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]

    • 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.

    • Mary Featherstone

      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.

    • Julie Chase

      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.

      • marlie

        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.

    • Lily

      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.

    • Elaine Lang

      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.

    • Nancy Marion

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

    • Stella Zawistowski

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

    • annabelle archer

      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!

    • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

      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.

      • Tom and Lorenzo

        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…

    • marlie

      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.

    • Bert Keeter

      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…

    • Erin Hines

      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.

    • lareveuse

      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.

    • Jennifer Ford

      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.

    • Jaeda Laurez

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

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    • algaechick

      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.

    • NurseEllen

      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.

    • Ashley Alvarez

      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.

    • Kim Brightman

      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.

    • gillian holroyd

      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.

    • marshmallowjane

      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.

    • Dora K.

      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.

    • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

      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?

    • Danielle Lisle

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

    • Silly Grrl

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

    • Coleen

      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.

    • Gaby

      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.

    • Sarah Adams

      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.

    • Shawn EH

      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.

    • Raanky

      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.

    • Fatima Siddique

      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.

    • jennifervney


    • 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.

    • Darva Sutra

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

    • Melanie K. Morgan

      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.

    • JaCory Deon

      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.

    • A. Lure

      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.

    • Angelo

      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.

    • Pamela Hunt

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

    • Elizabeth Hille Cribbs

      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”!

      • Tom and Lorenzo

        No one was required to dress punk.

    • Adi Saunders

      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?

    • Erica Woods Tucker

      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 :).