The Met Costume Gala is like Christmas, the Oscars and Fashion Week rolled into one, with outfits to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. Our personal favorite looks are the ones that get people talking; love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s always the riskiest ensembles that get the most attention. After all, what good is fashion if it doesn’t make a statement?
We’ve picked 25 of our favorite, most interesting, avant-garde-iest outfits for you to gawk over. Whether it be bright colors, interesting beading, edgy angles or quirky accessories, these are our picks for the coolest, most cutting edge looks of fashion’s biggest night. You’ll find no basic black here! This gallery is for fearless risk-takers only.
Okay celebrities, you can all go home now! Because if it was not yet clear that Beyonce is the queen of the world, her show-stopping Givenchy gown at the Met Gala tonight has sent a serious signal: Beyonce is the best. Hands down. Period. The End. Who runs the world? Bey does. Yes, her dress is absolutely amazing, with the see-through, shimmery lace and incredible purple train. (We will fall asleep tonight and every night of the next year dreaming about that to-die-for train. Swoon.) But not just anyone could pull off this gorgeous gown. It’s the singer’s confidence that sells it and makes it such a completely spectacular look. Let’s just hope she saves it for lil Blue to wear one day, too.
We’re not going to lie to you guys – we were glued to Vogue‘s livestream of the Met Gala, waiting with excitement for Kristen Stewart‘s arrival. And as usual, the actress did not disappoint. We’ve watched Kristen grow into a fashion icon over the past few years, and tonight’s bold Balenciaga proved just how far she’s come. She’s the face of the fashion house’s new fragrance, and tonight she accompanied their creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, to the event. Her dress and shoes are from their fall 2012 collection and we think they both suit her red carpet style perfectly – edgy and show-stopping but still young, fresh and most importantly, her. And the hair – oh, can we please talk about her hair for a second? Tousled to perfection, effortless, and completely sexy. Well played, Ms. Stewart! Well played.
Rihanna was one of the last stars to arrive at the Met Gala tonight, and boy did she not disappoint. We’re used to Riri rocking wild outfits, but this look was chic and refined. The black Tom Ford gown hugged her body in every right way, the neck line was simple and classic and the conservative long sleeves tossed attention to the sexy cut of the back. She kept her hair up and simple and her heels sky-high. We always expect the unexpected with Rihanna, and this move was no different. Her look tonight was timeless and glamorous but still totally her own.
Before we say anything about what everyone else wore, we need to say this … HOLY SH–, CHARLIZE THERON! How does she do it? And by that we mean, how does she look like that? The CinemaCon 2012 Awards Ceremony went down at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last night, and Charlize slinked down the red carpet wearing the sexiest, raciest Dion Lee LBD in the history of all little black dresses. The fact that she wore strappy Giuseppe Zanotti heels didn’t hurt either. Take a bow, Charlize.
Also wearing black at the same event were Jennifer Garner and Michelle Pfeiffer. Jennifer wasn’t quite working her Michael Kors dress, perhaps because it should have been worn with different shoes. The ones she had on looked like bandages and were far too clunky. Michelle defied age in her a sheer-panelled dress that showed off a rocking bod. Our favorite, other than Charlize, would be Chloe Moretz who wore a metallic dark blue Kenzo dress with hidden slant pockets.
Other celebrities who attended included the likes of Josh Hutcherson, Anna Faris and Jeremy Renner, to name a few.
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The Us Weekly Hot Hollywood Style Issue party went down last night in L.A. at the Greystone Manor, and guests took the “hot” part of the invitation quite seriously. Kim Kardashian led the way working it in a sparkling silver strapless dress with neon pink pumps. Carmen Electra looked quite spectacular wearing a beige dress with gold vertical detailing, gathered at the waist. Olivia Munn picked a tight LBD with black booties, with an multi-strand orange necklace for color relief. Yep. Legs galore, right? Other stems that looked equally great were Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett‘s, showcased in a tight blue plunging mini. Jennifer Morrison went that route too, in a flounced frock, and she also debuted a new auburn ‘do. The likes of Shannen Doherty, Monica and Busy Philipps were also spotted wearing little dresses. Aubrey O’Day wore a maxi, but brought out the cleavage. Balancing out all the yin, was some pretty hot yang — Kellan Lutz. ‘Nuff said. Check out the gallery to see for yourself.
