Dubbed the “Fashion Oscars,” celebrities and designers strutted their stuff last night at the 2012 Costume Institute Gala. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this year’s Costume Institute Benefit celebrated Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada and the opening of the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibition in New York. Azealia Banks, who attended with and was dressed by Alexander Wang, was the performer for the night. And of course, the fashion was out in full force and as always, we saw major hits and misses.
Trends we spotted
Cameron Diaz (in metallic Stella McCartney) and Rihanna (in an ‘alligator’ Tom Ford dress) both opted for simple column dresses with deeply plunging backs. Both could have wowed more but still looked beautiful.
Peplum dresses were also in full effect. Solange Knowles rocked a yellow version by Rachel Roy), while Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks wore a printed Mary Katrantzou peplum gown and Eva Mendes stunned in an orange Prada number.
Metallic was also popular last night. Several celebrities rocked the shiny dress trend, like Jessica Alba (in a metallic bronze Michael Kors Grecian-style dress), Carey Mulligan (in a metallic Prada fishscale dress) and Anne V in a metallic fringe dress.
Orange was a popular color, as seen on Eva Mendes, Kristen Bell and Katharine McPhee. Classic black or white gowns ruled the red carpet as well, as seen on Gisele Bundchen, Mary Kate Olsen (in a custom gown by The Row), Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Ashley Green and Claire Danes.
What were they thinking?
Kirsten Dunst wore a frumpy, two piece orange and white suit that left us scratching our heads. This was the Costume Institute Gala, not a job interview! Another head-turner/scratcher was Beyonce Knowles in Givenchy. We know the new mom is proud of her bounced-back body but she was basically wearing a mesh bodysuit with plumage. It got the photogs attention, for sure, but not really one of her best looks in our opinion.
Twilight star Kristen Stewart was another whose look left us confused. She posed with Nicolas Ghesquière in a Balenciaga look of a leopard print sequin tank paired with a colorblock leather skirt and white strappy sandals. Overall, it wasn’t a good look. Alicia Keys underwhelmed in a black Givenchy pantsuit. And Christina Ricci wore a bespoke Thakoon black lace dress with a humongous ivory colored fanned neckline and bow attached to the back.
Which celebs were your hautes and nots at the 2012 Met Ball? Check out the photos below for more red carpet fashion!