Naomi Watts at the Met Ball

Naomi Watts wore Givenchy to the Met Ball


Isn’t it funny how celebrities choose to interpret dress codes to suit themselves? The invitation for Monday night’s Met Ball Gala said ‘white tie and decorations’, yet many of the stars that attended – with the exception of a handful of good-humoured ladies – seemed to ignore it completely. Some went off-brief but on-occasion with full-on ball gowns, like Arizona Muse, Claire Danes and Bee Shaffer, but most played it safe with a more minimal approach.

It’s understandable, given that fashion journalists will spend most of today scrutinising what the attendees decided to wear, that so many women steered clear of anything too fussy and opted for black and white ensembles instead. Hailee Steinfeld’s Prabal Gurung gown was a dream (it had pockets!), while Cara Delevingne looked cool and casual in a Stella McCartney black top and white trousers. Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts, Lily Donaldson and Jessica Pare also went for a monochrome look.

If you had to guess the dress code by looking at pictures from the event, though, you’d probably think everyone was meant to wear pink, such was the prominence of the colour on the red carpet. From Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone in fuchsia, to Kate Bosworth and Rachel McAdams in rose, and Suki Waterhouse and Taylor Swift in soft blush, every shade was represented.

But back to the few that took that dress code literally, because they’re the girls we’d have wanted to hang out with on the night. Both SJP, in her enormous custom Oscar de la Renta gown complete with signature on the train, and Lupita in a Prada net dress of jewels and feathers, get top marks from us for taking the dress code, but not themselves, too seriously.

By Hannah Rochell

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