Met Gala 2014: Are We Sure the Theme Wasn't 'Crop Tops?'

05/05/2014 at 10:01 PM ET

Met Gala crop topsDimitrios Kambouris/Getty(2); Evan Agostini/Invisi

Charles James was a highly meticulous designer known for his enormous, elaborate and over-the-top glamorous gowns that were made to be worn to the fanciest balls on either side of the Atlantic. So we can’t say we expected the interpretations of his style at this year’s Met Gala to include wide swaths of skin. But plenty of stars — from those as demure as Anna Kendrick to those as wild as Cara Delevingne (both not pictured) — chose to expose their midriffs while paying homage to the designer.

From left, Anne Hathaway bared a tiny sliver of belly in her crimson Calvin Klein Collection two-piece gown with a structured bodice, paired with Vhernier gems and a matching red lip. Emma Stone continued with the Valentine’s hues in a pink-and-red Thakoon number that kept the abs minimally bare but exposed a little more skin via the side slit. A loose side braid completed the relaxed look.

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Gabrielle Union, meanwhile, went for all-out glam (and all-out abs) in a head-to-toe Prada look with maximum embellishment — the feathered, fringed and jewel-encrusted midi skirt balanced the swatch of skin bared above. And finally, surprising no one, Rihanna turned heads (and possibly snapped necks) in a Stella McCartney two-piece creation with an almost completely bare back (see it here), plus a 116-carat Jacob & Co. diamond choker.

While we frankly think each of these stars is rocking the look in her own way, we have to admit, we wish we could hear what the famously fussy designer had to say about these liberal interpretations of his work. Are you into the crop tops? Wish they’d gone more glam? Tell us below!

–Alex Apatoff

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whatever on

Carolina Kurkova …my favorite…beautiful gown

gloria on

Emma Stone looks very lovely.

Pearl on

Wow. Rihanna is a goddess, wish she had the class to go with that body.

Diane on

Reese Witherspoon was my favorite of the night ! Awesome pink gown !

Eli on

I do not like crop top gowns but Emma’s and Anne’s are still classy and pretty. The other two…neeeyooohhh.

SEM on

Emma and Anne look really nice, the other two….not so much.

yvette on

Rihanna looks fabulous, she rocked it !

gymluv on

I just realized that I am either completely out of touch with fashion or that rich people are forced to wear horrid dresses. MK & Ashley Olsen, SJP, Kristen Wigg, Katie Homes, Ivanka, Lena, etc. The dresses swallow these ladies up and why do they stand like they have to pee, legs crossed? It’s a crazy night when Rihanna has the most stunning elegant outfit, wish I could look that good in that dress! I think Charlize looks stunning as always.

Sasha on

Rihanna in Stella McCartney FTW !

foo on

I’ve never seen such absolutely horrid gowns. And why do these movie stars go to the Met pretending to like Opera? Bizarre from start to finish. Yuck!

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