Met Gala 2015: Editors Pick the Best Dresses

With more than 100 looks to choose from, narrowing it down to the top 8 was no easy task. But we did it anyway

01 of 08

KENDALL JENNER

KENDALL JENNER
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Catherine Kast, Style Editor: This “royal jade” custom Calvin Klein Collection gown couldn’t have been more evocative of the theme – and of Kendall’s solidified status in the fashion world; In the past six months, she’s become the face of iconic American brands Calvin Klein and Estée Lauder. What better way to make your red carpet coming-out than in a sultry and sleek sparkly column like this one?

02 of 08

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY

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Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: I know what you’re thinking: Rosie didn’t really dress for the theme. But I pick my dresses based on what I’d like to wear if I was a supermodel going to the Met Gala, and this stunning beaded Atelier Versace design is high on that list. I also picked it because it fits the star perfectly and is sexy without being completely sheer – a theme that was very popular on the red carpet.

03 of 08

BEE SHAFFER

BEE SHAFFER
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Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: When your mom is Anna Wintour, it’s only natural that you’d get dibs on the best gowns for the Met Gala theme before anyone else gets a crack at them. And this year, I’d definitely say that was the case. Her deep red custom Alexander McQueen gown with its shawl neck, cherry blossom print and crane-embroidered train was on-theme, jaw-droppingly beautiful and incredibly elegant. My only complaint is that it’s not in my closet.

04 of 08

CHRISSY TEIGEN

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Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: Sure, her look was a bit more Studio 54 than Shanghai, but Chrissy Teigen looked absolutely gorgeous and she did so, not in a nearly-naked dress like some other stars, but in a black long-sleeve St. John gown. The super low back and belt upped the sex appeal while the magenta orchid clipped into her bombshell waves and matching lip were an elegant, yet fun touch.

05 of 08

AMAL CLOONEY

AMAL CLOONEY
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Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: At first glance, I was not blown away by Amal’s bright red Maison Margiela “Artisanal” by John Galliano gown. But upon closer inspection, I don’t think there’s anyone better to pull this off. The corset top fits her like a glove and the tiered skirt looked a little “emoji-chic” (see Blake? you’re making it happen!), which is perfect on her long, lean frame. Plus, she just looks right at home on the carpet at her first-ever Met Gala. I’m already crowning you best dressed for next year based on your perfect hair-game alone.

06 of 08

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

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Isabella Biedenharn, Editorial Assistant: Yes, the Dior Haute Couture might seem a little plainer than some of the golden crowns or 10-ft. trains we saw this evening, but I like the varied patterns and that sternum-panel thing J. Law has going on, and I’m not ashamed to admit I’m still a sucker for a good crop top.

07 of 08

DAKOTA JOHNSON

DAKOTA JOHNSON
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Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: While I’m typically not a fan of minis (or sparkles, for that matter), I was pleasantly surprised with Dakota Johnson’s dazzling Chanel Haute Couture dress, which she paired with her spot-on makeup (from the ultra-winged-out liner to her perfectly purple pout, I’m obsessed!) and chic new bob. I may be in the minority, but the Fifty Shades of Grey totally star nabbed a spot on my Best Dressed List this year – and it’ll be hard to top it during next year’s gala.

08 of 08

OLIVIA MUNN

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Jackie Fields, Beauty Writer: Olivia Munn nailed it tonight, and I’m not just talking about her ombré courtesy of Sally Hansen Color Ambassador Tracylee. From her sleek ponytail to the hem of her hand-painted J. Mendel dress, she was head-to-toe chic. Plus, I love the juxtaposition of the soft pleats against the plunging cut-outs and shiny seams. And can we talk about those diamond and ruby Cindy Chao butterfly earrings? Rather, can we just stare at them?

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