Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The best and worst dressed at the Met Ball 2011

Monday evening saw the fabulous and fashionable out in their finest for the annual Met Ball 2011. The ball is one of my favourite fashion events, much more interesting than red carpet watching at the Oscars and Golden Globes. As it's a fashion event, attendees can push the envelope with their wardrobe choices should they have the guts to pull it off. Though Monday night's event was a celebration of McQueen's work and the opening of the Savage Beauty exhibition, I was surprised that very few stars were wearing his designs.

The designer of the evening was definitely Stella McCartney who dressed Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rihanna. I'm sure I've seen Gwyneth in a very similar dress (perhaps at The Oscars?) but the super sexy, slim silhouette just works on her. Madonna looked great, I loved the dramatic train and intricate embroidery. Maggie looked radiant in her midnight blue sparkly number and I'm glad she kept the accessories minimal. Rihanna had Twitter in a bit of a frenzy with her sexy fitted, sheer dress. I liked it but would have chosen different shoes.

If Stella was the designer of the evening, red was definitely the colour of choice. Jennifer Lopez was glowing in Gucci, the colour looked great on her skin and I liked the red lips and scraped back bun. The little cover up was a little much though, I think it would have looked a lot better without it. this may be a little controversial but I didn't actually like Mary-Kate Olsen's vintage choice. It's the Costume Institute Gala...make a little effort. Gisele and Dianna Agron were my perfect ladies in red, both looked absolutely breathtaking in very different ways. Gisele was a vision in her dramatic dress but Dianna's simple Michael Kors dress was just stunning. 

I'm glad Salma Hayek and Sarah Jessica Parker were representing McQueen on the night. Two very different looks, I think I preferred Salma's wispy, delicate beauty over SJP's high impact, futuristic number. 

Props to Ginnifer Goodwin for wearing Topshop! 

Zoe Saldana also opted to go down the eye-catching brights route in this simple Calvin Klein gown. I'm a fan of her red carpet choices, she always gets it right.  

Christina Ricci's Zac Posen gown was a little controversial but as I said earlier, the Met Ball is the one place you can get away with being a little dramatic. I think she stole the show and looked utterly amazing. 

The not so best dressed...

It's Blake Lively, she's in Chanel. It should work but for me it just didn't. Karl was clearly inspired by Indian saris but it just doesn't look right. 

The almost unstoppable combination of Burberry and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley should also just work but to me, this isn't a good look. I'm not sure whether it's the cheap looking satin or the amount of flesh on show but I think she could have looked a lot better. 

Apparently Beyonce and Jay Z were booed on the red carpet. I wouldn't go that far but I really wasn't a fan of this Pucci dress on her. The fishtail shape is very boring, the black and gold embroidery has been done to death, I don't like the hair and I don't know why on Earth Jay Z would wear a cream blazer with a white shirt. Bad. 

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