• Who Was the Belle of the 2014 Met Ball? Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa, Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture, and more!

    After sifting through 40+ pictures of Met Gala moments, there were a few standouts from the fashionable pack.
    The ladies were asked to stick to Charles James inspired looks, comprised of voluminous yet structured ball gowns, mostly in tones of black and white.
    Who did it best?
    Who Was The Belle Of The 2014 Met Ball? Sarah Jessica Parker In Oscar De La Renta, Karolina Kurkova In Marchesa, Beyonce In Givenchy Haute Couture, And More!
    Let’s take a look:
    1. Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta:
    That train! That hair! SJP channeled her inner Carrie Bradshaw with a black and white gown by Oscar de la Renta.
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    She kept her makeup neutral to pay deference to her bold upswept hairstyle. And in terms of the night’s theme, she pretty much nailed it!

    2. Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung
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    Hailee Steinfeld also adhered to the night’s inspiration, working a black and white dress by Prabal Gurung. At only 17-years-old, the actress looked sweetly age appropriate, but perfectly primped for the ‘grown up’ occasion.
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    No prom dresses, here, Hailee. You did that.

    3. Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture
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    The sight of Beyonce is enough to send us into a tizzy, and last night was no exception! As usual, she wore Givenchy Haute Couture, sliding on a black dress in mousseline, embroidered with crystals, stones, and studs.

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    In terms of the Charles James inspiration, she got it right in black, wearing a train that required the help of her stylist Ty Hunter. A Philip Treacy face mask and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry added welcome doses of glamour.

    4. Charlize Theron in Dior
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    Charlize Theron arrived hand in hand with Sean Penn, dazzling in Dior.
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    Black and white? Check. Train? Check! And aside from just getting it right, the chic sophistication of the silhouette smolders.

    5. Rihanna in Stella McCartney
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    Rihanna showed off her enviable abs in a two piece by Stella McCartney. Jewelry by Jacob & Co, Dionea Orcini, and Cartier offered extra sizzle.
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    Subtle and sexy, it’s not quite a ball gown, but the optic white looked just right.

    6. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
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    Gotta admit: Karolina Kurkova’s Spring 2011 Marchesa gown made my mouth drop. The spectacularly structured piece with white and blue floral details was definitely one of the most dramatic ensembles of the evening.
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    A simple diamond necklace was all Karolina needed in terms of accessories. The dress spoke volumes.

    7. Liu Wen in Zac Posen
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    Model Liu Wen also stole my heart in her tremendously structured Zac Posen gown. The color, the circumference, the cinched waist…how fabulous is this dress?
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    Dark lips added a sultry twist. Contender for Belle of the Ball? Definitely.

    8. Suki Waterhouse in Burberry
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    The details on Suki Waterhouse’s Burberry nude and soft pink degradé layered silk organza gown were simply amazing. I guess I’m a sucker for a good train, and couldn’t help but salivate over the many layers of tiered tulle trailing behind her.
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    She also opted for a berry pout and scintillating earrings for a picture perfect finish. Love it!

    9. Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji
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    Janelle Monae had the hard task of sticking to her personal menswear inspired aesthetic while also adhering to the night’s muse. I think she did it with singular flair in Tadashi Shoji separates, uplifted by sparkling Kwiat jewelry.
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    The details on her Jimmy Choo lace ups picked up on the embroidery of her coat. And I loved that she experimented with hair and makeup. Hot!

    10. Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera
    Emmy Rossum’s Carolina Herrera dress was one of my personal favorites. Sure, the colors weren’t particularly on point for the festivities, but few can deny the sheer prettiness of this brightly colored frock.
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    The sensational shape and nipped waist made it a win in my book.
    But what did you think? Who was best dressed?

    And is there anyone we missed in this list?
    See all the looks in our Met Gala recap post.


    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style blog in the world.