Costume Institute Gala

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Style Wars: Blake Lively Vs. Cindy Crawford

Gossip Girl Blake Lively strutted down the red carpet at last night’s Costume Institute Ball looking like a washed-up, 43-year-old former supermodel trying to play up her aging sex appeal. Washed up 43-year-old former supermodel Cindy Crawford paraded around flaunging her legs in a dress more appropriate for a young TV starlet.  Tell us – which of these ladies looked better in their bold, blue gowns?  [Photos: GettyImages]

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Skimpily-Clad Celebs Rule Costume Gala

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We’ve already exposed the Costume Gala’s worst-dressed celebs. But for every fashion misfire at this glamour fest, dozens of stunning outfits created by the world’s best designers adorned the stunning bodies of the world’s most famous people. This year’s theme was “The Model as Muse.” So it should come as no surprise that skin was on display in abundance. From open-backed gowns (Kate Moss, Ciara) to high hems (Gisele, Rachel Bilson) to semi-bare midriffs (Claudia Schiffer, Eva Longoria Parker), the gala was an orgy of flawless flesh. Check the pics.

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Style Wars: Rihanna Vs. Lake Bell

Rihanna reemerged on the red carpet last night, making her first appearance at the Costume Institute Gala since Chris Brown was arrested in February. The singer made a fierce impression in menswear, as did actress Lake Bell. Tell us: which lady-tux do you dig more? [Photos: GettyImages]

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Costume Gala’s Top 10 Worst-Dressed Celebs

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The Costume Institute gala, held annually at the Met museum in NYC, is considered to be one of the most glamorous events in the world, but that doesn’t mean the celebrities who attend are immune to fashion missteps — or even fashion catastrophes. This year’s theme (“The Model as Muse”) was responsible for more than one “high-concept” outfit that we fail to understand.

Model Shalom Harlow‘s poofy black creation, for example, might be a brilliant piece of avant-garde design to some. But we’re just laypeople here at theFABlife, and when we look at her gown we see nothing but the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

Similarly, fashion insiders might look at Leighton Meester in Louis Vuitton and see an abstract-psychedelic masterpiece. But the getup just gives us a headache. Then there’s Madonna (fashion offenses listed here), Rihanna (we have no words) and Kirsten Dunst (we want to like this country-inspired dress, but flatter it does not). See pictures below of 2009 gala’s worst outfits.

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Madonna Debuts Crazy Style After Adoption Adjourned

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We know it’s been a stressful time, Madonna. We know it must have been hard on Monday when the judge in Malawi adjourned his decision on your appeal to adopt Mercy until a “later date.” It must be really strange seeing daughter Lourdes develop her own headline-grabbing style at the tender age of 12 — suddenly you’re not the most fashionable one any more. But really, is this, um, “experiment” at the Met Gala the answer?

The ribbon defies gravity. The hair looks like you’ve just swept it up in a scrunchie to put your mascara on. The dress looks like you’ve nicked it from Cyndi Lauper’s 1985 wardrobe. And the heel on those boots is just wrong. Still, we’ve got to give you a medal for style bravery. Combined with the famous grass dress last year, it seems without Guy Ritchie, Madge is embracing her inner fashion nutcase. [Photo: Splash News Online]