A bit of a misnomer, that title. It’s just that we’ve already called out the Basics (with another round of judgment on that front yet to come), but these folks actually showed up trying to work a little something-something on that Met Gala red carpet. We don’t think any of the following looks really wowed us to the point that they needed our undivided attention, but we also don’t think any of them are easily dismissed as low-effort attempts. These folks brought it. Maybe they didn’t bring quite enough of it, but it’s better than bringing none at all.
Here’s to the bold ones. Now let’s judge them.
Andrew Garfield in Tom Ford
It may not be the most fashion-forward or thematically on point of looks, but a man in a velvet Tom Ford tuxedo is definitely serving us some lewk. The grooming is spectacular.
Ariana Grande in Vera Wang
Meh. Showing up to this particular Met Gala wearing the Sistine Chapel is just a little too easy.
Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
We were a bit surprised by how much we love this. It’s a little bit over-designed; especially in the skirt, which seems to have about a half-dozen design elements too many. But this was a night to go big and she definitely did that.
Donald Glover in Gucci
It’s just okay, but the color and the beading on the back helped make it.
Donatella Versace in Atelier Versace
She looks a little bit like a videogame character charged to go on a quest to save a princess, but in a fabulous kind of way. The skirt situation is a bit overwrought, but the colors look fantastic on her and it’s hard to hate the boots.
Emilia Clarke in Dolce&Gabbana
It’s okay. We think we should be more excited by it, but to be honest, this is exactly the kind of stuff we were afraid everyone was going to wind up wearing. Still, cliche aside, it’s a great look for her.
Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton
This just looks like someone had some sort of seizure in the middle of the design process. Either that or they’re just seeing how long they can fuck with Emma until she finally starts putting her foot down.
What we’re trying to say is that this is a weird, fucked-up frock, but at least it’s not dull.
Gigi Hadid in Atelier Versace
Evidently this was designed to mimic stained glass, which is a motif we thought we’d wind up seeing more of on this red carpet. This is pretty, but we wish the paler parts had a bit more richness of color to them.
Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton
He’s a very silly person and we’re not going to spend any more time giving him the attention he clearly needs.
We do kind of like that coat, though.
Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton
We wound up liking this quite a bit more than we probably should, given the wide disconnect between the various textiles. We don’t mind the difference in the bodice and the skirt, but that yoke makes no kind of sense.
Kristin Scott Thomas in Erdem
Love it. She’s like a pale blue Mother Superior.
Letitia Wright in Coach
We tried SO HARD to like this, simply because we adore her so much, but it just can’t be, kittens. This thing is hideous.
Mary J. Blige in Atelier Versace
This, on the other hand, is FABULOUS. WERQ that heavenly body, diva!
Mary-Kate Olsen (in The Row) and Ashley Olsen in Paco Rabanne
Everyone had their eyes on Jared Leto or Madonna, knowing that the theme was tailor-made for them. But in retrospect, we all should have realized the Olsen gals would find a perfect home for their Boho Priestess Vestment realness. And while they almost never dress in relation to each other, there’s a really nice balance of witchiness with a more priestessy vibe.
Salma Hayek in Altuzarra
It’s a stunner of a dress, but it’s another example of someone wearing art to a museum gala, making it a slightly lazy choice, in our eyes. We wish she’d worn this to practically any other event. Still, hubby seems pretty damn pleased with how she looks, so we suppose the opinion of these two queens shouldn’t matter a bit. She’s getting some billionaire tonight.
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