Met Gala: Allison Williams in Altuzarra

Posted on May 07, 2013

Allison, we’re going to do this as gently as possible. We even warmed up our equipment beforehand.

First: Kudos to you, darling, for breaking out of your Charlotte York-esque NYC Princess mode, which was pretty, but kind of expected and boring after awhile. No really, darling. We love that you took a major risk here. We encourage you to take more in the future.

Now the hard part.


Allison Williams attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in Altuzarra.

Sweetie, this dress is ugly.

There. Like ripping off a Band-aid.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • formerlyAnon

    How . . . um . . . odd.

  • MarissaLG

    It takes some serious talent to be a tall, beautiful woman in a fancy gown and look frumpy.

  • Sara

    I honestly can’t even tell what this dress is, I’m so confused by it. It’s vaguely skeleton-esque.

  • KayEmWhy

    Gasp! Moth Grannie panties!

  • Jecca2244

    I wonder if it ever looks really good in the sketches then they get to the studio and it looks awful. and what do you do? you are young and new and someone wanted to make a dress for you.

  • Emily Dagger

    I think it’s very sad that this girl has been half eaten by some sort of velveteen octopus, and no one on that red carpet has done anything to help her.

  • Golfkat

    The hair is TOTALLY and utterly wrong for this look. Absolutely nothing ‘Punk’ about it.

    • Sobaika

      Yup, it’s the biggest mistake here – which is saying something.

      • Golfkat

        I think the main problem is that she so clearly goes for ‘pretty’ (here and otherwise) and once you can tell that’s what’s happening you’re not going to be successful – in any context, and least of all here. There’s nothing punk about being a tryhard.

  • SewingSiren

    The dress is ugly and awkward. The make-up also a half assed attempt at keeping with the theme. I do like the effect of standing in a pool of ink that the spread out train gives. I suppose she had to hitch up the front to walk .

    • amaranth16

      Literally half-assed.

  • Blatantly fugly.

    Question: Was there a make up booth set up specifically for women to sit and have their eyes done in a terrible and not really all that punk way? If I see one more corner lid covered in black eye shadow, I am going to scream. How was this night’s theme translated so poorly and by so many?
    ETA – If an attendee wanted to disregard the theme, so be it, but that doesn’t mean it is time to deploy a completely unflattering face.

  • hughman

    Ah yes, that infamous movie about punk : “Sad and Janky”.

  • oooo, this is b-a-a-a-d. And with cocker spaniel hair.

  • aeb1986

    dont really like the dress, hair, or makeup. but shes so pretty…..i dont get how this happens

  • NOPE.
    That’s all.

  • imspinningaround

    I don’t think Allison Williams can be blamed for this frock; that shitty
    construction and bizarre assemblage of laces and sheers is all on the
    Altuzarra people.

    I’m surprised Anna let her in, given her “no side-butt” edict.

    • Sarah

      She wore it didn’t she? She is a big girl. I’m sure she knows the words “Hell to the No.”

  • jmorino08

    How ridiculously unflattering! Are we all supposed to be boycotting mirrors or something now?

  • The hair and the makeup just don’t go with the dress.

  • Kimbolina

    That dress is seriously fug.

    I want to see more of that guy in the plaid jacket in the background. He looks like he has a better idea of the theme.

    • Fyolette

      I do think that the guy in the plaid jacket is Jean Paul Gautier, and yeah, he has a better idea about the theme alright

  • Zareen

    AH I was expecting/semi anticipating a finer punch line! Like a slap-in-the face, “Honey, stop.” And then some. But I love you stillTom and Lorenzo. x

  • flamingoNW

    Well… I like the skirt. It’s interesting. The top is a mess. The hair is wrong. But points for attempting something a little edgy at a punk themed event that most didn’t even try to address.

  • Introspective

    this seems like an uglier version of beyonce’s lace & sheer purple monstrosity from last year’s met gala.

    and I just didnt think there was a way for that to be rendered any uglier. but alison, congrats?

  • mjude


  • MamaKath

    Goth =/= punk. Who dressed & styled these people?

  • l_c_ann

    The black ink stain arrangement of the hem needs a photoshop into the blog that destroyed Denise Crosby in Star Trek.

  • AndresB

    It’s stunning.
    Stunning that this might actually be THE ugliest evening gown I’ve ever seen.
    Perhaps the rather young designer might allow himself another decade or two of esthetical growth before trying couture again?

  • Melizmatic

    Oh. Dear.


  • MK03

    She’s melting! MELTING!! Oh, what a world!! Who would have thought a good little blogger like you could destroy her beautiful wickedness!?

  • Jon

    I’d say it doesn’t fit well, but I can’t tell which parts are loose, and which are tight. I can barely tell which parts are dress.

