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Kristen Stewart In Balenciaga – 2012 Met Gala

Kristen Stewart attended the 2012 Met Gala, which was held on Monday night in New York City.

As the face of the latest Balenciaga fragrance, the actress represented the brand wearing a look from their Fall 2012 collection.

Whilst she was one of the most unique stars on the red carpet wearing a dress with a black-and-silver embellished bodice and a colour-block leather skirt, I can’t take those hideous shoes seriously.

The black heels with the white laces almost kill all that is good with this look.

I was only temporarily excited when I saw this look because she does embodied the spirit of the brand so well and I love the chocolate-brown wavy locks.

From the ankles up, this gets a thumbs up from me.

Credit: Style.com & Getty

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88 Responses to Kristen Stewart In Balenciaga – 2012 Met Gala

  1. T from Sydney May 8, 2012 at 13:34 #

    i want to BURN the shoes!!!

    they are UGLY!!!

    i hope she does well at Cannes.

    • Lidka May 8, 2012 at 21:20 #

      Love the outfit,a perfect match with Stewart’s personality and a bold choice for MET Gala, which I guess is not about traditional looks. The shoes are only acceptable from the sides and the back, the front just ruins the look. Kristen is quite short and the skirt is knee-long, they should have taken it into account and give her sth that looks lighter on feet.

  2. Alina May 8, 2012 at 13:36 #


  3. msd May 8, 2012 at 13:37 #

    Argh, my eyes, my eyes! This is AWFUL. Who wears an ill-fitting leather skirt attached to a cheap looking bustier to fashion’s biggest night? Does Ghesquiere hate Kristen? I can’t think of any other reason why he would pick this for the freakin’ Met Gala. Or does she secretly hate Balenciaga? Next time Nicolas, take ME. I promise I’ll brush my hair and everything! Now excuse me while I reach into my computer and burn those heinous shoes.

    • CreoleLady May 8, 2012 at 14:53 #

      Haha, too funny. Totally feel your pain, lol, and completely agree.

    • J May 8, 2012 at 15:09 #

      It looks like she’s wearing socks with black pumps.

    • Jones19 May 8, 2012 at 18:28 #

      msd lol I feel the EXACT same way. Her hair looks awful but it’s still the best thing about her whole look!

    • Aline May 8, 2012 at 18:45 #

      LOL. I totally agree though.

      The dress is horrible and the shoes are hideous, but her hair is what bothers me the most *sigh*

    • Tina May 8, 2012 at 23:33 #

      +1 This is really not a good look. The hair and shoes ruined an already so-so outfit.

  4. june May 8, 2012 at 13:38 #

    i usually love kristen in balenciaga, but she’s not selling it to me today. (partly that’s to do with the hideous shoes, but mostly it’s how she’s not working it like she enjoys wearing any of that)

  5. Grace Patricia May 8, 2012 at 13:39 #

    I don’t like it at all. Her hair is also poorly styled.

  6. vicky May 8, 2012 at 13:41 #

    I’m getting slightly tired of saying this but this event was very disappointing for me.
    A lot of girls just didn’t seem to make an effort, dressing as if they where going to a normal premiere.

    With that said I agree with you FC, from ankles up, it’s OK.

    • serenissima7 May 8, 2012 at 19:33 #

      i thought i was the only person that felt this way. So many attendees looked EXTREMELY underdressed.

  7. Susan May 8, 2012 at 13:42 #

    Interesting. I like it. What was the designer going for?

  8. Lada May 8, 2012 at 13:42 #

    I would think it suits her personality but she didn’t look very happy and that’s a shame because she is so beautiful when she smiles..

    The shoes are bad but I liked that she was different from the others.

  9. Juliana May 8, 2012 at 13:43 #

    I’m sorry, but not even from the ankles up. I can’t possibly imagine there weren’t other Balenciaga dresses more fit for a Met Gala. This year as a whole was a little underwhelming… Kristen is just the bland cherry at the top. You can clearly see she doesn’t wanna be there, which is just sad.

