With so many amazing attendees and gorgeous gowns, it was impossible to choose one best dressed winner for 2012's amazing Met Costume Institute Gala. Instead, we've pulled together a list of the most memorable looks for all kinds of reasons. From our fave new face to the best use of colour, plus the most bonkers outfits of the night, here are some of our style picks this year...

Best Newcomer


Nina Dobrev definitely knows how to make an entrance at her first Met gala, wearing a silver and black Donna Karan dress with a super-long train and one-shoulder details that shows off some seriously toned upper arms. She tweeted that the dress was heavy...but hopefully the weight was worth it!

Best Back View


Beyonce knows how to cause a stir in armour-like Givenchy Couture that dissolves into ombre feathers. We can't stop staring, front or back, but it's the 'sheer rear' view that got people talking. Well, If you've got it, flaunt it!

Best Accessories


Despite doggy handbags, cool clutches, cute hair flowers and all kinds of other killer accessories on the red carpet this year, the runaway winner has to be Karolina Kurkova, who shows us how to work a turban whilst looking fierce. This is not an easy look to pull off (we mean you, Kourtney Kardashian) but with a bit of help from Rachel Zoe, she pulled it off, and then some.

Most Polished

From the perfect hair and makeup (and those trademark eyebrows) to the most beautifully fitting, super-slinky Ralph Lauren gown, Camilla Belle's powerful look is perfection. It pays homage to the 20s trend without looking like fancy dress, and we can't get over how insane her body looks despite the lack of support. Jealous? Us?

Gala Golden Girl

There is nothing about Carey Mulligan's Prada look that we don't love. Well, the shoes are a bit blah but who wants to draw attention downwards in a dress that bold? Despite the fact she shunned full-length, Carey still manages to wear one of the most dramatic, memorable looks of the night. The hair and makeup are fabulous too.

Coolest use of colour

It was a close-run thing with Dianna Agron looking gorge in green and January Jones corseted into acid yellow Versace, but for the ease in which she wore her louche, soft Prada gown, we have to pick Diane Kruger in the colour stakes. Love that cutaway top that looks almost like it's too big for her - it gives the dress and effortless feel despite all the feathers.

Best short cut

Oh Emma Stone. If only we could package you up and ship you across the world so we could make you our new BFF. At an event where everyone else seems intent on looking very serious and grown up in big gowns and goth makeup, we love the Em popped her hair up in a little twist, kept the 'face' simple, donned a cute little flower-strewn frock and grinned her way down the red carpet. This love affair with Lanvin is serving her well. Long may it continue!

Cutest Red Carpet Couple

This was a tough one. With so many hot couples (and designer / muse partnerships) hitting the red carpet, we could have picked any one of them. But our heart lies with Jessica and Justin (her in Prada, him in Tom Ford). So, so cute!

Biggest Surprise

We were expecting Rihanna to rock up in the most OTT, ridiculous dress of the night (and she would have totally pulled it off). So to see her so covered up in a super-sexy but surprisingly subtle Tom Ford gown was a real surprise. Luckily, it was a good one, and she looked amazing.

Biggest Divider

Kirsten Dunst's is the look that got the team talking the most this morning - if only because we can't decide whether we love it or hate it. The team's split down the middle - half of us applaud the risky shape and turn-of-the-century style of her Rodarte creation (though we wish she'd worn a big 'Rose from Titanic' style hat). The rest aren't so sure that a terracotta suit is the right choice for a big gala event. All are agreed it's more interesting than another strapless satin number, though!

Most disappointing

Leighton Meester in Marchesa. What could go wrong? Um, this...


If you can drag your eyes away from that fluffy hair and inexplicable TOWIE tan, you see is a very pretty dress that looks about three sizes too big around the hips and bum. It's a beautiful confection, but it does absolutely nothing for Leighton's figure. Where did it all go wrong?

Most Bonkers


Florence Welch in the Alexander McQueen lampshade dress. Enough said.

Biggest dress of the night

A easy win for Leslie Bibb in Zac Posen. Someone obviously told her the MET Gala was a case of 'Go big or go home'. As one of our team pointed out, this is verging on Big Fat Gypsy Wedding territory, but the leafy print and curly corset top take it a bit closer to couture. There are few occasions that call for a gown like this, so we applaud Leslie for going all out!

Best impersonation of a hag-witch


Here's the problem. There is a lot that's great about Mary-Kate Olsen's The Row dress. It's like a beautiful 1930s wedding dress she found in a thrift store and reinvented by dying it black. It could so easily have worked. The problem is...oh God, do we even need to go there? Aside from the hunched pose and angryface, whoever did her hair obviously had 'issues' with Mary-Kate. To get a similar effect, take a can of dry shampoo and spray it on a poodle. Then backcomb.

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