  • ojosazules

    Make sure the bird is medically stable before trying to remove the oil. Washing a stressed bird possibly suffering from dehydration and hypothermia can be fatal.

    Give the bird oral fluids and nutrition first. Check with a vet or local animal rescue operation about what she should eat. Clean oil and dirt from her eyes, nasal and oral cavities with a damp, soft cloth and apply eye saline solution.

    Wash the bird once she’s stable in a tub with clean water and one percent of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Continue with several tub washes using clean solutions each time until you carefully remove all oil from the bird.

  • Oh, HONEY.

  • 3boysful

    I realize we’re not too far into the calendar, but I hereby nominate this abominable frock for your top ten worst of 2013. Definitely a contenduh.

  • JosephLamour

    Wow, that made me super sad. LOL

  • halleygee

    That part on her chest looks like a lace sternum. Very strange and unflattering dress!

  • MilaXX

    bless her, she tried

  • Sarah

    She looks like she got attacked by a rogue Rorschach enthusiast with a penchant for patchwork. Nay, missy.

  • MilaXX

    Gurl, wait til you see Ginnifer Godwin

    • SewingSiren

      I actually thought Ginnifer Godwin’s make-up (although somewhat unflattering) was pretty authentic . One of The Fannings also had really authentic eye make up , as in it was almost exactly like Soo Catwoman, but she dropped the ball with her dress cause she wore tie-dye which is about as far from punk inspired as you can get.

      • MilaXX

        That was Elle and I thought it looked like a 13 year old’s version of ZIggy Stardust.

      • Ok, so I google images searched Punk Style Make Up and while I will concede that there is a bit of the dark inner corners action, and the rare all black lid a la Ms. Godwin, I saw more of what I had in my mind; much more colorful, outside the lines, and as you mentioned, more of the Elle Fanning attempt.
        (I love how much I learn here)

    • I saw her last night. I gasped and in not remotely in the good way.

    • Sara

      January Jones takes the cake for WTF eye makeup. She didn’t even look human.

      • MilaXX

        I agree, her eye looked all crossed and cray. You see Elle Fanning?

        • Sarah

          I did. I liked it. It reminded me of what I used to do – and I was a kid too.

  • decormaven

    Holy Toledo, it looks like an ink blot spreading across the red carpet, with a huge blot at the crotchal area.

  • Morticia Addams called. Allison, you can keep that one, Granny was having an off day.

  • This dress is meant for editorials, not crowded carpet events

  • I seriously gasped, and exclaimed ‘ooh, nope!’ when I scrolled down. Bless her for trying, but this dress is an eldritch abomination that probably needs to be burned.

    • formerlyAnon

      Word nerd snaps for “eldritch abomination”!

  • lalahartma


  • This dress looks like is was made by a blind person.

    Is this dress homemade? or made by a friend? The patches and cut-outs are all in the wrong place. This dress is a nightmare on a girl who is beautiful. Seriously.

  • Someone raided Julianne Moore’s Frankendress Closet! HID-EEEEEEE-USSSS!

  • crash1212

    Seriously ugly. GAH! She can rock a major cat-eye though. Shoulda done something else with the hair.

  • She looks like she was attacked by a Tasmanian devil.

  • judybrowni

    Elvira rejected that dress, “Too tacky!”

    Plus, it does no favors to her shape, and how the fuck can she walk in that thing

  • NOLA_gal

    It’s like the pelts of a dozen lingerie models…

  • LuisaNL

    damn, that IS ugly.

  • Judy_S

    I am dumbstruck by the ugliness of the dress.

  • Mb

    To describe this as “ugly” is being generous.

  • twocee

    When are women going to learn that sheer panels are not their friend?

  • MoHub

    I totally can’t figure out how this schmatta is put together. Nor do I want to.

  • hillmad

    Man…this is so bad! Holy Mary, Mother of God! And that amateurish makeup job! Looks like a super cool high school girl…about 35 years ago!

  • jennifervney

    That is some serious fug. And Goth is not Punk!!!

  • Stubenville

    Truly a hot mess.

  • The dress is creme brulee’s vision of what she should wear to look like jello for a day. No. Crème brûlée can never be Jell-O. YOU could never be Jell-O. Love the makeup, though.

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    Yikes! It looks like the torso somehow shrank and slipped down. Why would you go out in this craziness?

  • Imasewsure

    The dress is hideous and I don’t like the skinned panther rug she is standing on either… oh wait, that’s also part of the dress?? Oh

  • A totally see through gown at that.

  • lbl

    It reminds me of the Marchesa Kristen Stewart wore last year. I don’t know which one I hate more.

