Met Gala: Gywneth Paltrow in Valentino

Posted on May 07, 2013

We kinda like this.


Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Valentino couture gown accessorized with Wilfredo Rosado jewelry.

Gwynnie’s very good at events like these, where everyone is bringing their fashion A game and vying for a spot on a Best Dressed list. Unlike when she’s poledancing for a project, she tends to scale it back a bit. This is just head-turning enough, but simple and uncomplicated. To be fair, we like the dress in theory. In reality, there’s some puckering and bumpiness on the front, and the skirt looks a little unwieldy; stiff, full and heavy. It’s definitely not a look that required heavy facepaint, but we’re curious if the kittens think her toned-down face and jewelry were the right way to go or a mistake? We go back and forth on that one. Maybe she figured, since she’s the official Most Beautiful Woman in the World she doesn’t need the extra help.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • mozzer0906

    This is a bad bridesmaids dress from 1994 that is ill fitted and I think she looks awful.

    • demidaemon

      I think it looks like one from the actual movie.

    • drdarke

      Yeah, @mozzer0906:disqus – I kind of Don’t like this dress.

      Like, at all….

  • thesixthbeatle

    Pepto Bismol. Me no likey.

  • Sobaika

    Toned down jewelry and makeup were the right choice for this dress…

    Not that that this is a good dress or appropriate for the event.

    • Little_Olive

      Really? I feel the hair, makeup and jewelry could provided that extra yard and taken this to full punk-chic territory. Not that it needed to be too much, just… more, or more in keeping with the theme. As is, it’s just a dress.

      • Sobaika

        I don’t see any way in which this look could be pushed into edgier territory, strong hair/makeup would likely look incongruous.

  • aeb1986

    I’m not really a fan of the dress, shes so barbie doll in it. But I do like the fresh looking face. This is the furtherest from punk of any outfit I’ve seen so far.

  • Ms. Schmidt

    It’s okay. And if by puckering, you all mean her headlights, then yeah, there’s a bit of a problem with the bodice. Her face is being overwhelmed by the dress; too natural IMO.

  • I like the dress just fine, but hair and makeup look like she’s heading to the gym.

    • gabbilevy

      I’m just thrilled she did something, anything with her hair.

  • The stripe is the only visual interest in this. Otherwise I see Shelby Eatenton’s wedding ceremony.

    Mah colors are BLUSH and BASHFUL.

    • zenobar

      PINK is mah signachuh culuh.

  • BPlease

    Hair’s good, but I vote heavier eye, a slightly deeper pink, and a bigger earring — like a giant claw stud but in a princessy color or in diamonds or something. I do like the dress. She annoys, but I think she has great taste for design, adventure, whimsy sometimes in how she presents herself. I like anyone who doesn’t default always to chignon plus ball gown.

  • Introspective

    dress is a yawn. styling is a double yawn. feels like a college co ed in j.crew at the end of year formal.

    in short, NOT FOR THE MET GALA.

    bye goop.

    • Spreecord

      It’s a dress that’s as insipid as her personality. That said, I’d probably love the shit out of it on virtually anyone else.

  • Bridget212323

    this is the event she should have worn the side butt dress to. I can’t stand her ‘look at me’ tactics but at least it would have fit the theme of the event

    • zenobar

      Exactly!!! THAT dress could’ve brought some Wendy O realness to this function.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Wendy O!!!! Yes sheer black stretchy tulle was everywhere back then! I guess that is why the Valentino seemed so right.

  • RuthGo

    I don’t like this at all and feel like the underplayed face doesn’t work. What I don’t understand is, why didn’t she wear this to the Iron Man 3 premiere and save the dress with the sheer panels for the Met? It would have made much more sense for this occasion.

  • Jessi03

    I like it, but I think the sheer gap should be shorter. It makes her boobs look like they’re hanging too low.

    • She needs “support.” She’s one of those ladystars who constantly goes around bra-less, and really needs to STOP doing that.

      • ballerinawithagun

        It reminded me of her pale pink Oscar dress immediately! Hoist those things up!

  • Kate

    Seams down the front should always be on the “no-no” list. I hate everything from the collarbone down.

  • Not applicable

    Pepto… interrupted with a slice of bacon.

    • YoungSally

      Tofu bacon at best….although it kind of looks like gum, too.

  • Mb

    I like the design of the dress, but the sleeves are too short on her and it should have been in black.

