best dressed at the met costume institute gala 2012

After my all my complaining that this year’s red carpets had been too safe, we’ve been rewarded with a fashion forward one for a change. But what else would you expect for the Met’s Annual Costume Institute Gala.

This year’s event launched the new exhibit, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. As expected, there were numerous Prada creations on the red carpet, and a few odes to Schiaparelli as well. Let’s break down the trends.

Surreal: Tributes to Schiaparelli drew on the designer’s love of the surreal. Emma Stone wore a short Lanvin number made of pink plastic, Elizabeth Banks (below) channeled her Hunger Games character Effie Trinket in Mary Katrantzou, Chloe Sevigny was strategically covered in Miu Miu and Beyonce was ready to fly away in feathered Givenchy Haute Couture.

Yellow: With all the Vougettes wearing pink, several stars on the red carpet opted for a sunnier take on the spring palette. Emma Roberts looked elegant in marigold Escada, January Jones was futuristic in neon Versace, Solange Knowles shone in sunshine Rachel Roy but Coco Rocha (below) stole the show in vintage Givenchy from the recent Elizabeth Taylor auction.

Gold: One of the biggest trends of the night was metallic. Karolina Kurkova looked incredible covered head to toe in gold Rachael Zoe, Jessica Alba was Grecian gorgeous in draped Michael Kors, Nina Dobrev looked ethereal in Donna Karan Atelier and host Carey Mulligan (below) was golden in Prada.

Carey Mulligan (above) gets my vote for best dressed, though I also liked the risk Christina Ricci took in her Thakoon frock. Who do you choose?

Update 10 May: Carrie Mulligan is now auctioning her dress on eBay to raise funds for Oxfam. If you want to own the best dress of the ball (at least in my opinion), check out the auction here.

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4 thoughts on “best dressed at the met costume institute gala 2012”

  • I really dug what Kristen Stewart wore for the event, except the shoes. And I thought Emma Stone’s ensemble was really cute and flirty. However, I felt like more gals dressed down this year than up.

  • Have to go with Anna Wintour- elegant, chic, and paid homage to Schiaparelli with an updated version of the famed lobster dress. I also liked Jessica Biel’s dress but I think her plain hair made it seem more dressed down… a modern updo with a Lady Mary hair comb would have looked bomb.

    • @Mallori: how could I forget Anna – she looked fabulous as always! I was a fan of Jessica’s dress too, though I wished she’d gone a bit more glam.

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