The Costume Institute Gala

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The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala is the Oscars of the fashion industry—although the perp walk tends to be much more interesting. Anything goes—short, wide, caftan—but a few themes popped up, among them, sumptuous gowns in luscious purple and plum shades.

Thandie Newton in Vivienne Westwood
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  • Thandie Newton in Vivienne Westwood

Gayle King in Angel Sanchez
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  • Gayle King in Angel Sanchez

Amber Valetta in RM by Roland Mouret
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  • Amber Valetta in RM by Roland Mouret

Sky blue was another popular hue, one that hasn't been seen in a while in evening wear. Paired with daring yet elegant 40s-inspired styling in a dress from RM by Roland Mouret, it's unexpected yet appropriate.

Elizabeth Banks in Gucci
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  • Elizabeth Banks in Gucci

Some women are undeniably good girls (hello Kristin Davis), others are bad (Angelina Jolie, no matter how many orphans she adopts). When a good girl dresses bad, it's hit or miss. Elizabeth Banks's oeuvre has often involved characters with cheerleader looks that mask crazy-girl tendencies, but her vampiness looks forced here.

Tina Fey in Yves St. Laurent
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  • Tina Fey in Yves St. Laurent

And while a jumpsuit is an edgy choice that I applaud, it just looks weird on Tina Fey. Hey, wholesome ladies, we love you the way you are! No need to go all bad Sandy on us.

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