Met Gala: Hailee Steinfeld in Donna Karan Atelier

Posted on May 07, 2013



Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a custom Donna Karan Atelier dress accessorized with Jimmy Choo sandals and clutch and Eddie Borgo jewelry.

The perfect blend of grownup sophistication and “young lady,” with just a little bit of an edge to it. We’re bored by the shoes and bag, but we adore the safety pins. Frankly, we’re surprised the red carpet wasn’t awash in safety pins last night. Granted, there are only so many ways to utilize them in fashion without lapsing into cliche. This would be one of them.

Dig those cat eyes.


[Photo Credit: Getty – Sketch Credit: Courtesy of Donna Karan]

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  • rloliveira

    This elicited an “Awwww” from me. So pretty.

  • Pretty punky princess perfection.

  • Sobaika

    Pretty without being overly twee, a feat considering she’s a teenage girl in a white and gold dress.

  • erinbinek

    I didn’t even realize they were safety pins until the close-up. This is just about perfect. Not loving the colored eye shadow, but I get it. Nice.

    • Same here! I thought, oh that’s nice I suppose, and when I saw they were safety pins I actually said out loud “Oh, awesome!”

    • The eye shadow makes her eyes look like they’re different sizes. It just looks askew to me. I thought it was camera angles at first, but it looks like that in every picture.

      LOVE the safety pins fireworks.

  • another_laura

    It looks really great on her, and gives a nod to the theme. Great choices for her!

  • Glammie

    Adorable. Not punk, but giving it a nod with all those safety-pin fireworks. That little fashionista could give lessons to her elders.

  • charlotte

    I’m just glad that she isn’t wearing paper clips as earrings. No, seriously, I love this.

    • Kimbolina

      I totally did the paper clip earrings in high school…

    • Billie_Dawn

      I didn’t realize the dress pattern was safety pins, so when I read TLo’s comment at the end, I panicked and scrolled up to see if she was wearing safety pins in her ears. Moment I figured it out = huge sigh of relief.

      • 3boysful

        I didn’t either–I thought it was embroidered bead fireworks til I saw the detailed close-up. This is awesome!

      • Coolekat

        I had my ears pierced with a safety pin when I was in college. Almost went through life with one pierced ear it hurt so bad.

  • Nonmercisansfacon


  • I didn’t realize those were safety pins at first, which means this dress was a success IMO. Really cool

  • MilaXX

    Yes! Another look I liked.

  • Went from “YAWN” to “YESSSS” as soon as I saw those were safety pins. This could have been a WERQ from me if she’d gone a little more Avril Lavigne with the styling.

    I will never forgive myself for that last sentence.

    • SugarSnap108

      Yes, I thought “meh” until I realized they were safety pins. But I agree that she needed funkier styling.

  • MzzPants

    The most punk thing about this image, and maybe of the night, is the guy to her left in the last pic. She looks great, though.

    • Yes, we need more info on that fine gentleman!

      • Is that Alan Cummings? Kind of looks like it could be.

        • YoungSally

          I think so…haircut is consistent with what he has in Macbeth right now

    • ballerinawithagun

      Love his suit!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I saw this on other sites and thought it pretty. But trust you two to show me the SAFETY PINS!!! This elevates the look to a WERQ for this old punk!

  • Bored with the shoes, but I love the clutch! Plus that dress is amazing on her. Kudos.

  • Patricia Gillett

    Perfection. She nailed the spirit of the theme while being age appropriate and true to her own style. Snaps!

  • Zaftiguana

    The safety pins are GENIUS.

  • Rand Ortega

    Clever clever!

  • nannypoo

    Without the closeup this looks like Stanley’s white dress with the gold beading. After a closer look I say it’s WERQish.

  • Holy hell she looks drop dead gorgeous and perfectly appropriate. The cat eyes are phenomenal and the safety pins, forget about it!

    • Also that sketch is amazing and I would love it on my wall.

      • Qitkat

        It is a cool sketch, I wish the dress were a little more like it, shorter and with more of the peek-a-boo underskirt. Such a creative use of the safety pins.

      • Yes I love the sketch too!!!

      • ballerinawithagun

        Another great sketch from Donna Karan Atelier! Another nod to punk, I wish they would have pierced the leather with the safety pins instead of just sewing them on, that would have have been a little more punk.

  • GoAwayKardash

    Yes! I was surprised this did not get more attention. Perfection.

  • Introspective

    Safety pin designs are *amazing.* She looks gorgeous and comfortable and age appropriate while on trend w the memo.

    Maybe just shy of a werq (for me the shoes are a little lackluster) but shes working the look for sure…

  • Corsetmaker

    Good interpretation. Love it. I’d like to have seen one of the younger starlets doing the ballgown plus docs look though.

  • jw_ny

    I love the safety pin designs…so subtle until you get up close then…surprise!

  • Jacqueline

    No BABY WERQ? Great nod to punk, great makeup.

  • Anniebet

    Probably my favorite look of the night. She got everything right.

  • SewingSiren

    Absolutely love this . Perfect dress for the perfect girl.

  • louised

    THIS is how you do punk+glam. She looks amazing.


  • Peeve

    Funny. I completely disagreed with the ‘lovelovelove’ at first glance. Thought you were nuts. Oh so twee. Then I noticed the ‘flowers’ were safety pins.

    I humbly apologize, boys. Lovelovelove!

  • fursa_saida

    Love the dress, hate the shoes, HATE HATE HATE the eye makeup. I’m totally biased because I have a very similar face shape/eye structure to hers and I feel like that shape around my eyes is…unflattering, so I’m probably projecting somewhat, but UGH. IT MAKES OUR FACES LOOK REALLY ROUND, HAILEE. I can deal with it from a distance, but in the closeup it makes me shudder and want to go wash my face.

