The annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art honours the work of late designer Alexander McQueen with the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” entirely dedicated to his legacy.

The annual fashion fete found actress Salma Hayek acting as honorary chair alongside husband Francois-Henri Pinault with fellow co-chairs including Oscar winning actor Colin Firth, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and well-regarded designer Stella McCartney.

An annual fashion feast to look forward to this year’s gala saw its fair share of ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ from hereon referred to as “The Oh Yeah, The Oh oh and the Oh No!”

Oh Yeah!

Anna Wintour in Chanel

Who else but the High Priestress of High Fashion to snap the crown for The Best Dressed clad in an elegant floor-length black gown with a bodice of geometric pastel chevrons. Vying for the spotlight, however, is Andre Leon Talley draped in a gown only he can truly pull off with pizzazz.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen


Aaaw… Carrie would have been so proud. SJP dazzled in a beaded champagne gown with a draped high neck and chic three-quarter sleeves.

Janelle Monae in Chanel

Janelle shows with flair how you can never go wrong with a signature style perfected into an art form.

Ashley Greene in Custom Donna Karan

Ashley is a sight for sore eyes in a voluminous strapless tulle confection adorned with stripes of silver sequins. The colour, the cut – all flatter Ashley to her Hollywood best.

Diana Kruger in Jason Wu

Diana Kruger is chic personified in this glam gown cinched at the waist and wit a teasing side split to give us a glimpse of her perfect pin. Phoar!

Iman in Stella McCartney

Case in point Iman knows how to rock the red carpet and stand out in a sartorial crowd. Foxy Cleopatra meets High Fashion and what a union it is.

Jessica Stam in Tommy Hilfiger

Jessica Stam looks a treat in this pink blush tulle number which boasts a sweetheart neckline, ribbon sash, fishtail hem and layer and layer of tulle.

Beyonce in Pucci

Floor-length black gown that is figure hugging in all the right places? Check. Dramatic fishtail hem? Check. Rapper-cum-music mogul to accessorise? Check. Rumour has it that Bey is preggers; we fail to see where she could have hidden that baby bump. As always, she strikes just the right balance between sexy and sophisticated.

Daphne Guiness in Alexander McQueen

Daphne Guiness strikes the right note with two of the biggest trends of the night: nude tones and feathers – drama without looking like a half-plucked swan.

Christina Ricci in Zac Posen

Christina takes her back to her Adams Family days in this Gothic Zac Posen number which features spider webby patterns. Sure thing only Ms Ricci can rock this look – and she does rock it so well!


Demi Moore in Prabal Gurung

She’s already gone snatched the body of a 21-year-old and the husband of a 29-year-old… Is there anything this Demi-goddess can not pull off? Including this dramatic looked perfectly topped by a stunning Phillip Treacy hat.


Rumer Willis in Mischka Couture


In a shimmering floor-length with a seasonal one shouldered feather detail, Rumer shows she is mummy’s girl when it comes to sartorial choices.


Eva Mendes in Stella McCartney

One shoulder silhouette, on trend pleats and gold accessories… What is not to love?


Isabel Lucas in Louis Vuitton

Pleated coral halterneck number screams Spring/Summer 2011 and the gold pill box clutch and intricate hair piece completes this outlook with pizzazz. Result? A Greek goddess gorgeous Isabel Lucas.


Solange Knowles in Dries van Noten

Don’t know about you but Solange’s floor-length print Dries van Noten number makes me want to make a mad dash to my tailor with a roll of Ankara to see about getting a copycat one. Solange does not seem to ever put a foot wrong on the red carpet these days.


Kanye West in Custom Tory Burch

Ummmm yeah… Tory Burch is a womenswear designer but so what? Hasn’t Kanye started rocking womenswear – do check out our Kanye in Celine post from last week if you’re wondering what I am on about? And doesn’t he just look dapper?


Hamish Bowles

Note to all men out there: Do not try this at home! Unless you’re Hamish Bowles, Vogue editor-at-large, this will look so wrong on so many levels.


Madonna in Stella McCartney

Isn’t it a great thing that Madonna has left the coned bras and experimental couture to Lady Gaga and has emerges as a glamorous belle in this starry number? Love the clutch too!

The Oh Oh


Jennifer Hudson in Vera Wang

JHud looks as if she is reliving the fairy tales of her childhood in this princess-y gown. Why hide your perfect 10 killer curves, J? And why no accessories to at least dress up your prom dress?


Jessica Alba in Ralph Lauren

As always, Jessica Alba looks lovely in this shimmery champagne number, matching clutch and her must-have red carpet accessory of the last two years, the baby bump, but somehow we feel there is something missing.


Jennifer Lopez in Gucci


With a sleek up do and embellished shoulders, JLo brings drama on to the carpet with her Gucci gown but we’ve seen her in sleeker silhouttes that are way more flattering than this gown that seems to blend her in to the red carpet.


Rihanna in Stella McCartney

We’re not used to seeing Rihanna put a well-pedicured-edgy-footwear-clad foot worng when it comes to fashion but this seems to be off. One shoulder neckline, figure-skimming lace and an asymmetrical hem line… On paper, sounds great but does not translate into ‘red carpet fierce’. Kudos on the lovely side plait though.


Sofia Vergara in Carolina Herrera

Our girl crush do jour looks delectable as always in this sleek number but now that she has spoiled us with her dramatic gowns, we can’t help but think this a little too tame for the sizzling senorita.


Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein

Zoe Saldana brings sunshine on to the red carpet and there is nothing we can fault here; it just seems a bit simple and sundress-y though.


Miranda Kerr in Marchesa

Miranda Kerr in Marchesa – a dramatic look worthy of a costume gala certainly, but a bit too close for comfort to a cross between Bjork‘s swan frightmare and Lara Flynn Boyle‘s tutu terror.


Alicia Keys in Givenchy Haute Couture gown by Riccardo Tisci

Sure her statement jacket makes – ermmm – a statement, and we love the bust of this dress, but really? Alicia, is this the best you can do? We can’t help but feel Alicia could have gone for a pastel or gem coloured number to up the style stakes.


Mary-Kate Olsen in Givenchy couture dress

A daring choice, this vintage organza number, but is it us or does it look a tad bit too hippy chic to be glam?

Oh No!


Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors

Rumour has it that this dayglo number was a hit with some fashionistas… Puhhhleaasse? Boring up top, trying too hard at the bottom with the cheap split, this is possibly one of our least favourite looks. The plus side? January Jones would approve.


Fergie in Marchesa

Fergie in this 80s inspired, shoulder-padded, beads-saturated gown is the first of our Frocky Horror Show Bridezillas. Definitely a downer for the usually striking songstress.


Serena Williams in Oscar de la Renta

We are used to seeing Serena in some outrageously extravagant outfits – be in on red clay or red carpet – but this Oscar de la Renta gown which seems to sport a few dead ostriches from the waist down takes the cookie. And the spiky head piece is likely to take an eye out. Here’s Bridezilla number 2.


Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen

A Glamazonian figure clad in Alexander McQueen would be a fashionista’s dream… so where did it all go wrong? Possibly the hem which resembles shredded bits of paper stuck together or the top which is on the busy side of embroidered. Or perhaps the kitsch flowers decorating Naomi’s updo. Here comes Bridezilla number 3.


Dakota Fanning in Valentino

If we were Dakota’s parents, we’d probably say “You’re not going out dressed like that, young lady!” and saved the world from seeing this strapless tulle Valentino gown, adorned appliqued flowers. Some may say it is cute. We say not.


Christine Teigen

There is classy. Then there is trashy. No prizes for guessing which this Black Swan homage molten feather and lace dress with a high front split and a low cut top is. Lege, tell you girl to cover up!


Christina Hendricks in Carolina Herrera

Christina’s sumptuous curves are crying under that strapless organza ombre Carolina Herrera gown and so are her Mad Men fans. Christina, please, you can flaunt that full figure in something way more flattering than what looks like a corroded sack.


Joy Bryant in Missoni

Really, Joy? So you thought it was okay to wear this unassuming sweater dress more suitable for a Friday night book club outing to the biggest costume gala of the year? Like, really?

Ciara in Prabal Gurung

You could say this Alexander McQueen inspired soft blue and white ombre textured Prabal Gurung confection makes the most of Ciara’s assets… Or you could say Ciara’s assets are about to make a run for it out of that sweetheart neckline – and would be right. Ciara, hasn’t Mama told you, less is more?


Kristen Stewart in Custom Proenza Schoule

Errrmm… KStew seems to have ripped off my grandma’s upholstery and made it into a dress. Even the deep side split doesn’t save this oddity. Well, at least she has almost smiled which makes a welcome change.


Ashley Olsen black Dior Couture

Ashley Olsen looks swallowed up by what seems to be Dior’s love child with Frankenstein. Those voluminous ivory peasant sleeves – seemingly ripped from another gown and appendaged on to this black column dress – are the stuff of nightmares, I tell you!


Stella McCartney in Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney was so exhausted from designing for half the celebs at the Met Gala that she only had time to rework her bin bag into this amorphous confection which makes a resemble a penguin that’s lost its way and found itself on the Met red carpet.


Lala Vasquez

Wow! Mum’s tulle drapes from circa 1993 ended up on the red carpet glued to some feathers off a duck to make this odd number. The blush is a nice touch though, Lala, I’ll give you that!


Doutzen Kroes in Giambattistuta Valli

Whoever tells us this gown is the business must get their eyesight checked. Who is wearing who here? Doutzen the dress or the dress Doutzen? Metres and metres of red tulle seem to wear Doutzen and wear her right into the red carpet. Not a good look!


Lucy Liu in Vionnet

Aha, here goes another Black Swan homage! Sadly yet again, wide off the sartorial mark. More panto than Goth meets ballerina chic, we say.


Images: Getty

3 Responses

  1. Sharon

    I love most of the dresses…. my faves…. Riri, Sofia Vergara, Kristen, Madonna, Jeniffer Hudson, Ashley Greene, Alicia Keys, Eva Mendes, Janelle Monae, Lala and SJP… Beyonce, we know you have curves but u look like you’re choking…. Naomi… eermm… ok, we loved Alexander Mcqueen too…

  2. Lara O

    Yay Fab! For their comprehensive coverage! Love it! I loved Salma Hayek and Daphne Guiness the most I think. As for the horrors – lol no comment. I’m trying to be a better person!

  3. Miss O

    Lol Lara you know!.. No comment to the horrors.. too many to mentioned!.. lol at Beyonce choking Sharon.. lol true..not a good look… love Sarah J, Ashley Greene and Diane Krugers looks and Miranda Kerr’s shoe I NEED IN MY LIFE.. and at least Madonna hasnt got her bum out for once!


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