Met Gala Red Carpet Rundown Part 2

Posted on May 09, 2013

Darlings, if we never see a gown again after this … well, we’d kinda be out of a job, but still. Suffice it to say, we’re OVER IT.

But we’ll see it through, to the bitter end.


Ashley Olsen in Vintage Christian Dior

She’s an Olsen twin, which means the styling is, as always, practically non-existent, but we have to admit, that’s a gorgeous dress and she’s having fun with it.



Claire Danes in Oscar de la Renta


No effort.




Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung

There’s been a lot of yakyakyak about how unpunk this punk-themed event was – and we joined in on the complaining ourselves at times. But the theme of the Met Gala is only a suggestion and the lack of punk on the red carpet that night bothers us less than the lack of real over-the-top fashion.

In other words, this is a sharp look, but it’s for a summertime blockbuster film premiere, not the Met gala.



Emmy Rossum in Donna Karan Atelier

Gorgeous. A little bridal. If this were the Oscars or a film premiere, she’d get a WERQ. For this venue, it’s way too safe.



January Jones in Chanel Couture

Attagirl. Ramping the bitchface factor up to eleven.

A shame it’s such a half-assed look.



Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Pretty but boring.

We remain unconvinced that Dior is the best fit for her.



Jennifer Lopez in Michael Kors

Typically J Lo. We’re a bit underwhelmed.



Jessica Alba in Tory Burch

Pretty, but it looks like she has it on backwards.



Jessica Biel in Giambattista Valli Couture






Kate Beckinsale in Alberta Ferretti




Kate Mara in Delpozo

It’s edgy, sure. But it’s also hellaciously unflattering.



Lena Dunham in Erdem

Pretty enough.

Sweetie, you really, really need to stand up straight. You’ll thank us in 30 years.



Mario Cotillard in Christian Dior

Fucking yawn.



Mary-Kate Olsen in Vintage Chanel (dress) and Balmain (robe)


No, really. It’s got charisma and character to it. It’s not boring. We’ll take it.



Minka Kelly in Carolina Herrera

It’s dark and dramatic, with a tiny bit of edge to it. We like.



Nicholas Hoult in Tom Ford

So adorable that we’re willing to overlook the rampant fit issues.



Nicole Richie in Topshop

There was a lot of pointing and laughing across the bitchosphere over this look, but honestly? We dig the hell out of it. Regardless of the theme of the evening, the Met Gala is where people are really supposed to GO FOR IT on the red carpet. It’s the one celebrity event where they’re encouraged to try more editorial or runway-inspired looks. Fly your fashion freak flag, in other words.

She looks like a Hunger Games character. And that? Awesome.


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Brunello Cucinelli

That is one sloppy tux, Kingslayer.



Zooey Deschanel in Tommy Hilfiger

It doesn’t even look like her, and she’s another one who disappoints because she has a flair for funkiness, which could have been welcome in such a sea of boring fashion. Still, this is pretty. We can’t hate.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • RebeccaKW

      I think that Zooey one doesn’t look like her b/c it’s not her. I don’t know who it is, but I’m pretty sure it’s labeled incorrectly.
      It’s weird how much I like both Olsen girl outfits.

      • thesixthbeatle

        It is her, she just ditched the fringe/ bangs.

        • RebeccaKW

          Yes, I looked up more pictures. Without the bangs and the fake lashes, she is a different person.

          • annabelle archer

            She also managed to take a couple of photos with her head not at her usual tilt. Though, there were plenty of tilted ones too.

            • Candigirl1968

              Plus, she wore something that fit, and you can’t see the black winter tights that are her usual security blanket.

            • RebeccaKW

              Ha! And there are no bows or ruffles.

      • Diego!

        I agree, THAT is NOT Zooey Deschanel! Not even her second cousine!

      • estella_nyc

        Yeah that’s definitely not Zooey Deschanel, unless she’s had some serious plastic surgery recently.

        • kathrineb

          I love bangs on her but I have a theory that once bangs go below the eyebrows (like hers usually do) it can drag the face down or at least hiding the brows can make you look older in some cases.
          I know that even when I just cut my bangs above my eyebrows I instantly feel like I look younger.

      • foodycatAlicia

        Rachel Griffiths about 10 years ago is who it is.

        • RebeccaKW

          The name just popped in my head that I was trying to think of when I wrote my first comment. She looks a little Vera Farmiga

      • diane {a spot of whimsy}

        she’s also wearing Tommy Hilfiger seersucker to a punk-themed Met Gala. It’s a beautiful dress but I cannot comprehend the decision-making here.

        • Jaeda Laurez

          I can’t understand ANYBODY who wears Tommy to the Met Gala period. Great for more casual events, but this? Nawl.

