When there is good, inevitably, there will be bad. The Met Gala and its themes are an equal playing field for greatness…and some looks that miss the mark. With Jenners and Kardashians (not named Kendall) making up the majority, upsets from Michelle Williams and Taylor Swift were shock inclusions.
10. MISTY COPELAND IN JASON WU
Principal dancer, Misty Copeland took to the red carpet in a dove grey Jason Wu bias cut gown, which in theory should have been a match made in heaven, but the dress felt a little unfinished. The raw hems, while intentional, felt as it they were an afterthought, plus sections of the dress looked as if they weren’t steamed completely.
9. MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN LOUIS VUITTON
After a long streak of amazing looks on the Met Gala red carpet, Michelle Williams decided to turn up in 2013’s Punk theme, rather than the tech savvy call out. The hair felt unfinished, the dress was too short, and missed the theme completely – making her stand out for all the wrong reasons.
8. KIM KARDASHIAN AND KANYE WEST IN BALMAIN
Jeans on the Met Gala red carpet. Blue contacts. Half bleached eyebrows…it was a whole lot of look. Kimye continued (kontinued?) the family fashion affair in Balmain, with Kim wearing glorified tin foil and Kanye looking like he misunderstood the assignment.
7.KYLIE JENNER IN BALMAIN
The youngest of the Kardashian clan, Kylie, has made a name for herself as a fashion renegade, but her Met Gala look was anything but. Opting for not only a silhouette she’s worn (from the same designer, no less), but one that ages her far past her 18 years…especially when her mum chose basically the same dress.
6. KRIS JENNER IN BALMAIN
What’s worse than dressing too old? Dressing like your 18 year old daughter’s twin. Wearing a Balmain gown that was eerily similar to King Kylie’s, the Kardashian matriarch kept true to her caricature on Saturday Night Live. While the dress isn’t necessarily bad, surely a family meeting would have saved this faux pas.
5. TAYLOR SWIFT IN LOUIS VUITTON
All eyes were on Taylor to continue her winning fashion streak, but her look for the Met Gala was underwhelming, to say the least. Opting for Louis Vuitton, the dress didn’t reflect the theme and felt more fitting to the Grammys or VMAs than fashion’s biggest night out. But then again, she was selected to co-chair the event, so I guess…
4. GRIMES IN LOUIS VUITTON
Usually celebrated for her unique personal style, Grimes seemed to have forgotten the black tie memo and decided on a look that was better suited to dinner. Not everyone is a full ballgown, perfectly coiffed hair type, but if you’re going to the Met Gala, try to put in some effort.
3. LADY GAGA IN VERSACE
And just when it was going so well! After consistently landing on the best dressed list during her campaign for a Golden Globe and Oscar, Lady Gaga reverted back to pop star status. This is not a bad thing, especially with the references to her Fame Monster era, but for the Met Gala, this is severely underwhelming. Not only did the look feel rushed (later confirmed by the star, saying she pulled it together in ten minutes), but aside from the metallic fabrication, nothing screamed technological advancement. Disappointing, considering she has always flirted with tech in her fashion choices.
2. NICKI MINAJ IN MOSCHINO
Ah, Nicki. Always one to be fearless on the red carpet (albeit, with varied success), she was who we’d hoped would fully embrace the tech theme and wear an amazing 3D printed bodice, or lit up gown a la Claire Danes, but instead…we got this. Her buckled and strapped gown felt 80s, rather than futuristic and completely missed the theme.
1. MADONNA IN GIVENCHY
Madonna obviously doesn’t subscribe to the old adage of taking one item off before leaving the house. Wearing everything she could strap on her body (literally, if you count the all the body tape), her Givenchy look did it’s job to shock, but didn’t feel on theme (and also has been done before by her ‘reductive’ rival, Lady Gaga).
Read our Top Ten Best Dressed from the 2016 Met Gala here.