Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Fashion Hits and Misses at the 2012 Met Ball

I feel like the last two weeks have been a fashion bonanza with the Correspondents Dinner and now the 2012 Met Ball.  The Met Ball is its own beast because people take serious fashion risks that sometimes are successful and other times, they are huge disasters.  Let's start out with the pretty first:

1.  Amy Adams:  I cannot believe this lady is two-for-two with beautiful gowns.  She's still with the same stylist, but they are dressing her like the goddess she deserves to look like.   Dress by Giambasttista Valli. Jewels by Fred Leighton.  

2.  Cameron Diaz:  I have always loved the collaboration between Cameron and Rachel Zoe.  They work very successfully together and tonight was no different.  Dress by Stella McCartney.

3.  Dianna Agron:  Oh, we've seen our Glee star looking a little undressed in photos like these, but she's turning into quite the red carpet fashionista.  She looks young, fresh, but in command.  Dress by Carolina Herrara.

4. Diane Kruger:  I think the hair is a little messy for such a formal affair, but I couldn't resist this royal purple dress with the feathered train.  It is flowy and comfortable for such a stuffy night.  Dress and Clutch by Prada. 

5. Emma Stone:  Hollywood's It Girl looks great in this color and she wore it to the Oscars too.  She definitely took a risk with a shorter dress at the Met Ball and it pays off.  Dress by Lanvin.

6.  Gwyneth Paltrow: Her body looks flawless in The Avengers, it looked flawless at the Oscars, and it looks flawless here.  Enough said.  Dress by Prada.

7.  Nina Dobrev:  There is just nothing wrong with this photo:  beautiful dress, sublime train pooling behind her, and a complete red carpet look.  Dress by Donna Karan. (Kind of an unexpected look from Donna, no?  Love it.)

Now for the fun part, the really, really ugly that crossed that red carpet tonight at the Met Ball and, kids, there was a lot of ugly this year.  I didn't pick any of the models that attended.  Instead, I looked for celebs because seriously.....they know better to wear such ugliness on camera.  Let's take a look:

1.  Chloe Sevigny:  What was she thinking?  It doesn't even look like she tried. I think she just rolled out of bed and stumbled into the Met Ball.  Dress and clutch by Miu Miu.

 2.  Christina Ricci: This girl is so tiny in real life and she is so overwhelmed by the ugliness wrapping her body. Why? Why? Why?  Dress by Thakoon.

3. Florence Welch:  She wore a color similar to this to the 2010 Academy Awards.  This time around she has a ton of fabric and accoutrement on the dress to distract the eye from her Heidi braid on top of her head.  I know she's a musician and she wants to be edgy, but this wasn't it.  Dress by Alexander McQueen.

4.  Eva Mendes:  She is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and she comes dressed in this?  Was Rachel Zoe too busy dressing Cameron Diaz and Karolina Kurkova to pay attention to her other client?  What is up with that skirt of fabric covering her hips?  Dress and Clutch by Prada.  Jewelry by Fred Leighton.

5.  Elizabeth Banks: She's not known for fashion, so I think she should have stuck with a more safe gown.  What mirror did she look in and think "I look good"?  Shame on the stylist who put her in this.  Dress by Mary Katrantzou.  

 6.  Kristen Stewart:  She's always so miserable.  Why is she even there?  Dress by Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere.

7.  Sarah Jessica Parker:  What happened to our fashion icon from SATC?  She looks like my childhood bedroom drapes.  Dress by Valentino and Shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

8.  Julianne Hough:  She is going to be a huge star once Rock of Ages comes out, but this is not what a star wears to the Met Ball.  This is what a girl wears to her prom.  Dress by Carolina Herrara.

9.  January Jones:  Our girl is back from maternity leave and she is still dressing herself.  A worst-dressed list isn't complete without January.  Dress by Versace.  Jewelry by Cartier.

10.  Mary-Kate Olsen:  Ummmm, if you are wearing a dress from your fashion line, don't you want to look your best?  I guess not. She looks straight out of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows flick opening this weekend.  Dress by The Row. Jewels by Fred Leighton.

Do you agree with my fashion picks?  I would love to hear from you, so join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus.

Make sure to see my 2012 Stylist List so you are in the know about Hollywood stylists and who they dress.

All Photos by Getty Images.


  1. EntertainmentExactleeMay 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    I disagree with your last three pretty dresses. I think the purple housecoat with odd trailing train is awful, Gwen just needs to stop showing up to stuff and Emma...just no. It isn't appropriate to be dressed like that for the Met ball. She looks like a 1980's prom goer.

  2. The Fug Girls agree with you on Gwyneth Paltrow.  She's the one I have heard the most disagreement on:  http://gofugyourself.com/met-ball-fug-carpet-gywneth-paltrow-05-2012

  3. The last three on the best dressed list - Stone, Kruger, and Powell - I would switch for Hough, Ricci, and Jones.

  4. Wait, wait.....what are you looking at with Ricci and Jones?  (I will give the Hough one a pass).  Those dresses are dreadful.  

  5. Oh, I've seen this one mentioned on a few different sites.


  6. It's like a cape. As for the yellow one well she looks like a slutty Pinkachu. :)

  7. Yeah, that was probably the worst of all, but I mentioned above that I was only choosing celebs versus models since the models can take the risk without any consequences.  The celebs should know better.

  8. These were two of my favorities. I really like the orange (it is the hot color for this year) except for the belt. I don't get the belt.

  9. EAHH!  I can see where that would get attention but it looks sloppy. If you are going to go to all that trouble to get attention pick a dress that doesn't make your boob look saggy.

    Also, that guy she is with, must have a lot of money.

  10. I thought Katherine McPhee looked lovely.  The only thing I didn't like on the dress was the square neckline because it gave her square boobs.  The color was gorgeous and the belt didn't even bother me.  

    Amber Heard looked really pretty, but I felt like we have seen this dress a million times before.  

  11. omg... you make me laugh, Kristyn.

  12. i was obsessed watching this last night.  

  13. Eva Mendes was my least favorite, for sure! (I had the best time blogging about the gala!) I think Julianne's look could have been better if she'd had her hair in a sleek updo or some sort. The fluffy Barbie hair + the dress just don't work. 

  14. Yes, that is exactly it!  If Julianne had done some thing more sophisticated with her hair it would look less prom, more elegant for the Met Ball.  Thanks for stopping by!


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