Met Ball Fug (and Secret Fab) Carpet: The Project Runway Hosts


This is such a face-plant for me.

I just feel like… look, yes, we poke fun at a lot of the big statements that are crazy (Marc), or ugly (Florence), or so terrible they’re wonderful (hi, Sev), but we’d be bereft without them. This is the MET BALL, Heidi. We already know you like short skirts and long overhangs. You could wear this outfit in your sleep. I would not be surprised if you’d once worn this to sleep. And this isn’t even a good version of that theme. It’s a dowdy lace curtain, which is a stunning truth to tell about a dress that shows so much leg, and yet here we are. Do something else! Be bravely fugly, or battily fab. Have a little fun with it. Get us talking, not napping. Make Seal cry with regret. Although then maybe he’d end up raking in millions by writing a heartbreak ballad that gets used in every drippy Nicholas Sparks trailer until the end of time, so… maybe just make him prickle with uncreative regret.

Heidi’s All-Stars replacement, Angela Lindvall, went in a totally different direction.

This is nuts. And yet there is a part of me — you guys are going to pass out — that likes it a little bit. Not for normal life; only in this context. It’s exactly the right event to show up dressed like a rich old crackpot: a melange of great retro patterns, and an overlay either of the Draper wives would probably wear… it’s like she’s wearing four coats and a dickey with her Church slacks. It’s delicious in the way it both baffles me and seems to make a lot of sense. And I’d so much rather look at this, and dissect it, and love/hate/hate/love it, than what La Klum ended up wearing. At least this is challenging me. It’s forcing me to admit that, on this night and this night alone, I am not mad at sixty-four dresses over a pair of pants. It was a cool risk. And further, I’ve just decided my band Four Coats and a Dickey is playing soon at a bowling alley near you, so once you wake up from your dead faint please come say hi.

[Photos: Getty]

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  1. anonymoose
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    Lindvall’s look is appropos for this event, a structured artful gown, and, I’m loving those purple satin shoes!

    Klum looks tired and blah. That mess of a dress does her figure no justice.

  2. Karen
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    I confess to loving La Lindvall, too. And oh those accessories!

    Taking a chance and carrying it off–that’s what you do at the Met Ball. And she’s done it.

  3. Stefanie
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    I totally agree with you on both counts.

    Although, if Heidi’s was fully lined and she was wearing it somewhere else (a movie premiere or whatever, something not as fancy) I might like it.

  4. Kit
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    I actually like the second look too – and it’s worse than you think – I like it for normal life! Not with the purple bridesmaid’s shoes – but when I saw it I went “Er…uhm… wait, where can I get it?”

  5. Tara
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    Can someone else look at the full-size of Lindvall and tell me whose hand Christina Ricci is holding? DID SHE BRING THING AS A DATE?

    • Amber
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      Haha! That’s creepy! Someone was obviously photoshopped out of the picture…right???

      • Jessica
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        She’s holding hands with the blond woman next to her.

        • Dyanna
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          Who I think may be Dianna Agron?

        • Christy M
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          She’s not holding hands with the other woman. You can see her (the blonde’s) arm is bent forward holding a clutch/wrap/sparkly thing. I don’t know what’s going on.

        • andrea
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          no, I think there’s a sleeve attached to the hand–and you can clearly see that Dianna Agron’s elbow is bent, putting her hand well out of range of CR’s. I think DA is actually a good yard or more behind CR, but Christina is so tiny, she skews your sense of depth perception.

  6. Sandra
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    Heidi’s dress would look better if it was just the super-short underneath bit. The overlay looks like the moldy bits in bleu cheese.

  7. Amber
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    Does Heidi just have a closet full of these in different colors? She looks exhausted and I know she has a lot going on, but it’s the Met Ball. At least chose something that doesn’t look exactly like everything else you’ve ever worn. However, as a sidenote, I could totally see Heidi wearing Goop’s mess of a dress, too.
    The 2nd picture…without the pants, I love it! Like, completely, not just for the Met Ball. Maybe not the satin shoes, but the rest–heck, yeah!

