Met Costume Institute Ball Fashions: The Good

Last night was fashion's biggest night of the year and everyone - and we do mean everyone - was there. Screw the Oscars! For fashionistas, the Metropolitan Museum's "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" was the real proving ground:

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There were several major trends on display. Sparkle Motion was very popular. Claire Danes' Burberry take was vaguely Medieval.


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Nicole Richie, typically romantic in Marc Jacobs.


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Gwen Stefani, natch, repped L.A.M.B.


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And it's only fitting that SJP should rock disco-fab Halston Heritage!


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Also 70s-retro: Erin Fetherston in high-sheen Mrs. Roper-chic.


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Marion Cotillard in Dior.


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Repping the obligatory good witches out there: Anne Hathaway in Valentino.


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Doutzen Kroes, in Zac Posen, balances her princessy gown with sexyface.


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Jennifer Lopez, understated in Zuhair Murad.


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And doing "bad witch," Mila Kunis in Vera Wang.


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At the sleek end of the spectrum, we have Zoe Saldana in classic CK.


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Doing bridal, Emma Watson in Burberry.


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And fellow child-bride Taylor Swift in Ralph Lauren!


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Call me crazy, but I liked Chloe Sevigny's fun, flirty Proenza Schouler.


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Less controversial minis? Emma Roberts' Marni.


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Ditto Emilie de Ravin.


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Doing deco charmeuse, Jessica Alba in Sophie Theallet for Gap...


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Jessica Biel in Ralph Lauren...


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...and Iman in Prada.


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Saturated color kept the red carpet fun. Amber Valletta's sleek blue was a favorite.


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And Christina Hendricks is absolutely stunning in cerulean L'Wren Scott.


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Kerry Washington in Thakoon for Gap.


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Rachel Weisz in custom Oscar de la Renta.


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Naomi Watts in raspberry Lanvin.


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Thandie Newton is engagingly deconstructed.


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And bravely taking on the yellow family, Melissa George in J. Mendel.


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A rare print, Rachel Bilson's Louis Vuitton.


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PhillipaMarlowe
Phillipa Marlowe

Jessica Biel's just makes her boobs look really bad. Why would something be designed so deliberately lopsided? And also draped necklines like that are so 2001.