          • RebeccaKW

            Derby dress.

      • j_anson

        Oh my god, she looks like a grownup. Her fanboys will be so sad.

      • Snailstsichr

        I think it’s that we’ve never seen her eyebrows before! Seeing them changes her face.

        • kathrineb

          True! Brows are so important!

      • estella_nyc

        Wow, just saw the other pictures and I am in disbelief that they are the same person. I don’t understand why she would go “unrecognizable” at such an event? Unrecognizable is for when you are shopping at the grocery store or standing in line at McDonald’s.
        That being said, the dress has nothing to do with punk but I really love it. There is nothing better than seersucker! And even though she doesn’t look like “herself” Zooey really does look lovely.

    • DoesMonaKnow

      Zooey Deschanel is unrecognizable! Maybe that is her version of “punk”, since she normally lays it on so thick with the quirky tweeness.

      • Sara L.

        She looks even more like Debra Winger than she normally does here.

      • FancyPhilly

        I love that her version of punk is also a seersucker gown. And I’m being honest. I love her for it.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Now ,m’self, if I ever had the opportunity to go to the Met Gala, you bet your kilt I would be taking it up and over the wall, stylewise. These folks just don’t care very much. They’re all too used to having to get dressed up; which fact puzzles me, since they’re effing ACTORS, most of them and should glory in a bit of costumey fun.

      • Airkisses

        I think maybe they were all overly worried about looking traditionally pretty, and getting roasted for their risk-taking. A missed opportunity, so many gorgeous dresses out there that are totally insane to wear to any other event :)

      • formerlyAnon

        I am stymied by the fact that so many actors don’t seem to use their abilities on the red carpet. Good actors, at that. Even if they aren’t going to sustain it all evening, you’d think more would be acting the part of a conquering diva (male or female), costumed in glory, while actually posing for photographs.

        • Kiltdntiltd

          Amen! After all, what is something like the Met Gala, but another performance? Shouldn’t one be in character for it?

          • Isabel

            Despite of what the Guardian news paper said about Deborah Harry in this article ( “Met Ball 2013 fashion’s winners and losers” ), she rocked it!

            Meanwhile, Wintour’s dress looks like a grammy’s couch. Pink not equal to Punk. sorry.

      • jetpackdino

        And nobody channeled Debbie Harry. Which brings me to: Lady Gaga. Was she there? Am I the only one on Planet Earth who missed her, and wondered what she would have worn?

        So many wasted opportunities here indeed.

        • demidaemon

          I think she may still be recovering from her injury and subsequent surgery.

      • drdarke

        Yeah – looks like few of them got the memo, Kiltdntiltd .

        Oh – and could somebody please call Nkolaj Coster-Waldau’s wife and beg her to come and make sure he doesn’t leave the house looking like he slept in his suit? By Season 4, we’ll be calling him the “CoutureSlayer”….

    • jtabz

      That Carolina Herrera dress on Minka Kelly is just gorgeous. The color, the fit, the design, and, yes, even the matching lipstick.

    • A. Valera

      Hold up! Who is that in the background of the Nicole Richie photo?

      • Sara L.

        I know, right? What the hell is that dress?

      • skitzfiggitous

        If your dress makes me wonder if Coco was invited to the event, you have made a wrong turn.

      • Deb_Lynn

        The nude paneling basically indicating (with an arrow even!) naked bum is quite the look, isn’t it??

      • Lebogang Mogashoa

        Right?! I was like surely I’m not the only one who noticed that. “Presenting my BUTT!”

      • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

        Roxxxy Andrews.

        JK I don’t know.

        • Kirsten Flanagan

          I just LOL’ed. Thank you : )

      • random_poster

        That one caught my eye, too!

      • Amy Winn

        I think I’ve solved it: Basketball wife Lala Anthony. And expensive crassness is just her style.

      • Deedles

        Pretty sure that is Lala Anthony in Zac Posen, no less.

      • AudreysMom

        Seriously -she’s twice Nicole’s size and looking fierce (Nicole’s gray hair helps the contrast). If Nicole took a couple steps in her direction and talked on that train, I would NOT want to be around to see poor little Nicole get pummeled.

    • annabelle archer

      Bless your hearts Uncles, thanks for all you’ve done!

      Thoughts are random, but here we go:

      Emmy R- I had totally missed her, she looks so freaking gorgeous, it’s a shame it’s too “pretty”.
      JLo – Of fucking course.
      Jessica Look At My Shoulders Biel-Timberlake – Honey, stop.
      Kate Mara – That is one ill fitting dress. Really and truly awful.
      MK Olsen- Looks really funky and fun for a septuagenarian.
      Zooey D – Girl, wtf? This wasn’t a yacht club dinner. Way to waste the look ma, no bangs moment.
      Re: Dior – Seriously disappointing on both counts.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        Kolya, that tux is wrinkly and poorly fit. Let’s take that thing off.

