The ladies who took the most risks on the red carpet at last night’s Met Costume Institute Gala were not twentysomethings, but they rocked their over-the-top looks harder than most youngsters could. As Hamish Bowles once told me, Cristobal Balenciaga preferred to dress mature women with established style sensibilities, and the parade of statement-making dresses before last night’s gala makes it clear why. Grown ups can hold their own beneath an Alexander McQueen — the gala was a tribute to his creations — gown festooned with feathers, sequins and other sundry embellishments. Daphne Guinness shows how it’s done in her feathered and copiously-trained Alexander McQueen. Iman is the epitome of glamazon in her gold-sequined Stella McCartney jumpsuit. And I love Anna Wintour’s Chanel — very 70s glam, don’t you think? Andre Leon Talley in the background only increases the overall glam (if also humor) factor. The only miss I see among my picks is Naomi Campbell’s Alexander McQueen — I’m not sure what’s happening but the garment looks perhaps too large? And the updo is a bit much. Let’s assume her badass attitude distracted from the dress and she rocked it regardless. I included two more favorites from the younger set: Dakota Fanning looks adorable in her Valentino, and I adore — in fact I think it’s my favorite of the night — Eva Mendes (who does not, I hate to say it, always kill it on the red carpet) in her cobalt blue pleated one-shouldered Stella McCartney.