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RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala


Last night was the holy grail of red carpet fashion. The 2011 Met Ball honoring late and legendary designer Alexander McQueen brought out the best in, well, almost everyone. In this edition of Red Carpet Report Card, we’ll take a peek at the star-studded event and decide who was working, who was sleeping and who should have been turned away upon arrival.

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

*Andre Leon Talley wins the award for best purple tent. As always, his volumes are amazing.

Let’s take a look at the Best Dressed of the night. This category has quite a bit of people, as it should, for fashion’s biggest event. These were the As and high Bs, the working girls.

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Shalom Harlow is my pick for BEST DRESSED in Marchesa. This is what the Met Ball is all about – she looks breathtaking in that gown.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I almost fell over when I saw Christina Ricci in Zac Posen. She never ages a day and looks super sexy in this sheer number.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I found Mary-Kate’s dress underwhelming, but Ashley Olsen looks ravishing in vintage Dior Haute Couture. The whole look is perfect.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Elle Fanning looks like a little couture doll in Valentino. She is so outshining her sister, it’s not even fair.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Rihanna has been looking haggard lately, so I was pleasantly surprised at how elegant she was in this striking Stella McCartney gown.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Iman, also in Stella McCartney, turned it out in a metallic gold jumpsuit. A little draggy, a lot amazing.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Karolina Kurkova in a spring 2011 Jean Paul Gaultier lace legging-dress creation. If the models can’t do it, who can?

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I love this Prabal Gurung gown and funky jewelry on Ciara. White could be difficult to pull off at the ball, but she did it right.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Even though Crystal Renn is too skinny for my taste, she is an absolute vision in Alexander McQueen. I need my hair to look like this.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

After getting ready in a Barneys window yesterday, Daphne Guiness showed up in McQueen. Perfect, amazing, stuns.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I loved Ginnifer Goodwin‘s look from the moment  I saw it. Then I realized it was custom Topshop. Damn she makes it look good.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Naomi Campbell looks like the queen she is in custom McQueen. She wears the sedatives well too.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Hamish Bowles looks like a true gentleman in custom McQueen. Love it from head to toe.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I always wait with baited breath to see what Blake Lively is wearing. She obviously did not disappoint in a Chanel toga.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

New York’s best couple showed up looking better than ever. Beyonce is working that Emilio Pucci gown like whoa.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Queen Bitch Anna Wintour gave her best smile to the camera and looks like a shiny grandiose statue in Chanel.

 

On to the Most Boring of the night. On any other occasion, these folks would have looked great (probably). Unfortunately, this also means they’re the Cs of the Met Ball.

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I’m sleeping. Zoe Saldana is usually among the best dressed. Why did she choose this boring Calvin Klein for the biggest fashion night of the year?

 

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Leighton Meester is amazing, but she has trouble getting it right. Different shoes and hair would have done this Louis Vuitton dress more justice.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I love this Michael Kors dress on Emma Roberts, but she has the body to wear something more over the top on a night like this.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Madonna, the Material Girl herself, definitely could have done better than this Stella McCartney dress. Pretty, but boring.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I’m actually quite obsessed with this Miu Miu dress Michelle Williams is wearing. But I would wear this to a nice dinner, not a gala.

 

And now ladies and gentleman, the Worst Dressed of the night. These are the Ds and Fs of the Met Ball, the creme de la creme of mistakes.

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

ARGH! Christina Hendricks used to dress so well! This Carolina Herrera gown is an unflattering fit and color on her.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Oh dear. Hate to say it Alicia Keys, but it looks like you’re wearing a giant turd instead of Givenchy. Brown jacket AND dress is NOT fly.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Jennifer Lopez looks like a halfway plucked bloody chicken. Matchy-matchy lipstick, bag and Gucci is a no go.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

I thought Chloe Sevigny would make McQueen look good, but I was wrong. The hair is awful and the dress fits like she grabbed it off some rack.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Sorry to say it Kate Hudson, but this Stella McCartney is not a cute pregnant lady dress. And whatever is on your head isn’t working either.

 

RED CARPET REPORT CARD: The Best, Worst & Most Boring at the Met Gala

Nooooo! In the rush of preparing for the gala, Lucy Liu forgot to get a wax! Oh wait, that’s just her looking blech in Vionnet.

 

I hope everyone enjoying looking at the red carpet photos from the 2011 Met Gala as much as I. Who was your best and worst dressed of the night?

Contributed by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.