The 2014 Met Ball, or the Event where the Red Carpet is the Event

You know how for most (not me, but most) people the Oscars is the “main event” and the red carpet telecast is the “pre-show”? The Met Ball is the opposite. The Red Carpet is the main event and the “afterparty” is a beautiful gala inside a resplendent Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The annual Costume Institute gala has a theme and honoree and this year it was classic evening wear in honor of British-born couturier Charles James, who revolutionized American couture, and determined by British-born editor Anna Wintour, who revolutionized American Vogue, fashion and trend.

Here are the superlatives of the night:


Best Model: Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa


Best Texture: Lily Allen in Chanel


Most Head-Turning: Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen


Most Seemingly True to Self: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino


Best Crop Top/Most Appropriately Youthful: Emma Stone in Thakoon


Best Brand Positioning: Victoria Beckham, own design


Most Improved: Kim Kardashian in Lanvin


Best “I’m Still the Biggest Star on this Carpet” Moment: Beyonce and Jay-Z in Givenchy

What do you think?  Agree, disagree?  Other favorites?

Photos from the NY Times

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