One of the most anticipated red carpet events of the year, the Costume Institute’s Met Gala 2014 took place yesterday night, on May 5, 2014, bringing sparkling glamour and extravaganza to the scene. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was crowded with A-list celebrities, models and fashion designers, who did their best to sparkle to the full and to prove everyone that their style was unbeatable. Following last year’s punk theme, this year’s Met Ball was more about a glamorous and pompous style, the result of which was a cavalcade of breathtaking, mind-blowing and simply to-die-for couture gowns, designer dresses and high-class looks that screamed for attention. The event kicked off with the exhibition dedicated to couturier Charles James, titled “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” All in all, it’s an event to be talked about and remember for quite a long time and since nothing provides a better style inspiration than red carpet fashion, here we have gathered together the best Met Gala 2014 celebrity looks that will spark fantastic special-occasion style ideas worth realizing!
Beyoncé at Met Ball 2014
Beyoncé channeled dark elegance at the event, wearing a see-through black Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci gown, which was skillfully accessorized with a black veil and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Her dark wine lipstick and slicked back updo complemented her image ideally!
Sarah Jessica Parker at Met Ball 2014
Favorite star, Sarah Jessica Parker was in the center of everyone’s attention with her incredible custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown, in black and white tones. White gloves, exquisite jewelry pieces and an extravagant updo hairstyle finished off her look, turning her into the princess of the ball!
Kristen Stewart at Met Ball 2014
The current face of Chanel, Kristen Stewart was all perfection, wearing an interesting Chanel dress from the brand’s spring/summer 2014 couture line. It was a creative play of textures, combining transparency details, feathers and a waist-enhancing wide golden belt-like detail. Classic Christian Louboutin heels and a stunning auburn undone updo perfected her look to the maximum.
Suki Waterhouse at Met Ball 2014
Suki Waterhouse looked maximum ethereal and romantic in a custom-made Burberry dust pink sleeveless gown, featuring tons of frills. She opted for red lips and a textured updo to complete her look.
Joan Smalls at Met Ball 2014
Joan Smalls also opted for delicate nude shades, choosing a custom-made Vera Wang sleeveless gown, perfected with a relaxed side braid and purplish blue lips. An ideal look for Met Gala!
Karolina Kurkova at Met Ball 2014
Russian beauty Karolina Kurkova was the next princess of the ball, hitting the red carpet in a blue Marchesa sleeveless gown from the brand’s spring/summer 2011 collection. Curious flower prints and an asymmetric décolleté embellished the gown, while 1$ million worth Harry Winston diamonds finished off Karolina’s look.
Blake Lively at Met Ball 2014
Blake Lively radiated old Hollywood glamour, wearing a custom-made Gucci Première glittery gown in a dusty pink shade. Her blonde side-swept glamorous locks and the bright lipstick looked ultra-harmonious with her image.
Emma Stone at Met Ball 2014
Emma Stone went as bright as her personality is, picking a custom-made pink top and a fuchsia skirt from Thakoon. Her relaxed side braid, glittery strappy heels and a Tod’s clutch made her look maximum ideal!
Lupita Nyong’o at Met Ball 2014
The most beautiful woman in the world according to People, Lupita Nyong’o again managed to stand out in the crowd with her vibrant look. She chose a bespoke Prada dress that was composed of a mini brown dress and a bejeweled green fishnet worn over it, featuring green feathers on the sides. A green clutch, bejeweled heels and a Cartier headpiece completed her look.
Charlize Theron at Met Ball 2014
Charlize Theron was all elegance and femininity, appearing in a Dior Couture dress, topped with a black tuxedo jacket. Jimmy Choo sandals and Fred Leighton jewelry accessorized her look.
Marion Cotillard at Met Ball 2014
Marion Cotillard also chose a Dior Couture dress, from the brand’s spring/summer 2014 collection. It was a tea-length dark blue wonder with a plunging neckline. Red lips, a wonderful updo, curious shoes and Chopard jewelry perfected her romantic look.
