“The BEST” is so subjective. Let’s just agree that these were the most interesting choices of the evening. They certainly made me squeal, and if that’s not a barometer for red carpet success, I’ll eat my wig.
Beyonce in Givenchy. This is the front, this is the back.
Anna Wintour in Prada's Schiaperelli-inspired lobster dress, and the divine Grace Coddington.
THINK PINK! Lena Dunham (yuck) with Hamish Bowles; Dee Ocleppo (with Tommy Hilfiger) in a proper ballgown. Because THAT'S WHAT YOU WEAR TO A BALL, GODDAMNIT.
Go big or go home: Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen and Leighton Meester in Marchesa (with TERRIBLE HAIR)
Ivanka Trump (in Peter Pilloto) and January Jones (in Versace), each going for retro-'90s futurism. Does it work? You decide. I like that January's dress is daffodil yellow and MAROON. You don't see that very often. Then she paired it with a pale blue necklace. So she's either color blind or a FASHION GENIUS, I can't tell.
Sparkly capes were definitely one way to go. Linda Fargo wears a Schap-inspired Naeem Kahn, while Bianca Brandolin D'adda (THAT NAME!) sparkes in Dolce & Gabbana
Granny chic. SJP in Valentino and Kiki Dunst in Prada. Again, does it work? I love it for the sheer WTF-ery of it all. Especially SJ's. I would totally wear that.
Oh, Elizabeth. Oh, Melenia. Tragic, tragic, tragic. And yet. God bless them for trying. I'm putting them on the best-dressed list because I'm sure everyone will just savage them. Elizabeth Banks' cacophonous gown was designed by Mary Katrantzou. Melenia Trump's 2009 shoulder madness was designed by Marc Bower. On the bright side: I think Melenia just might be this generation's Joan Collins! And that's exciting!
Yes! Yes! Rachel Zoe dressed Karolina Kurkova as a very glamorous Little Edie and it worked. She looked SPECTACULAR. Christin Ricci, in Thakoon, has my favorite dress of the evening. Yes. I'm just going to say it. Take THAT, Beyonce. (And is that CELINE DION in the white cape behind her?)
Maty-Kate in The Row with her wackadoodle hair (LOVE!) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry. I think both Mary-Kate's disheveled billionaire chic and Rosie's restrained elegance work here.
Coco Rocha is a mess, but that's Elizabeth Taylor's pantsuit she's wearing, so I'm giving her a pass, and Diane Von Furstenberg looks like she just had the best sex of her life, so yay, good for her.