2011 Met Costume Institute Gala, Part I

New York Magazine’s The Cut blog calls the Met Gala “the Oscars of the East Coast.”

The theme was McQueen tonight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala – the Institute’s exhibit of the late British designer’s work opens on May 4th, just in time for Kate Middleton to wow us all with her wedding gown by Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen. Let’s dive in and see who looked mind-blowing, who looked mind-blowingly dull and who just looked out of their damn mind.

ALICIA KEYS in Givenchy

Alicia Keys in Givenchy

I have a feeling this dress would be beautiful without the jacket and belt, which make it way too casual for the couture-fest that is the Met Gala. But it’s not every day that women elect to wear chocolate brown on the red carpet, so kudos to Ms. Keys.

AMY ADAMS in L’Wren Scott

Amy Adams in L’Wren Scott

I think this dress is stunning and she’s never worn a more flattering dress. I love the color, and though the print is a bit grandma’s-couch for me, she’s absolutely nailing it. If I could just rip that braid off her head, she’d be perfect!

AMY POEHLER in J. Mendel

Amy Poehler in J. Mendel

From the neck down, this is one of the best red carpet looks I’ve ever seen from Amy Poehler. But the hair and makeup are offensively bad. She looks clownish.


Anna Wintour in custom Chanel Haute Couture

She’s the editor-in-chief of Vogue, so Anna Wintour gets to do whatever the fuck she wants. But I can’t help but think that if I had access to all the greatest designers in the world, I’d wear something a hell of a lot more beautiful than this.

ASHLEY GREENE in custom Donna Karan

Ashley Greene in Donna Karan

I read rave reviews for this look, but I’m not drooling. Of course she looks beautiful and flawless, but Ciara’s wearing almost the same thing, and the Met Gala is the time to take risks, not play it safe.

ASHLEY OLSEN in Christian Dior

Ashley Olsen in a Christian Dior Couture gown and Christian Louboutin pumps

Ashley Olsen in a Christian Dior Couture gown and Christian Louboutin pumps

Haters will hate, but this is fucking FIERCE and exactly what the Met Gala is all about: drama. Any event hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is deserving of more than just your ordinary sparkly Hollywood ball gowns. The Met Gala deserves giant sleeves, and this bitch brought it. Love the hair, makeup, and shoes, too.

BEYONCE in Emilio Pucci

Beyonce in Emilio Pucci

This photo alone explains why I hate Beyonce. Mermaid silhouette, fabrics that look like apholstery, three sizes too small, completely unflattering, and just kinda fugly. And she didn’t even bother to do her hair!


Blake Lively in a Chanel Haute Couture gown and Christian Louboutin shoes

You can judge her for wearing half a toga and half Britney Spears’s nude glittersuit in the “Toxic” video, but she looks like a fucking VEELA. She’s other-worldly beautiful here.


Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors

Too simple, and a bit of an eyesore, at that. Also, Brooklyn Decker is a babe, but that haircut is just so mom. I don’t know what her stylist was thinking.

CHANEL IMAN in Dolce & Gabbana

Chanel Iman in Dolce & Gabbana

I’m glad she didn’t go for the super-micro-mini dresses from this collection that every celebrity has been rocking lately. (See: Diane Kruger, Kate Bosworth) It’s a length that only works on a supermodel, but she’s glowing, and managing to make a below-the-knee white lace dress not look bridal.

CHLOE SEVIGNY in Alexander McQueen

Chloe Sevigny in Alexander McQueen

This bitch is on CRACK. Every time I think her hair can’t get stupider, it does.


Christina Hendricks in Carolina Herrera

There is no excuse for being as beautiful as Joan but running around dressed and styled like this. How has she not realized that her stylists are all either completely fucking insane, or too busy rolling in their money to tell her she looks like shit?


Christina Ricci in Zac Posen

Wednesday Adams goes to the Met Gala. Yeah, it’s a bit creepy, spiderwoman-esque, skeletal, but I’m all about this level of drama, and you can’t deny that Ricci is wearing the hell out of this.

CIARA in Prabal Gurung

Ciara in Prabal Gurung

See: Ashley Greene

CLAIRE DANES in Calvin Klein

Claire Danes

See: Every dress Claire Danes has ever worn.


Crystal Renn in Zac Posen

Bringing it the way only a supermodel can. Crystal Renn has walked in the runway shows for Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier – she’s a goddess.


Dakota Fanning in Valentino

Perfect. Enjoy the little floral dresses while you’re still young enough, Dakota.

DEMI MOORE in Prabal Gurung

Demi Moore in a Prabal Gurung gown and a Phillip Treacy fascinator

If the royal wedding means that we have to endure celebrities wearing fascinators on the red carpet, I may lose my mind. Demi, we’re not British. No matter how much we wish we were, we cannot rock a fascinator. And yes, that dress is absurdy feathery, but this is the first time she hasn’t looked boring in like, five years. So she gets props for that.


Diane Kruger in Jason Wu

STUH. NING. If the slit weren’t quite so vagina-adjacent, I’d wear this in a heartbeat.

DIANNA AGRON in Michael Kors

Dianna Agron in Michael Kors

Boring. And the slick side part with blonde hair and black roots is a look that works on no one.

ELIZABETH BANKS in Tommy Hilfiger

Elizabeth Banks in Tommy Hilfiger

Way too Emmys for the Met Gala, but it’s a pretty big improvement for Banks, who is rarely a success on the red carpet. The hair is stunning, but the makeup is a bit heavy, and the gold accessories were a mistake.

ELLE FANNING in Valentino

Elle Fanning in Valentino

Dakota’s little sister, at only thirteen years old, is gaining some press for her fabulous fashion choices. Clearly, this is not one of them. But she’s a tween in Valentino, so who the fuck am I to judge? (But seriously, those shoes are ugly. And that blouse . . . it didn’t work on Goody Proctor, and it doesn’t work on you, Elle.

EMMA ROBERTS in Michael Kors

Emma Roberts in Michael Kors

Beautiful, if a little too simple. But I blame Michael Kors – he makes some great American sportswear and simple, beautiful gowns, but I think his aesthetic is not dramatic enough for the Met Gala.

EMMA STONE in Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin

One of my favorites from the night. If you’re not going to go risky with the silhouette or color, do a fabulous floral print! The hair and pink lipstick are perfect accessories. I wish she had a necklace or bracelet, but otherwise, Emma Stone gets this Diva’s full approval.

EVA MENDES in Stella McCartney

Eva Mendes in Stella McCartney

Nice color, but this dress has nothing of interest going on besides a tacky belt and a giant sleeve.


Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

Gorgeous, but too simple for the Met Gala – especially for Evan Rachel Wood, who is known for bringing the crazy sometimes.

Part II is coming! Check back soon!

© Democracy Diva, 2011.

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