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The Costume Institute Gala sneaks up on me every year. It seems like much less than 12 months ago that I was scouring through fashion sites to see each and every gown. And yet, just last night, over-the-top ensembles graced the rouge colored steps once again.

As usual, hemlines were mixed and there was an abundance of pattern play (Kim K, Amanda Seyfried). Our favorite designers were featured by our favorite celebrities.

Is it just me, or were there as many wacky outfits as there were glamorous? Bizarre ruffles, shredded hems, satin plaid and a few styles that should have been forgotten in the ’90s (Oh, she’s just being Miley). Then again, the theme was “Punk: Chaos to Couture” …And I thoroughly believe punk is not dead!

A few trends to note include la petite robe noir and a glimpse of metallic. Joan Smalls, Michelle Williams and Florence Welch are just a few women who stuck with the dark shade. Metallic trimmed a number of dresses, including Taylor Swift’s by J. Mendel and Gisele Bundchen’s very-mini dress. Beyonce’s gown sent a nostalgic shiver down my spine, reminding me of her gorgeous black and gold Emilio Pucci design from 2011.

Cut-outs were another obvious trend. Black dresses worn by Emma Watson, Miranda Kerr, Carey Mulligan, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Hart featured the trend, along with multiple others. Jessica Biel opted for a two-piece, midriff baring ensemble by Giambattista Valli, and Gwenyth Paltrow had an illusion cut-out below her collar bone. Jessica Alba, always a favorite of mine, wore a metallic hued dress with cut outs below her neck.

Questionable decisions aside, I am plenty impressed with a variety of looks. Here’s a selection of the best dressed ladies at the 2013 Costume Institute Gala.

MET1 Blake Lively

Blake Lively chose glamour over punk, wearing a Gucci Premiere gown

MET2 Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan opted for a clean and classic Balenciaga — with a cut-out twist

MET4 Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld put Miu Miu aside for an age appropriate, beautiful dress by Donna Karan Atelier

MET3 Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls accompanied Tom Ford, who dressed her in a glamorous black lace gown.

MET5 Amanda Seyfried

Curtain or Couture? I love Amanda Seyfried’s pattern play with Givenchy Couture

MET15 Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks wore a Versace Atelier piece that resembles a gilded men’s blazer

MET6 Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara could have left the black plum lips off, but her Givenchy gown is both feminine and sexy

MET7 Beyonce

Back in black and gold, Beyonce wears Givenchy with a fabulous train

MET8 Cara Delevingne

Committed to punk, Cara Delevingne wore a plunging, studded Burberry dress

MET10 Emmy Rossum

Few smokey eyes from the punk-infused night succeeded like Emmy Rossum, who wore Donna Karan Atelier

MET9 Chanel Iman

It may look like a beach cover-up to you, but I find Chanel Iman’s J. Mendel stripes to be right on trend

MET11 Jennifer Lawrence

Dedicated to the designer, Jennifer Lawrence wore her trademark Dior in an A-line silhouette

MET12 MK Olsen

Mary Kate Olsen wore a vintage Chanel dress below an oriental-looking coat. Penny Lane, in a way?

MET13 Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst took the plunge in a deep cut Louis Vuitton gown, dipped in feathers

MET14 Sarah Jessica Parker

The mohawk headdress kept Sarah Jessica Parker on trend while wearing Giles Deacon