  • Monkey Toe

    The center seam, especially right below the waist, and the visible nipples are killing me.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Mosquito net cleavage. Pass.

  • I like it. I think the minimal makeup/hair/jewelry was a smart choice in the face of all that color. It wasn’t my favorite of the night, but it’s not a bad look for her and it is appropriate for the venue.

  • lamamu

    She always defaults to the pink when she feels like she’s the belle of the ball.

  • Not Punk. But, pretty enough, I guess.

  • NC_Meg

    I think the makeup is fine but the hair is not. That’s what my hair looks like at the end of the day which means it is not acceptable for the RC. The dress is just awful.

  • jackie cohen

    I don’t like her (not sure why, though!) but I think she looks amazing here.

  • ChristopherM

    The theme was punk. That is about as punk as Hello Kitty, who by the way is more beautiful than this fish stick.

    • shirab

      Maybe she misread the memo and thought the theme was “pink.” That would explain it.

  • mjude

    boy, that is really pink. but i do think she looks pretty.

  • zenobar

    This needed, at the very very least, a shit-ton of eyeliner and a black mani, if she was going for “punk.”

    • MilaXX

      from what I saw it was about 50/50 among those who even attempted Punk and even fewer than that who came close to a cohesive look, much less a punk inspired one.

  • formerlyAnon

    Dressed For A Gala Red Carpet. Meaning it photographs well from a distance, and that’s the best you can say. Up close the sheer looks cheesy and the skirt looks too bulky and heavy.

    What I’m looking at side-eyed is the hair. From what I can see it looks too much like an afterthought. Bigger jewelry would have pointed up the hair unimpressiveness, so I guess I’ll say her choice in that regard was correct.

  • Golfkat

    Totally not on theme and it seems like it’s not properly fitted. Theme is everything at this event so I don’t really think she deserves a ‘Best Dressed’ nomination. It’s not bad though.

  • kalisa

    Boooo-riiing. So tired of her hair, too. Blah.

  • Was there a typo on her invitation (Pink instead of Punk)? Also, meh. Could use more makeup and fun hair.

  • It’s about as punk as I am, which is to say not at all. But it’s not a bad look.

  • Tragic.
    For a movie premier she’s ass out and for a night where crazy=awesome, she comes dressed as Prom Barbie.
    For shame Gwynnie, for shame.

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    I hate to disagree with the Dads, but it’s a No for me. At first I thought that was a band aid colored stripe across the dress. Then I realized it’s her skin, but covered with mesh. Bleh!

  • It calls to mind her pink Oscar dress…I like!

  • KSpence

    She is the least “punk” person in the world. She should have been denied entrance.

  • AndresB

    So the most Beautiful Woman in People’s World Only chose to blasé-fully ignore the theme completely.
    One of the better examples of cut-outs, but technically speaking the whole dress its let down by the center seam which produces the ‘puckering and bumpiness’ mentioned. This should have been one center fabric panel running down the front, and if Mr. Valentino himself still had a hand in it, that’s what it would be.

    • The theme is only a suggestion. Most attendees didn’t really do much with it.

      • AndresB

        Understood, my favorite uncles. But isn’t it a pity when a theme doesn’t ignite one spark of imagination…

  • In theory, I like this dress, but I agree that there are some execution issues. I hate the hair and makeup, and I don’t think she should have gone overboard with the accessories, but some bolder earrings would have been nice.

  • JACKIE O she’s not! A little bling would have helped….but great color!

  • Janet B

    The theme is Punk and she goes with Barbie?

    (I can’t stop thinking her breasts need to be repositioned)

  • elleg929

    Yoga hair…

  • This is what bridesmaid wear when the brides wants them to look bad. I think she should have worn the Most Beautiful Ass in the World dress here instead of on the IM3 carpet.

  • The dress is fine. Not a fan of the Barbie color, but whatever. Hate the sleeve length. (And if you’re wearing bracelet length sleeves, how about a bracelet?) Makeup is aging, a bit of light, shiny color on the lips would be preferred. Here, she looks rather elderly. Hair is abysmal. Fried, orange, scraped back like she’s going to the gym.

    Though I do have to say, I’m glad I can’t see her butt cheeks.

  • I have no issues with Gwyneth, I like pink, and I think it’s kind of ballsy to wear a dress so in-your-face pink when people are always giving you extra rations of shit for things famous men get away with all the time (for reals, she wins “most hated” over Donald Trump? America, I see your petty, scrunch-mouthed-disapproval lady-bashing. It is not a good look).

