05.05.09 Worst Dressed

2009 Costume Institute Gala – Worst Dressed

Madonna knows she looks bad in this Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 ensemble, but kudos to her for not seeming to give a damn that she will be on every worst dress list today.

If Marc Jacobs paid me her kind of money to be a campaign girl, I would show up to this event looking this ridiculous, bunny rabbit ears and all.

Actually, thinking about it, I wouldn’t.

As much as I admire Rihanna for trying something new, this Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 cropped pant suit, with voluminous shoulders doesn’t work for me.

Maybe I expected too much for her red carpet return.

When did being pregnancy become such a fashion crime?

Too much material has gone into covering Heidi Klum’s baby bump with this navy blue J.Mendel dress.

The cat’s out of the bag, why not show off the baby bump, in a tasteful way of course.

Oh Jessica Biel, I knew you wouldn’t let me down. Thank you for not ruining this moment by wearing something half decent, which would force me to say something nice about you.

She totally ruins this Atelier Versace Spring 2009 strapless rise and fall gown, with her cheap spray tan that looks like its started to wash out with the rain, I can’t quite decide who looks worst, Jessica or that Clark Kent wannabee on your arm.

Sorry you lose.

Woooo tan much

It looks like Victoria Beckham and Jessica Biel shared the same booth.

This cute polka dotted custom Marc Jacobs dress, may have worked for me, if it wasn’t for the unnecessary train. I’ve always hated trains on a short skirt.

She just can’t get this red carpet thing right.

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2009 Costume Institute Gala - Best Dressed

2009 Costume Institute Gala – Best Dressed

76 Responses to 2009 Costume Institute Gala – Worst Dressed

  1. Freida fan May 5, 2009 at 00:32 #

    yay it starts! im happy i have ure blog this year to follow cause i love this event.
    agree about heidi too much material.
    cant wait to see what u have to say about ms biel. haha

  2. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 00:35 #

    The pictures always start off slow, then they some in so fast.

    I’ve seen the long shot, just waiting for the close up.

  3. Kelly May 5, 2009 at 00:42 #

    Holy hot mess! Heidi looks far from her normally glamorous self.

    I, too, can’t wait for your Biel comments!!

    As always, thanks for being so up to the minute on events.

  4. Antonio Emanuele May 5, 2009 at 00:47 #

    what hapened to her, she was having a great pregnancy style last week, why she put herself on shame in such a high profile event, can’t wait to see more of this event! Xoxo. Fashion from panama

  5. robbie May 5, 2009 at 00:48 #

    heidi is a mess!

    jessica, looks hot, least it isnt black, brown, grey or white. the tan though really not good.

  6. Dorian Gray May 5, 2009 at 00:50 #

    I’m reading from Italy! God bless this website!
    What wil Victoria Beckham wear? Marc Jacobs? Vuitton? Armani? Valli???
    I can’t wait to admire her (and Madonna, and Kate too)

  7. Jacqueline May 5, 2009 at 00:51 #

    i don’t think the dresses look THAT bad. I mean, Heidi could have done much better, but I actually like Jessica’s dress!

  8. Alicia May 5, 2009 at 00:52 #

    Oh, Jessica Biel. It’s hard to believe she landed that Revlon contract, considering she hasn’t had a hit movie in, y’know, EVER.

    It’s fitting that she has to wear an ugly gown designed by her boyfriend, considering that’s 98% of the reason she’s still famous…

  9. Moody Crab May 5, 2009 at 00:55 #

    Thank goodness I have your blog to turn to for this event after the disappointing appearances at the Oscars!

    You’re the best FC!

  10. Rogue May 5, 2009 at 00:59 #

    Heidi’s hair – boring. I like the top of her gown.
    Jessica’s tan – disastrous (it’s the Costume Institute Gala in New York, not a movie premiere in LA!). The dress is not so bad, considered it’s Wiliam Rast.
    Justin looks decent.
    So far, nothing memorable.

  11. SMILE May 5, 2009 at 00:59 #

    i actually quite like jessica dress, its the tan that ruins it and think her dress is Atelier Versace

  12. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 00:59 #

    thanks peeps, the pictures are taking forever…..COME ON…

  13. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 00:59 #

    Jessica is wearing Versace Atelier ss2009

  14. Avi May 5, 2009 at 01:00 #

    Jessica Biel is a catalogue model with a really good agent.

