The Great and the Grisly: Met Gala 2014

Like the happy days of Charles James’ formative years, the Met Gala is here again. Which isn’t to say all the red carpet looks are happy. Some of them are downright sad. Herewith, our highly subjective, overly polarized, not entirely logical list of the great and the grisly…

Jessica Lange in (and with) Marc Jacobs

Great! (She could wear anything.)

Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

Grisly. (And it pains us to say that!)

Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein


Erykah Badu in Givenchy couture

Mostly great.

Katie Holmes in Marchesa

Grisly. (Words can’t describe.)

Dree Hemingway in Proenza Schouler


Charlize Theron in Dior couture & Sean Penn


Rihanna in Stella McCartney

Grisly. (Sorry, RiRi.)

Lena Dunham in (and with) Giambattista Valli


Emma Stone in Thakoon


Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

Great. (Crazy, but crazy great.)

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino

Grisly. (The polka-dot paperweight has its merits, but um…)

Naomi Campbell in Givenchy couture & Riccardo Tisci

Grrrr…. undecided.

Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte


Beyonce in Givenchy couture & Jay Z

Great (ish).

Nicole Richie in Donna Karan


Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney

Great. (Safe, but great.)

Kendall Jenner in Topshop


Kate Upton in Dolce & Gabbana

Grisly. (I mean…)

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Grisly. (Cute dress, just not right tonight.)

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta


Photos by Nicholas Hunt for Patrick McMullan

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