    • Carla_Charlton

      Don’t you think she’s looking like Jennifer Tilly here?

  • JP

    Punk goes princess, sweet!

  • OMG, I had no idea those were safety pins in the first photo I saw of this dress. It’s perfect on her – young, fresh & fun to boot! The shoes and clutch are fine. Don’t want to upstage the dress.

  • Am I the only one missing Chris March’s safety pin dress from Season 4? I have to go back and look but I think his amazing dress would have shamed most of this blase and boring take on couture punk.

    • I’m sorry. I sound like a snot. Ms. Hailee here is fresh, beautiful and age appropriate. I even like her shoes. And the safety pin starbursts were brilliant.

    • ballerinawithagun

      You are right, that would have been a great look!

  • 3boysful

    And if someone has a fashion emergency that night, Hailee is the go-to gal!

  • Anathema_Device

    In love with the safety pins as flowers/fireworks. Really can’t tell from far away that it isn’t just beading. So fun. She looks adorable.

  • This was the perfect way to dress for this event. I feel like all the other attendees either took the theme too far or straight up ignored it. I especially love how the safety pins look like a floral print from afar.

  • librarygrrl64

    That dress!!! can’t get over how great it is for this event. Pretty AND witty! Great bracelet, too. Good for her.

  • kat89

    Wow! I did not realize until just now that the design on the dress was made from safety pins. Awesome!

  • Call me Bee

    Pretty and appropriate.

  • quiltrx

    SO glad you guys featured this!! I was digging through what few pictures there were on another site that night, and this one REALLY caught my eye. I was clicking to the next post and zoomed back…”OMG those are safety pins!” Even had to show the hubby, who agreed on the awesomeness.
    Beautiful dress with beautifully executed ‘mums’–clever and gorgeous.

  • Nice! I thought it was embroidery at first, but safety pins!! Yay for safety pins, I don’t care how cliche they are.

  • I just thought it was pretty until I realized that the design was made out of safety pins, and then I flipped out with excitement. Love it, too.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh. My. God. Editorial WERQ awarded from the peanut gallery.

    I think this is my new favorite of the night. It’s just such a PERFECT nod to the theme, but in a way that left her feeling like a million bucks and hitting just the right balance of standing out from and fitting in with the rest of the crowd for a girl her age.

    I hope she felt half as perfect lovely and perfect for the occasion as she looks.

  • Ah, there it is: an inspired appropriation of the theme. The safety pins, iconic punk accessories, are clustered in a very feminine, romantic way, and the clusters are aptly interspersed. Very nicely done.

  • Coolekat


  • I think I like this one the best.

  • judybrowni

    I was gonna say, “Adorbs, but not punk,” until…

    The best use of safety pins on a adorable tween/teen outfit, evah.

  • hailtree

    so this is what it looks like when you smash Avril Lavigne and Taylor swift together. but i a good way.

  • BrooklynBomber

    First I thought it was a very pretty dress. . . and then I saw the pins and I’m head over heels. FABULOUS!!!!!!! Pins as a print! This makes me want to do a happy dance.

  • jmorino08

    Putting gold safety pins on an angelic dress does not equal punk. On any plane. #fail

    • Bexxx

      the theme was punk: chaos to couture, so i actually think this is pretty appropriate; a couture interpretation of “punk” utilizing an iconic punk image, the safety pin. and this is coming from a little punk brat.

  • crash1212


  • kay

    i have those bracelets what!!

  • pattycap11

    so good!

  • She looks fabulous! One of my favorites of the night. And a great interpretation of punk with the safety pins, without veering off into costume-land.

  • This is an excellent interpretation of the brief. On the other hand, I don’t think little girls should be invited to grown up parties unless they are going to sing their little song and then be packed off to bed by Nanny.

  • bellafigura1

    Another big favorite! Very nice to see Donna Karan on the red carpet, fronting something other than the serenity vibe.

  • maggiemaybe

    Okay, this is fabulous.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Thought she was cute, but the close up of the pins made me gasp. PERFECT.

  • I looked at this and was all.. how is this punk? Then the closeup.. wow. Punk extremely cleverly done.

    I personally love the shoes and bag, too. 🙂

  • I didn’t realize those were safety pins until the closeup shots. Brilliant. Immediately takes the princess look and vaults it into edgy. Nice job!

  • hmariec19

    I gasped when I realized those were safety pins. How clever!

  • Sunraya

    I think itis too. Princessy. Tone. Ben remotely punk. And for the pins – I think Chris March did it better.

  • KSpence

    What a clever little dress!

  • jackie cohen

    at first I didn’t notice that these were safety pins and I was thinking, “what are they thinking? this is not punk at all”. Good thing I scrolled down! VERY cool.

  • tereliz

    This was my favorite dress of the night. *sigh* I would love to raid this girl’s closet…

  • mjude

    love the safety pins & dress

  • Such a clever take!

  • decormaven

    Evidently her stylist read the memo- and followed it- for this event. Kudos!

  • Who’s the guy behind her?! LOVE that take on punk too!

  • shelley514

    Super cute look that is perfect for her at this event.

  • Victoria Anzalone

    Fabulous dress!

  • Love the dress, but I can’t even with that hair!

  • kathrineb

    I LOVE THIS! I saw the first picture and thought she looked fab and ladylike but then I saw that the embellishments were made of safety pins and I loved it 100 times more :)!

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful dress, and perfect for her. I loved it even before I saw it was safety pins.