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Considering yesterday’s Tribeca Ball red carpet was more meh than fabulous, we expected the Tribeca Film Festival’s Vanity Fair party to up the ante. Sadly, it didn’t. There were some stand-outs. Jessica White nailed it again in a cream gown with lace overlay and a sexy slit up the draped thigh. Helena Christensen looked fresh and fine in a summery white cocktail frock which was yards better than her pastoral maxi at the Tribeca Ball. Sticking to the white theme was Leelee Sobieski wore a very simple Jil Sander gown (see above right) that we absolutely love. Unfortunately, she killed it with a weird Star Wars-esque ‘do.
There were a couple of other head-scratchers too. Like why would Catherine Zeta-Jones put on that terribly unflattering metallic gray Michael Kors frock? Why would someone as gorgeous as Lily Cole put on a glorified sack? Why would Dakota Fanning (who was also a juror in the World Competition Category) put on a weird headband when her hot pink Lanvin dress was lovely enough on its own? To answer all these questions and to ask a couple of your own, head to the gallery to check out what everyone wore.
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We’d like to save the best for last, so we’re going to start with who didn’t hit the mark at last night’s Tribeca Ball in New York. The event was honoring Robert de Niro, FYI, and was held at the New York Academy of Art. We’ll start with Solange Knowles on the left. Love the coral lips and print blouse, but not exactly loving those high-waisted, shiny trousers. Taking “shiny” to a whole new level is Carla Gugino, in the middle. She’s such a beautiful woman, but that bouffant hair is all wrong, especially when paired with that red, satin dress. We get she was trying to go retro, but couldn’t get it right. Then there’s Paz de la Huerta on the right. We don’t even know what to say, or where to begin. Just … NO.
We’re moving on to the meh pile next, which comprises Padma Lakshmi and Helena Christensen. To see what they wore, and what we have to say, click after the jump. The best dressed lot also awaits you! Read more…
And that’s how it’s done. If you’re going to have three wardrobe changes in one day, you may as well make each one count. Take Dianna Agron, for instance. While Glee fans are on the edge of our seats, hoping we’ll find out what happened to Quinn in that texting-and-driving incident tonight, she was in New York yesterday, and commitments dictated that she had to make a trio of quick changes through the day. Her stylist deserves a round of applause because we love each one. The red-and-white striped dress on the left is her version of casual. We’d like that tweedy jacket, please. Who thinks that may be Chanel? The awesome black-and-white schoolgirl outfit in the middle is what she wore to visit the MTV studios. It’s hard to pull off a bow like that without looking twee. Dianna ends up making it look elegant. Lastly, the picture on the right is a yellow-and-navy printed Alice + Olivia dress, which she had on for a taping of The View. Take a bow, Ms Agron. You just made a three-for-three.
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That’s an interesting shade to pop up in three different spots on the same day. Looks like celebrity-town is fully embracing the spring spirit and bringing out bright colors. Orange, for instance, was the shade of the day, yesterday. Tina Fey wore it from head-to-toe in New York while filming 30 Rock with the extremely delicious James Marsden. Elsewhere in New York, a very pregnant Kourtney Kardashian wore the same punchy hue in a loose A-line shift with skyscraper heels. We’re totally digging her maternity wardrobe, but wonder how she’s navigating herself in those shoes.
Lastly, Paula Patton was a breath of fresh air in a vermilion flirty frock while filming Extra at The Grove in L.A. for Pepsi NEXT. That’s three great looks, and we’re sold. By that we mean, we’re finally packing away our dark, depressing clothes and opening up to some summer fun. Which silhouette do you like best? We’re leaning towards Kourtney’s, only a tad more taken in since we’re not preggers. Although, our regular body type may just be Kourt’s preggo physique because that woman is tiny.
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