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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/ 4/2010

Fashion statement: The Costume Institute Gala -- hits and misses

By Liz Kelly

Last night the stars turned out for the annual Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. While most of the models and actresses on hand managed to nail the event's sweet spot somewhere between edgy and glam (see our gallery for the night's most fetching looks), a few stars clearly overshot the mark.

For instance...

1. Katy Perry
Don't adjust your monitors, her dress was laced with what looks to be strands of rope lighting. DIY: Clear rope lights, $9.99 at Ace Hardware.

(Getty Images)

2. Kristin Stewart
Stewart vamped up her mini-dress with a long underskirt of what appears some kind of glitter-sprayed unhemmed mesh. DIY: 50 yards of 54-inch wide tulle, $44.99 at Joann Fabrics.

3. Elizabeth Banks
Banks, who has been guesting on "30 Rock" of late, muddled what would be an otherwise cute frock with furry frontpiece and statement stockings. DIY: Black Flokati Rug, $199.99 at Target.

Who rocked the red carpet? Check the gallery again and let us know your top picks.

By Liz Kelly  | May 4, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
Categories:  Fashion  | Tags:  Fashion Statement, Katy Perry  
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That rope-light dress? Wow. I think I had a bed canopy that looked like that back in junior high school.

...Actually, if you give Katy Perry a pair of neon sunglasses and a ripped pair of Converse, she could pass for Cyndi Lauper.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | May 4, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Actually, there are plenty of nice clothes in the entire photo album, including some smashing retro numbers.

To women: Just because an outfit looks nice in person doesn't necessarily mean it will photograph well. While selecting what to wear to a red-carpet function, why don't celebs and their stylists snap shots of each possible outfit from a number of angles, in order to see if they'd look bad in photographs if worn to the event?

I'd also urge celebs to dress age- and figure-appropriately. E.g., props to Lady O and Anna Wintour for wearing sleeved outfits!

And guys, that unshaven look always looks like @#$%&*!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 4, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Gladiator sandals make even long, slim legs look shorter and fatter. With any luck, though, this silly fad is already on the way out.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 4, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

SJP actually found her hairbrush!!! Yay!

Lots of strangely unflattering outfits. Christina Hendricks looked good, except for that weird thingie on her shoulder that ruined an otherwise fabulous dress.

Posted by: Californian11 | May 4, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Was one of the requirements that you had to wear the single strap across one shoulder & have the other bare?

It looks great on a few people but when practically every other person there is wearing the same style more or less it's kinda sad & lame.

Thumbs up to JLo, Rachel Weisz, and Brooke Shields just looked stunning IMO.

Mila Kunis must've bought Kristen Stewart's leftover tulle.

Christina Hendricks' head & "girls" shouldn't have to compete with that giant flower thing that's on her right shoulder.

Posted by: wadejg | May 4, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

LOVE the rope lighting!! My only concern would be that it puts off a lot of heat, but heck - I'd wear that one!! : D

Posted by: undercover_hon | May 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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