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Stunners and bummers from the Met Gala



NEW YORK (AP) -- There were stunners, snoozers and bummers at the Met Gala, the former led by Sarah Jessica Parker, Karolina Kurkova and Sarah Silverman in stunning princess ball gowns and the latter led by, well, many.

Erykah Badu took Pharrell's hat to new heights with a swath of added bling, Maggie Gyllenhaal wore dots - albeit Valentino dots - and Lupita Nyong'o went for it in "divisive Prada," as one critic noted, dressed in parrot green flapper gear that included a jeweled cage overlay with large feathers on each side and a short brown sheath underneath.

Kristen Stewart wasn't far behind with an uh-oh moment of her own in busy, busy Chanel that was bejeweled, befeathered, nubby and metallic, cut in the middle by a wide waist band of some sort.

Black and white ruled the evening Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in honor of a new Costume Institute exhibit showing off the classic work of designer Charles James.

Parker's hair was high for her walk up the elegant staircase as she channeled James in black bodice, long white gloves and full gown by Oscar de la Renta. The designer even signed the look in red at the bottom of the back hem.

Silverman wore a classic strapless silhouette in maroon by Zac Posen and Kurkova was in a soft blue, tiered gown with floral touches from Marchesa.

The Jamesian black-and-white color combos - Badu's badass trouser-and-trench outfit was from Givenchy - were joined by pops of yellow: Thank you, Olivia Munn, in low-cut Diane von Furstenberg, Jourdan Dunn in custom Topshop and a floral from Carolina Herrera on Emmy Rossum. Reese Witherspoon added some hot pink in a simple, strapless Stella McCartney.

Some other moments, both grand as befitting the year's big fashion night, and not so much:

RIHANNA: Her below-the-breast tattoo peeked out from under a white midriff top with a high jeweled neck and pointy padded shoulders, worn with a matching long pleated skirt that had an unfortunate foldover at the rear.

KATIE HOLMES: Mustard yellow, by Marchesa, off-the-shoulder and jacked from Belle in "Beauty and the Beast."

SHAILENE WOODLEY: Puffy sleeved brown met metallic gray at the chest, with sheer floral embellishment over short shiny brown underneath, a la Rodarte.

BEYONCE: The queen was in low-cut beaded black with a veil, joined by hubby Jay Z in the white jacket donned by many of the guys, including some who went for tails.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS and DAVID BURTKA: They took the tux to a faraway place. Their cropped jackets had long tails and their trousers bared ankle. Burtka's was gray, black and white argyle and stripes.

KIM KARDASHIAN: No couch fabric floral this time around. She wore belted Lanvin in a midnight blue and black. Perhaps not the best fit. There was lots of fabric.

KIRSTEN DUNST: Rodarte might just be the most misunderstood designers of the evening. The sister duo provided Dunst with a large splotch of metallic silver around the knees of her black gown and one shoulder loaded down with fabric while the other was a barely there sheer.

BLAKE LIVELY: She wore Gucci in blush for a polished look that included a caped effect from shoulder to the end of her train.

SOLANGE KNOWLES: It was orangey peach. It was floppy with fabric. It was short. It was by Phillip Lim. She was without her big hair.

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garfieldthandrayen May 06 2014 at 9:21 PM

Star Wars, may the fourth be with you....um 2 days ago I know but still cool. lol

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Virginia May 06 2014 at 5:36 PM

What a parade of freaky looking celebs! Don't you know those designers must laugh behind their backs!! Worst display of YUK I've ever seen........sad

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Janet May 06 2014 at 5:41 PM

Isn't that the Death Star from Return of the Jedi on Kirsten Dunst's skirt? May the fourth was the day before, so maybe it's a nod to Star Wars.

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jmg62 May 06 2014 at 5:45 PM

Wow, Katie Holmes looks like she's bedraggled - "put a brush through that", Kirsten Dunst always looks like she's too good to be anywhere and I think I had sheets like that 30 yrs ago, (note to Kirsten: This is what you get telling the director of a movie, "they can't do a movie without us now". They did and it came off pretty good.), Lupita Nyong'o right out of the Congo bush, Kate Upton looks like the flapper lost to the poodle skirt and the $.05 & $.10 jewelry? What's with that?, - Zoe Saldana got back from Yoga and wrapped her sheets around herself deciding to finally get out of bed and go, Tabitha Simmons - she's a designer? - more like the gardener dragged through the Spring Roses and Peoni's, I thought the best ensemble was Karolina Kurkova - just simple - yet could tell she was going to an evening of some importance. Any of the others - even SJP were "over-wrought" in their choices - trying too hard or not enough - all else considered. World is watching.

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happy2bgridfree May 06 2014 at 5:48 PM

I guess somebody is trying to make a comeback. Easiest way to get free publicity / attention? Attend a "gala" event, wearing a horrible dress. Works better than making the "best dressed" list.

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mpado16 May 06 2014 at 6:02 PM

I've never seen so many ugly dresses in one place!

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Denise May 07 2014 at 7:17 AM

Name tags on pics, please. Too many unknowns these days!

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Laurie Denise May 07 2014 at 11:44 PM

The names of the people were on the bottom, below the pics. I know...I had to look too.

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coopski1 May 06 2014 at 6:20 PM

Idiots. So much time and energy put into something so ridiculously inconsequential and self-involved. And don't counter with "well, the proceeds went to charities". How 'bout instead of some of the money going to help others .... ALL the money spent on these hideous attempts at looking mysterious and important instead spent on the charities? I'd feel sick to my stomach from soul-sapping vanity and banality getting ready for this event.

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erwayschmidt May 06 2014 at 6:31 PM

With the exception of Charlize Theron and a couple of others, I think they were competing for who had the ugliest dress.

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Debbie May 06 2014 at 5:35 PM

Can't believe a writer for the AP could not check cultural references enough to know that large silver splotch was the Death Star from Star Wars!?!

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