Fashion’s hottest and most stylish red carpet night of the year happens this Monday, May 6th as the 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala happens in NY. With the theme of Punk: Chaos to Couture and designers like Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Wang, and Valentino taking model Lily Cole, actress Julianne Moore, and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, respectively, we’re sure to see some of the most beautiful, enrapturing, and elegant gowns we’ve ever seen. But with fashion elegance at the Met Gala also comes fashion risk taking, and it wouldn’t be a proper Met Gala red carpet without eye-popping looks – including many that work and many that don’t. So in tribute so what we hope will be both an elegant and an enlightening night at the Ball, I’d like to showcase some of my favorite unusual red carpet looks from Met Galas past on some of my favorite fashionable stars.
Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen (2012)
If there’s one thing we love about fashionista Florence Welch, it’s that this musician doesn’t play it safe. We’re not sure anyone else could have pulled off this Alexander McQueen look better than the Florence & The Machine front-woman when she wore the dandelion and embroidered tiered dress at the Ball. The dress fit her perfectly, branched out in all the right places, and it was just the right combination of elegant and risk taking. Exactly the kind of look we need at a Met Gala red carpet.
Kate Bosworth in Chanel (2008)
The great thing about Kate Bosworth is that she knows how to take risks, but she also knows what looks good on her. That’s why we were totally surprised to see her va-va-voom it up in this multicolored Chanel minidress for the Met Gala in 2008. Still, there was something spectacular about this ensemble — and the whole package, including that lusty mod 60s hair and aqua eyeshadow. Totally retro and still, totally Kate. Impressive and beautiful and not like anything we’ve ever seen at the Met Ball. Leave it to Kate to make it great for this event.
Christina Ricci in Givenchy (2008)
Is there anyone that didn’t ooh and ahh over Christina Ricci’s pink and red Givenchy confection at the Met Gala in 2008? The red bodysuit was part-Wonder Woman, part-red heart with a pink touch. It perfected Christina’s hourglass shape and flaunted both femininity and power. She looked sexy and gorgeous, but not over-the-top. Christina Ricci has this essence of tomboy femininity that no one else can truly capture and this was the perfect dress for her. She truly stood out at the Met Gala that year.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen (2006)
What’s more amazing than Sarah Jessica Parker flaunted a unique Alexander McQueen dress mixed with lace and tartan? The fact that the late designer was seen standing alongside her at the Met Gala that year. Lee Alexander McQueen was in a kilt and Miss SJP, still on a high from Sex and the City at the time, looked darling in the mixed dress. It was one of the best examples of heritage, romance, and savagery which SJP and the like would come to remember when they honored McQueen at the Met Gala in a later year.
Chloe Sevigny in Miu Miu (2012)
Disco dreams do come true — at least for Chloe Sevigny, who always knows how to make a statement in the fashion department, even when it means wearing a disco dress at a red carpet event where the most high fashion gowns are in town. The actress stood out in her geometric minidress with patchwork, and she added the right pop of color with a bright cluch and silver clogs that said 60s at its finest. The dress may not have been perfect for just anyone, but it was perfect for Chloe and it made her stand out at the event, in a slew of ball gowns and lavish dresses that are not always to the risk taker’s liking.
Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga (2012)
I wasn’t sure what to make of this ensemble when I saw it at the Met Gala last year. Perhaps someone like Chloe Sevigny could have pulled it off– but Kristen Stewart? We thought she was different than that. Then again, this is the same girl who wore Converse with her red sparkly Yigal Azrouel minidress at one of her first appearances at the MTV Movie Awards. It was certainly a night of unique looks. Kristen, who still fronts the Balenciaga campaign, wore an urban Balenciaga jacquard and leather dress which was color blocked differently from the original. The shoes also added a spicy touch. Some called it a miss, but nothing says tomboy like mini dress and snakeskin.
– Simona Kogan
Photos: Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen (2012), People.com; Kate Bosworth in Chanel (2008), Marieclaire.uk; Christina Ricci in Givenchy (2008), Instyle.com; Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen (2006), People.com ; Chloe Sevigny in Miu Miu (2012), Marieclaire.uk; Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga (2012), People.com
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