  10. Niki May 8, 2012 at 13:49 #

    Could not agree with you more FC. The dress is edgy and cool, I absolutely adore the bodice. But the shoes…. WHY???!!! Red, blue or even black patent pumps would have looked SO much better. I had such high hopes after her Proenza Schouler dress last year, and the shoes aside, I wish she had gone for a slightly more elegant look. This feels more premiere to me… *sigh*

  11. Susan May 8, 2012 at 13:52 #

    Ah, I should have looked through the previous pictures first. This is very different and I really like it. After seeing all of the same long, flowing, typical dresses; this is a shot of young and different. I like it.

  12. carrie May 8, 2012 at 13:53 #

    She looks sloppy. No effort here. Not even a real fitting for the dress. Same hair she wears everyday. I don’t really understand why she even went. On the livefeed it was obvious how much she didn’t want to be there.

  13. Emmeline May 8, 2012 at 13:54 #

    Those shoes are tragic. The dress might be okay for a premiere, but this is the Met Gala. You’d think Nicolas maybe could have pulled something more appropriate from the archives for her.

    I will give her credit though for resisting the urge to shorten the skirt as she almost always does.

  14. CTgirl May 8, 2012 at 13:57 #

    I don’t know who to blame. Ghesquiere for suggesting this dress? Her Stylist for agreeing? Or KS for walking out the door looking this horrible? The dress seems to have a strange fit and the length is really awkward with her legs. Oh, and the shoes are wretched and give her cankles. She has thin but fairly shapeless legs and the length and the shoe really emphasizes this. She could do so much better and this is yet another fail for KS. She needs a new stylist and someone to honestly give her a critique before she walks out the door.

    • CTgirl May 8, 2012 at 13:58 #

      I forgot to mention the sweaty handprints on the leather skirt. Just awful . . .

      • MyOwn May 9, 2012 at 17:16 #

        +100 awful

    • manja May 8, 2012 at 15:19 #

      +1 100%

  15. Linda May 8, 2012 at 14:02 #

    I don’t mind the dress, but agree that the shoes killed the look completely. What was Nicolas thinking? I LOVED her custon Proenza last year. This is a step down.

  16. Shruti May 8, 2012 at 14:07 #

    Total mess.

    • bas May 8, 2012 at 14:29 #

      +1. I don’t get what was she thinking when she put on that ill-fitting dress, those horrible shoes, and that hair… Balmain can do so much better.

  17. Yeliz May 8, 2012 at 14:08 #

    I agree with your whole comment FC. She embodies the spirit of the brand very well. But why those shoes?! I hate them. On the other hand from the ankles up it’s gorgeous.
    But I have to say I loved her look more at last year’s MET Gala.

  18. Mandy from NZ May 8, 2012 at 14:10 #

    Hello everyone, sorry if this is a silly question but I was just wondering how much input the celebrities actually have on what they wear to events like this one? Or is it just the stylist choice? I really didn’t like this dress at first but it’s growing on me.

    • CTgirl May 8, 2012 at 14:18 #

      The celebrity always has veto power.

      • Mandy from NZ May 8, 2012 at 14:36 #

        Thank you, I’ve always been curious.

  19. Vivian May 8, 2012 at 14:16 #

    Compared to others, does she even know she is going to met gala?

  20. Sally May 8, 2012 at 14:19 #

    It just went from bad to worse as I scrolled down to the complete photo. Viewing it set off a long, distant memory;

    When I was 13 y/o, my girlfriends and I had a Gaudy Party where everyone had to show up as their own best “fashion don’ts” we then paraded around town vying for votes for the worst outfit … that ensemble is so close to the party’s winning dress. It was a fashion don’t then, and it still is today.

  21. Nat May 8, 2012 at 14:21 #

    She was by far one of the worst dressed of the night, for me.
    In this case it’s not her fault, though. It’s just that the dress and the shoes are some of the ugliest things I’ve seen on the red carpet recently.
    I really can’t understand how one could pick this look, out of all the possible choiches, for the MET Gala.

