Costume Institute Gala 2010

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Lady Gaga Locks Herself In Dressing Room At Met Gala, Oprah Coaxes Her Out

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We’re Lady Gaga fans, but we admittedly don’t really care much about her eccentric artist schtick. She’s a singer who acts and dresses crazy, something singers have been doing for years, she just takes it to a higher level. So the news that she locked herself in her dressing room at the Met Costume Institute Gala and refused to walk the red carpet the other night is not surprising, but it does garner an eye-roll and a yawn from us. Despite her best efforts to be a drama queen, her presence was required because she was featured performer at the event. So what finally convinced Gaga to come out? Why, Oprah, of course. Okay, Oprah and Gaga’s friend, artist Terence Koh, who had to be called in to coax the delicate flower that she was wanted, no, needed, at the event.

When she finally took the stage, Gaga returned to her jolly old self, telling the audience ”I’ll never forget when Anna Wintour called me to play at this event, she called me and said, ‘I would like you to play at the Met gala, but I just want to make sure, because I’ve seen you perform before, that you won’t be swearing during the performance.’ So Anna, I will do my f*cking best!” Gaga wore a Prada tux to the event, and was photographed with Miuccia Prada, who we hope was not offended that her look didn’t get photographed on the red carpet.

[Photo: Prada via NY Mag]

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Steve Harvey Had His Own NYC Gala To Throw Last Night

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You might think it’d be unwise to schedule your NYC gala on the same night the Costume Institute Gala takes over the Met. But then again, you’re not Steve Harvey. The comedian held his 1st Annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani Wall Street Monday, honoring Denzel Washington, raising money for Harvey’s efforts to teach “The Principles Of Manhood” and enjoying a performance by Toni Braxton. That’s all well and good, but what the hell is going on with Marjorie Harvey‘s dress? If that giant-ass bow was an attempt to draw some attention away from the Met and towards this soiree, congratulations! See more photos in the gallery below.

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Andre Leon Talley, Large And In Charge

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André Leon Talley is a force to be reckoned with. The former Vogue editor-at-large lives up to his name in both size and stature and he arrived at the Costume Institute Gala last night looking like a cross between a Jedi knight, the world’s most stylish boxer, and a feudal Japanese warrior. The imposing fashion guru was escorted by his friend Whoopi Goldberg whose white ensemble would have been, under any other circumstances, the most karate-formalwear look of the night. It’s hard to compete though when your date is a fashion sensei. Talley dons the look often though, that is, when he’s not in his furs. Check out some of his best (and most insane) looks in our gallery.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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Five On The Fence: WTF Or Way Hot?

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There was no shortage of indisputably gorgeous gowns at the Met’s Costume Gala last night. Everyone can agree that Anne Hathaway, Gwen Stefani, and Kate Hudson looked drop-dead. What’s still irking us this afternoon are five starlets we love that got caught somewhere in between the best and the worst. 

1. Tina Fey: It’s quite plausible that our love for Tina in general has fogged our fashion critique. Her zipped jumper isn’t hideous, but is it appropriate for a gala? 

2. Eva Mendes: When you’re as stunning as Eva Mendes, it’s a feat to look bad. Big florals are usually a big risk for the red carpet, but we kind of love her form-fitting mermaid gown. 

3. Blake Lively: Yes, her legs go on for days. Yes, she’s radiant. But doesn’t this barely-there get-up look a little too Dancing with the Stars

4. Kristen Stewart: We can’t picture KStew’s edgy Chanel frock on anyone else in young Hollywood, but somehow her badass attitude, twiggy legs, and a pair of sky-high pumps made it work. 

5. Naomi Watts: We love Watts’ pairing of red lips with her dark pink satin gown. Is the giant ruffle on her shoulder too much or tres chic?  

Help us, readers! We won’t be able to sleep tonight without deciding if this quintet of ladies rocked or flopped.

For further comparison, check out our monstrous gallery of every woman in the biz at the Met last night.

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Legs Up To There At The Met Last Night

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Hollywood’s leading ladies work out hard, and dammit, they are not going to let their Yogilates and Master Cleansing go unnoticed. At the Met Costume Institute Gala last night, there were quite a few thigh-high slit dresses, and they all showed off some impeccable gams. However, just because someone shows a little leg doesn’t mean they’re an automatic fashion “do.” We’re still not quite sure if Kristen Stewart‘s look is meshy or just messy, and we’re not thrilled with Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon‘s cut-out look either (although, ironically, it’s her shoes we’re not loving). Hermione “Emma Watson” Granger on the other hand, looks magical in white, and Kate Hudson‘s legs distracted us from checking out her new boobs for a moment. Thigh slits  - they’re the new black.

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Jude Law And Sienna Miller: Reunited On The Red Carpet

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All is forgiven? After months of reconciliations rumors and tropical vacations, Jude Law and Sienna Miller chose last night’s Costume Institute Gala at the Met for their first red carpet appearance together since the Hamlet actor cheated on his then-fiancee with his nanny in 2006. The pair reunited last October when Law’s Shakespeare stint coincided with her run on After Miss Julie on Broadway. Maybe they’ll finally get around to buying a pad so we can stop printing yet more rumors about their house-hunting adventures. See photos of the couple then and now in the gallery below.

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Style Wars: Mad Men Hits The Met

January Jones and Christina Hendricks may dress impeccably on Mad Men, but their ensembles at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala proved that when left without the show’s award-winning stylists, things can get ugly. An uber-eyeshadow’d Jones wore a gothic-patterned pink Yves Saint Laurent mini dress with black gloves past her elbows. While Hendricks’ curves always look fab in a gown, we hated the little creature on the right shoulder of her L’Wren Scott frock. Betty and Joan both let us down with their overdone looks, but who looked worse? [Photos: Getty Images]

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