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Red Carpet Rundown: The 2013 Met Gala Best Dressed List

Met Gala Best Dressed: Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.

The 2013 Met Gala took place last night and it was all our worst fears realized interesting! While the theme–PUNK: Chaos to Couture–was largely ignored, it was still observed enough (and hilariously misunderstood) to slip up many attendees.

Since this isn’t a typical red carpet, our criteria for the Met Gala Best Dressed list is thus: in order to make the list, attendees had to (at least) allude to the theme while simultaneously looking like themselves. The best looks were a little off, or more than a little.

Which is why we’re surprised but certain this one belongs here:

Met Gala Best Dressed: Miley Cyrus attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.People hated Miley Cyrus‘ hair but seemed pretty positive about her slinky Marc Jacobs. We think her hair kind of made it.

On the opposite end:

Jennifer Lawrence attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.Jennifer Lawrence referenced the theme subtly: spikes on her heels, red lipstick and lined eyes, a leather belt. She looked very Dior with a little attitude.

Karen Elson attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.While Karen Elson is more closely associated with grunge, she looked pretty sensational in a golden column with chain detailing and bare makeup.

Coco Rocha attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.Okay. So. Coco Rocha went completely over the top in Ungaro. But she’s Coco Rocha and she pulled it off and she obviously had a good time of it.

Emilia Clarke attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.Emilia Clarke did not go over the top. She paired her pretty red Ralph Lauren with giant crosses dangling from her ears.

Chloe Sevigny attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.Unless Chloe Sevigny looks a complete fright, we’re probably going to put her on the best dressed list. Also, we need her shoes.

Feel free to talk about your favorite fashion bloggers with objectivity in the comments.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.Speaking of objectivity, this makes us feel about as weird as we’ve ever felt covering a red carpet. We like the surreal rose print on Kim Kardashian‘s Givenchy a lot. We like the cut on her and we’re factoring in how hard it is to dress for fancy parties while pregnant. Kanye looks good, too.

Leelee Sobieski attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.Another surprise: we were really taken with Leelee Sobieski‘s combination of minimal and intricate. Also, her ’90s supermodel slicked back hair/beauty.

Christina Ricci attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.Christina Ricci did a really obvious thing–Vivienne Westwood in plaid–but in the absence of real competitors, she just looked like she knew what she was doing.

Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City.And Sarah Jessica Parker, bless you for wearing a big opulent ballgown, thigh high satin boots and a giant mohawk.

Who were your picks for Best Dressed at the 2013 Met Gala? Tell us!

(All photos via Getty)

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  • Sean

    Oh come on Ashley, couldn’t we short-list Anne Hathaway’s blonde pixie cut?

    As a male who has worn his share of eyeliner, plaid, and doc martens, I’m making a formal protest.

    (pleeeeease?)

    • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

      I wasn’t crazy about the dress–especially the tufted cuffs.

      Expect to see her in best beauty, though, because her hair was awesome.

    • Sean

      To be honest my eyes didn’t move past her face. That pixie cut is just so wonderfully awesome.

      I looked at it again, and yes, the cuffs are awful, but the dress would have been nice (and decently “punk couture”) without them.

    • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

      Agreed.

  • http://twitter.com/lizlabz Liz L

    Given how far off-base from punk so many of the attendees (even the best dressed list!) were, I’m not sure we can call Vivienne Westwood/plaid “obvious.”

    • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

      Really? When I think of high fashion taking inspiration from punk I pretty much think of Westwood and Gaultier. I figured the red carpet with just be a bunch of vintage looks from those two.

    • http://twitter.com/lizlabz Liz L

      Right, but what I’m saying is so many people failed to even try that the “obvious” choice was actually pretty unique.

  • Elizabeth Kinports

    I actually really really loved Katy Perry’s outfit, which isn’t really something I’d normally expect to say.

    • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

      You know what? I did too.

    • AmbienceChaser

      Me too! And I never thought I’d say that about a woman wearing a gilded icon and a crown.

  • JennyWren

    I thought Kate Beckinsale (who is usually just as dull as very beautiful dishwater on the red carpet) did a good job, oddly enough. Sienna Miller made a spirited attempt. And at least Madonna put some god damn effort into it, even if she did end up looking a bit like a psychotic Tarantino Japanese schoolgirl. Seems like people either really tried to incorporate the theme, albeit with mixed results, or didn’t try at all and ended up looking like sad-sacks. At least the former got a bit of fun out of it!

    • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

      Yup!

      And I completely agree–Madonna’s look wasn’t (ultimately) great, but she had a better claim to punk than just about any other attendee.

  • Paulina C.

    Miley Cyrus’ hair is totally Lance Bass circa 1998. Is anyone else bothered by the fact that she suddenly likes the Sex Pistols?

  • Laura

    How is Madonna not on this list?

  • Clairdelune

    Where’s Haylee Steinfeld’s safety pin dress? Christina Ricci looks amazing. Leelee Sobieski barely looks like herself anymore- wtf?

  • Cee

    I liked Jamie King. I think she looked so pretty!

  • Presley

    To be honest, Taylor Swift looked amazing in her dress. It was way better than Sarah Jessica Parker’s or Kim Kardashian’s. She did not deserve to be put on the worst dressed list!

  • DevaO

    Sienna Miller! She looked incredible and that Burberry jacket was pretty punk-y to me. Tom Sturridge is a lucky dude.

    I loved Elle Fanning’s dress and that eye make-up. Loads better than the Rodarte that her big sister decided upon.

    Anne Hathaway reasonably suited up for the theme, right? She looked good. Better than what she’s been doing since the Awards season this year.

    Donnatella Versace was so cool.

    I know you didn’t like Nina Dobrev’s piece (along with a lot of other people) but I thought it was pretty and punk (and I know they usually don’t go together..).

    SMG- Wow. :D Obviously.

    Other favourites- Anja Rubik, January Jones, Amanda Seyfried, Joan Smalls, Kate Mara, Rooney Mara.

    I just completely disagree with you on Jennifer Lawrence. But I LOVED the veil over the eyes.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed this piece. The only article that pointed out the attendees’ refusal to acknowledge the theme and you weren’t senselessly salivating over the usual, graceful, flowy stuff that others seem to be doing in so many places. Really enjoyed that particular comment about Madonna.

    Also, the person that I was disappointed with was Kristen Stewart. I don’t know if it’s just me but she could have done sooo much better given the theme this year. She could have really made it work and look incredible.

  • jason

    coco should have been in the worst dressed list