Fug File: Met Ball

Met Gala Feh Carpet: Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors

The juxtaposition of the two gowns in this picture amuses me.

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In the back, Allison Williams’s flotilla of tulle, large and attempting to be in charge, hoping that size would win style points; in the front, Elizabeth Banks’s very simple turquoise shift, which seems to say, “Screw it. Let’s just go for abs points and then get the hell out.” She almost made it, too, except that she went with the cat-eye liner on a night where that is SO EASILY misinterpreted that I’m embarrassed anyone even tried.

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Met Gala Well Played: Lorde

As is the case with a lot of the people we’ve covering today, I don’t know if this is exactly on theme (or, rather, I can’t figure out how she’s claiming it’s on theme), BUT:


I think it’s also my favorite of her red carpet looks, ever — modest, as she often veers, but also slinky, but also a bit goth, which is perfect for her — so I’m taking what I can get and just keeping my mouth shut for once.

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Met Gala Reunion Carpet: The Bonet-Kravitz Family

People seemed extremely excited to see Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz on the Met Gala red carpet together, and I agree that it’s great that exes can hang out socially and sociably with their daughter.

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I might have liked it BETTER if Lisa Bonet were knocking me flat in something I love, rather than a Valentino that looks like it might smell of expensive mothballs. I can sort of see where she was going with it, but looking at it feels like homework.

Surprisingly, I didn’t hate the Alexander Wang that Zoe wore:

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Julianne Moore in Givenchy

“This was just left over from all the gowns I called in from my Oscar run. It’s nice, right?”


“Should I just toss on some jewelry and call it a day? Let’s just do that.”

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Olivia Munn in J. Mendel

I find this pleasantly caftanic.

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I would’ve liked a thicker bunching on the bodice so that it was solid black. I don’t mind the sleeves being filmy, but the translucence on her chest draws the eyes straight there where the glare seems to be, and away from the rest. Still, this is both a pleasantly artsy choice from her, and possessed of a dash of crazy, the likes of which you might see on an old nighttime soap. I mean, if ever there is an event at which you should be applauded for not needing a bracelet because you have turned your SLEEVES into them, it is Met night.

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Keri Russell in Altuzarra

To me, this dress feels like a shout-out to Evan Rachel Wood’s amazing 2012 Golden Globes dress:


Albeit topsy-turvy — the bottom here is the scaly bit, with the top all afeather. I’m torn on this. I think I am biased because I find her so very cool, and, indeed, I think she looks cool in this. I just can’t tell if I have Keri Russell-blindness. I mean, I MIGHT. I even think she looks good on The Americans and she’s in turtlenecks and high-waisted pleated pants the entire time.


Met Ball Fugs and Fabs: More Women In Red

We’ve already covered a couple gowns in this shade– Amal Alamuddin Clooney, Karen Elson — but the fact that there are so many left over goes to show that people may have coped with the tricky theme by espousing When In Doubt, Just Wear Red.

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