Carey Mulligan In Balenciaga – 2013 Met Gala


Carey Mulligan joined a host of other bold names, as she stunned on the 2013 Met Gala red carpet at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

‘The Great Gatsby’ actress interpreted the evening’s punk theme with an impressively smart flourish in her black Balenciaga dress that riffed on the style era’s obsession with safety pins.

The angular, cutout design was neither look-at-me or louche. But the oversized gold pin at the neck still spoke volumes.

Was it an homage to the uber-famous Versace safety-pin dress donned by Elizabeth Hurley in the ’90s? Perhaps.

Regardless, I have to say I love this tongue-in-cheek variation that’s simultaneously classic and cool-girl, amidst a sea of overwrought edge at tonight’s ball.

Carey slicked back her deeply side-parted blonde locks and wore a nude lip to complete this refined look.

Call it sophisticated, new-age punk.

Credit: Getty

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29 Responses to Carey Mulligan In Balenciaga – 2013 Met Gala

  1. Moxie May 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Very pretty, but a little safe.

  2. Fiona-Brasil May 7, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    She tries way too hard to be cool!Now this is what I call a Rooney Mara impersonation.

  3. Bridget May 7, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Can someone please tell me what shoes Ms Mulligan is wearing? Nobody has mentioned what shoes they are on any website yet!

    • shifa May 12, 2013 at 5:15 am #

      Her shoes are Balenciaga

  4. Gabby M May 7, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Since everyone was so underwhelming you too are now in the top 5! congrats

  5. the ogre May 7, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    i am in love! this is sleek perfection! the shoes are amazing and she channels the theme so well keeping in mind her own style aesthetic! i love this! and ya great shoes!

  6. jas May 7, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    i love that carey never tries too hard. so elegant. so classy. and how about those shoes!

  7. Marybeth May 7, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    The main problem with Carey wearing so much black is that, with this blonde hair, she just doesn’t look good in it. (Halle Berry and Jennifer Anniston may bore us to tears with black but at least it flatters them.) Carey looks washed out and, if she punches up the make-up to compensate, she’ll look overly made up. Let’s hope she can change that hair soon.

    That being said, I think this is a delightful look. It’s very Carey-classy but gives us the nod to punk with that safety pin. Clever and elegant!

  8. kane May 7, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    I like this, I do. But the fact at first sight I thought I would LOVE this just shows that I’ve been a little bored over her last outings.

  9. Nat May 7, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    Comparing to what she wore last year this is ultra boring -___-

  10. Alicat May 7, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    I love the dress and it fits well, but I don’t think this elevates her to “sophisticated, new-age punk”. Her bland makeup and attitude-devoid stance is the antithesis of everything punk.

  11. Eve_V May 7, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    I love this simple, stream-lined, no-fuss look. Even her makeup is on point, even if I don’t like beige lips in general.

  12. Anj May 7, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    She could’ve done sooo much more with her hair and makeup. Her lips matching her face color just creeps me out. Just why?

  13. Yeliz May 7, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    I love this simple, sleek and chic look. But I would’ve loved it more if it had been in another colour. She’s wearing black so much lately, it really is boring. Love this look regardless though.

  14. justme May 7, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    She looks like a secretary from a 80’s space movie. Even a themed party can’t get this girl to shake things up and get out of her boring comfort zone.

    Hot shoes though ^^

    • Aline May 7, 2013 at 7:36 am #


  15. mg May 7, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Now I’m pretty sure she got a new stylist, and I’m lovin it. Her stylist is probably Victoria Beckham…. lol

    • Emmeline May 7, 2013 at 5:45 am #

      She’s actually working with Ryan Hastings now.

  16. snowlion May 7, 2013 at 2:53 am #

    Want. Shoes…

  17. J (DressMe4Less) May 7, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    She needs a darker lip. Too washed out.

  18. AG May 7, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    I love this! So simple and polished with a bit of an edge. Awesome shoes.

  19. Pedro May 7, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Simple but flawless

    • Mandy May 7, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      I love the simplicity as well. One of my best dressed tonight.

    • Jess2 May 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      ITA – adore this!

    • dee May 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      I agree.

  20. J (DressMe4Less) May 7, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    I love an LBD as much as the next gal, but she needs a darker lip. She’s a bit washed out here.

  21. EmmaWoodhouse May 7, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    I don’t like the side cutout but other than that I really like this look, the gold safety pin totally elevates it. It’s very Carey.
    Although last year’s look was on a TOTALLY different level.

  22. Christine May 7, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    Nice and classy but oh my goodness! I am so bored.

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