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]

    • 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.

    • annabelle archer

      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”.

      • Kevin VanOrd

        So much love for this comment. So much love.

    • gillian holroyd

      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

    • Gaby

      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?

    • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

      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

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    • Danielle Lisle

      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.

        • annabelle archer

          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)

      • annabelle archer

        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.

    • Shawn EH

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

    • Adrianna Grężak

      This dress is meant for editorials, not crowded carpet events

    • Ben Smith

      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


    • marshmallowjane

      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.

    • Raanky

      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.

    • Ramon Figueroa

      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.

    • Tracy Walker

      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

    • Alexandra Glorioso

      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.

    • facebook-724916801

      Hot. Mess.

    • Darva Sutra

      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?

    • marlie

      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.

    • A. Lure

      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.

    • Susan Collier


    • MzzPants

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

    • Angelo

      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.

    • Candice Booth

      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.

    • Samuel Joesph Donovan

      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).

      • annabelle archer

        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!