Fug File: Met Ball

Met Gala Well Played, Fan BingBing in Christopher Bu


As far as I’m concerned, this is neck and neck with Rihanna’s gown for the Dress of the Night. This is stunning:

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The dress is glorious, the cape is spectacular, her face and hair are perfect.  I can’t find a single fault:

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I feel like three-fourths of the celebrities in attendance walked in and saw this and thought, “OH MAN. She wins. Never mind. Let’s just turn the car around.”

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Met Gala Well Played: Amal Alamuddin Clooney in Maison Margiela


I might have liked this better for the theme two years ago, as there’s a edginess to the studded bodice that would’ve suited punk (at least, about as well as anyone else’s outfits did).

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But her other two red carpet looks were both black, so I welcome the hit of color, which she carries with total panache. It’s just a cool gown. But the longer I looked at it, the more I thought I’d seen it before — and then I realized that in a way, I have. John Galliano is designing this couture line now, and back in 2007, when he was still helming Dior, he sent Cameron Diaz to the Met in this ruffled fuchsia that is awfully similar. I guess if he’s going to bastardize something, it might as well be his own work. Like being his own biggest fan. Self-esteem on a dress form.

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Met Gala Fug or Fab: Miley Cyrus in Alexander Wang


I should hate this so much more than I do:

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However, the woman behind her and I both seem to be thinking, “I dunno, Miley, but maybe.” It’s a dress apparently designed to show off her hip flexors and one eighth of her collarbone and it’s basically a thong for your torso, but I’m still sort of like, “I can totally live with this.” Is it possible that I am just that enamored of long sleeves? Is this what 2015′s parade of nudity and sheers hath wrought?

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Met Gala Yikes, then Fug or Fab: Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren


Well. Thankfully Emma Roberts — or one of her associates — must check her social media a lot, because she posted this Instagram of herself getting prepped for the Met Gala with ACTUAL CHOPSTICKS IN HER HAIR WHAAAAAT:

#Metball @ralphlauren it’s almost time!

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Fortunately, the freakout was immediate enough that by the time she arrived at the event, the chopsticks were gone. Now, Emma Roberts is 24, and she grew up in show business, so certainly she is no naif and she should know better. But if she somehow did not see where an attempt at whimsy might veer into wildly inappropriate — see also: The Ballad of Julianne Hough’s Crazy Eyes Halloween Costume — then any one of the multiple people on Team Roberts should have noticed it and pointed out the problem. Social media shouldn’t have had to solve that for her. This is a top example of why people need Get-A-Grip Friends. In an emotional and logical sense, but also in the proactive “get a grip on those chopsticks and YANK THEM OUT” way.

Let’s take a look at the finished product, sans misguided hair:

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Met Ball Fug Carpet: Katy Perry and Madonna in Moschino


Much as we said for Cosmo, because when you think, “perceptions of China,” don’t you totally think GRAFFITI??! (I don’t.)

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Met Gala Well Played: Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan


On a night where subtlety did not always reign among those who tackled elements of the theme, I think this is quite lovely.

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I am only just noticing how many people chose full topknots or high buns to complement their looks, which I hope was just a coincidence and not everyone’s aesthetic default when confronted with the theme. But it is the right pick here, as is that rich lipstick and the earrings, with the gently draped gown that has gentle and recognizable influences but is not hammering us in the brain with a stereotype. With that black and white Emmys dress of fall 2014, she and Donna Karan are now two-for-two with each other. In red-carpet terms that’s like winning two Super Bowls in a row.

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Met Ball Fug or Fab Carpet: Diane Kruger in Chanel


I just spent a really long time trying to figure out if Diane’s pants are sheer or not:

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I STILL don’t know. What do you think?

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With that important question being solved by Democracy in Action, let us turn to weightier matters, such as:

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