Met Gala: Elizabeth Banks in Atelier Versace

Posted on May 08, 2013

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Elizabeth Banks attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in an Atelier Versace dress paired with Brian Atwood sandals.

Atelier Versace Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Vika Falileeva (VIVA)

Brian Atwood Ankle Cuff Sandal

But it’s not quite coming together for us. We want to give her some credit for trying to bring some edge to an evening sadly and curiously lacking in it, but it winds up looking more “ANN-MARGRET AT THE CAESAR’S GRAND CASINO” than punk at the Met Gala. It can be saved, but she needs to rethink the styling.

And those shoes are just plain ugly.


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  • when I recall punk, i don’t remember fringes.

  • Sobaika

    I love it, but it’s very 80s, no?

    • It seems like a lot of people somehow interpreted “punk” as “80s.”

      • louised

        Or 70s, or 60s.

      • Amelia

        Yeah, a lot of people seem to have gone with punk=heavy eye makeup and 80’s madonna. Although if anyone had shown up actually looking like a modern day crustpunk, I’d have probably died of shock.

  • aeb1986

    I think without the fringe those shoes would be pretty kick ass. I love her makeup

  • Maybe if she had gone crazy punk with the hair and accessories? Ugh I love that jacket dress thing, though.

  • clatie

    Don’t those shoes looks like they would tickle your feet? That would drive me completely insane.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Remove the earrings and the fringe and it starts looking much better.

  • Corsetmaker

    It would be hard to ever make that look like anything edgier than glam rock. More Ferry than Strummer no matter what.

  • I’m thinking some wild fetishy boots would’ve taken this where it needed to go, plus far less controlled looking hair.

    • rh33

      Here’s where the Tom Ford boot/shoe/sandal/torturechamber would have been kickin’.

      • OMG right!

      • Ediths_Head

        Yes, exactly. Those boots? sandals? with that dress? coat? would have given her two items that should really never be worn and made them work. As it is, she looks like Esther Williams in a bathing beauty version of “9 to 5.”

      • demidaemon

        I cannot endorse those boots for anything except a bonfire. Sorry.

    • Christiane Truelove

      I have this urge to put fishnets and a pair of knee high classic black Doc Martens on her. Tease out the hair and slap on the Siouxsie Sioux warpaint.

      • All she hadda do was ask. She could’ve borrowed my Docs.

      • Kimbolina

        I’m surprised no one wore Docs to this.

        • Imasewsure

          I think they knew they would be kicked out of the Gala for wearing actual “punk” looks rather than “punk inspired” (but still couture and Gala-worthy)

          • Christiane Truelove

            Which is a real shame, because if she’d gotten a pair of knee-high custom Doc Martens in a couture leather or fabric, that’d definitely have fit the bill.

  • MoHub

    Black fishnet hose need to be deployed here—preferable with a few rips in them.

  • CheriCPat

    How many studded evening bags do you think were present at this Gala? I can’t imagine they all went home with the one they came with.

  • SewingSiren

    I’m getting a strong whiff of Liberace and and the sandals look like a car wash for poodles with rhinestone collars. Yeah. Maybe the whole thing is Liberace.

    • I can not wait until Behind the Candelabra airs on HBO.

  • Shoes must be burned.

  • Just seeing her makes me happy. I can’t wait for the Effie Trinket inspired pole dance to begin. Hopefully there will be no fringe. These shoes would have been pretty bad ass without it.

  • Yeah, the shoes are ugly, but I rather like this. It manages to bring something of her character from “Hunger Games” to the party (minus the hair, of course).

  • Were there several spiky clutches or just one that was passed around for photo opps?

  • It’s ok. I like that it’s a little edgier, and she seems to have at least made an effort to go with the theme, but the execution is lacking.

  • jw_ny

    Since there is nothing punk image about this look, it just looks completely out of place for the gala. Spot on about Ann Margret!

  • She needed some badass pants to make this punk.

  • I kind of dig it as more of a club kids nod than a punk nod. I don’t know why it’s making me think of that crowd instead, but there it is.

  • Valdri8

    No one has mentioned that the clutch and the shoes are a matching set!

  • shelley514

    I like the shoes.

  • Oh-oh: I like those shoes.

  • EdithP

    Those shoes have to tickle.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    I love it. I think it’s punk enough for the Met Gala.

  • Not bad. I like the studs percolating from the shoulders down the arms (and down her sides). The black edging of the placket is not integrated into the design. I kind of like the striations. I would have preferred this in a different color: maybe some kind of silver. Sort of how it *looks* on the model. The notch lapel could be reconfigured into something a bit edgier.

  • Those shoes are so ugly!!

  • hughman

    Those shoes make me uncomfortable. It’s like what jungle natives would wear in “King Kong at the Bellagio”.

    • decormaven

      Bow down! That encapsulates it in toto.

  • kipper

    I love it , top to bottom, but for being the first guest on the tonight show, NOT a Met Gala….

  • flamingoNW

    In some pictures I liked this and some I HATED it. Very odd outfit.

  • Coco Cornejo

    The accessories are to matchy, matchy.

    All she needs it big hair to go all Ann-Margret.

  • Jeremy

    Demure Nomi Malone.

  • MilaXX

    Disqus is acting weird again. Anyway this looks very disco/stolid gold dancer

  • But every girl I knew growing up wanted pony feet! (snort!)

  • Again I love the clutch, is it eye same as Minaj’s clutch?

  • MzzPants

    The Shoes, Dear God, the Shoes!

  • teensmom99

    With a red lip & without the fringes, she might have been in the night’s top 5 and also on theme.

  • Not applicable

    shoes are hiddy. like s&m for the feet

  • Robin Krug

    Amen on the ugly shoes.

  • crash1212

    Some kick-ass boots would’ve made this an excellent look for the venue. As it is, those shoes should be burned.

  • You say “Ann-Margret at Caesar’s Grand Casino” like it’s a bad thing….

  • This look seriously needed a pair of bitch boots.

  • DeTrop

    The model looks perfect – shoes perfect for outfit – hair and makeup perfect. Kinda edgy chic.

  • demidaemon

    I would have appreciated this more as a full length gown. As a mini, it lacks impact.

  • bluefish

    She’s so pretty and a good actress but for me absolutely no sex appeal. And it is indeed very Vegas. I love a cute coat dress but she’s so vanilla.

  • Those shoes kills me. Absolutely terrible. The dress looks like the color version shown on the model would have been less TACKY AS HELL looking. Just sayin…

  • SheriffTruman

    I feel really bad that her shoes got caught in the escalator 🙁

  • tereliz

    I think edgier makeup could have made this work. Her head just isn’t living up to the expectations of the dress.

  • sado

    horrid, Donatella really needs a new team

  • bitterk

    More disco than punk. Not necessarily a bad thing but it isn’t flattering at all. Wrong length or wrong legs.

  • kathrineb