  22. Martina May 8, 2012 at 14:29 #

    I disagree with you FC, I don’t like this look at all. The dress isn’t worthy of Met Gala (I expected something more glamurous or dramatic), it fits her bad, the shoes are hideous, I dislike her hair because it’s absolutley wrong for this event but the thing I dislike the most is her attitude. It’s obvious she doesn’t want to be there and I don’t get it, why would you go somewhere where you don’t wanna be?

  23. Colleen May 8, 2012 at 14:29 #

    I like this, but for a movie premiere NOT the MET Gala. Can someone please explain to me how Glamour UK named her the Best Dressed Woman in the world over the likes of Diane Kruger, Emma Stone and Victoria Beckham?

    • marcy May 8, 2012 at 15:36 #

      It was a fan voted award. Meaningless. Just the Twilight fans voting over and over again.

  24. meme May 8, 2012 at 14:35 #

    I was not expecting kristen in anything like this, She totally suprise me and i agree with u FC. I love it from ankle up, it cool refreshing, and represent Balen. I will blame those shoe on her stylist, even with a injured foot the shoe could have been better. And i love her make up and hair. The WTF this look garnered from other is making me Lmao.

  25. bm May 8, 2012 at 14:36 #

    I think I love this look, but with a better shoes.

  26. Serena May 8, 2012 at 14:43 #

    Such a letdown. I don’t like the dress and I definitely don’t like the shoes. She looked so beautiful and at ease last year in her custom Proenza Schouler, this is such a step back :/

  27. Ioana May 8, 2012 at 14:51 #

    WORST dressed!!! that … dress (or whatever it is) is hideous.

  28. Mihaela May 8, 2012 at 14:55 #

    …With all the gowns in the world why is she wearing this?!

  29. Christine May 8, 2012 at 15:02 #

    The shoes are a killer but I like this dress. Here’s hoping she bring her game to cannes! Jesus help us.

  30. Riley May 8, 2012 at 15:07 #

    Whilst I am a KStew sympathizer but not a twihard, I hate the look. This is the most apathetic she has looked on the red carpet in a while. The dress is ugly and the shoes are worse.

    She definitely should be the face of Proenza Shouler.

    Her hair is horrible.

  31. marcy May 8, 2012 at 15:39 #

    I don’t understand not going into the archives. Or custom designing something. If she’s the face of the brand now, they should have done better by her. So far this partnership isn’t yielding positive results for either Kristen or Balenciaga.

  32. Fiona May 8, 2012 at 15:53 #

    WOW lots of comments on this one! I realise she is the face of Balenciaga but why would they decide to dress her in this for one of fashion’s biggest nights? There is, I’m sure, a black tie dress code for this event, and this is not even close to black tie. I feel that this event is becoming blatant advertising for designers without caring about the event … I am amazed some of the designers even stood next to their creations this year!

  33. Lisa May 8, 2012 at 15:55 #

    HATE this. Totally inappropriate for this event.

    • mm May 8, 2012 at 16:07 #

      OMG. I so agree with everyone. This entire look is horrid. her hair looks like it is still wet. it is just an unpolished look

  34. Barbs May 8, 2012 at 16:03 #

    Terrible! Don’t understand, the shoes, the hair, the dress! The concept…

  35. Rahel May 8, 2012 at 16:08 #

    She’s not the face of Balenciaga. She’s the face of their new perfume. Big diffrence.

    • Fashion Critic May 8, 2012 at 16:24 #

      did you read the text? It says, “As the face of the latest Balenciaga fragrance”

      • Rahel May 8, 2012 at 16:32 #

        I didn’t mean you.

  36. bee7 May 8, 2012 at 16:16 #


  37. CC May 8, 2012 at 16:17 #

    how unoriginal to wear runway look head to toe.

    not appropriate for the occasion.

    just downright ugly ensemble.


    • 005 May 8, 2012 at 16:50 #

      Gasp* what no she’s super stylish! … I don’t think I have seen an outfit on this girl that she has made it her own. Aside from the too small jeans, disgusting tees and kicks.

