Fug File: Met Ball

Fug Nation’s Worst of the Met Gala: the Run-Off

While Best Dressed was a slam dunk, Worst Dressed — as voted by you on Thursday — was VERY CLOSE and obviously, we want to be scientific about this. In this corner, we’ve got Rumpled H. McMustard, Katie Holmes:

And her contender, LongProgram Wrinklesberg:

Which of these is the WORST?

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Met Gala 2014: Fug Nation Picks Which Designer Won And Lost The Night

Just for fun, we decided to nominate a couple of designers to see which one you think “won” the Met Gala, and which one you think punted it away on first down, to use the parlance of the NFL, in honor of the draft tonight. We glanced at which designers showed up and nominated a few based on either volume of gowns in attendance, or the impactfulness, or both. It’s just on a lark; if you think we missed one that should’ve been nominated, please do talk it up in the comments.

Who Won The Met Gala:

Oscar de la Renta: Oscar chiefly took our breath away with the gowns on Karlie Kloss and Ivanka Trump, and although we were mixed on the front of Sarah Jessica Parker’s outfit, the back was adorable (and the signature, which we thought was crazy, was apparently there at her request). He also put an achingly accomplished red gown on Allison Williams, and a shiny and lovely silvery confection on Amy Adams (even if it was a little samey for us on her). A lot of people liked the pink gown he gave to Taylor Swift, even though the fit was slightly off; Claire Danes’ gown was the biggest threat of a clunker, although that might also have been a casualty of fit and styling.

Zac Posen: This is the night his every runway show has been waiting for, and he did not hold back, putting Liu Wen in a showstopping dress that underscores his mastery of constructionDita Von Teese’s fishtail hem was also amazing work, and he even gave Sarah Silverman — Queen of the Twee – a major, MAJOR moment that is astonishingly mature, and Maggie Q also got a hit of the heavy skirtKaren Elson’s was, for my money, the least successful of the lot, but Liu Wen’s might erase that and thus improve his average. (Oh, and he also dressed Neil Patrick Harris’s Hedwig co-star Lena Hall, whom we didn’t see until RIGHT NOW. It’s pink. Better than Elson’s. Karen should sue.)

Marchesa: Karolina Kurkova’s teal, hand-painted gown was the most exquisite punch to the gut, and Kylie Minogue also looked pretty. Joy Bryant didn’t not look pretty. The question really is whether the sheer strength of Kurkova’s incredible, enviable, delectable gown is enough and ESPECIALLY whether it can outweigh what Marchesa did to Katie Holmes.

Ralph & Russo: They only put one dress on the red carpet, but it was Arizona Muse’s, and boy, did we fall in love. So, much like getting pregnant I guess, all you need is one to score.

Prabal Gurung: He also only dressed one person, but it was Hailee Steinfeld. And faced with giving a young girl her moment to morph into a young lady, he handled it with extreme class and panache.

Michael Kors: The more I look at Zoe Saldana’s, the less I hate it; I do still feel like she is Miss Muffet trying to inhabit her tuffet, a bit, but the fabric is cool, and the theme was basically “Go Big Or Go Home,” so there’s that. The skirt also counterbalances the sleek bodice. Jessica Pare also wore a beautiful gown in a similar fabric, and Lily Aldridge was dazzling in silver. It’s all getting interesting up in Korsland, basically.

Which designer won the Met Ball?

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and who botched the ball?


Met Gala 2014: Fug Nation’s Worst Dressed

There are A LOT OF CONTENDERS in here. Like, REAL contenders.

Who's your worst dressed?

  • Anna Wintour (1%, 81 Votes)
  • Beyonce (3%, 200 Votes)
  • Brie Larson (1%, 55 Votes)
  • Cara Delevingne (1%, 97 Votes)
  • Chloe Grace Moretz (2%, 150 Votes)
  • Chloe Sevigny (1%, 51 Votes)
  • Elizabeth Olsen (22%, 1,720 Votes)
  • Imogen Poots (1%, 110 Votes)
  • Kate Upton (11%, 847 Votes)
  • Katie Holmes (20%, 1,518 Votes)
  • Kristen Stewart (1%, 66 Votes)
  • Lea Michele (1%, 62 Votes)
  • Lupita Nyong'o (6%, 443 Votes)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal (4%, 277 Votes)
  • Margot Robbie (3%, 214 Votes)
  • Naomi Watts (3%, 268 Votes)
  • Neil Patrick Harris/David Burtka (3%, 257 Votes)
  • Nicole Richie (1%, 64 Votes)
  • Rachel McAdams (0%, 29 Votes)
  • Sandra Lee (11%, 877 Votes)
  • Shailene Woodley (3%, 229 Votes)
  • Solange (1%, 94 Votes)
  • Tabitha Simmons (0%, 71 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,779

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Met Gala 2014: Fug Nation’s Best Dressed

Presented in no particular order, and based mostly on our own opinions — as the Head Crabapples in Charge here — but also factoring in your reactions where we can. In situations where you loved something we hated — like Maggie Gyllenhaal — we always try to evaluate whether we think that person’s dress could genuinely beat any of the others in a vote, and in this situation we decided Maggie was NOT likely to take it over some of this incredibly stiff competition. And with Brie Larson, whose suit was hilariously crazy in a way many of us adored even despite its hideousness, I left her out because I think there are too many deserving ball gowns that could and should win it instead, because they made the effort to be on-point (but the pants on Janelle Monae work for me because she found a way to give them ball-gown flair by adding that gorgeous cape, so she’s in).

Okay, caveats out of the way. It’s not super scientific, so please try not to be enraged if your favorite was left off. Onto the poll.

Who's your best dressed?

  • Allison Willams (1%, 53 Votes)
  • Arizona Muse (4%, 384 Votes)
  • Ashley Olsen (1%, 132 Votes)
  • Blake Lively (9%, 765 Votes)
  • Charlize Theron (2%, 174 Votes)
  • Dakota Johnson (1%, 45 Votes)
  • Dita von Teese (1%, 122 Votes)
  • Emmy Rossum (8%, 678 Votes)
  • Hailee Steinfeld (2%, 147 Votes)
  • Hayden Panettiere (1%, 86 Votes)
  • Ivanka Trump (3%, 294 Votes)
  • Janelle Monae (5%, 482 Votes)
  • Karlie Kloss (6%, 528 Votes)
  • Karolina Kurkova (40%, 3,582 Votes)
  • Kate Mara (1%, 53 Votes)
  • Kirsten Dunst (1%, 79 Votes)
  • Lily Aldridge (1%, 92 Votes)
  • Liu Wen (11%, 952 Votes)
  • Maggie Q (1%, 54 Votes)
  • Mary-Kate Olsen (0%, 42 Votes)
  • Sarah Jessica Parker (1%, 194 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,938

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Met Gala Fugs and Fabs: Everyone Else, a.k.a. the Lightbox Purge

Being in this post isn’t any kind of INSULT; it just means we’ve run out of steam, and we’ve all been at this for too long, so let’s put a fork in it. Don’t skip it, though: We’ve got some SERIOUS crazy, some Depp, and the the gala chair herself, Anna Wintour.

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Met Gala Fugs and Fabs: Pinks and Reds and Oranges

Some of these are more successful than others.

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