This year’s theme was “Punk,” so no points given to those who showed up looking like princesses, no matter how beautiful (I’m looking at you Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, and Emilia Clarke!).
Anne Hathaway (in Valentino) This surprised me on so many levels. I don’t find her fashion sense particularly interesting but this dress just KILLS it and I’m shockingly into her blonde hair. I wish the dress didn’t have those feathers on the sleeves, but hey, that’s on the designer not on her.
Gisele Bundchen (in Anthony Vaccarello) Right, well, it’s Gisele so obviously she looks gorgeous as ever. This is no surprise if you’ve seen past Met Gala carpets- Gisele always kills it. And after two kids, she can still pull off that open chain mesh dangerously close to her lady parts better than anyone else on earth.”
Gwen Stefani (Maison Martin Margiela) If anyone belongs at this year’s gala, it’s Gwen. With a foot in punk and a foot in fashion, it’s just a natural fit and she looks so freaking fantastic here. It’s simple but not boring and rocking her standard “Gwen” makeup just drives it home.
Constance Jablonski (in Wes Gordon) The model kept her hair and makeup simple and let her dress (and her enormous blue eyes) do the talking, which really lets you focus on the “liquid gold” look of her Wes Gordon dress. I love that the strappy leather detail takes the dress from what could look very Grecian goddess to a bit more edgy and fashionable.
Kirsten Dunst (in Louis Vuitton) Like Hathaway, another surprise. Usually Kirsten wears dresses that are either ill-fitting or too flowing and while they suit her bohemian style, they aren’t exactly eye-catching. This dress is a little “whoa, where’s she been hiding THAT body” and I love it. The color is fantastic on her, the detail on the bottom isn’t too much, and her soft hair looks young and fresh. And I adore the neckline.
Anja Rubik (in Anthony Vaccarello) I love this on so many levels. The red leather, the collar/sleeves, the plunging neckline…not to mention Anja’s red lips and side-swept hair. Fantastic.
January Jones (in Chanel) Miss Jones isn’t getting the credit here for the dress, which is neither offensive nor remarkable, but for her gusto in embracing the theme with her hair and makeup. The blonde swirl of short hair, that eyeliner, those cheekbones…she could be David Bowie. And that’s a compliment.
Nina Dobrev (in Monique Lhuillier) There were several pant-dresses at this year’s gala and I’m digging this one the most. The black lace and the little touch of leather are a little bit gothic but the texture and fullness of the skirt are so feminine. Nina’s dark features really capitalize on the best parts of the dress and she looks like a gorgeous little bad girl playing dress up.”
Rooney Mara (in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci) I love this dress. The front, the back, everything about it. My only tiny critique? While Mara looks fantastic as is, her hair and makeup are almost always this severe. This dress would have looked even more fantastic with a little bit lighter lip and something with more volume for the hair. In keeping with the punk theme, a high, soft mohawk style would have looked totally badass.
Cara Delevingne (in Burberry) The dress is simple in silhouette, but those studs and the deep-V neckline make it hot. Cara, not one to shy away from total commitment, showed off a half-shaved hairdo, smoky eyes, and some serious jewelry and managed to somehow look like the world’s most fashion-forward punk.
Beyonce (in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci) The dress itself isn’t bad, but oh man, those boots. It looks like something Beyonce would have worn in the old Destiny’s Child days when her mom made them all wear hideous matching outfits with far too many accessories. Frankly, she’s better than flaming orange boots and this dress gave me flashbacks to 2000, and not in a good way.
Gwyneth Paltrow (in Valentino) I’m sad, because I’m totally not a Gwyneth-hater. Most of the time, I think she manages to look both modern and classy. While this isn’t exactly hideous, it’s just so ill-fitting and boring, not to mention not at all punk.
Nicki Minaj (in Tommy Hilfiger) Probably the least surprising name on this list. Weirdly, nothing about this look is punk or outrageous at all, and Nicki could have really gone all out. Instead, her dress is simple but completely unflattering and her hair is unattractive and distracting. Where’s the crazy makeup, the faux-hawk? Come on, Nicki!”
Katy Perry (Dolce and Gabbana) I don’t know where to begin. The dress? The crown? I’m struggling to find a single thing I like about this… um, her nails look cool?
Lauren Santo Domingo (in Dolce and Gabbana) It’s a combination of grandma’s curtains and a medieval wench. Please, no.