Met Ball Fug or Fab: Hailee Steinfeld


This is the ONLY pic of Hailee Steinfeld in the Getty Images offerings from the Met Ball, which makes me think she must have dashed on in there super fast. (In contrast, there are thirty photos of Heidi Klum.) I will start with a kindness and say that she has the prettiest, shiniest hair:

And I love her, and find her completely adorable and charming. But I’m not sure if I love this, wholeheartedly. She generally hits exactly the right balance between looking polished and mature, and looking appropriately young and fresh, but this is veering a bit Disney — I think it would be totally believable if we heard that those appliques were placed on her dress by friendly birds — and it’s slightly nightgown-adjacent to me. I mean, if she were leaning out her bedroom window singing a song to the squirrels, I would be ON BOARD.

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[Photo: Getty]

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Comments (26):

  1. Willow

    I liked it until we hit the cack-handed embellishments at the bottom, it looks like a rebellious herb garden.

    • Fuh Ugh

      I like this, but … oh, that’s funny, “rebellious herb garden”!

  2. Ms.A

    Her hair is beautiful. But that dress is fugly. Its hard to do peach with a ton of embroidery and not look like a giant grandma hankie.

  3. Charlotte

    I think if her hair was at least semi-up, and the bodice fit better, we’d be in business. I shouldn’t want to yank up something that actually has straps.

  4. Kara

    I know she’s a kid, but she’s a teenager – she’s not six. I think the dress is too twee and childlike. It would be better without the bow in the front, but still not great.

    • Britt

      I agree, although I have to say that if she is going to veer to one direction, I’d rather her err on the side of childlike. She has plenty of time to sex it up, and it’s so refreshing to see her just being young. I think it’s awesome that she has such a great head on her shoulders.

      • Kara

        Agreed. I don’t like seeing 15-year-olds dressed like they’re 28 either, and to her (and her loved ones probably) immense credit, Hailee seems to be a really level-headed kid.

    • ringthing

      Yeah, which makes me wonder who WOULD look good in it. It’s pretty juvenile.

  5. M.Amanda

    I like it. It looks fine. She looks fine. I’m not wowed, but she looks pretty.

  6. Katharine

    I really love the shape of this dress and the whatchemy going on in the bodice, but it REALLY isn’t working for me in peach, never mind the embroidery. I think even Hailee could’ve got away with something less of a nightie colour.

  7. gin_in_teacups

    She can (and usually does) do better. But I’m more concerned that there are people out there not liking her. Indifferent, sure, but how can you not like her? She seems delightful!

  8. Cat

    I don’t hate this. I think what loses me are the spaghetti straps and the twee bow in front. If this had been strapless and had something different on the waist (not sure what, but definitely not that bow) and it would be a home run. The beading/appliques on the hemline look gorgeous. Maybe is she had put her hair up and lost the necklace (or gone with something different) it would look less twee.

  9. Jen S 2.0

    I don’t love the color on her and the spaghetti strapps are … not enough. “Namby-pamby” is the phrase I was kicking around to deescribe them. However, it just fell in the “nothing I would choose, but she looks all right” until you evoked that scene in Cinderella where the mice and birds are sewing the dress. Game over.

  10. witjunkie

    Peach + yellow + brown gives me a sad.

  11. Sandra

    I love the color of this. The spaghetti straps do nothing for the dress and if the embroidery was restricted to the two bands at the bottom, this would be much better. Also, Say No To The Bow.

  12. Lizaster

    I feel like this would look awesomely retro in like a light mustardy yellow or a light avocado green.

  13. Mary

    I agree with Sandra but I don’t mind the spaghetti straps as much… I think the color is great on her.

    I do think it’s a bit weird that she has chili peppers and birds on the dress though… Also I think the colors clash with the dress itself… if they were all in the same color tone it may be better.

  14. Dazie

    Ballet length or tea length and this would have been better. Without the bow.

    Make it sort of retro with a big skirt and it would look nice.

  15. Shiitake

    Little sister of the bride that handles the Guest Book.

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  17. Margret

    She´s a teenager. Let her be one! It is refreshing to see someone dress for their age, not a 17 year old slutting herself up á la Taylor M or older women desperate to “pass” for 21. Come on, let her enjoy her youth! I like it :)

  18. Debra

    She is young, pretty and sweet…and I think she looks better than 90% of the other women at this event…she looks effortless and very comfortable and I think she just sparkles. Her and Emily Blunt get my vote for best dressed for simply looking like they didnt try so very hard to be noticed.

  19. Katherine

    I think the dress is fugly, for sure, but it definitely is refreshing to see an actress her age dressed appropriately for her age.

  20. TonyG

    Remember Oprah’s movie, Beloved, based on the book by Toni Morrison? Remember the scene where Beloved (played by Thandie Newton) is by a swamp swarmed by ladybugs as butterflies flit by. This dress reminds me of that scene, and, thus creeped me out a bit.

    (WARNING: The video link below has some other creepy, disturbing images of the South post-slavery as the book and the film metaphorically recalls oppression)

  21. Kathleen F.

    Well, she’s 16, right? And if she were a normal 16-year-old going to the junior prom, I’d say this was pretty fun and cute and just offbeat enough. But for the Met Ball, it’d be nice to see her in something a little more mature and dramatically designed.

  22. wendy

    I wore a dress just like this to prom in 1981. When my date came to the door he said, “Are you wearing that?” Was I fashion forward or just fug? I ended up getting really drunk and throwing up in his El Camino. Ha!