  38. L_M May 8, 2012 at 16:18 #

    Last year Kristen wore the best shoes I have ever seen on her, but this year it is the opposite. These shoes are hideous!! Can’t say I like this dress, but if she wore it with other more stylish shoes, then she would look better. Well, Met Gala isnt about your usual and standard dresses, as I know.. It is about something different and artsy. Right? So, Kristen was in the right way with her choice in the dress.. If only she changed her hair style and didn’t wear these horrible shoes.

  39. Zineb May 8, 2012 at 16:24 #

    UGLY ! This is NOT a look for Met Gala!

  40. modelo May 8, 2012 at 16:37 #

    Balenciaga’s whole fall line is hideous. Everyone in the fashion is still kissing their butts but call a spade a spade. There is absolutely nothing that looks good in it. Kristen Stewart looks her normal slouchy self with no expression. I give her a pass this time because Balenciaga’s choices are so horrendously bad.

  41. robbie May 8, 2012 at 16:47 #

    could she look more bored, why go to an event if you are going to look like baby with a slapped a$$. this look needs attitude and she aint giving it.

  42. 005 May 8, 2012 at 16:57 #

    Gasp* noo she’ s super stylish!! I don’t think I have an outfit on this girl that she has made it her own, well, aside from the too small jeans, disgusting tees and kicks obviously.

  43. firien May 8, 2012 at 17:15 #

    This might absolutely be the least important problem, but this “are you really photographing me?” expression makes me want to punch her – just to wake up.
    Even if you look hideous, please grace us by trying to look like a star!

  44. MsDivaMom May 8, 2012 at 17:41 #

    HORRENDOUS! Top to Toe!

  45. Annel May 8, 2012 at 17:50 #

    :( Bad hair, ugly dress, super ugly shoes. Hope she will improve for Cannes.

  46. TeuntjeVDW May 8, 2012 at 17:51 #

    I don’t like this AT ALL!

  47. zara May 8, 2012 at 17:55 #

    it’s awful Nicholas G. put her in that dress and those shoes, I don’t think it would look good anyone. as a face of their fragrance, she should’ve gotten a better dress.

  48. JMW May 8, 2012 at 18:00 #

    She did mention that she had stepped on a nail so she couldn’t wear high heels during a television interview. But these seem to be high heels or at least small high heels so I don’t understand why she didn’t at least go for some heels which are nicer.

  49. Hisadora May 8, 2012 at 18:59 #

    Sorry but she’s just not selling it to me…. and those shoes, I don’t even wanna mention!!!!!!

  50. katrina May 8, 2012 at 19:04 #

    Give me a freaking break here, as one of the Fashion empire and its environs biggest night, where everyone is swaddled into the highest level of sophistication and most opulent ideals of elegance,pageantry and magnificence; this is a complete insolence to the nobel escutcheon of MET gala’s “moment mauvais” principles.It hurts my eyes, it is so revolting to see this kind of woman itmake me sick!!!!!!!!

  51. LizLemooooon May 8, 2012 at 19:39 #

    One of the worst dressed of the night!
    Firstly, Nic Ghesquire should be held responsible because he has been terrible lately but at the same time Kristen looks miserable, the fit is off, her hair although it at least looks clean for once is messy and not in a good way, her make up looks half arsed…everything just reeks of lack of effort and poor co-ordination.
    I don’t think anyone involved really sat down and discussed this properly.
    I shudder to think what she’ll be like at Cannes.

  52. Jacopo_Gago May 8, 2012 at 19:47 #

    Disgusting…as usual, for Kristen Steward!

  53. Liz May 8, 2012 at 20:14 #

    I love it! I think Stewart was flawless last night!
    her outfit was different but she stood out amongst the others that looked very ordinary and boring.
    Stewart and Mulligan : Best Dressed at the Met Ball !
    wow kristen stewart haters are disgusting!i’m sorry ,most of you are uncivilized

  54. RoRo May 8, 2012 at 23:38 #

    No. The look is a no-no. She looks uncomfortable as if she knew it wasn’t her style.