  15. DolceLorenzo May 5, 2009 at 01:01 #

    Jessica Biel is wearing Atelier Versace, isn’t she?

  16. Avi May 5, 2009 at 01:01 #

    Kate’s shoes are Fah-resh!

  17. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 01:02 #

    Holy Hell did you see Victoria! Your gonna cry FC…HORRENDOUS in every single way! Too Tan!!

  18. ANTONIO EMANUELE May 5, 2009 at 01:03 #




  19. chris May 5, 2009 at 01:04 #

    Although I agree with you re the tan, I really don’t think Jessica looks that bad – you generally give points to people who wear something different, perhaps your vehement dislike of Ms Biel may be clouding your judgement here! (That said, it is your blog :-))

  20. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 01:07 #

    OMG smile you are right.

  21. Valerie May 5, 2009 at 01:11 #

    I completely agree with you about Heidi Klum’s dress. Too much fabric!! And of course, Kate Moss never goes wrong.. ever!

  22. Regina May 5, 2009 at 01:11 #

    Yay!Starts!Just saw Emma Roberts in red Atelier Versace!Stunner!!

  23. Nik May 5, 2009 at 01:16 #

    lol it is altier versace!

  24. Avi May 5, 2009 at 01:17 #

    Oi Va Voi! Just Seen VB, still undecided on her dress, but what hell is up with the cheap Rimmel Shimmer tan and those clunky bookends hanging from her feet?

  25. Payal May 5, 2009 at 01:23 #

    That tan!!! How could she!!!

  26. Antonio Emanuele May 5, 2009 at 01:32 #

    well she totally ruins this atelier versace gown, altought i dont like it!

  27. Dorian Gray May 5, 2009 at 01:36 #

    What a shame! Atelier Versace dress is so beautiful, the fault is all of Jessica Biel! I hope there wil be other Versaces!

  28. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 01:46 #

    you really think Jessica Biel care about your opnion?

  29. sandigirl May 5, 2009 at 01:50 #

    OMG Just saw Madonna’s outfit. Awful, in my opinion. Jessica Biel ruins this dress.

  30. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 01:52 #

    Anonymous, probably not, but she still looks hideous.

  31. ber May 5, 2009 at 01:52 #

    At least Jessica is wearing color! That’s about all I can say for her look.

  32. ANTONIO EMANUELE May 5, 2009 at 02:06 #

    agree, victoria victoria victora!
    this dress is very cute if it wasnt for the train, that was unecessary put it there, hate the heels either!

    you know me, xoxo
    fashion from panama

  33. Amelia May 5, 2009 at 02:08 #

    Can I just say I have lately been finding VB totally overrated and underwhelming? Maybe I’m just getting tired of that *pose* and her constantly wearing pieces from her own line, but this is the nail in the coffin for me. Any pedestal she was ever on has crumbled and she will need to do some serious work to climb back up!

  34. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 02:10 #

    AMEN to everything you just said Amelia.

  35. Kris May 5, 2009 at 02:18 #

    VB’s dress doesn’t bother me, it’s those god awful LV shoes that don’t go with the dress at all. I understand she’s friends with Jacobs, but you don’t have to be THAT loyal.

    OH lawday!! White trash has come to the MET. Does Jessica Biel even have a job? And how is Justin Timberlake relevant to fashion *(William Rast is just nonexistent) and I love the fact that she didn’t wear one of his ‘designs’.

    Oh my, Heidi…how sad. I usually like her humor on the red carpet but this is just a joke.

  36. Rebecca May 5, 2009 at 02:21 #

    FC I knew you would have the first photos of VB. Shame I am not loving her “look”. I will say her legs are looking awesome though.

  37. Moody Crab May 5, 2009 at 02:23 #

    What was Madonna thinking? What is that THING on her head! *falls off seat*


  38. Kris May 5, 2009 at 02:26 #

    OH MY GOD. Madonna LITERALLY just sent me into hysterical laughter and that’s a rare thing with me when it comes to laughing at bad fashion. Fashion can get bad but never THIS FUNNY. holy …HOLY SHIT. that’s all i can say. Marc Jacobs has now officially become my number one least favorite designer.

