Met Ball Fug or Fab: Kirsten Dunst


I’m not sure Kirsten Dunst has ever looked non-cracked out at the Met Ball. Remember her wacky flapper outfit? Or her bad pseudo-Mirren? Or Boots McWhat? Or, most recently, Dirty Dancing: Baja Fresh?

So I was understandably torn when she walked the carpet in this:

Part of me applauded that she looked like a fancy-dress aviatrix, or an actress in a straight-to-the-film-shelf noir, The Beltese Falcon, in which Bogart returns to hunt down treasure hidden in a famous accessory. But the rest of me, perhaps with a small amount of head-hanging and lip-chewing, thinks she might look great in it and that if SWINTON wore it we’d be applauding until our palms chapped. Please tell me which part to listen to, Fug Nation, because I’m tired of hearing myself yap.

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  1. Opica
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    My boyfriend asked “Is she Santa?”

  2. Janette
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    Exactly what I was thinking! It’s a little Santa Claus-ish.

  3. Lauren
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    Props to her for wearing the same shoes in 2007, possibly 2009, and 2011.

    • Pie
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      Yes to this! ^

    • C-No
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      Possibly 2012, too, since we can’t see them. Maybe they are super comfortable, like walking on black, satiny clouds. I would also wear them all the time.

    • mepe
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      Yes! Totally agree – I hope she was also wearing them for 2012!

  4. Willow
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    I like it more than I was prepared to.

    I do however have issues with how everything appears to be becoming the same colours, but I approve Sassy Clause, we’ll let you pass this time.

  5. Carrie
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    She looks like she’s going to a formal event in a Wes Anderson movie. I love it.

  6. Annabell
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    Does it make her one arm look freakishly skinny? Or am I crazy?

  7. Adrasteia
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    Why isn’t there a Boring option for the poll? I honestly almost fell asleep on my keyboard just looking at this. She looks like she’s wearing a clashy and poorly tailored business suit with a belt that got put on by someone with serious mental deficiencies. And the whole thing is a little tarty for work, given the touch of boob display, so it doesn’t even work at the office. I think maybe I’m just filled with sartorial hate today.

  8. Mem
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    Thanks for bringing to attention the fact that she wore those horrid shoes with both the flapper outfit AND the baja fresh outfit. Damn, girl!

  9. Anita
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    I like it, but it would be better with a different belt.

  10. Lauren
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    I feel like it should be on someone who is older. She looks like she is 65 in that.

  11. Cassidy
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    She looks like Carmen Sandiego at a very fancy dinner party.

    • Katie Lynn
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      That might be the perfect description of what is going on. SOMEONE GET THAT WOMAN A GIANT HAT!

  12. Kendra
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    I’m *almost* ok with it. I find it makes her neck look almost non-existent. Which troubles me. I know she has a neck, whither the vertebrae Kiki?

  13. Christine
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    I just asked my daughter who she thought this looked like (thinking she’d say my sister, who looks a little like Kirsten). Instead, she said (without any hesitation): “Santa…a girl Santa…without a hat.”

  14. Seamus McBoogie
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    Unbelievably – Jezebel has this as one of their top 3 outfits! Rihanna and Diane Kruger were the other 2. Jezebel – please leave the fashion judgments to the experts, this is FUG!

  15. Erin
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    She looks like a cracked out Annie post Daddy Warbucks makeover.

  16. Xiomalys V. Crespo Quiñones
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    Oh, since the revolution our lives have been so gray! Thank goodness for the gossip that gets us through the day! ♪

    Have you heard? There’s a rumor in St. Petersburg… that Kirsten will play Anastasia in the live action rendition. She is, of course, the poor twin erm…part.

  17. Berryberrykix
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    I think this is what Amy Poehler’s grandma must look like.

  18. AM
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    Is is just me or are a lot of ladies at this even rather……COVERED? I there the slightest shift to Victorian primness?

    For this itself I applaud them – especially when I spotted Beyonce.

    K Dunst is a cutie, I like her in everything.

  19. Art Eclectic
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    A different color would have been better – the red does make it too Santa Claus-ish. Imagine it in peacock blue.

  20. AM
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    *event*

  21. Megan
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    Does no one else think she looks like Olive Oyl???

    • J9
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      YES! I looked and thought, “Oh, that’s exactly what Olive Oyl would wear the the Met Ball.”

  22. BrownEyedBetty
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    Her look this year is Sufferin’ Suffragette, just back from a protest march up 5th Avenue where she left her hat & gloves after a fist-fight.

  23. bmj
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    YES…I was going to say Olive Oyl too.

  24. hillary l.
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    Schiapparelli was all about the suits, so this is totally on-point. I also find the belt to be quit sassy.

  25. Mahastee
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    I love it!

  26. Karen
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    The Duchess of Windsor would have loved this dress.

  27. brooke
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    PLEASE NOTE: she is wearing the same black heels in no less than three of those photos. it’s cool, but to THE SAME EVENT? NO REALLY GO LOOK SHE IS.

  28. Moi
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    I want to like it, I really do. But I can’t. Because it makes her look like a very pretty little girl playing dress up with mommy’s clothing.

  29. Angela
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    It looks like she wore one of Dorothy Zbornak’s old blazers…

  30. Eli
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    Lady Sybil?

  31. wendy
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    “The Beltese Falcon”. Splendid! You all are too much!

