Each year at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we get to watch our favorite celebrities don their most unique and gorgeous interpretations of the years theme for the fundraising ball. For 2014, it was white tie, a chance for the most glamorous of all looks to be sported. The theme of the event surrounded a Met exhibition on famous 1950s couturier Charles James, whose spectacular, unique, and architecturally inspired ball gowns were breathtaking, to say the least. James’ inspiration and elegance did indeed reign, interpreted through everything from flapper chic, to mid century class, to modern minimalism, and practically everything else in between. With the myriad of gorgeous and distinctive designs all over the red carpet, we found it literally impossible to pick a single favorite. But we did love so many of the looks in so many different ways. Check out our faves ♡♡♡
1. Most Elegant. Not surprising, Sarah Jessica Parker was stunning in an Oscar de la Renta ball gown, almost directly inspired by one of James’ famous pieces. De la Renta’s tongue in cheek addition was his signature -literally- scrawled on the hem of SJP’s train.
2. Most Unforgettable. Lupita Nyong’o surprised and wowed us once again with her fearlessness on the red carpet. Her flapper inspired Prada ensemble was a bit controversial, but for us, it was perfectly creative, unique, and beautiful; prefect for an evening of artistic expression.
3. Best Audrey Hepburn inspired look. Model Karlie Kloss nailed a perfectly elegant Oscar de la Renta piece in a waist cinching sheath with a gorgeous train, reminiscent of Ms. Hepburn’s black Ginenchy number from her famous role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
4. Best Floral Look. The always chic Emmy Rossum perfectly paired a glamorous and feminine silhouette with a sweet and classic oversized floral print in bright summery colors by Carolina Herrera. Just gorgeous!
5. Best Bold Color. There is something to be said for a great figure hugging silhouette and a perfectly simple dress in a bold jewel tone. Lala Anthony definitely captured this, turning heads in a gorgeous Cushnie et Ochsgown.
6. Best Casual Look. Some stars opt for a casual chic look for the Gala. It’s a roof look to pull off at a white tie event, but Riley Keough did it perfectly in a chic, figure hugging Louis Vuitton ensemble that we loved. She reminded us of a vintage Barbie in her glamorous high waisted pantsuit!
7. Best Guys’ Look. Guys have it tough when it comes to pushing the envelope on the red carpet while still looking dapper. Shunning the average tuxedo, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka donned unique silhouettes and patterns and still managed to keep it elegant in chic Thom Browne ensembles that we absolutely loved.