Fashion Highlights and Lowlights from the Met Costume Institute Gala

  • 11 Fashion Highlights and Lowlights from the Met Costume Institute Gala

    Last night, at what is widely hyped as the best night in New York fashion, the attendees of the annual gala benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute did not disappoint. Patterns, we saw a few: a lot of black, a lot of neon, a lot of feathers, and a lot of sheer. And Beyonce‘s dress? We still don’t know what to think. See our picks for best and most bewildering are in this slideshow, and read our rundown from the red carpet here.

  • Anna Wintour== "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala== The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC== May 7, 2012== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - CHANCE YEH/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==

  • The Vogue editor-in-chief and Met Ball co-chair was joined on the carpet by what appears to be a golden crustacean.

  • Miss Mulligan, also a Met Ball co-chair, looking scaly and beautiful. Maybe she is wearing a relative of Anna Wintour's crustacean friend?

  • How long until the recent Los Angeles transplant joins the actresses-with-famous-parents club as a cast member of Girls?

  • Seems to be channeling Katharine Hepburn in this orange-red number.

  • Accessorizing her beautiful red gown with a gold bag, pastel blue nail polish, and a harrowing sneer.

  • Miss Zellweger wore an Emilio Pucci gown with a feathered train. At stage left, a glimpse of Florence Welch's overgrown tutu.

  • And here, the tiered poufs in all their glory.

  • Getting all witchy-woman on us.

  • Our nomination for America's Cutest Couple.

  • Sans Kardashian.

  • Is there a celeb couple portmanteau for these two yet? We submit: TimBielake.

  • In a feathered gown by Alexander McQueen, who was the honoree of last year's ball.

  • Looking pretty psyched.

  • Like Kristen Stewart, he looks like he could use some cheering up.

  • The Avengers star in a Dolce & Gabbana gown.

  • We predict Tom Brady's hairdo will have a parody Twitter account before the day is out.

  • The true "Impossible Conversation" of the evening: was Beyoncé the best or worst dressed?

  • It's a little unsettling when they stand so close together, no?

  • Who unfortunately did not roll up on one of his shiny new Citi Bikes

  • A strange dress, strangely accessorized.

  • How does he explain his outfit? “It's just a black lace dress,” he told our reporter.