Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan And More Step Out With Flare For The 2010 Met Ball

When it comes to fashion with a flare, The Costume Institute Gala Benefit (better known as the MET Gala) — which, this year, is celebrating the opening of the “American Women: Fashioning a National Identity” exhibition — is never one to disappoint. It’s the one time of year when the stars are really encouraged to push the envelope and take some fashion risks. To find out which stars really went all out for the gala and which ones totally missed the mark, check out or recap!

Let’s get things started with Emma Watson, who rocked one of our absolute fave looks of the night — a one-shoulder, silk white gown by Burberry, paired with strappy black heels and a clutch. Seriously, the girl was the epitome of perfection and in case you’re planning to track down that dress, don’t bother. It was custom made for her.

While Emma’s look had us swooning, Kristen Stewart’s Chanel dress had us cringing. Kristen’s been all over our best dressed lists as of late, but her outfit last night looked like a prom dress gone wrong. Essentially, the cut and shape were totally unflattering and the flat pulled back hair didn’t do anything to help the matter. Better luck next time, KStew.

On a brighter note, we liked Taylor Swift’s romantic Ralph Lauren gown (although it paled in comparison to Emma’s Burberry), but wish she had gone for something a little less predictable.

Some of Hollywood’s rising stars were also in attendance last night, including Carey Mulligan, who wore a sleeveless purple Miu Miu dress (with really big pockets!). We’re usually a fan of Carey’s understated style, but we didn’t think this look lived up to the glitz of the night.

Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szhor, on the other hand, totally brought her best to the table in a positively dramatic Versace gown that caught us by surprise.

As for “Valentine’s Day” star Emma Roberts — we felt the same way about her black Marni dress as we did about Carey’s: it wasn’ dramatic enough for the Met!

We also spotted some celeb couples out and about last night including Jessica Biel, wearing Ralph Lauren Collection, and Justin Timberlake, rocking his very own William Rast line. We thought Jessica’s champagne-colored dress was OK, and might have liked it better if she changed up the hair a little. We didn’t feel much better about Justin’s all black suit, which we thought looked a bit heavy on him (too many layers perhaps?).

Fellow couple Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson also chose to rock the matching designers — in their case it was Calvin Klein. Our take? Josh totally stole Diane’s spotlight in a perfectly tailored suit with a white button down shirt and contrasting ascot. Seriously, as far as men’s looks go, this may be our favorite of the year, so kudos to you Josh!

Want to see more looks from last night? Click on any pf the photos above to be taken to our full Met Ball 2010 flipbook!

Do you agree with our take on the looks from last night’s MET Gala?