On May 5th, 2014 many stars walked the Red Carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the MET Costume Institute’s annual Gala – this year’s cause was to support the opening of Charles James: Beyond Fashion Exhibition. Most attendees honored the “white tie” theme by donning black & white; and why not – it’s classic, festive to the occasion, and looks amazing on The Red Carpet! Other looks we saw trending were Cropped Tops, Floral Prints, and Pastels. Here at Wild Souls we’ve composed a list of our 15 favorite looks of the evening.
15. Model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed up in a bold Balmain (one of my favorite designers) mini dress with alternating black leather, leopard, and chain link panels. Her whole look was pulled together by some truly amazing shoes!
14. Hayden Panettiere wore a lovely gown by Dennis Blasso that reflected two of the trends from the evening: pastels and bold floral prints. The “cotton-candy-esque” dress fell beautifully in shades of lavender and pink.
13. Black and white was definitely the most popular trend of the night and Hailee Steinfeld played her part in a gorgeous custom Prabal Gurung gown. I adore the slight rise in the front that shows off her Charlotte Olympia shoes 😉 Although this dress is gorgeous and looked beautiful on Hailee, I hope she takes advantage of her youth and wears something fun (and maybe a little risky) for her next red carpet.
12. Rihanna, Rihanna, what can’t she wear? Seriously! She looked smokin’ in a white two-piece suit by Stella McCartney! Her look somehow covers, exposes, teases, and bares all at the same time. Her piled high hairdo shows off the jewels at the neckline and softens the overall look.
11. Dear Naomi Watts, you are beautiful! Please, please, please show a little confidence. I feel like every time I see her on the red carpet she looks “sorry” about what she’s wearing and she had no reason to apologize for the amazing Givenchy couture gown she had on at the gala. The ombre fade from white to black demonstrated a unique take on the black/white trend while the texture of the bodice and leg-baring sheerness of the skirt brought it home.
10. Victoria Beckham struck a pose in a dress of her own design. The white gown was body-hugging at the bottom and “structurally ruffled” at the top and oh-so Posh in every way 😉
9. I love the risks that Anna Kendrick has taken on the red carpet this year. While I feel that most have kind of been “middle of the pack” I admire her being a little different. In this particular J. Mendel gown she rocked the black/white trend in her own way with a “crop illusion” gown with skin-baring cutouts.
8. Jessica Pare joined in on the black and white trend with a custom graphic floral dress from Michael Kors. The floral embroidery and sequins looked exquisite and the fitted bodice and flowing bottom suited her perfectly.
7. The always stunning Gisele Bundchen donned a custom Balenciaga gown made of black velvet and lace. The fitted structure and plunging neck and back showed off her incredible body and the natural hair and makeup really showed off the dress.
6. Zooey Deschanel was a more sophisticated version of her typically quirky (but beautiful) self in a navy and cream gown by Tommy Hilfiger. The gown choice wasn’t a big surprise since Zooey recently collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger on a collection of dresses called To Tommy From Zooey.
5. Sarah Jessica Parker was PERFECTION in a gorgeous black and white Oscar De la Renta ball gown with white gloves and a very SJP updo. After the selection of the gown Sarah asked Mr. De la Renta if she they could embroider his signature across the back in Scarlet… Leave it to Sarah Jessica Parker to think of giving credit where it’s due 😉
The top 4 is where it gets really hard for me – i.e. the choice of 4./3. and 2./1.
4. I kind of love that Cara Delevingne bucked the “white tie” dress code for the evening by rocking the red carpet in a skin-bearing cage style top and white capris by Stella McCartney. Her two-toned shoes, long necklace, and sideswept hair were perfect compliments and completed her overall look.
3. Emma Stone chose an incredibly eye-catching pink and magenta two-piece gown. The crop with high-skirt was very youthful and fun… Just like Emma. I gave this look a slight edge over Cara because I felt she really nailed the “besides the gown” details like a simple hint of jewelry and a side braid that balanced out the slit and drape of the skirt on the opposite side.
2. Suki Waterhouse, you had me at tiered ruffles… and Burberry. The blush-colored dress was lovely and romantic which very much suited the occasion. Her messy updo and red lips really sealed the deal.
1. The winner on The Red Carpet (for me) was Blake Lively. She NAILED it! Her gorgeous rose gold Gucci Premiere gown not only fit her flawlessly, it was very appropriate for the occasion. Her retro waves nodded to the era of Charles James and her perfectly proportioned burgundy earrings and ring were… well… perfect. However, what really gave her the edge over Suki was her ever present and glowing smile. It lit up her face as much as her dress lit up the red carpet.