    Also, her hair should be pulled back in some way.

  • Dam_Angel

    Good God!

  • RebeccaKW

    She apparently thought she was actually starring in a 70’s vampire movie, playing the Queen Vampire Seductress. All that’s missing are the fangs.

  • Hot. Mess.

  • Yes, ugly. And weird as hell, and not in a good way like SJP’s getup was.

  • Synnamin

    Wow. That looks like something some of my more adventurous friends would make with a serger and a box of scraps

  • Monabel

    A stunning dress. Stunningly ugly.

  • jw_ny

    It’s obscenely ugly! This could be the ugliest gown I’ve ever seen!

    What could Altuzarra been thinking even crating that monstrosity and letting it out of the show room!? Also. a very misguided stylist, who has absolutely no idea of what ‘punk inspired’ means, thought this was a good choice. And, Allison approved it of too?! A whole lot of fail on this one.

  • cteeny21

    It seems like a lot of them confused punk with goth. I think of punk as more colorful, but rebelous.

  • Miss_Led

    Sweet baby jesus that is a disaster!

  • kat89

    Is she trying for punk or goth? It amazed me how many celebrities had no idea what punk is all about. Not one of them who all claimed to have gone through a punk phase could even name a favorite punk song or performer. And someone has decreed that pink is a punk color? What’s that about?

  • alyce1213

    She’s kidding, right?

  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! “Sweetie, this dress is ugly.” {GASP} HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    But, hey, her makeup looks great.

  • Little_Olive

    Yes to everything. And yes to @MilaXX:disqus, Ginnifer Goodwin looks like she has lead lids (whoa, alliteration).

  • Beverly Kozma

    Apparently, punk ain’t pretty.

  • Yo. This… thing is clearly designed by someone with no anatomical awareness. On which human being would THAT look good?

  • pookiesmom

    OH MY GOD, this dress is terrible! I gasped with horror! Burn it, Allison! Send it to the depths of hell, where it cannot revive and murder you in your sleep!

  • Tatiana Luján

    her face looks amazing.


  • MzzPants

    Well, she’ll end up at the top of -Some- kind of list…

  • Joseph Altuzarra designed this specifically for her… I wonder how it feels to get a good sketch ahead of time, and then the dress shows up and it’s hideous, but you still have to wear it because it’s custom. I feel like that was the situation here.

    • formerlyAnon

      Very plausible. I hope she didn’t pay retail.

  • atelier482 .

    That is one of the ugliest sheer gown I’ve ever seen.

  • I agree with the dress being hideous however I really love her over the top makeup.

  • Mlzx

    Her face. Looks amazing.

    Complete sentences are hard when someone in the world has that face with that makeup on it.

  • nannypoo

    If you don’t understand punk or can’t pull it off it’s better to go as the best version of yourself. This is hideous.

  • This is the worst dress I have ever seen.

    • librarygrrl64

      I can’t argue with that.

  • ballerinawithagun


  • demidaemon

    Not only ugly, but clearly a Frankendress. It’s alive, everyone. It’s alive! And it should not be.

  • lilly goren

    One of the ugliest dresses I have ever seen. And she is so beautiful.

  • lrober03

    A bad copy of Taylor Swift’s look

  • elzatelzabelz


  • GTrain

    that’s some ugly dress.

  • quiltrx

    I actually love the IDEA of the skirt portion. But everything north of the thigh just is SO wrong. Seriously, cover the upper 2/3 of her body and I think it’s kind of awesome in an HBC/ Lydia in Beetlejuice sort of way. But the top is eye-scorchingly bad.

  • filmcricket

    I was wondering about the eye make-up, too. It all seems very Robert Smith/Siouxsie Sioux to me, which is not punk, but goth (in those incarnations, anyway).

    • Strictly between me and you, I’ve been way more concerned with all of this normalcy allows. My expectations were just too high I suppose. After all, it’s been months of nude or garish lips, visible zippers and awful shoes, why should they all suddenly get it right?

  • Sadie-Ann

    She looks like tectonic plates. She is the dress version of an earthquake.

  • alebaby

    what on earth was she thinking???

  • ankali

    I… dear God, it’s like someone used Rorschach blots as censor bars.

  • kimiakay

    I just…. but….what….whoa. I can’t even figure it out. She is a stunning girl. This is a crime on her.

  • akprincess72

    Wow, that’s some SERIOUS ugly!!!

  • drdarke

    Wow – that dress is like an optical illusion of some kind.

  • bellafigura1

    Also, um, eye make-up? She should never venture into Carmen Electra territory, it looks drag on her.

  • jetpackdino

    Yep. And it looks like she inked all over the floor.

  • EEKstl

    Get thee some honest gays!