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]

    • rloliveira

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

    • annabelle archer

      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.

      • Aniela Marie Perry

        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!”

      • Vtg Fashion Library

        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.

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    • Adrianna Grężak

      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.

    • Samuel Joesph Donovan

      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.

      • max mustermann

        Yes, we need more info on that fine gentleman!

        • MajorBedhead

          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!

    • Raanky

      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.

    • Candice Booth

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

      • Candice Booth

        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.

        • Penny Eager

          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.

    • Aidan B


    • 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!

    • Kim Brightman

      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.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      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.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        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.

    • Angelo

      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.

    • MajorBedhead

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

    • Bethany Roullett

      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.

    • A. Lure

      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


    • Lauren Lynch Fox

      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.

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    • kay

      i have those bracelets what!!

    • pattycap11

      so good!

    • marlie

      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.

    • foodycatAlicia

      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.

    • Snoskred

      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. :)

    • NurseEllen

      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

    • heartbot

      Such a clever take!

    • decormaven

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

    • Anplica Fiore

      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!

    • Lisa Hager

      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.