  39. SWANKY-D May 5, 2009 at 02:38 #

    What did Jessica biel do to that dress? I used to love that dress when it was presented..
    but Biel make it such a mess and ruined that beautiful dress.
    what a shame!

    speaking of ruining, Madonna also ruined that navy dress.. She shouldn’t wore this dress to this event. its too fancy… but her braveness to wear this dress must get some thumbs.

    about Klum dress, yes it’s too much material. She looked like a giant monster here :)

    and i think vicky is too much… She’s not that good tonight…

  40. SWANKY-D May 5, 2009 at 02:40 #

    dear don’t_make_me_laugh
    I think miss FC did a great job
    let’s face it! vicky is not that good in this event…

  41. Dorian Gray May 5, 2009 at 02:40 #

    @don’t_make_me_laugh: F.C. loves Victoria but I admire her because she is always true and real about fashion looks. Victoria just missed this red carpet (and Madonna too, sigh!)

  42. Nik May 5, 2009 at 02:52 #

    BTW…VB is in LV.

  43. SWANKY-D May 5, 2009 at 02:53 #

    Rihanna is ridiculous LOL

    please featured emma roberts. she’s wearing red atelier versace too and still managed to look hot…

  44. Kiran_Sooknandan May 5, 2009 at 02:58 #

    Hey f.c. Isnt rhianna wearing dolce @ gabanna?

    so excited to see what comes next!

  45. Kris May 5, 2009 at 03:02 #

    it just keeps getting worse huh? You didn’t expect too much from Rihanna, you expected a sane look. This is RIDICULOUS. it is sooooooo “I’m not fashion savvy but I’m at the most ‘fashiony’ event so like I have to like be totally..fashion forward!” That’s exactly what Rihanna was thinking…if she was at all to have put that god awful ensemble together.
    And I really don’t like that nearly everyone is wearing Jacobs’ awful designs simply because he’s the host of the night.

  46. wi May 5, 2009 at 03:04 #

    I’m sad really )); it aches me to see victoria not looking her best.

  47. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 03:07 #

    I don’t know if someone can answer this or not. It was reported that Jessica Biel was going to wear william rast. What do you think happen?

  48. Amanda May 5, 2009 at 03:08 #

    I knew it! I just knew Victoria Beckham would look like…crap. If ever there was a time to get it ‘right’ on the red carpet, it’s at the Costume Institute Gala and she just always screws up. It’s like she’s got two different styles, her fabulous street style and her horrendous red carpet style.

  49. Amanda May 5, 2009 at 03:12 #

    lol at Madonna, but she’s Madonna so she can do anything and wear anything and still garner respect. I can’t say the same for Rihanna, looking like a fool just doesn’t have the same effect on Rihanna as it does on Madonna =)

  50. Songz May 5, 2009 at 03:13 #

    Rihanna looks amazing.

  51. robbie May 5, 2009 at 03:24 #

    madonna, hideous as always. she needs to dress her age, dressing like a cheap whore is not fashionable.

    rihanna, she needs to stop trying to god damn hard every time, its abecomnig annoying. she is gorgeous but really she needs to dress better.

    victoria HAHAHAHAH love it, she is such a mess! dress looks like she wrapped a bed sheet around herself, the shoes are f*cking the ugliest things i have ever seen.

  52. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 03:41 #

    Rihanna= EPIC FAILURE!!!

  53. Esther May 5, 2009 at 04:04 #

    I would like to say that Madonna’s fashion choices will always be different and unlike any other, as she dresses her individualism. Her look tonight may be a bit extreme, but she’ll always be the one to take those extreme risks when no one else can. As for Rihanna, I actually like this look, but I seriously wish she would take off those damn gloves. It totally ruins the look. It also looks like she’s channeling Prince, which is fine since she’s been channeling Michael Jackson, according to your posts. Rihanna needs to stick with her own unique style. Ok, Heidi Klum — I have no idea why she insists on hiding her baby bump. She should embrace her pregnancy and wow us with her new curves. If I were her, I’d choose a dress that was a lot more fitting to the body, and show off that being pregnant is sexy, especially with her beautiful looks. Shame. And finally, Jessica Biel. Let’s just say that she REALLY tried to look great. She made a huge effort to go out of her safe zone, and I give her kudos for that. This look would’ve looked a lot better if the dress was modified into a cocktail dress, with the skirt still having its volume. Let’s not be to harsh on her tonight 😉 Oh, and let’s not forget Miss Victoria. Even though I very much dislike the dress, you can’t deny that she demands your attention. She has that special aura. Overall, I’m a little disappointed in this year’s event.