Cara Delevingne at Met Ball 2014
Popular supermodel Cara Delevingne broke the stereotypes and opted for a combo of a black crop top and white tailored trousers by Stella McCartney. Definitely a chic choice! Her look was accessorized with Cartier jewelry, elegant pumps and a black clutch.
Victoria Beckham at Met Ball 2014
Victoria Beckham stayed true to her roots and went minimalistic, yet elegant and striking. She wore a white sleeveless column dress of her own design, complemented with Jacob & Co. jewelry and side-swept sleek hair.
Diane Kruger at Met Ball 2014
Diane Kruger was an ethereal beauty in a pastel Boss dress. A curious twisted updo and a clutch in the same color as the dress finished off her look.
Gisele Bündchen at Met Ball 2014
Brazilian bombshell Gisele Bündchen hit the carpet in a black Balenciaga gown, finished off with black strappy sandals, a black clutch and green earrings. That was definitely one of the hottest celeb looks at the event!
Rihanna at Met Ball 2014
The style icon of the year, Rihanna opted for a sultry and bewitching look, composed of a custom-made white crop top and a white skirt by Stella McCartney. A textured updo, pastel pink lipstick and striking jewelry details complemented her look ideally!
Taylor Swift at Met Ball 2014
Taylor Swift preserved her girly, fabulous style, wearing a custom-made nude Oscar de la Renta gown with a big bow-like detail on the back. She chose old Hollywood locks and red lipstick as complementary details for her image.
Kim Kardashian at Met Ball 2014
Kim Kardashian made an appearance with Kanye West, wearing a sapphire blue sleeveless gown by Lanvin that was finished off with elegant jewelry and strappy platform sandals. Kanye also gave preference to Lanvin.
Amy Adams at Met Ball 2014
Amy Adams went metallic, wearing an Oscar de la Renta sleeveless silver gown from the brand’s fall/winter 2014-2015 collection. Silver jewelry pieces and a silver clutch looked maximum harmonious with her dress.
Jessica Alba at Met Ball 2014
Jessica Alba, as a rule, looked chic and feminine, donning a Diane von Furstenberg nude lace dress, a golden clutch and gold jewelry pieces. A nude makeup look with emphasized smokey eyes and an elegant side-parted updo were the ideal finishing touches to her mesmerizing look!
Naomi Watts at Met Ball 2014
Naomi Watts matched her semi-transparent Givenchy Haute Couture dress by Riccardo Tisci with sassy jewelry and a side-parted sleek updo. It was a demure and alluring image!
Kate Upton at Met Ball 2014
Model Kate Upton emphasized her lovely curves picking a Dolce & Gabbana black gown, which was complemented with a sassy black headpiece. As for her makeup, she decided to stay nude and minimalistic.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at Met Ball 2014
Striking beauty Rosie Huntington-Whitely decided to go short, picking an edgy Balmain dress from the brand’s fall/winter 2014-2015 collection. Strappy high-heeled sandals and chunky earrings completed her look ideally.
Zoe Saldana at Met Ball 2014
As always, Zoe Saldana oozed out pure chic, this time wearing a bespoke gown from Michael Kors with a deep plunging neckline, a curious full skirt and an open back part.
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsens at Met Ball 2014
The Olsen twins gave preference to show-stopping vintage designs, finished off with sleek ponytails. Mary-Kate’s choice was a Ferre gown, while Ashley stopped on Chanel.
Hailee Steinfeld at Met Ball 2014
Lovely Hailee Steinfeld also wanted to look like a princess. She wore a Prabal Gurung princess gown, accessorized with Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry and nude platform heels.
These were our picks of the Met Gala 2014 best dressed celebrities. We hope they are inspiring enough for your creative special-occasion looks. Which look would you opt for?
Photos courtesy of Zimbio, Vogue UK