  55. EmmaWoodhouse May 8, 2012 at 23:53 #

    The shoes look like they’re holding her feet prisoner. I don’t like the dress (frankly, I think it’s hideous) and her hair is a mess. I know that she’s shy, and I get that, but I know that I would be THRILLED to be at the Met Gala, celebrating fashion. Yes, I’d be awestruck by all the stars, but I think I’d be smiling!
    She and Diane Kruger were the biggest letdowns of the night. I expected WAYYYY more from Diane, and more from Kristen.

  56. MEME May 9, 2012 at 00:18 #

    She makes couture look depressing, I don’t like her…..

    • Leska May 9, 2012 at 03:20 #

      +1. And I really don’t like her attitude.

  57. Dhppy May 9, 2012 at 03:53 #

    I feel like fashion itself has been spat upon.

  58. Emi May 9, 2012 at 06:42 #

    Wrong shoes (I don’t ate them but I don’t like for the dress) and I prefer the runway colors. But it’s a good look for her, considering that she’s quite a play-it safer.

  59. chyc May 9, 2012 at 08:44 #

    This is such a beautiful girl, but what grotesque shoes and dress!!!

  60. Jess2 May 9, 2012 at 08:47 #

    I love Kristen but I am so so disappointed. Her hair is driving me crazy.

  61. pascha May 9, 2012 at 09:06 #

    I like the dress but it seems a little too casual for something like the Met Gala and probably more suited to a small film premiere… but then I suppose Nicolas has never been one to dress his muses in ball gowns. 😛

    Those shoes are terrible whether they be on the runway or on Kristen. They look like an awkward cross between heels, Chinese foot binding and the Mummy.

  62. Jill May 9, 2012 at 09:21 #

    the shoes may be ugly on their own but they complete this look! don’t you get it? this is supposed to be this odd and all colour-block! I actually think this look represents all KStew red carpet history! she’s always been this loopy and it works for her
    p.s. love her new haircolour too.

  63. bluebird May 9, 2012 at 09:38 #

    huhuhuhuhu!…. i’m crying already! I want to hunt and kill that Balenciaga designer NICOLAS GHESQUIERE! I’m sure he planned to sabotage KRISTEN STEWART in the 2012 MET GALA! Kristen is breathtakingly beautiful but her SHOES and DRESS are horrible!!! I hate Balenciaga!

  64. Felicia May 9, 2012 at 11:27 #

    Totally awful!! She needs to shoot her stylist. The designer needs to get slapped. This is very wrong

  65. Parvati May 9, 2012 at 12:30 #

    Sorry, but I hate this look. It’s not only the shoes – even with a daintier shoe choice, I think I would have disliked the dress anyway. She looks really awkward in it, in my opinion. The only good thing here is her hair and make-up. Nothing else.

  66. Manda May 9, 2012 at 15:47 #

    Because there is so much negativity surrounding this look, would anyone be willing to give an alternative suggestion as to what she could have worn from the Balenciaga line that would have been more appropriate? Or maybe some suggestions on what dresses would look best on Kristen at Cannes?

    • AitchCS May 10, 2012 at 01:20 #

      I would dress her in diaphanous floaty sheer dresses or 1940s retro. Let me dress her!

    • msd May 10, 2012 at 17:21 #

      I don’t think she needs to go girly for Cannes. That isn’t “her”, imo. She does edgy well and I like seeing people dress in a way that is true to who they are. Balenciaga just needs to give her something GOOD. The fact that she looked semi-miserable made things worse but a bad dress is a bad dress and hideous shoes are hideous shoes. This outfit looks like a Project Runway cast off.

      • AitchCS May 10, 2012 at 19:25 #

        I agree about “girly” for sure. I Know would have her wear more body hugging, form fitting, sheer on the top– a little more Rooney Mara. It is surprising that Balenciaga screwed this up so badly. I really don’t not blame her, she is not a “fashionista.”

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