        • annabelle archer

          Vlasta! Where have you been hiding? It’s been balls out crazy around here, I’ve missed your witty insights.

        • Coolekat

          I can help with that

      • Kristin McNamara

        I almost didn’t recognize Emmy with that cat-eye makeup. Looks even more gorgeous than usual.

    • RedRaven617

      I just want to give a shout out to TLo for their extensive coverage of this event. Obviously it is an enormous event; culling through all the photos must have been a very loooooonnnngggg day. I got a much better understanding of this event and will forward to it in future years.

    • ashtangajunkie

      I would not have recognized January Jones or Zooey Deschanel.

      • Kristin McNamara

        January Jones (and her dress) look plastic. SO plastic.

      • Darva Sutra

        J Jones’ evil eyes – digging them! Really! Bad ass scary.

        • kathrineb

          Yeah I think it’s suitable here!

    • nannypoo

      Ashley Olsen looks pretty but the other one is giving off a Grey Gardens vibe that is not pleasant.

      Zooey Deschanel is recognizable only because no one else would wear seersucker to an event like this. She is providing a surprising example of what can happen with a change of makeup and hairstyle. I think it’s sort of brave of her to step this far outside of her box.

      • 3boysful

        We agree re the other Olsen. I should’ve read down before posting.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        Ashley Olsen’s dress is an extremely dramatic sartorial salute to the tangerine! I love it!

      • Glammie

        Eh, I like Mary-Kate’s outfit. Not sure quite why–because it looks sort of thrown together and, strangely enough, ends up with kind of a street vibe/thrift shop thing that would have been really punk. But because it’s a mega-rich Olsen and the Met Ball it’s all vintage couture. But still thrown together–and LBD by Chanel with a yellow robe thrown on top. But by Balmain.

        I saw the Vivienne Westwood exhibit that came to SF a few years ago–and one of the things that struck me about is how much VW would take all sorts of historical things and mash them together–like the cut of shirts from the middle ages (the shirts were always cut from squares). And it’s not about what’s safe and pretty.

        I mean, does anyone think Ms. Olsen hired a bunch of stylists? I think she kind of went her own way, and I applaud that for this particular situation. At least I’m not yawning.

    • Jennifer Bober

      Thanks Tom and Lorenzo for the fun! I’ve been checking the computer constantly for new posts on the gala. You guys ROCK!!

      • Kiltdntiltd

        And,….You have incredible stamina, considering how much there was to discuss. Bravo, Gents!

        • MilaXX

          yes, we usually only get this type of coverage during awards season or Fashion week. I frakkin’ loved it.

    • Candigirl1968

      I get that when someone gives you a free dress, you want to wear it, but why more women couldn’t have done something punk with hair, jewelry and/or makeup is a mystery.

    • Feathers McGraw

      The most remarkable thing for me is that you guys now correctly and hilariously employ Hunger Games references. Remember when you called it “The Hungry Games or something”? I’m glad you’re on board now, at least partially (the Lorenzo part I suppose)

    • Hetha Innis

      Nicole Richie is killing it!!

      • zenobar

        I know. There was so much hate for her look but honestly, I thought she and Miley were the punkest of them all at the punk-rock ball.

        • marlie

          I didn’t particularly like Nicole Richie’s look, but she definitely went with the theme, so she gets an “attagirl” from me.

      • jetpackdino

        Usually I’m kinda meh on Nicole, but I agree with you. I think she looks fab.

      • kathrineb

        Yes! Note to the other celebs: if there is ever a theme you can have fun with it’s punk. Shame on the rest of them!

    • Little_Olive

      I am officially pissed at Lena Dunham. It’s a boring dress form 1990. Too bad the makeup is perfect (which goes to show you, as we established last time, she does care).

      Zooey suddenly looks like her mother.

      I’m really digging Emmy Rossum’s look. Considering she usually goes for pretty and soft, and that she has such a non-punk face (puppy eyes), she picked up on the theme very well.

    • foodycatAlicia

      Jan Jo would have looked so much better with eyebrows.

    • ChristySchiff

      Is that seersucker on Zooey Deschanel? Because the idea of a seersucker gown is all kinds of awesome.

      • John Spodick

        Yes it was. She said that was her Zoey form of punk.

    • Lebogang Mogashoa

      Kate Beckinsale needs a style intervention.

