With all eyes on this year's Met Ball we've discovered the perfect formula for nailing that elusive spot on the Best Dressed List - ditch the date and grab a designer instead. Here's who did it right.
1. Prabal Gurung and Hailee Steinfeld
Assuming the role of illusionist, Prabal Gurung said of the dress he created for date Hailee Steinfeld: ‘It's big. It looks deceptively simple from the front. And I thought it was the perfect blend of sportswear with couture ideals, which Charles James was all about.' Smart but youthful, Steinfeld’s dress managed to stand out from the mass of monochome on the red carpet. Word has it that Steinfeld was particularly grateful for the hidden pockets, the perfect excuse to live tweet obviously!
2. Christopher Kane and Natalie Massenet
Taking the White Tie theme to heart were Natalie Massenet and Christopher Kane. Dressed in a piece from his AW14 collection, it’s no surprise that Massenet chose to be dressed by Kane for the biggest night in fashion, having been a fan of his work for years.
3. Olivier Rousteing and Rosie Huntington Whiteley
Adopting his own take on White Tie, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing matched his tails with leather trousers, complementing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s leather dress (designed by Rousteing, of course) perfectly. His view on the evening’s theme? ‘Elegance is about attitude. It's not about clothes.’
4. Domenico Dolce and Kate Upton
Looking every inch the Dolce and Gabbana bella, Kate Upton played the G to Domenico’s D for one night only. Where the overall ensemble might have been a little OTT for most people, we think Upton nailed the 'Italian widow who may have lost her husband, but is still determined to look more fabulous than everyone else at the party' look. That was the theme right?
5. Ricardo Tisci and Naomi Campbell
Dressing Beyonce, Jay Z and date Naomi Campbell, Ricardo Tisci commented on how to achieve that elusive elegance, ‘It’s something that you can’t buy, and you can’t make. It’s something that you have inside you. And sometimes, simplicity is elegance’. That must be why Naomi went for a near-bare breasted look with white feather armbands…
6. Marc Jacobs and Jessica Lange
Sporting a Met Ball staple was American Horror Story actress Jessica Lange, as she accessorised her classic black cut-out gown by Marc Jacobs with the designer himself. Let’s face it, the Met Ball just isn’t the Met Ball without the dashing designer making an appearance, this time, somewhat controversially, in a tux by Saint Laurent.
7. Zac Posen and Dita Von Teese
If you know anything about ball gowns you know that Zac Posen is your go-to guy, creating no less than eleven gowns for the event. Having been inspired by the late couturier Charles James (the designer the exhibition is about), Posen’s creations are about as close to prom dress perfection as you’re going to get. Enter Dita Von Teese, the epitome of old world elegance, in nude and scarlet fishtail folds, a figure-hugging take on Jamess’ iconic Clover Leaf dress. If you look to her right you’ll find Posen dressed in what appears to be a judge’s gown meets Harry Potter wizard’s robe. Maybe he should stick to dresses…
8. Thakoon and Emma Stone
And the award for best colour clash goes to Emma Stone in custom Thakoon. Sporting a more relaxed look than we’ve seen recently, but no less fabulous, Emma Stone was glowing in two tone pink created by date Thakoon Panichgul. With the merest hint of midriff on show, Stone kept proceedings classy showing others (who shall not be named) how it’s done.
9, 10, 11, 12. Stella McCartney and…everyone!
Dressing not one, but four fabulous ladies was Stella McCartney, resulting in possibly the strangest group photo of the night. With pop royalty Rihanna and Cara Delevingne in monochrome cut-outs to her right, and classic Hollywood starlets Kate Bosworth and Reese Witherspoon donning shades of pink to her left, McCartney nabbed a place in the best dressed celeb sandwich.
By George Driver/@iamgdriver