    Plus I really like the dress a lot, so I think it’s great.

    • Tatiana Luján

      She won most hated over Donald Trump? People are crazy.

  • Nope. Terrible- I prefer that short, silvery gown she wore the last time.


  • I’m kind of OK with the dress, stripe is interesting, color wouldn’t look good on a lot of people, but….
    this is *couture*?? I’m not a fashion expert by any means, but I expect more (even if it’s more of stuff I don’t like) from couture.

  • Well, it is certainly attention getting, if for nothing else than the eyeball pain induced by seeing that particular color against the red carpet. But I don’t care for the seaming in the front, don’t like her hair, think she should have been made up, and am totally on the side of those who think this should have been accentuated with some jewelry. It’s like she got half dressed and the limo came and she ran out of the house with just the dress & shoes. Yawn.

  • MilaXX

    I think it’s all too blah. The dress looks like it was made in the wrong fabric. It’s not only looks too heavy but the seems look too I dunno, homemade or something. I don’t mind the face but I think she could have used a set of lashes or a pair of dangly earrings. Something looks a little too sparse. Overall the entire look is just off somehow.

  • Jecca2244

    i didn’t “get” this look. it isn’t really appropriate for the theme and i’m not sure if it is appropriate for the event even. and why such a bare face?? it was cool to see her with her husband though.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Ugh. A heavy, stiff shocking pink body suit-dress broken up by the obligatory illusion netting.

  • wrong. wrong. bad bad bad.

  • tereliz

    This is a real mess. The seaming down the front is not flattering and the illusion netting on top of that only makes her look wider. The fabric is too thick and heavy and doesn’t draper properly, like upholstery fabric. The face is meh, so it goes with the meh dress. This dress doesn’t even make my top 50 for this year’s Met Gala dresses. (huffpo has a good slideshow if anyone is looking)

  • stubbornthoughts

    That far out angle shot is gorgeous. I didn’t think this dress was pretty until that picture.

  • MoHub

    The color makes her look as if she has terminal jaundice.

  • In_Stitches

    I find it funny that she hears ‘Punk’ and defaults to classic Barbie. There’s a logic there though; the Rhianna’s of the world have been driving fashion towards sexier, messier looks and a return to some Betty Draper realness is almost a rebellious move. Or I’m talking out my ass and the look makes no sense…

  • Lilyana_F

    Maybe she thought everybody would be trying and mostly failing to be “punk”, so she would truly stand out in a good way in this. But it’s really mostly meh. All that puckering in the front and the stiffness of the fabric is just not flattering. Also, TOO much pink, not enough face and hair.

  • She needed help…in more ways than one. Even if the dress is acceptable, the hair and makeup are not. Definite failure in terms of effort.

  • I like it. It’s graphic, dramatic, and it’s not boringblack. She’s not standing up straight enough though, her shoulders are a bit rounded. That and the lack of proper foundation garments are causing the dress to pucker. The color looks fantastic on her and I like the understated hair, makeup.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like this, in spite of the quibbles listed by TLo.
    I also wish her nipples weren’t visible.

  • How many nights a week do these celebrities go out? It would take me a month to prepare for a night like this. How great to have stylists do the shopping and makeup and hair people to their thing. What a fun life.

    The pink fabric looks difficult to work with. It stretched as it was sewn to the see-through fabric. This dress is an interesting attempt at something, but the bare part reveals some under-arm side fat that we women get. Why reveal it? I’d like the shape of the dress–WITHOUT THE CUT-OUT.

    She needs more makeup but she is fabulous with her hair pulled back, especially with this dress. This pink clashes terribly with the carpet.

  • crash1212

    My initial reaction was how happy I was that she went with a toned down face and minimal jewelry – and that opinion didn’t change upon further inspection/reflection. I think she accessorized perfectly and I like the simple pony hair. I don’t usually like sheer insets, but they totally work on this dress. Nicely done!

  • decormaven

    I wish she would have gone for some really theatrical makeup, ala David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover. As it is, it’s a mildly interesting dress with minimal styling. So much for being The World’s Most Beautiful Woman. I now dub her TWMBW because I refuse to type her name coupled with that silly title again.

  • Well, her ass is covered and her mouth is closed, so I’m good.

  • jetpackdino

    I don’t hate it. And her hair is up, which is nice.

  • MarissaLG

    I think she looks best with a fresh face and simple hair. Love this look on her. It’s a perfect, more dramatic take on her typical style which was a great call.