    • Bert Keeter

      Ashley Olsen wins this round. Love it!

    • carnush

      The seersucker is puzzling. Too much boring. Love January’s look. It’s my dream to wear eyeliner like that somewhere. Of course it would probably last for five minutes before smudging all over my face.

    • charlotte

      There’s only one way to find out if that is really Zooey D or not: check for black tights underneath the dress.

    • Anniebet

      I cannot fathom our dear TLo giving the Olsen Brats thumbs up, BOTH of them. Ashley’s orange was okay, especially for her, but I can see it on Joan Collins about 25 years ago.

      But, Mary Kate? You liked her? I’m in need of some smelling salts. Or chocolate.

      MK is droopy, dreary, baggy…in other words, her usual. I don’t think “not boring” cuts the mustard for the Met.

      • MilaXX

        I dig the Olsens as well. For this event the out there geriatric look works. Also? They are wearing color.

      • Airkisses

        I liked it, too. It has a lot of visual interest. I liked the unusual shapes and the colors.

        They’re Olsens. I would absolutely hate this on anyone else, but on her, I like.

      • Melissa Brogan

        They liked her for the Met Gala. Context is key.

      • kathrineb

        Ashley and Mk’s looks read more ‘hippie’ than punk to me. MK was kind of fun.

    • MajorBedhead

      I never thought these words would leave my fingers, but I’m lusting after Mary-Kate’s Balmain robe. Both the Olsen twins look pretty cool. Again, words I never thought I’d type.

      • gillian holroyd

        That Balmain! She’s so short, though. It’s criminal to drag it on the floor all night.

      • tereliz

        LOL, same here. I want that robe so much!

      • starrika

        The Olsen twins are modern punk all the time, with their don’t-give-an-eff style.

    • 3boysful

      Mary-Kate–really? That photo of her looks like Shirley MacLaine playing in Grey Gardens.

      Minka looks beautiful.

      Overall, a disappointing group.

    • Jecca2244

      I didn’t mind Jessica Biel’s outfit. It looks fun. But why the underdone face???

      • Airkisses

        No, it’s not a bad dress. The problem is that she’s letting the dress do all the work. Look at her shoes, her clutch, her accessories, her makeup. ALL of the styling is boring, conventional, and half-assed.

      • Amy Winn

        Apparently, she’s sporting a teeny nose ring (septum), only visible in larger pics. Which makes it even more unfathomable why she would underdo the makeup. I mean it’s a bull ring! Commit!!

    • Angelo

      In which Nicole Richie transforms into an elderly Indian man.

    • tallgirl1204

      I LOVED January Jones. That hair, that face– serving up Grace Jones– I never would have thunk January had it in her. The outfit was just the frame for that fabulous face and hair, so I didn’t look at it as half-assed– I looked at it as the appropriate background.

      Also loved both Olsen twins and Ms. Richie.

      • filmcricket

        Agreed on Miss Jones. She wins this round by several miles.

        Was sorry not to see Darren Criss’s custom plaid tux in with the boys.

    • bingo

      I think you don’t recognize Zooey because: 1.) her head isn’t tilted 45 degrees to the left and 2.) she isn’t rocking her ever-present look of practiced surprise and awful styling

    • Lola Channing

      I really agree with you lovely lads on the zzzz factor. The entire event was underwhelming and strangely cold. It just seems everybody parades their dress dutifully, has a token drink and then on to the next event. The only one who was truly punk was Ms. Westwood, who was rudely cut off by Billy Norwich. While I get that he was taken direction through his ear piece, I found it pretty disgraceful.

    • Agatha Guilluame

      Another disappointing MET gala. No one’s even trying anymore. Maybe the date comes too close on the heels of award season, maybe everyone’s burnt out.

      Side note: It’s slightly unnerving every time Zooey pushes her bangs.

      • l_c_ann

        I think the blame rests on Wintour’s way of wording the ‘invite’. Yes, it was for an exhibit of punk becoming coutour, but nobody had a clue of what the potential was.

        • Agatha Guilluame

          Sure. I myself wouldn’t know how to interpret punk couture and I wouldn’t expect Jennifer Lawrence to know either but her stylists should.

    • 3boysful

      I love Claire Danes, but does she really look in a mirror and think the raccoon eyes look good? Better styling would have saved this ensemble.

    • alyce1213

      Boy, the Olsens really turned it out in vintage. I’d kill for either of those ensembles.
      Minka Kelly’s dress is gorgeous. Nicole Ritchie’s dress is gorgeous. Jessica Alba, gorgeous.
      Marion Cotillard and Kate Mara – love their dresses, but not for the Met Ball.
      Most of the rest fall into a middling category.

