Met Ball Well Played: Nina Dobrev


The Vogue feed hit its stride after about half an hour or forty-five minutes, but for a while there, it was all me and Jessica screaming at it for catching sight of the bottom half of an interesting dress, then cutting away to an interview with some elderly benefactors, or a pre-taped montages about the Met. There were tons of shots of somebody carefully, dutifully wrangling a giant train around its wearer, but it took ages for the cameras to show us that it belonged to Nina Dobrev.

The girl is a pro: Every time she stopped, the guy needed to rush up and fluff and spread that sucker, but she seemed completely okay with that and never the least bit impatient. She also never let it overshadow her, which is hard to do when you have that much cloth following you around all night. It’s tremendous that she went big, but not so big that I feel assaulted into noticing her. Instead, it’s just a pleasure. Check her out from the front:

The thing I love about Nina is that even when she picks a dress that seems tough to move in – as has been her custom at these big events – she does it in such a way that she still is a standout, and owns the red carpet in a way that’s impressively above her pay grade. By which I mean that, as a noted lover of The CW and her work thereon, I’ve long found her talents to be overlooked in the mainstream because people assume nobody on that network is doing actual good work (call it Gilmore Syndrome, or Buffy-itis). Which is completely bogus. But it means these bigtime opportunities are going to be fewer and further between than they ought, and thus I think she’s using them incredibly well. I love this on her. And it says a lot about her face that it’s still the star of the show despite the fact that she’s wearing more fabric than several of the other attendees combined. Maybe she could make a charitable donation in the ladies’ room, while Sarah Jessica Wallpaper Tweets about it from her matching smartphone.

[Photos: Getty]

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Comments (52):

  1. corriner

    She is resplendent.

    Lainey said this is one sequin away from being the highlight of her short-program, but I think it is elegant and beautiful without looking overwrought.

    It also doesn’t hurt that she is as genetically blessed as she is. She is just SO PRETTY.

    • Kristen from MA

      I just read Lainey, too, and think she’s wrong about this dress. It’s dramatic, but not over-the-top.

    • Dizzy

      I also read what Lainey wrote and didn’t really agree with her on what she said about Nina and the other girls. I think Nina looked pretty. A breath of fresh air in the lunacy of dresses that was that night.

  2. Willow

    I love this!

    Although the dress was doing very strange things to her butt, it kind of looked like a nomadic backpack or something, but from the front it’s definitely a knockout.

  3. Jules

    She is gorgeous and that dress is divine.

  4. GirlyObsessions

    I LOVE her. She is beyond gorgeous. But I’m mad at her that she’s dating Ian Somerhalder.

  5. Dana

    She wins my best dressed of the night. Which I am glad about because I find her delightful.

  6. Maura

    The train reminds me of the silver puddle that Alex Mack could turn into. In the BEST WAY POSSIBLE.

    • yeahandalso

      Did you know Alex Mack is Ken’s wife on Mad Men?

      • LibraryChick

        Love the dress. Totally agree with the silver puddle/Alex Mack reference. Larisa Oleynik is on Mad Men? Wow, I feel old now, and I already felt old when I saw her in 10 Things I Hate About You. Nice to know Oleynik hasn’t met the fate of certain former child stars.

    • Sylvia

      Any reference to Alex Mack wins the comments section. I was obsessed with that show.

    • Molly

      EXACTLY what I thought. Delightful.

      • Softwear

        So was I! And both my sisters! I thought Nina’s dress is divine. I WANTED her to do SOMETHING a little with her hair. That’s all.

  7. Orange Clouds

    Sea of gold. Beautiful.

  8. Annie

    I love it. Even though all I can think of is T-1000 rising from a large puddle of nanomorph mimetic poly-alloy (thank you, Wikipedia).

    Maybe that’s why I love it so much.

  9. eva

    The dress is beautiful and it just suits her so well! Of course, she has a great body but so do many other attendees who don’t look have as good as Nina does. Kudos to her (or her stylist) for the choice. She looks amazing!

  10. Jo

    Meh! Makes her look short and pattern isn’t great.

  11. katkin74

    Front the front this is amazing – from the side or back, not so much. That sag-butt thing looks odd, but even then, I’m not mad at it. That is a testament to this girl’s carriage. That red dress you linked to was the best damn looking dress I’ve ever seen on anybody, anywhere – CLASSIC. That was perfection.

