2013 Met Costume Institute Gala, Part 2


The Met Gala coverage continues with more of your favorite celebrities, in varying degrees of punk couture. 

Best DressedMILEY CYRUS
gown by Marc Jacobs, jewelry by Eddie Borgo, shoes by Prada

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

My jaw dropped when Miley Cyrus stepped up to the camera for her interview during the red carpet livestream. This was my Fall 2013 red carpet prediction for Florence Welch, but Miley worked the SHIT out of it, and this was so the venue for it. Her rings are equally fantastic, and I’m so glad she went all the way with that ridiculous hair. Keeping the makeup relatively simple was kind of great – she still looked like Miley, but with the volume turned all the way up.

Runner-UpBEYONCE KNOWLES
gown, gloves, and boots by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

She should have lost the belt and opted for a studded necklace, but the print on this gown is to die for, and the matching boots are insane. Plus, in true diva fashion, Beyonce once again arrived late enough to the red carpet so that she could have practically the whole Met staircase to herself for the best possible pictures. Case in point:

Photo: Rex

I can’t even HANDLE that train, dear readers. It is a freaking work of art.

Honorable Mention: GWEN STEFANI
gown by Maison Martin Margiela, purse by Salvatore Ferragamo, jewelry by Fred Leighton

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

I loved this. It was 1990s Gwen Stefani with a couture sleekness. The crooked bandeau top is inexplicably awesome, the jewelry is lovely, and the hair and makeup worked perfectly.

GISELE BÜNDCHEN
dress by Anthony Vaccarello

Photo: Gilbert Flores/Broadimage

You literally have to be Gisele in order to pull this dress off – I know her legs are long, but we’ve got to be dangerously close to seeing her vagina, right? Regardless, this dress was perfectly on point, and the spiked shoes are a fucking hazard, which I love.

KATY PERRY
crown and dress by Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: PA/Landov

She didn’t necessarily commit to the theme, but in usual Katy fashion, she definitely committed to a head-to-toe look. That beaded dress is truly astonishing to look at, and I love the matching print on the heels of the shoes. The bedazzled cross earring looks heavy enough to make her fall over, but she’s working it. And you have to admire the woman who shows up to the biggest fashion event of the year in a motherfucking crown.

DAKOTA FANNING
gown by Rodarte, jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, purse by Roger Vivier, shoes by H&M

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

I wish she’d done something with her hair, but her eyeliner looked terrific and I liked this dramatic cut-out gown on her, particularly with that jewelry. But I was really sold when I saw it from the back:

Photo: Rex

Black and white angel wings on the red carpet? I love it. It might be more Hell’s Angels than punk, but it’s a fabulously dramatic and badass look, which is really what this event is all about.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY
gown by Gucci, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

She could have used a bracelet, but this feathered-and-fishnetted gown is pretty magnificent on Rosie. Had she gone all the way with the styling, I think this could have been one of my favorite looks.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE
gown and jewelry by Christian Dior, veil by Jennifer Behr, shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

I will first say that Jennifer Lawrence looks 100% flawless in every possible way EXCEPT the theme. This would have been the perfect look for one of the big Hunger Games premieres or really any major red carpet event. But it’s so romantic and classic and elegant, and that’s exactly the opposite of what she should have been aiming for at this event. Plus, she would have looked unbelievably cool in some crazy Vivienne Westwood concoction, or if she wanted to stay loyal to her brand, some late 90s/early 00s punk-influenced Dior look. So I just kind of feel like we got gypped out of a really badass Jennifer Lawrence moment. I know we got a really beautiful moment in return, but I’d have saved this dress for a film premiere and added white gloves to make her look like a Mockingjay.

LESLIE MANN
gown by J. Mendel, jewelry by Fred Leighton, purse by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

The splatterpainted print on this dress is all kinds of stunning. The proportions of the tiered skirts might not be quite right, but the print helps camouflage that. I think the necklace is kind of cheap-looking (even though it’s DEFINITELY not cheap), and the rest of the styling is only okay.

MARY-KATE OLSEN
coat by Balmain, gown by Chanel, jewelry by Sidney Garber, shoes by Louis Vuitton

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

So, apparently a lot of people define punk as wearing one earring and a cross accessory. I actually think it works on a lot of these people, but with those terrifying braids, Mary-Kate looks like a terrified hippie who accidentally fell into an old, rich lady’s closet. But once she takes that awful coat off, things improve considerably:

Photo: PA

If this gown were like, eight sizes smaller and actually fit her, I think it would be supremely chic and totally event-appropriate. But alas, the Olsens prefer their clothing flowy to the point of absurdity. Oh, and the shoes are a little underwhelming. One less necklace and a more interesting shoe would have balanced this look out a little more.