      BUT, Lena Dunham: Pretty enough? Is she graded on a curve for some reason? Because that is a singularly ugly, dated, not punk-inspired dress — brocade fabric with a sheer giant dotted swiss (whatever) bodice, a strip of lace, an exposed back zipper, with ruffles around the armholes (really, what grownup wears ruffled armholes?) — and exactly where is the waistline? Then there’s her stupefied expression, schlumpy posture, and ever-present, cheap-looking tattoos. Someone give the girl sleeves. She should have been sent home with Jessica Biel.

      • Not applicable

        exactly. and EXTRA points off b/c she’s young and could tooottally do the punk thing all the way. Dumpy is not chic Lena- and that’s not even a slam on the bod- it’s a slam on the overall bad fitting, bad posture, vapid looks. Ugh! go home!

        • MilaXX

          Lena is the one lady celeb I think would look great in Domino Dollhouse clothes. I think their sorta edgey rock and roll aesthetic would suit her much better than these designer frocks she keeps trying to wear.

          • Not applicable

            agreed- she just really needs to stop trying to make dumpy cool. she has all this ‘cred’ and I totally don’t think she has to be model thin or even have a ‘perfected’ look- but have a look Lena! …cuz dumpy ain’t it…

        • marlie

          She could have worn something sleek and sort of simple, and let the tattoos do all of the “punk” work. But instead, we get… this.

      • MilaXX

        I agree on Lena. I don’t think the shape is good for her. I don’t mind the hair or the tats. I do wish she wouldn’t slouch. That dress is awful.

    • KateMaryC

      Who is the goddess behind Emma Watson in the black and white???

      • IAmJ

        Looks like Leelee Sobieski.

      • Kirsten Flanagan

        Sort of looks like Leelee Sobieski, no?

      • tereliz

        Leelee looked okay, except for these weird metallic ivy-like arm coverings.

    • Blair Sylvester

      I thought Jessica Alba’s dress was Tory Burch, she showed up with Tory and Ginnifer Goodwin and I thought she was talking about how they collaborated on the design

      • Tom and Lorenzo

        Yes, it’s Tory Burch. She and Ginnifer Goodwin were Tory Burch’s guests. Fixed. : )

    • SewingSiren

      1. I pretty much love what the Olsen Twins wear. This is no exception. It doesn’t fit the theme of the exhibit, but it is similar in tone to what the actual Grand Dame of punk fashion wore.
      2. Iggy Pop ?
      3. To me this dress does look like a dress inspired by early punk. Look at some of the dresses Stephen Sprouse used to make for Debbie Harry to wear on stage at CBGB’s,
      4. Z
      5. I like it . Good make up. Not pretty but edgy and semi authentic.
      6. Well vintage was extremely popular in the early days of punk. Especially if you lived in isolated areas. Like Texas for instance.

      7. No.

      8. no.

      10 and no.

      11. I like the gigantic spikes.

      12.These two wandered in from the formal spring party for the local bank branch. They’ve worn the same outfits for 5 years straight.

      14. If you aren’t going punk inspired , make it worth while. She did. Awesome.
      15.So did she.
      16. He thought it was a salute to the big band era.

      17. I love this. Especially the hair. It looks like it was colored with tempera paint. I actually know someone who used to do that. I’m not saying who, but there initials are S.S.
      18. Drunk.
      19. Love the bag. I would not have recognized her, though.

    • lbl

      Love Ashley Olsen’s Dior.
      Jennifer, I fear your Dior contract won’t end for a long time.
      Emma, like your GQ shoot, you’re just not selling it.
      Jessica’s fake septum piercing hahahahahaha. Also that was favorite from they’re collection. Shame she got to wear it.
      Lena, that’s possibly the best you’ve ever looked at an event.
      Thank you, Nicole.

      This, like last year, was disappointing overall. I really hate that not even the young people are bringing it. Isn’t this the time to be adventurous?

    • Kirsten Flanagan

      Am I seeing buttcrack behind Nicole Richie? My eyes!

      • l_c_ann

        Somewhere in NYC a woman’s claim to fame just became “My red butt arrow photobombed Nicole Richie’s big moment”

    • SugarSnap108

      I don’t agree that Kate Beckinsale deserves a “yawn” — she looks pretty sassy, I think. LOVE Nicole Richie’s look, and I kind of can’t believe I just typed that statement.

    • tereliz

      I love Zooey’s dress and would love to wear it to any event EXCEPT THIS ONE. Can’t hate on her, though, since she looks like an actual adult person for once instead of a manic pixie dream girl. Look, her head’s on straight. Apparently you need to side-sweep the bangs for that to happen.