  12. Mikki

    She always looks gorgeous when she attends these big events – so much better than the others who have the same resources and great bodies. I wish her all the best! (And secretly wish I was in her stilettos, dating Ian!)

  13. llism

    It’s just not fair that one person should hit such a huge genetic jackpot. *stomps off and pouts*

  14. Kalli

    She’s made for this element of the business. Such a pro, as if she’s fully aware of her genetic gifts, and never takes them for granted – in fact, she also seems to retain a little bit of charming humility (maybe because she’s Canadian or it helps that they film in Georgia, away from Hollywood most of the time.) What sets her apart physically from other beautiful young actresses is her long limbs, regal posture and carriage. A sleek and dramatic dress like this highlights those qualities.

  15. Lina


  16. neiges

    She is certainly beautiful but I don’t think I would recognize her in the street. I don’t find her that awesome although she is attractive. Same disappointment with a dress that has everything going for it: it makes her strangely short when it actually should elongate her (like the marvellous dress you linked).

  17. Jilly

    She reminds me of Emmanuelle Chriqui. Both ladies are positively overflowing with genetic gifts…they really should learn to share.

  18. Claire L1

    She is the perfect example of wearing the dress and not the dress wearing you.

  19. ok

    She’s obviously has natural taste– because even her paparazzi out-and-about shots, she’s wearing some cute clothes. Unlike another former Degrassi alum–*COUGH* Shanae Grimes *COUGH*

    She looks positively radiant. She’s seriously upping her–as well as Donna Karen’s–profile.

  20. Sharon

    Wow. This is really pretty and looks great on her.

  21. Sandra

    I would actually like a little less train and the right side of her dress is straying too close to Side Boob Alley, but from the front it is gorgeous and so is she.

  22. pinkcheese

    I’m just giggling over the idea of SJP having a smartphone that matched her monstrosity. Hee!

  23. Cranky Old Batt

    Day – em! Gorgeous with a capital G. This is the way to do it.

  24. TaraMisu

    She is SO SO pretty! I love this dress, she is carrying it off very well. Well done.

  25. Sylvia

    She never misses when her name is called in the 4th quarter. I wish she would talk to Kat, whose craziness entertains me, but who I’d like to see pull off similar big time fashion.

    But seriously, Nina is pretty, on a hit TV, dresses well and gets to date and/or sleep with Boone. As Tommy Lee said on his Diary “her life does not suck.,” and it shows when she dresses up.

  26. Mahastee

    She looks fab! Elegant and stylish. Just right.

    Just because an influential blogger/columnist/editor etc expresses an opinion, doesn’t mean we have to agree with them. In this case, Lainey is wrong.

  27. Nancy


  28. Lil Boosie

    Imagine if Beyonce had worn something like this. We’d be having an entirely different conversation today. Kudos to Nina!

  29. Shiitake

    Fabulous dress.

  30. Lizzie

    Really? No!

  31. Guerra

    Gorgeous !!

  32. Kid A

    i hate trains

  33. LIlibet

    Glamour. Maybe it’ll start a trend for trains, like capes.

  34. ML

    Not big on trains but I like this. She looks stunning.

  35. Josephine

    I don’t like this very much at all, or, at least, certainly not enough to Fab it. Yes, the fit is glorious, but something about this is looking very heavy and dated to me. Like she was going for Old Hollywood glamour and got stuck at that weird ’80s tendency to paint everything gold and gloss black in hopes that it will look as expensive as possible. Also, unless a dress really knocks it out of the park and has a good reason for using it, I’m SO TIRED of that one-shoulder business.

  36. Ms.A

    This looks best from the front. I don’t like the mini strap on the shoulder and the melty looking train. But shes a pretty lady in a pretty dress. I’m not in love with it though.

  37. M.Amanda

    I still have no idea what show she’s on, but she seems to really knock it out of the park with the very dramatic gowns. She looks very elegant and poised.

  38. elle

    Too much train. Overkill.

  39. Rubee

    She’s a very beautiful young lady but that dress is eating her down, maybe because of the train. Actually, she seems to be wearing flats, which I’m sure she’s not. And the pattern is rather ordinary, and too lame-ish. Me, not likey.

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