  • What’s ging on with this woman? First, she shows us her butt and now her nipples.
    Darling, you’re already famous, named “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World”, millionaire, married and with kids… what else do you want? Is it necessary?

  • There is a pucker in the seam right in front of her crotch that is making my eye twitch,

  • Don’t get me wrong. I hate her, but that dress is pretty. However, not even close to punk-looking.

  • It’s stupid. Why didn’t she wear this last year when the theme was Elsa Schiaparelli? I want to invent a time machine and make her switch the gowns from this year and last.

  • Gwyneth P laughs and It’s raining all day, She loves to be one of the girls. She lives in the place In the side of our lives Where nothing is Ever put straight. She turns herself round And she smiles and she says ‘This is it; That’s the end of the joke.’ And loses herself In her dreaming and sleep And her lovers walk Through in their coats. Pretty in pink; Isn’t she? Pretty in pink.

  • Kate4queen

    I like it. 🙂

  • Donna Tabor

    That really is a lovely dress, but in every photo her arms are stiffly by her side. Do you think she could move them?

    Also: not punk, in any way. Not even as much as Anna Wintour pulled off.

  • Jon

    I’d like one more sheer stripe, but this is cool. It’s like an updated version of her Oscar dress. My only beef with it is that Paltrow often brings a bit of edge to the red carpet (a cape, no underwear, etc), and the one event that calls for it, she ignores the memo…which is maybe pretty punk after all.

  • I love it, but that’s because I’m a medievalist (no really – I studied it in grad school) and this dress is straight up 13th century meets Star Trek. I think it’s awesome and I wish I could pull off dresses like that.

  • She looks great. Not punk at all, but great. The stiffness hardly clashes with her personality.

  • GoAwayKardash

    I was kinda hoping she would wear that black McQueen that she wore to the 2002 Oscars. With the right styling that would have killed last night.

  • YoungSally

    Given the dress she wore for most beautiful (the one without the underwear….and that apparently required some ah-hem personal grooming) at least we are unlikely to hear how she had to shave her shoulders for this one….or will we?

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  • lalahartma

    I say: no. Her face looks fine.

  • I may be alone here, but I J’adore her here. My only quibble: the color of dress. In a navy, bright yellow, white, black, or other color, this could work well. The pink is straining my eyes, though. So, yes, it is good – in theory. It reminds me of that god-awful pink that Daniel made in his challenge paired with Michelle on this last season of Project Runway. That’s a “21 yr old’s color”. mwahahah.

  • Not picking on GP in particular, but was very annoyed to see that most of the attendees did not have nearly enough fun with this theme. This is why I will always love Madonna no matter how astronomically absurd she may sometimes be.

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  • Imasewsure

    The dress is interesting and I don’t really like pink. I think the Most Beautiful Woman in the World needed more makeup though. I don’t mind the lack of jewelry though

  • NilBlur

    Don’t really like this but see the sheer as a kind of transgression on a traditional dress, couture meets chaos. The strip (and her makeup/hair) also remind me of DH’s replicant in “Blade Runner” which is an interesting reference.

  • ojosazules

    The girl all the punks loved to hate.

  • Dam_Angel

    I guess for this dress-all she had to shave were her pits.

  • Nope. This is plain bad. Not attractive or flattering in any way.

  • At some point in time, Gwyneth decided that she did not need a bra, ever, no matter what she was wearing. She was wrong.

  • AmandaCathleen

    I agree that this was great in theory, but didn’t quite translate into real life. When the sheen of the sheer netting gets caught in a photo, it doesn’t look great. But in that one shot where she’s sort of half turned and heading up the stairs, I see what this dress was supposed to look like, and it’s pretty fabulous.

  • It’s a cool dress but something isn’t working with it here: perhaps the hair/makeup is too simple or the fit is off? I don’t know but my god is she plain.

  • DeTrop

    I like the 3/4 photo at the foot of the stairs. The rest is meh. She’s looked better.

  • darwin fan

    I would have liked this dress if it were in another color and the sheer stripe had been replaced by a contrasting color. Does it come in any other color? Maybe black with black sheer. Not big on the pepto-pink.

  • Nah. The color is too garish and the dress too oppressive.

  • M. H. Leader

    Sorry, TLo. HATE it. Color is too digestive. The fit is funny. It’s so sugary-sweet it’s barf-inducing. Nope. OUT OUT OUT (even though you didn’t ask for our opinion!)