      Nichole Richie’s look was amazing. Anyone who says otherwise must be a miserable human being who doesn’t know how to have fun. Minka’s dress was lovely, dark and very fairy-tale evil sorceress. She and Richie look like the queens in a fantasy chess set.

    • Ondioline

      I suppose I am disappointed by the lack of vintage Westwood, Sprouse, and McQueen.

    • DeTrop

      My fav of this lot is Minka Kelly in CH. Wow. BTW, was anybody left in Hollywood? Don’t get the Olsen twins. Is it their posture, their hair or what? They could have stood out more since their outfits were A Plus.

    • MilaXX

      Jennifer Lawrence for the win solely based on the gif of her photo bombing SJP and seriously cracking Marion Coutard up. Honestly folks it’s up there with Pete stumbling on the steps in terms of LOL factor.

      Nicole Ritchie’s look is the unholy union of Bride of Frankenstein & Karl Lagerfield It threw me at first, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it.

      I still cannot believe that is Zooey. Every time I see it I think it’s a mislabeled photo. I think that’s a good thing.

      • jetpackdino

        I found that gif.* Pretty freaking awesome!

        *it’s on under Jennifer Lawrence Wins the Met Ball for those of you who are interested.

      • marlie

        Honestly, I think Zooey looks a little too… generic… here.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      JLo looks as if a she were inside a python.

    • MinaBinaXina

      Who is the crazy woman in the top right of the nicole ritchie pic? it’s like you can see her ass, but not really.

      • OrigamiRose

        Thank you! I was afraid to ask if that was illusion netting with an ass crack built into it or the real deal.

    • Airkisses

      NIcole Ritchie looks like Hades in Disney’s Hercules

      • Kristin McNamara

        HAHAHAHA. So much yes.

    • formerlyAnon

      I didn’t think Nicole Richie would ever do something that looked that edgy to her hair. You go, girl.

      I was waiting to see the Olsens (Too lazy to google them) because I heard so many negatives about them. And then, I thought they were both fine-to-above-average. They’ve been around so long that I think people forget that they’re still several years short of 30, spent their entire childhoods working and have had more than enough money to play with clothing ever since they hit adulthood and could control their own finances.

      Of course, more than 85% of what they wear is in the vein of either what I wore or wished I could afford in my vintage-shop-crawling days (roughly mid ’70s through mid-late ’80s), so there is that. I’ve owned two far less expensive versions of voluminous silk embroidered robes and love the one [edit:] Mary Kate’s wearing. So if I were insanely rich, had an equally rich shopping buddy or two and was 27, I’d probably look a lot like an Olsen. (Though I hope I’d look happier.)

    • Fordzo

      Lena Dunham: NOW you put on clothes that cover the good china? For a PUNK THEMED MET GALA, where you were practically GIVEN PERMISSION to go balls out, you wear something that isn’t A) a romper, B) long enough to not require a bikini wax and C) keeps your tits in place?

      I give up on this girl.

      • Caterina Maria

        There was so much dress I had to look closely to figure out just how much of it was the leg of the guy behind her. Possibly not the best idea, photographer?

    • BrooklynBomber

      I totally agree about Nicole Ritchie. I’m surprised she was criticized for it.
      Zooey D. is unrecognizable without her signature bangs and tights.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I’m convinced that there was a makeup station where most of the ladies stopped for a quick application of the SAME BLACK EYELINER. Marion Cotillard was the only one not willing to stand in line for it.

    • CarolinLA

      LOVE LOVE LOVE Mary-Kate’s look. I was surprised when she didn’t get her own post.

    • Monzerrat Ontiveros

      coco rocha was the best!

    • Isabel

      Despite of what the Guardian news paper said about Deborah Harry in this article ( “Met Ball 2013 fashion’s winners and losers” ), she rocked it!

      Meanwhile, Wintour’s dress looks like a grammy’s couch. Pink not equal to Punk. sorry.

    • frannyprof

      That is not zooey D. That *is* a seersucker dress, right?!

    • frannyprof

      Okay, I stand corrected. so does not look like her!

    • Yolanda13

      Forgive me, but we definitely can hate Zooey’s seersucker dress. WTH? She looks twice her age in this picture.

    • Crystal

      Well hey there, Olsen twins. I actually enjoy your cracktastic shenanigans. Thank you for being yourselves.

    • MK03

      Mary Kate looks ill. Seriously, she looks like she’s at death’s door.

    • Gaby

      Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, you’re DRUNK. Go home (with me).

      Also, for everyone’s enjoyment, google his name and “german sausage commercial.” You will not be disappointed.

    • Ediths_Head

      Y’all are officially the best fashion writers ever. Love and thanks.

