Five looks we were waiting to see at the 2012 Met Ball
Posted by on May 8, 2012 | 2:13 pm EST

Dubbed as the Oscars of the fashion industry, the Met Gala is that one extremely stylish night in the calendar that brings together the biggest stars in all of Hollywood, fashion, music, and even the sporting world. This year’s celebration, which paid tribute to Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli, saw stars put their most fashionable foot forward in luxurious designer dresses. From Dakota Fanning’s princess-like ball gown by Louis Vuitton to Anja Rubik’s unforgettably daring Anthony Vaccarello creation, the gala was a rich and eclectic convergence of individualism.

There were a lot of standouts for the Fashion Glamour team, such as Emma Stone’s red Lanvin dress, which was intricately adorned with crystal flowers, as well as event host Carey Mulligan’s dazzling sequined dress by Prada. Despite the grandness of the annual event, which sees stylists and stars preparing weeks—even months—before the event, there were still, a slew of fashion eyesores. With that in mind, we curated five looks from the spring and fall runway show which we thought deserved a Met Gala appearance instead of Beyonce’s atrocious dress or Karolina Kurkova’s wacky ensemble, for example.

Jason Wu, Spring 2012
Jason Wu

The Met Ball is the perfect excuse to be adventurous in gown choices, while retaining all sense of being stylish. Bold, bright and perfectly voluminous, this Jason Wu dress could have been the night’s scene-stealing ensemble. The designer knew that such color and skirt didn’t need an extra dose of glitter and embellishments, leaving the color—a cross between yellow and green—make all the right statement.

Vera Wang, Spring 2012
Vera Wang

This breezy Vera Wang creation is an exciting deviation from the unrelenting ball gowns and mermaid dresses we always see at the Met Gala. The spring-appropriate prints, sheer skirt and contemporary silhouette could have looked amazing against the sea of gold that dominated the red carpet.

Oscar dela Renta, Spring 2012
Oscar dela Renta

Another Met Gala-worthy dress is this effeminate and whimsical Oscar dela Renta creation we plucked out from his spring collection. The simple silhouette coupled with the cheery yellow flower prints affords a fairy-like aesthetic that would have broken all sense of conformity at the Met Gala. While we don’t see this dress looking particularly flattering on older celebrities, we think this truly deserved an appearance that night—Dakota Fanning, in particular.

Marchesa, Spring 2012

The Marchesa label made its presence felt at the Met Gala, with Leighton Meester and Sofia Vergara carrying the torch. There was however, monotony and obviousness with their choices that forces us to ask why they didn’t choose this ethereal dress instead? The front details, uneven hem and drape off-shoulder all collide for a look that was utterly romantic—utterly perfect for the Met Gala.

Valentio, Fall 2012

There was no shortage of Valentino dresses at the Met Gala, but we still have our eyes set on this darkly romantic, long-sleeved dress from the fashion house. Although black has been a staple at many red carpet soirees, we think there’s an otherworldly quality to this ensemble that is both grotesque and enigmatic. Far from the edgy silhouettes that a black dress has been associated with lately—owed mostly to Rooney Mara’s fashion outings—this creation also pays homage to the sophistication in covering up.

Images from Jason Wu, Vera Wang, Oscar dela Renta, Marchesa and Valentino

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