  • Caitlin Jones

    She needs a belt. It just seems like it’s lacking something in the waist area. Perhaps the skirt wouldn’t look so unwieldy if it were cinched.

  • Crystal

    I hate this. HAAATE.

  • Erica

    I post only to note that the New Yorker has a HILarious take on GP in their latest issue, under Shouts & Murmurs, the set-up being that she is actively campaigning to be both most beautiful and most hated. That is all.

  • MartyBellerMask

    I don’t like it.
    Actually, I like the top half but it is too much below that. It is very Gwynnie, though, and she gets points for being herself, yet wearing a very striking dress that commands attention. Accessories would have muddled the point, IMO.

    I’m going to give this one a “well-played”.

  • TheAmericaness

    She pulled her hair up! She looks great 🙂

  • MzzPants

    Points for her ass being covered. The color is good for her. I wonder what some kind of modern collar necklace would’ve looked like. Also, I’d have placed the ponytail lower.

  • Ever since Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo took over at Valentino the’ve relied very heavily on this long-sleeved gown silhouette While it usually looks great on the runway it doesn’t really translate well, even to red carpet (as we can see here).

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I don’t know… I’m on the fence. I kinda like it, but not the color. I also have some issues with how simple her hair is.

  • Glammie

    Like the toned-down make-up and hair. Really like the idea of the address, not so much the execution and color. That hot pink is a little too much for Gwynnie.

  • Jacqueline

    THIS would have been a look for some dramatic makeup. Not like poor Elle Fanning’s disaster. 🙁

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  • Carly Warnock

    This look is exactly in her wheelhouse and that’s why I love it.

  • Corsetmaker

    It was pUnk Gwynnie, not pInk! Put your reading glasses on when you get an invitation in!

  • librarygrrl64

    I’m just happy she did something with her hair. And this is a good color for her.

  • Anniebet

    I really like this dress, but for some other event. She, on the other hand, is so understated that it looks like she’s thumbing her nose at the concept. It’s supposed to be punk hotness, not bland and boring.

  • demidaemon

    Lol at that last line. Also, I think the color is borderline hideous and I hate the design. So my irrational hate for the goop continues.

  • snarkykitten

    that’s not even trying

  • bd73

    bored stiff. fell asleep while clicking through. you won that oscar in the ’90s and you just can’t have that night again.

  • elzatelzabelz

    I much prefer this peek-a-boo skin to her Iron Man dress.

  • quiltrx

    I kind of like the gown, but hot-pink is second only to any shade of purple in my favorite-color list. I don’t think it was right for the venue, too conservative. And I think the hair and face look half-assed. She looks a bit like Laurie Holden (while being Andrea) in one shot…underdone.

  • Armpit cutouts-the most unnecessary cutouts of all! Looks like the top of her dress has separated from the mothership & is taking off.

  • You’d think the most beautiful woman in the world could afford a decent colorist for her hair. That florescent shade of yellow is why I resisted going blonde for years.

  • alebaby

    she bothers me …. but I like the dress…. the shortish sleeves look good.

  • MandyM

    Ugh! She is such a poser. She could have worn that ugly sheer dress to this and it would have fit right in instead of giving her a bunch of bad press. You might be the most beautiful woman in the world (barf!) but you sure don’t know how to reach your audience.

  • frannyprof

    How is this even close to being punk, even taking into consideration fashion’s loose interpretation of the word”!

  • Matron Barbie. Not to mention one of the more pointless centre front seams imaginable.

  • Slowfish57

    Wait, what were you saying? I fell asleep.

  • bellafigura1

    Once again, tough crowd. I love this, I think the dress is genius, and I think she stands out by under-doing the hair, make-up and bejewelment. I can take her or leave her, but honestly, this may be my favorite look.

  • EEKstl

    No, you’re right, it’s good. But I would have gone with a really strong lip – a matte dark pink comes to mind, tho maybe that would be too matchy matchy…she definitely needed more something somewhere.

  • frannyprof

    A question: If the theme is “Punk,” and most attendees didn’t dress in accordance with the theme, why have a theme in the first place?

  • Not feeling the ponytail. I’d like the dress more if it were in a different color. The pink is boring…and nauseating.

  • bitterk

    Oh please, no one can wear that color not even the Gwenyth

  • kathrineb

    I really like it! It may not be punk but the dress is bold and striking.
    Wearing a bright colour on the red carpet (that is not red) is act of rebellion to me.
    Not what I expected from her :).