  54. Freida fan May 5, 2009 at 05:09 #

    rihanna= once again it feeels forced im really waiting for natural but still edgy look from her.

    Madonna= joke
    Jessica B: awesome dress ruined by a tan. who thought a tan would ruin a stunner like that!

    Vicky B= i know u have mad love for her and so do i but she definitely has overdone the tan and i like the idea of the dress but hate the final product. Her street style is soo flawless i dont get it!!

  55. Raquel May 5, 2009 at 05:38 #

    I think Rhianna tries too hard and the delivers fail. Without the gloves and the bow, and the shirt open, this would have been a killer look…

  56. Bella May 5, 2009 at 07:24 #

    Madonna: Looks like a joke.
    Rihanna: Don’t hate it but don’t love it.
    Heidi: only love the color.
    Jessica Biel: looks like she tried too hard with the tan, the makeuup, the dress. I thought she was going to wear William Rast; wonder what happened? I thought that was mostly the point of her going (and because her boyfriend was co-hosting. Instead she got a free ticket to an event she has no business being at in my opinion. As soon as I saw the dress, Gisele’s dress from last year came to mind (the strap looking accents), loved Gisele’s dress though. This red 1, not so much, especially on Jessica. Something about it looks off and cheap and she looks awkward.
    Victoria: agree about the tan and train, otherwise the dress is cute.

    Great coverage. :)

  57. Alicia May 5, 2009 at 07:56 #

    I don’t think Jessica looks that bad. The tan looks worse in different lights! I love the colour of her gown….I think it was great to see her in such a bright colour.

  58. Lara May 5, 2009 at 09:10 #

    VICTORIA!!!! i think this is the first time i have really hated her look. The shoes are horrible, and the tan is gross. The only thing that is good here is that finally her make up foundation matches her skin tone LOL.

  59. Danielle May 5, 2009 at 09:36 #

    You haven’t posted her yet, but I’m SURE Leigton Meester, will end up on the worst dressed list! I just saw a picture of her. I’m still in shock.

  60. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 10:16 #

    Apparently Victoria Beckham has on the samepair of LV shoes as Leigton Meester. I guess thats a big fashion faux par at such an event. Still Waiting for the side shot to confirm. I love the Met Ball, and its a little disappointing to see some people make such bad and distasteful choices. What’s their excuse, with unlimited access to designer’s list, clothing and lots of time to plan for their appearance at the ball???
    I have just seen the pictures of Kanye West and his girlfriend Amber, and I have to say she like nice and not over the top.
    Keep the pictures coming pleases, MORE MORE MORE. xxx

  61. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 10:38 #

    Don’t worry there is loads more.

    VBs and Leighton’s shoes are definitely the same.

  62. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 11:28 #

    Wooww Rihanna looks like a puppet on a string
    with her beauty you’d think she choose something that would flatter it

  63. Ruthless MEME May 5, 2009 at 13:48 #

    I think Rihanna looks great…… now Jessica Biel…… she ruined a perfectly beautiful Versace gown….. she will never be forgiven for that……..

  64. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 13:50 #


  65. Bella May 5, 2009 at 20:07 #

    Fashion Critic, did you Jessica’s after party dress? It was nicer but it looked like a dress that has been worn before. I thought she still messed up the after party look by still wearing the louboutins, the tan and makeup.

  66. Dana May 5, 2009 at 20:23 #

    I actually like Jessica Biel! It was certainly out of her comfort zone, the color was stunning, I wasn’t offended by her tan. Overall, I liked it a lot!

    YES YES YES is all i can say. Finally more people agree with me on Victoria Beckham. I’ve been trying to convince for ages! 😉

  67. whitestroke May 5, 2009 at 21:14 #

    I agree with every single word you said here.

    What is it with all that fake tan? I just hate that. If you’re white, you’re white. Deal!

