2014 Met Gala: 12 Best & Worst Looks (PHOTOS)

Can we all please breathe a sigh of relief that this year's theme for the Met Gala wasn't punk rock again? I mean, I don't pretend to be a fashion expert or anything, but some of the looks for last year's fashion-forward party were pretty ... um ... very strange. Also Kim Kardashian wore a carpet bag or, as we reported last year, camouflage for grandma's living room.

Nope, this year the theme for the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute (and zee premiere NYC event of zee season, dahling) was "Charles James: Beyond Fashion." In case you didn't know, Charles James was a premier fashion designer in the mid-twentieth century and has been regarded as "America's First Couturier."

I'm happy to report that the looks for 2014 were much better all around, but because this is high-fashion we're talking about ... there were some that just didn't come across well. Here are the best and worst looks for the 2014 Met Gala.

What looks worked for you?

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  • Best -- Beyonce in Givenchy


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    Is there anything Queen Bey doesn't look good in? Didn't think so.

  • Best -- Kim Kardashian in Lanvin


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    Kanye clearly approves of Kim's bold and dramatic dress. Even if it did give her some wardrobe malfunction issues earlier in the evening ...

  • Worst -- Maggie Gyllenhaal in Valentino


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    I don't understand Maggie Gyllenhaal's dress. Is it stripes? Polka dots? A poncho? Not her best look.

  • Best -- Kendall Jenner in Topshop


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    The second youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is seriously coming into her own fashion-wise. She looks stunning in this soft pink, super-fitted, mermaid-style dress. I wouldn't be surprised if Kim secretly wants to put her in a potato sack at her upcoming wedding.

  • Worst -- Sari Mercer in Dolce & Gabbana


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    Model, actress, and long-time love interest of Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) wore this. Beautiful lady. Hideous dress.

  • Best -- Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa


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    If you're going to wear flowers to a gala, this is how to do it. Rumor is those blooms are hand-painted onto the silk organza.

  • Best -- Lupita Nyong'o in Prada


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    On anyone else, this might not work. But on Lupita, it's almost ethereal.

  • Worst -- Kristen Stewart in Chanel


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    I normally enjoy Kristen's red carpet looks, and Chanel is typically one of my faves, but I am not digging this look. It's just too much ... too much.

  • Best -- Blake Lively in Gucci


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    Blake is smoldering in this champagne chiffon number. It's no wonder hubby Ryan Reynolds can't keep his hands off of her!

  • Worst -- Katie Holmes in Marchesa


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    Love yah, Katie. But please leave the dressing up like Belle from Beauty and the Beast to Suri.

  • Best -- Emma Stone in Thakoon


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    On anyone else, this pink ensemble might fall flat for being entirely too casual for the Met Gala. But somehow it works for Emma, especially paired with the strappy metallic sandals.

  • Worst -- Kate Upton in Dolce & Gabbana


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    I don't even understand what's happening here. It's goth. It's ruffly. There's a headpiece. Please make it stop!

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