Met Gala: Gwen Stefani in Margiela

Posted on May 08, 2013



Gwen Stefani attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Maison Martin Margiela gown accessorized with Fred Leighton.

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Ruby Aldridge (NEXT)

We get it; the theme was only a suggestion, yaddayaddayadda. But between her and Nicki Minaj dropping the ball on this one, we are reaching new heights of fashion despair, darlings. We can’t even talk about her dress.

She looks like one of the Poseidon survivors.

We’re upset.

[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • halleygee

    I hate this dress but Gwen always looks beautiful to me – it would be much worse on anyone else. But yeah, I think Gwen not going with the punk theme was probably the most shocking out of all of them!

  • Sobaika

    For me, she was the biggest disappointment by far. I have to blame it on designers themselves being thrown off by the theme, because Gwen has no excuse.

    • No excuse, whatsoever. Funny enough, I love the top with the pants (on the model). If she had gone with that look maybe she would’ve gotten a pass from me.


  • VioletFem

    Maybe she forgot how to be punk. Gwen has not done punk-chix in years. Her personal style for the last 10 years or so has veered more towards glamour with a bit of edge.

    • gabbilevy

      If she had stuck to her wheelhouse, then, she still would have been more on the theme than nearly everyone else there. (Christina Ricci seems to be the one big exception to the collective FAIL at this year’s event)

  • Everything is fine from the neck up. Why is she standing in a white satin body bag, though?

    • StellaZafella

      Everybody got the same memo…apparently some read the theme as “drunk” not “punk”.
      This and Minaj along with a number of other celebrants wouldn’t make it as bad drag…
      Is everyone a bit depressed and this is their way of passively acting out?

      • It does seem like a not too subtle “fuck you” at Anna Wintour.

        • StellaZafella

          Some of these people don’t seem to have even tried hard enough to be saying “fuck you”…At least in some cases – The one’s I admire for saying “screw punk I’m doin’ my thing my way” are those who dressed against the theme and wore their usual uptown glitz…Anna may be steamed but ya gotta give it to them, there’s something ‘punkish’ and rebellious in that alone.

          • I hadn’t seen it from that angle. You could very well be right.

          • Qitkat

            I want to see a post of Anna Wintour, because if she didn’t even try to carry out the theme of her own party, what right would she have to be steamed? Also I’m still trying to figure out if it’s a joke that TLo implied Anna has control over what KK wore. I’m naive that way.

          • formerlyAnon

            I understand that she wouldn’t even be attempting punk. But if the outfit I saw in her photo can be traced on some punk-referential pathway, it’s way beyond my fashion education to do so.

  • Those ska days are long behind her.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    She’s trying to tooch out a bit of shape from that skirt and it’s not working… So disappointed in this one!! She’s got a hundred ready-made looks from her past that would have nailed the theme of the night.

  • Imasewsure

    I think she could have done something with that top but wow what a fail…. don’t get the hair either… should have gone fauxhawk…

  • carnush

    So sad. Her head is so perfect. She does punk chic better taking her kids to school every day.

  • I dig her hair and makeup (which are standard for her, I know, but the hair has a spiked japanese flair) but I will not speak of that pareo of a garment.

    • MoHub

      A pareo would be more flattering. I thought it was a bolster cover.

      • Sarah

        Ha! Bolster cover! That’s perfect. I was thinking hiddy polyester bedspread, but yeah, her lower half looks like the back of a couch that’s been poorly stuffed.

      • You’re so right! (Also, I always forget the name for those cylindrical pillows, so thanks for the reminder.)
        I can see it so perfectly now.

        • MoHub

          When I was a kid, we didn’t use two pillows on our full-size/double beds. We had bolsters as wide as the bed, with giant pillowcases, and it took two people to put them on.

          • WOW! Those must have looked fab, though I find them a little hard to conceptualize. I kind of want that for my full/queen bed now. I can totally see how you’d see it in this dress with a huge precedent like that.

            My family used little ones as decorative pillows on my twin bed when I was a kid, and my grandmother has one she uses just for back support (it’s traditional purpose?).

    • Deb_Lynn

      You spelled pariah wrong 😛

      • Haaa! Nice punning.

        (If you were legitimately correcting me – a pareo is like a sarong. I wasn’t trying to write pariah.)

  • Another one of the night’s biggest disappointments. This theme was custom made for her.

  • SewingSiren

    It would be pretty awesome if she started belting There’s Got To Be A Morning After.

  • NC_Meg

    I didn’t think Gwen could look anything other than completely fabulous but I have been proven wrong. What was going on that night?!

  • mjude

    good god gwen, you could have worn one of your stage costumes & it would have made sense. i am sad.

  • kirkyo

    I like the idea behind the top and it looks pretty good with the matching pants on the model. However, the white skirt is just sad. I’m getting a bit depressed looking at it.

  • Deb_Lynn

    I can make this dress! Oh wait I already did. When I was 7.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    Wouldn’t it have been fantastic if she showed up in one of her Tragic Kingdom era stage outfits?! It makes me sad because it’ll never happen 🙁

  • MzzPants

    Her presence is punk-chic.

  • teensmom99

    At least she did red lips and not pale lips like so many others. The pale lips were on of the worst crimes of the night to my mind.

  • decormaven

    That skirt is a winding sheet. Cue “Eternal Father Strong to Save” as the board is tipped to the sea.