  8. Samara
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    I love Lindvall’s crazy outfit and shoes! And why does Heidi Klum always look like she’s wearing lingerie to a school dance?

  9. Eliza Bennett
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    I love Angela’s! Even for a different event she’d get an “At least it’s not boring” pass from me.

  10. Cat
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    I love the second look. It’s quirky, arty… it feel kind of Alice in Wonderland to me. I really like it and I think it works at an event like the Met Ball. Any other place and I’d probably think she was crazy.

    Heidi’s is terrible and terribly boring. YAWN.

  11. Katharine
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    Angela’s is awesome! The shade of blue down the centre, picking up the shoes! I’m not WILDLY in love with the collar-dickie thing, although it looks good in context, but without it, I would wear this whole look. To work. On a regular Tuesday.

  12. Katharine
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    Angela’s is awesome! The shade of blue down the centre, picking up the shoes! I’m not WILDLY in love with the collar-dickie thing, although it looks good in context, but without it, I would wear this whole look. To work. On a regular Tuesday.

  13. Sarah
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    The lady in the background is wearing Shailene Woodley’s Oscar dress.

  14. elenagdp
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    I LOVE THAT OUTFIT SO MUCH, UNABASHEDLY AND FROM THE MOMENT I SAW IT!!! It made me not dislike angela lindvall for what she did to Project Runway! IT’S AMAZING

  15. neiges
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    Everything you said. The second outfit is absolutely fantastic.

  16. teekay
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    I think Angela’s outfit is great; and c’mon – if SWINTON or Cate Blanchett was wearing it there wouldn’t even be a debate as to it’s awesomeness.

  17. filmcricket
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    I unabashedly love Lindval’s outfit, except for the collar, which is all wrong for the “Bewitched”-esque style of the rest of the costume. The shoes aren’t really right either, but they can be forgiven because the colour works so well.

  18. Amy
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    I have examined the source material and I can reveal that, sadly, there is someone short, wearing a black jacket, standing behind Angela Lindvall, who is attached to that disembodied hand.

    • Jessica
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      Yeah, we pulled the pic from Getty, so it’s definitely not that someone has been photoshopped out. That WAS weird though.

  19. R
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    HKlum’s outfit could be better if she’d put her hair up and taken off the necklace. It’s so busy around the face at the moment.

  20. Mem
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    I really like Lindvall’s, but I find the white shapes on the black outer layer a bit clunky. Get rid of those and I’d LOVE it.

  21. Bottle Ginger
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    How embarassing for Heidi, Marc Jacobs wore the same dress!

  22. Shiitake
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    Klum lookin’ pretty frowzy.

  23. TonyG
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    Loving Lindvall’s dress.

    FYI: The hand held by Christina Ricci belongs to designer of her dress, Thakoon Panichgul.

    http://www.i4u.com/gallery/2012/05/christina-ricci/fashion-riccis-daring-2012-choice-met-christina-gala

  24. Nancy
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    I never like what Heidi Klum wears. Not very inspired (or when it its, it’s too whack, like that biologically-correct costume). I wonder how she sits down in those incredibly short dresses. And it looks a tad desperate.
    I really like this other outfit on the LIndfall person. And appropriate for this event – crazy, interesting, yet still sort of flattering.

  25. Discombobulated
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    Angela Lindvall looks like she should be in a deck of cards as the Queen of a new suit.

    I don’t know, it just seems right.

  26. john cena
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    lindvall’s outfit is very similar to how stylish women dress in india and pakistan so i love it. nice to see that influences are coming in from far and wide. beautiful!

    • AMS
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      Yes, exactly! I see Angela Lindvall’s outfit referencing a Persian coat, which has been worn, dating back hundreds of years, with multiple brightly-colored layers under it and, of course, with narrow-legged trousers underneath all. I think it’s gorgeous — except for the pointy white dickie, which I hate with a burning fiery passion.

    • Hima
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      Yes! I also saw Indian clothes when I saw that outfit. I love it – except of course for that terrible white dickey.

  27. Franziska
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    Surely Heidi Klum must have been to the Met Ball before and knew what was expected. I love Angela Lindvall’s outfit. Minus the trousers underneath.