    Madonna – Oh dear. Those bunny ears can be worn in a way to look better than that. I mean, what IS that? There’s a way to wear that dress to look cute, too. I feel like she didn’t even get it. Your boobs shouldn’t go in the MIDDLE, but underneath the straps. And there’s a way to… Oh no, sorry. It’s not possible to do anything right with those thigh-high boots.

    Rihanna – I will NOT let her ruin that collection for me. I. WILL. NOT. *repeats the mantra* That’s just not for her. And the problem are the pants more than anything else. Those pants look like shit on her legs.

    Jessica Biel – Everything looks just wonky on her. It’s honestly like they put Atelier Versace on the homeless. No offense to the homeless. I know it must be hard to be compared to The Biel.

    I would say, because of the LV shoes, that Marc did Victoria’s dress for the Louis Vuitton label.

    I’m always looking forward to such big fashion events like this, but so many things bother me about each. The Oscars annoy me because everyone takes it way too seriously fashion-wise and plays too safe. What frustrates me about Met Ball is that there are always way WAY too many customized and modified dresses. To people into fashion the most exciting thing is to see pieces from the runway, while the designers and celebs seem to be into creating something never seen. I prefer seeing runway pieces because I know the context they’re coming from. Modified/custom things don’t do anything for me. It’s especially annoying that even most of the runway pieces they wore are in different colors, even if the runway color is WAY better. Like Rose Byrne’s Marc Jacobs dress, for example. Why is the shiny orange/yellow better than the lovely baby blue? I get the feeling they change it up just for the sake of showing that designers, like, WORKED on it for those celebs. Completely pointless.

  68. The One May 5, 2009 at 22:48 #

    On Victoria’s defense i’m certain Marc Jacobs asked her to wear the dress – she wouldnt have necessarily picked it herself

  69. Lala/S-R May 6, 2009 at 01:47 #

    HOLY HOT F-IN MESSS @ THAT RIHANNA CHICK AND MADONNA! I bet that Rihanna chick think she’s on FIYAH!!!! She took the look right off the catwalk and placed it on her back, and you know what? It BACKfired!!!! For the love of Fashion!!! Areest that woman!! The model, for some reason, made it look good though!=/
    Ohhhhh, noooo! Why is Jessica Biel going to get it right!???
    I think Posh has a sexy tan actually! Would do me good! OKAY, maybe it’s a bit much.
    SHeidi is actually looks cute. She’s pregnant, let’s lookthis one over.

  70. heather ♥ May 6, 2009 at 03:28 #

    i think the shoes are what ruins victoria’s look here.. the dress is actually quite lovely… I hated it at first, but its grown on me…
    still not a huge fan of the train on the short dress, but the shoulder detail is wonderful and the body of the dress is well shaped and i really like the fold detail… the shoes are ridiculous.. as im sure they are intended to be.. but i feel that they were the tip of the iceberg for victoria’s already iffy look…
    i think it depends on the angle because every picture i see i go back and forth about the dress!! ahh can’t decide!

  71. Parvati May 6, 2009 at 03:56 #

    You’re right, Madonna is admirable for daring to wear something like that, but still, it’s ridiculous.

    I expected a pretty gown from Rihanna, so this was a disappointment.

    The read Atelier Versace dress that Jessica Biel wore is beautiful and it would have looked really good on her if she hadn’t had this horrible tan and this lipstick which makes her lips look so pale. It’s a pity.

    I don’t like anything about Victoria Beckham’s look. You’re right, the original red carpet is not for her, when it comes to fashion. The sidewalk is her own red carpet.

  72. Liza Sullivan June 5, 2009 at 14:55 #

    would somebody please ask marc Jacobs to take a vacation. His designs are atrocious!

  73. fifi July 17, 2009 at 16:24 #

    madonna looks a joke, no taste or style anymore! pantomime nightmare

  74. lucas August 12, 2009 at 01:10 #

    It makes me so happy seeing these woman look so bad it shows that everyone messes up!!!!!

  75. Mark October 15, 2009 at 15:51 #

    OMG the Beckham “thing” as a designer they must be out of there minds giving good cloth to such a pretentious bag of bones.NO style, No class, No elegance, No nothing, she brings nothing to the alter of fashion, what a waist of space.

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