  • Joyce VG

    me too.

  • RebeccaKW

    She was my biggest disappointment. And even if she wanted to avoid the theme, fine. But wear something flattering. I might have been fine with the that top and something else on the bottom, but that is basically a sheet wrapped around her waist.

  • Judy_S

    The skirt or whatever it is (sarong? pants with a giant front panel that had to be tucked in at the waist) is awful but she looks so beautiful I don’t care.

  • EEKstl

    I was too. I was SHOCKED that she didn’t nail this one.

  • ojosazules

    Fucking depressing.

  • Had she worn the top with a pair of leather skinny pants or some plaid pants like the black the model is wearing it would have been a million times closer. Why didn’t she wear something from her own line?

  • It’s a little rich to call what basically amounts to 2 pieces of fabric tied around your torso a gown, isn’t it?

  • MilaXX

    I wish she had worn the version on the model. That skirt is a boring, wrinkled mess. Where are her knuckle rings she rocks in concert?

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. Gwen has the body and the body consciousness to make the pants on the model look good, I think. The skirt version is bulky and shapeless past saving.

  • Why she dragged a couple pillow cases and a wrapped some fabric into a bow is incomprehensible to me. She was the one anticipated to ace this.

  • crash1212

    I could be on board with most of this – but that skirt is hideous and unflattering. If she’d done the pants, this might’ve been OK.

  • frannyprof

    LOVE the runway version, though.

    • Yeah, those trousers are fab. I’m not really a fan of the bow-tied bandeau, though, either way.

  • flamingoNW

    This is ridiculously bad

  • kayleymaybe

    This was such a huge missed opportunity. I mean, half the stuff from her own line is more “punk” than this! This doesn’t even look like it fits!

  • formerlyAnon

    When Ms. Stefani is outdone, and handily, by Ms. Cyrus, the apocalypse is quite possibly near.

  • Jaysus. There were far too many high profile humonga-bows at this thing (I’m looking at you Kylie).

  • Boooooo!!! So Maison Martin Margiela decided to deconstruct Julia Roberts’ date dress from Mystic Pizza?

  • In Gwen’s world, she makes everything punk just by putting it on her punk a$$. Wretched and ignored are those who dare to say otherwise. Doesn’t mean I like the look, though – it’s not nearly good enough for Gwen Stefani.

  • This could have been a more well executed look, but I appreciate it on principle. She was the only one there in Margiela, and she went for separates. This look should have been better with different hair, makeup, accessories and a better fit.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Ahhh, I wish she would’ve kept it a pants suit.

  • quiltrx

    This is REALLY disappointing…I would’ve thought she would have taken this theme and knocked it out of the park. Shit, she had stuff ALREADY IN HER CLOSET that would have looked so much better than this!
    The hair is pretty good, though, with a better outfit.

  • bellafigura1

    I think the runway version is BITCHIN’ COOL.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Wow, I really love this dress and the whole look! I’m not sure what I’m missing. I guess it isn’t plaid, and it doesn’t have safety pins, but it still looks rock and roll chic to me and she looks great (although I cringed a bit at that make-up close up; no one looks good that close.)

  • This is totally classic Gwen– she always did baggy on the bottom, small on the top. This is like the fancy version of her old ska uniform. I don’t love it, but I get it.

  • imakeart

    The hair is great, though.

  • I do not like this dress one bit on her, but had it been all black, like in the model’s photo, it may have worked better for Gwen. That skirt looks rancid.

  • Belvane

    The more I look at these Met Gala outfits, the more convinced I am that the theme was just stupid. Enchantment Under the Sea WOULD have been better.

  • pattycap11

    i like it.

  • MandyM

    She know punk better than anyone! This is disappointing! She should have ripped Miley’s dress right off and worn that instead. (and ripped would make it better!)

  • Would have been better if she wore the straight-up runway version. She could have rocked those pants.

  • tereliz

    Runway version would have been perfect. This is a satin potato sack. So disappointed, Miss Stefani.

  • I love everything but the skirt.

    I think most of the participants used the theme as an excuse to wear whatever they wanted to wear that wouldn’t be appropriate otherwise.

  • I can’t even see the dress b/c I am distracted by how utterly shellacked her face seems to be. If she smiled, her maquillage would splinter like a spider’s exoskeleton.

  • jetpackdino

    This was not the Stefani I was looking for. Move along.

  • I think it’s punk. Not in a historically accurate kind of way, but as more of a globally-homogenized-21st-century takeaway. It reads as more of a coquettish approach to “punk” and counterculture as it would be found amongst girls in Tokyo, who would use it more as a gesture of irony.

    idk. I think it’s consistent with her brand, above all else, and there’s merit in that.

  • I’m always shocked by the amount of makeup that gets slathered on celebs when they visit the carpet. They must sit ten feet away from everyone at all times to avoid looking cakey.

  • bitterk

    Biggest disappointment of the night.

  • kathrineb

    I was sort of hoping to see Tragic Kingdom Gwen in a red vinyl dress and doc martens. She looks like she hasn’t aged a day since then but I guess her style has changed! Flawless face though!

  • ballerinawithagun

    Any of her jackets from L.A.M.B. would have been incredible for this event! That satin bag skirt is so ugly some slashing would have been a huge improvement.