OLIVIA WILDE
gown by Calvin Klein, jewelry by Fred Leighton

Photo: Gilbert Flores/Broadimage

I can’t deny that she looks beautiful, but I’ll repeat my #1 rule of Met Gala theme dressing: don’t wear something that looks like you could wear it to any ordinary red carpet event. Olivia has broken this rule. She could have at least pumped things up with the styling, but that’s pretty ordinary too.

EMMY ROSSUM
gown by Donna Karan, jewelry by Irit, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

The curly mohawk was a lot of look, and probably more than Emmy Rossum could handle. But I think it might have worked if it weren’t for this gown, which looks a bit like a moth-eaten wedding dress, and not in an interesting way. I loved the eyeliner and the rings, and though you can’t see it here, her nails had ripped white fishnets and little studs and rhinestones embellished on them. It was a great little detail.

KYLIE MINOGUE
gown by Moschino

Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Kylie’s accessories all work nicely together, but I don’t think they work well with this gown. If anything, they call more attention to the fact that the gown is decidedly not-punk.

JESSICA PARÉ
dress, pants, purse, and shoes by Jason Wu, jewelry by Delfina Delettrez

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Props for all the ladies who wore pants/dress hybrids – and there were a few – but I just didn’t find this one aesthetically pleasing. The bodice looked overworked, the peplum looked like an afterthought, and the styling doesn’t work particularly well at all.

CHLOË SEVIGNY
gown by Proenza Schouler, jewelry by Repossi

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Shame on you, Ms. Sevigny. You of all people should have been on this red carpet pantless with only a British flag on one breast and fishnets everywhere else and a purple mohawk. You’re one of the only people crazy enough for those kinds of shenanigans, so even your torn-apart see-through gown is underwhelming in comparison.

ALICIA KEYS
gown by Jason Wu, jewelry by Robert Lee Morris, purse by Tonya Hawkes, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

I love the red streaks in her hair, but I don’t think this look is daring enough. And I think the proportions of this gown are kind of awkward and not particularly flattering.

UMA THURMAN
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: Rex

If you’re going to wear a gown that’s completely ugly, it better be something punk, and this is NOT. There are mermaid gowns, and then there are gowns that literally turn you into a sea creature. This is the latter.

JULIANNE HOUGH
dress by Topshop, jewelry by Jacob & Co., purse by Calvin Klein, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

This looks like a cheap Halloween costume.

AUBREY PLAZA
dress by Marios Schwab, shoes by Barbara Bui

Photo: Rex

The dress could have worked if the accessories were either more formal, more punk, or both. But as is, Aubrey looks like she’s at an entirely different event than everyone else. And her event doesn’t look nearly as fun.

ANNA WINTOUR
gown by Chanel

Photo: Francis Specker/Landov

Let us all come together to express our huge disappointment in Anna Wintour for completely wimping out on the theme. I didn’t expect her hair to look like Miley’s, but I expected her to do something. And instead, she wore the same exact thing she always wears, but in a cheerful floral print. And that’s just the lamest thing I can imagine, dear readers. I also fear that, since Kim and Kanye dined at Anna’s house the night before the event, Anna’s florals had something to do with this:

Worst DressedKIM KARDASHIAN and KANYE WEST
Kim’s gown and gloves and Kanye’s suit by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Kim’s jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

There are so many fucking flowers, they have literally taken over Kim’s entire body and swallowed her hands. I don’t even understand where the idea for this came from or how anyone along the way approved any part of this. Oh, and Kanye looks like a priest.

Need more Met Gala? Catch up on Part 1Part 3 and Part 4!


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5 responses to 2013 Met Costume Institute Gala, Part 2

  1. Major points to Miley because this was all-around awesome. I’m kind of “meh” on Beyonce’s dress, but she’s such a true diva that she rocked it. Also with you on your disappointment with Jennifer Lawrence. I get that she looks lovely and that’s why everyone oohed and ahhed, but she usually looks lovely and she’s another one who had so much potential to do something great with this theme.

    • democracydiva – Author

      I don’t really love the bodice and belt on Bey’s dress, but I just thought that incredible flame train thing made up for everything, it was so beautiful to look at. And Jennifer Lawrence looked like she stepped right out of her Dior ads, which would be a great thing if it were anywhere else but this event.

  2. Livi

    I didn’t get Miley’s new look until now. WOW. She was made for that dress!!

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