      Also, MK Olsen was my favorite of the night. She took the theme to heart and IS punk, not punk retread. And Nicole gets tons o’ points for the hair.

    • MishaFoomin

      If I somehow got to go to this, I would totally ask a drag queen to do my makeup. I don’t care. I would want to be talked about.

    • Melanie K. Morgan

      I completely disagree with you about the Olsen twins. I really hate their geriatric bag-lady style. I don’t care if it is vintage Chanel, they look like twelve-year-olds playing dress-up in Grandmama’s closet.

      • Caterina Maria

        Something about their style strikes me as “unhinged by fame at an early age”. The Bitter Kitten who referenced Grey Gardens got it dead on.

    • decormaven

      What the frack is on the back of January Jones’ outfit? A capelet? A sequined dowager’s hump?
      Everybody else is booooring, not dressed in theme, or both. I do love that Balmain robe, though, just not at this venue.

    • jetpackdino

      YAWN. Madonna wins.

      I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising. For the most part, actors and actresses aren’t the trailblazing types. They stand where they’re told, they say their lines… They wear the clothes someone gives them. They’re pretty. They work hard to please.

      Punk was the opposite of that. Punk was brave. It was original: new ideas, new sounds, new fashion. Punk took courage.

      Looking at it from that angle, I guess it’s really not that surprising that for the most part, performers in the music industry–with the notable epic disappointment of Gwen Stefani– won this night. Madonna, Miley, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry. I think musicians have more balls than actors do, as a breed.

    • mjude

      i adore mary-kate’s coat (cant believe i typed that) but i really do!

    • MsKitty

      You can always count on the Olsen twins to bring the Grey Gardens realness.

      I wanted to reach through the screen and straighten Lena Dunham’s shoulders. No excuse for such poor posture.

    • JaCory Deon

      MK Olsen was the only one who served punk imho: it’s like she’s saying, “yes bitches I’m rich for very little and don’t give a royal f**k about being glamourous at these things. Now pour that up mfs.” She looks awful but I love her for it! The rest look like bridesmaids (EXCEPT that gypsy JLo…hahaha, I’m surprised Kim Kardashian didn’t want that dress, it’s certainly tacky enough).

    • bellafigura1

      Um, Zooey is wearing, what, seersucker? At night? To a punk-couture thing? Hmn.
      Both Olsens join Miley Cyrus and Christina Ricci for the win!
      And I totally agree on Nicole Ritchie — the hunger games vibe is fantastic.
      I think Marion Cotillard’s dress is divine, but wrong event, wrong shoes.

    • snarkykitten

      I’m so over Lena Dunham. Much like KStew. If you’re going to look like some bratty child forced to attend their great aunt’s 85th birthday, STAY THE FUCK HOME

    • Melanie

      Man, I love Minka Kelly’s look.

      Am I the only one who thought Claire Danes could have really knocked this theme out of the park? So disappointed.

      And you guys exactly nailed Nicole Richie – I couldn’t put my finger on it, but with “Hunger Games character,” you got it exactly right!

    • Melanie

      I also have a question – why so many designers here actually, like, escorting the ladies wearing their clothes? Valentino was all over Anne Hathaway, and the Rodarte girls were stepping and repeating with the Fanning sisters. There were plenty of others, too, but they escape me at the moment. I think I saw Tory Burch with Alba and Goodwin, too. Seems so weird to me, but maybe because it’s the Costume Gala?

    • marlie


      I don’t particularly like Nicole Ritchie’s looks, but she definitely gets an A for effort from me.

      January Jones is giving Cate Blanchett face.

      I love Zoeey Deschanel’s dress, but more as an “alternative” wedding gown, of for a summer country-club type event. But she’s unrecognizable.

    • Susan Collier

      I go back and forth on which Olsen twin is Big Edie and which is Little Edie.

    • kerryev

      What the bejeezus is going on up the stairs from Nicole Ritchie?

      • jetpackdino

        Some sort of “I’m sooooo glad you couldn’t see my mom’s face in that” photobomb.

    • LJCdoc

      I want “Mario” Cotillard’s shoes. That is all.

    • Victoria Anzalone

      Hermione and Marion’s shoes are fabulous. January Jones’ make-up makes me want to hide under my bed and cry.

    • blueberrypanckae

      Kate Beckinsale looks like she took a Davids Bridal Bridesmaids dress and hacked off the bottom!

    • Constanza Álvarez Espinoza

      Of all of this, of all of this, Mika Kelly’s look is the only one I love. And I don’t even know who she is.
      The rest? Meh!

    • Snailstsichr

      Loved Emmy’s makeup! That makeup artist is a keeper.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Am I the only one who thought Jessica Biel looked OK?

