Welcome back to the Met Gala! And now, for the stars who should have known better.
gown by Michael Kors, purse by Lee Savage
If I were in my forties and had her stomach, I’d want to show it off as much as possible too. But this color reads as a little bit cheap, and I don’t think any of us can pretend we haven’t seen this dress a million times before. I consider Elizabeth Banks one of the best-dressed women in Hollywood, usually because she’s not afraid to take a risk. But this was disappointing, coming from a woman whose wardrobe is so prolific and fabulous. I’m not sure Michael Kors could have designed her something up to her usual standards of excellence, but I think he could have done better than this.
gown by Givenchy
A perfect, if extremely predictable, Oscars gown. But nothing about this says “Met Gala” to me. And it’s also pretty much the only thing Jessica ever wears.
TARAJI P. HENSON
gown by Balenciaga
A pretty dress; spectacular earrings. This probably would have made the best-dressed list for any other event, but again… IT’S THE MET GALA. Over-the-top is under-the-top and under-the-top is garbage.
gown by Valentino
She was born to wear this color, and I love the gauzy feel to this dress, but it’s got nothing to do with the theme, and the styling is a problem. You just know those two dudes behind her are talking shit about her conjunctivitis eye makeup, right?
gown and purse by Tory Burch
Pretty and thematically appropriate, but instantly forgettable.
gown by Louis Vuitton
I like the idea behind this gown much better than the execution. I love a strong shoulder, but these look just a little bit asymmetrical. If that was intentional, the difference between the shoulders should be more stark, and if it wasn’t, then dammit, what is going on with this woman’s shoulders? And while I love a grand textile on the red carpet, this print definitely has that “grandma’s couch” feel to it. Also, get a pedicure. It’s the Met Gala.
top and skirt by Chanel
Am I a bitch for thinking that everything less than spectacularly formal is bullshit, but something like this is so fussy that it’s also bullshit? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.
gown by Christian Dior
I appreciate her desire to represent the everywoman, but while we ordinary ladies (and gents) love our messy buns, that doesn’t make them Met Gala appropriate. Also, a bedazzled bib. SHE’S WEARING A BEDAZZLED BIB. Like the world’s fanciest toddler.
gown by Erdem
Too casual and careless. I know Alexa can’t just wear a normal outfit like normal people, because that comes with the job description when you become a Hipster It Girl, but I can’t believe everyone okay-ed those shoes with that dress.
gown by Altuzarra, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti
This fits her TERRIBLY. A shame, because those feathers are some of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen on the red carpet, but I can’t get past this atrocious silhouette.
gown by Givenchy
I don’t even know what I’m looking at. Is she wearing an art deco lampshade?
gown by Prabal Gurung
Kristen Wiig is a miracle of a human being, but this dress is only okay. I’m not sure this canary yellow is really her color – between that and her hair (which is DEFINITELY not her color), she just looks strangely wan. (Editor’s Note: I totally typed “wang” at first. #oops)
ROSE BYRNE and BOBBY CANAVALE
Rose’s gown and Bobby’s suit by Calvin Klein
Yes, that’s right – Rose Byrne attended the biggest fashion event of the year wearing head-to-toe nipples. I don’t even know how to respond to something this ridiculous. Also, I love me some Bobby Canavale, but did he forget to shower in the six months prior to this event?
suit by Thakoon, purse by Rauwolf
Sienna thought the theme was Pamplona, not China.