The Costume Institute Gala has always been the kind of event where celebrities can wear the most eccentric thing in their wardrobe and get away with it. This annual dinner celebrates the New York Metropolitan Museum’s Fashion Exhibit, and this spring’s exhibition, titled “PUNK: Chaos to Couture,” has been received to lukewarm reviews, and so has the fashion that came out on the red carpet.
While there were indeed some notable numbers this year, there were also plenty of stars who walked up with similar-ish looks. I polled my fellow Fashionese Daily editors for opinions on some of these corresponding looks, and here’s what we got:
While both of our first contenders wear the black-and-white combo, singer Gwen Stefani (in Margiela) wears a conventional colour combo with a very unconventional twist, while actress Leelee Sobieski (Dior) keeps it casual. Winner: Leelee Sobieski. She took this one by a landslide, because Gwen’s valiant effort at representing rock and roll on the red carpet leaves something to be desired (babygirl has killer abs, though!).
2. Electric pink
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow (Valentino) and Mamie Gummer keep their hairstyles sleek and simple while rocking the highlighter neon pink look. WINNER: Gwyneth Paltrow. The only thing that kept votes from swinging Mamie Gummer’s way was her quasi-BDSM harness. Other than that, we loved the shape and texture of her ballgown.
It’s a battle of supermodels and generations when young Chanel Iman (J. Mendel) takes on industry veteran Liya Kebede (Alberta Ferretti). WINNER: Liya Kebede. While we found nothing technically wrong with Chanel’s dress, we thought the dramatic silhouette of Liya’s dress was better-suited for the evening’s occasion.
Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a barely-there face off with Alexa Chung (Erdem) WINNER: Alexa Chung. Sorry, Rosie. While I like your look, it looks like you’ve got all the sheer in all the wrong places to lose you some votes.
5. Plunging necklines
Kirsten Dunst (Louis Vuitton) and English it-girl Cara Delevingne (Burberry) take a page out of the early 2000s to channel Jennifer Lopez with these dangerously low-cut outfits. WINNER: Cara Delevingne. There’s just too much going on with Kirsten’s dress – the neckline, the feathers, the halter neck – while Cara’s no-nonsense floor-length sheath dress makes keeps the focus on the neckline. (the studs are a great touch too).
6. Old Hollywood charm
How adorable do Hailee Steinfeld (Donna Karan Atelier) and Jennifer Lawrence (Dior) look! Old Hollywood charm from two young starlets. WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence. J-Law is killing it with the red lip, although we’d replace the strappy shoes with something simpler.
7. Mile-high hair
Now we’re talking! American businesswoman/socialite/firestarter Julie Macklowe (Zang Toi) and Nicole Richie (Topshop) did well to keep include the Met’s exhibit on punk in their dress code, and Nicole was probably the individual that night who came closest to manifesting the punk credo by wearing plebe-friendly Topshop. WINNER: Julie Macklowe. This was a tough one. The only reason Nicole lost is because we thought her frosty mane would look better at an Ice Queen party.
That’s it! Do you agree or disagree with our results? Let’s hear it in the comments!