The Costume Institute Gala Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most lavish and exciting events as far as fashion. I would even put it above the Oscars, because ladies are willing to take more risks for the fashion event than the more mainstream award show. Here’s a quick round-up of the good, the eh, and the you’re-kidding-right?
Best Long Formal Gown: I have to say I’m surprised, but I’m giving it to Jennifer Lopez and her Zuhair Murad gown, because I’m so used to seeing her dressed I didn’t think there would be anything refreshing about it. The movement and bead work, is stunning and it just gets more interesting the more I look at it. It’s elegant without being too serious, fancy without taking away from the whole look of her, and it’s flattering. Rachel Weisz is an honorable mention for her stand out Oscar de la Renta fuchsia gown.
Best Old Hollywood: A couple ladies tried to pull of the Old Hollywood look but I have to hand it to Jessica Biel in Ralph Lauren Collection. Her fellow Jessica, Jessica Alba, looked nice, but forgettable in her Sophie Theallet for GAP dress and I’m not crazy about the hair and I was not a fan of Eva Longoria‘s short hem and train on her Marchesa for her figure and the uber eyeshadow. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen seen Biel look lovelier. Her gown is simple in color but draped in a way that’s not and she has the perfect mix of sophisticated and sexy to her updo. Rene Zellweger’s Carolina Herrera is just too much, but damn, I wish I was in her shape.
Most Offensive Use Of Tulle: While Gwen Stefani‘s mix of white tulle in her L.A.M.B gown and sold beehive evokes Bride of Frankenstein and Mila Kunis‘s Vera Wang doesn’t look like it left much tulle for all the other dresses in the world, Robin Tunney wins for both having so much tulle and everything else being all over the place.
Best Short Dress: Most ladies took this too casual or with too much paisely (Blake Lively). January Jones kept it the most interesting and honorable mention to Emille de Ravin .
Best Accessory: Hands down Emmy Rossum‘s House of Lavande necklace but honorable mention to Sarah Jessica Parker‘s hair flower.
Best Down-To-There Neckline: This has to be the toughest because all these ladies pull this off well, even when adding in a high slit which could be too much skin. I’m going with Amber Valletta for the memorable color and Rachel Zoe as an honorable mention for the material and Jessica Stam‘s Rachel Roy for the great fit and accessorizing
Best Non-Traditional Look: Geeez, this is tough. From Coco Rocha’s billowing watercolor train to Chloe Sevigny‘s turquoise lace Proenza Schouler Cassie‘s cutouts these ladies brought it. Ultimately I loved Chanel Iman‘s Michael Kors jumpsuit the best.
Most WTF: Nice try with the Alexander Wang Gisele Bundchen but Katy Perry‘s LED lighting under a cinched bedsheet trumps a basket that was attacked by a bear and just wants to be put out of it’s misery.
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