than ever. 

We bring you the A-list looks as they come in - get ready for some glorious gowns and creepy creations.

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