  32. nobody much
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    I agree with above poster, first think I saw was ‘formal Annie’

  33. M-A
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    This might have been brought up already but look at the Baja Fresh year and the crazy flapper year: same shoes! Four years apart too, Kristen is one frugal Santa!

  34. Nancy
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    Mrs. Claus.

  35. KK
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    I just don’t think it looks formal enough. This would do for an afternoon concert at the Lincoln Center or something. High tea. And yes to everyone who said Santa.

  36. rb
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    the belt (when will belts be over???) is unnecessary — witness the discomfort of the giant Chico’s buttons and frowning pockets — and was attached as an afterthought… when ms. dunst’s depression therapist called in his secretary to swap outfits: she of the LONG AND TALL SHOP.

    no shoes makes kiki levitate, and her boobs look like they are sagging. in other words, not the best look even for a surprise party on administrative assistant’s day (april 25), much less the freakin’ met gala.

  37. Lizzie
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    Kiki is absolutely flawless in this grand number . . . and she knows it! Bravo.

  38. murt
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    She and Anna Wintour were the ones who paid most attention to the theme of the night though…. Should get major credit for that.

  39. Girlin
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    I really like this on her! It fits her so well and it is so unusual. Fair play to her for taking a chance and not looking like every other Marchese starlet that goes by! The belt is stunning….I want to see The Beltese Falcon!!

  40. Pamb
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    It looks like she is wearing a blazer from the 80′s with her boyfriend’s belt and a sister wives skirt. Horrid.

  41. Kalli
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    It’s sort of awesome and she wears it surprisingly well, but it’s so inappropriate for the event that she looks like she’s wandered in off a set in period costume.

  42. Mamma's Chest VTG
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    I love all except that belt…I think is too much.

  43. LIlibet
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    His Girl Friday? “Now listen, wise guy, this is what I wear to work, okay?”

  44. Mo
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    It’s not inappropriate or anything, but I don’t like it at all. And she has got to ditch those effing ugly shoes.

  45. ML
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    Belt aside, I say well played, Kiki. She has the natural look of a ’40s-era actress and this classic look works for her. I can’t snark on this; she just looks nice here. Sometimes that happens.

  46. Josephine
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    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–outfits that might be tragic at other event are sometimes perfect at the Met Ball. This very apropos considering the look/identity/influences of the two featured designers. Dunst can be a bit of a weirdo, but she actually does know fashion a bit, and she’s being smart. If she wore this to some random premiere, it would be cracky. Here, it’s great. Also, it’s reeeeally wild color that not everyone can pull off (more orange than these pictures show), the fit is beautiful, and I think her retro hair and makeup are lovely.

  47. Ms.A
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    Love her hair and makeup! And I don’t totally hate the outfit. I applaud her for wearing something different.

  48. Mair Mair
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    Chop six inches off that sucker and put it on Rosalind Russell or Kate Hepburn in one of those great screwball comedies from the ’40s.

  49. Heidi
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    I think she looks great in this. Very pulled together.

  50. Kit
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    I like the idea< of this more than the execution. It’s like Katherine Hepburn left Humphrey at the plane and then went to a formal… but she just looks dowdy in it. :(

  51. Suzanne
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    Is this Mary’s costume from the Downton Abbey Christmas Special wherein she plays Mrs. Claus to Matthew’s Santa? I bet it is.

  52. M.Amanda
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    I rather like it. Like Christina Ricci, she could probably only get away with it at this event, but it works. I was kind of hoping to read some kind of parallel to Coco Rocha, that Kirsten found some old Joan Crawford or Katharine Hepburn outfit.

  53. leesa
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    Hey Annie! Where’s Daddy Warbucks?

  54. Nicole B.
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    Oh, look…Little Orphan Annie is all grown up now.

  55. Annie Mouse
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    I want this in my wardrobe immediately.

  56. mepe
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    Love this! It looks awesome on her and there is something so romantic and retro about it…smart choice! Especially considering all of the truly ugly gowns at the even this year!

  57. Claire L1
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    I LOVE this. I keep expecting her to pick up a satchel and and board a plane and meet Bogart in some questionable South American country bar and toss back shots with the locals before she reveals that her father was the one that saved them from a horrible business that would have taken their land….and then have her kiss her love goodbye as she has to go find her father now….. and all of that makes me love it even more.

  58. Amy
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    Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.

  59. Michelle
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    I think she looks like a skinny blonde Santa Claus

  60. Steph P
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    I think I’d like it better if her skin didn’t almost exactly match the color of the outfit.

  61. Rubee
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    I have to give it to her, this outfit certainly evoques Schiaparelli’s period – not necessarily her fashion concept- but other than that, this is a total mistake. I get she thought ” Hahaha! This hideous long anti-Nazi guerrilla uniform will totally clash with the fancy gowns everybody would be wearing !” “After a brief, ordinary girly period, I’m back to be the unique human being who hated kissing B.Pitt!” . But she ended up looking dowdy, miserable and boring. And there’s no point in a belt over a cross-jacket.!!!!

  62. Peff Peffington
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    I feel like she’s about to admonish me to “Just Say No.”

    But, also a little Katherine Hepburn-y.

    I’M SO TORN.

  63. Jennie-Suz
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    I like the jacket – sexy-REALTOR-esque that it is, but she’s too young to go floor-length straight skirt. It needs something youthful to give it contrast.

    I think I would LOVE this with a short (but not micro-short), pleated black skirt.

  64. crystal
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    Boots McWhat. HAHA!

    She looks about 200 years old, but I can dig it.