      • EEKstl

        No, but she should have left enough time to put on her makeup!

      • shelley514

        She always looks okay. And boring. And always has a pissy look on her face. What is her purpose?

      • KAO TV

        i think she looks good too

    • Samuel Joesph Donovan

      January Jones’ face is one of the best make up jobs I’ve ever seen.

    • Fordzo

      Did Nicole Richie *mean* to look like a dowager oompa-loompa? I’m not understanding that makeup. Is it a bad fake tan?

    • altermyego

      I don’t think it matters what January Jones is wearing, the face makes up for anything else that might be lacking. After all, it’s not punk if you don’t have the attitude and Ms Jones has it in spades.

    • shelley514

      I love it when JJ takes on edgy. Mary-Kate Olson looks like she wandered to the kitchen at 2:00am for milk and cookies.

    • Dora K.

      What’s with all the black/brown/tan combos? Such a depressing palette.

    • Fatima Siddique

      January Jones’ eye make-up makes her look like she’s in the cast of Cats

    • TheDivineMissAnn

      I love Nicole Richie’s dress; she is awfully tiny and that dress makes her look like she’s 6′ tall. BUT, that woman in the red dress to her right, several steps up…in the name of all that is holy, what the hell is she wearing? She looks like the Coppertone baby!

      • conniemd

        Wow full ass view.

    • Pamela Hunt

      Sorry daddies, but Lena Dunham, “pretty enough”? That’s a hideous-looking black lace granny dress and it’s doing her NO favors. Nor is her posture.

    • imakeart

      Some of the purses have been kinda cool…Zoey’s, love Jessica Alba’s, and others.

    • pattycap11

      Ashley Olsen’s look was charming as hell and I loved January Jones as David Bowie. I don’t really know who Nicholas Hoult is but he’s freaking adorable. Minka Kelly looked pretty good and I love that Mary Kate showed up at an art gala as an actual piece of performance art.

    • bd73

      the olsen twin in the fur-trimmed robe looks fabulous. literally, throwback glamorous bohemian vintage chic. but i cannot understand what happened with marion cotillard. she is usually unstoppable. and she’s french! she could at least done something avant garde.

    • reb

      Love January’s hair and makeup.

    • Caterina Maria

      Uh… Mario Cotillard?

      I get the sense that a large chunk of attendees were aiming for punk but ended up with glam — which is not bad, but not punk. Sex Pistols, not David Bowie.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Okay, have I missed the publicity for the Olsen twins’ remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Because these outfits are a total pole-dance for that movie. It exists, right? It MUST EXIST. Today.

    • quiltrx

      Definitely some pretty here, but not ‘reaching’ much fashion-wise. And some of you ladies…well, I really expected MUCH more out of you at the Met Gala!
      My fave here…Minka Kelly! (and I can never even remember who she is, sadly) She is serving up some ‘Shanghai Gesture’ noir realness here, and I LOVE it.
      I like Ms. Alba’s gown for being a little different, not what I’d expect for her.
      And Marion, you’re definitely one of my disappointments. But I would cut every Bitter, Bitchy Kitten here for a pair of those shoes in my size!!

    • kathrineb

      The MOST unpunk this punk-themed event for sure! Only a small handful of people even considered the theme at all.
      Looking at the last set of pictures I think that the only way to get people to fit the theme is to day ‘the next Gala theme is ‘standard red carpet dresses’.

    • kathrineb

      Woa! I did not recognize Zooey without her bangs!

    • Puckndc

      NEVER thought i would praise the Olsen twins….but they really got it!!!….LOVE LOVE the whole vintage couture thing, and they seem to carry it thing they EVER smile????

    • SewingSiren

      Ha. Finally this comment shows up. It must have been in comment limbo. I don’t know why the no’s are in blue. I didn’t add any links. I was only trying to correct “there” to ” their”. So there.

    • KAO TV

      those gowns aren’t punk at all..january jones methinks is really cool! and yeah rossum coulda been a werq if it’s a different occasion

    • JP

      I love how, to lady celebs, “punk” means “do something weird with eye shadow.” The results are amusing.

      Love Marion Cotillard’s shoes.

    • MandyM

      I still don’t believe that’s Zooey. I think she got some contagious jungle fever and hired a body double. She was too sick to find one that actually looked like her. The dress is SUPER cute! Love seersucker used for things other than old lady clothes.

    • guest2visits

      O no – Jennifer L is amazing in Dior. I think classic and elegant is hers to dominate… and I would never have thought so, because she’s so young and all. But she gives it new life. So far, quirky trends just don’t seem to fit her body all that well.