Anne Hathaway’s dramatic hair change for the Met Gala: stunning or trashy?

I haven’t looked through ALL of the Met Gala photos, but from what I’ve seen, very few celebrities really had fun with the “Punk: From Chaos to Couture” theme. I’m not sure if Anne Hathaway qualifies? Anne came as a guest of Valentino – she’s ALL about Valentino these days, Valentino designed her wedding dress, she wears a lot of Valentino on red carpets, and she came close to wearing a Valentino gown for the Oscars. This particular Valentino gown is nothing special (ugh, feathers), but it acts as a blank canvas (sort of) for her dramatic hair change: Annie’s a blonde now! I don’t know if this was just something she did to be “punk” or whatever and she’ll change it in a week. It’s a pretty dramatic change for just the Met Gala, you know?

Who does Blonde Annie remind you of? I can’t put my finger on it. There’s some January Jones there. Maybe some young Brigitte Nielsen? While the blonde doesn’t suit Anne, it’s really not as bad as I thought it would be. It does make her look less princess-y and more edgy.

Guess who else radically changed up their hair for the Met Gala? Nicole Richie. Nicole went for (temporary?) white-blue-grey and a really dark fake-tan. She wore Topshop. Can I just say? I actually love this dress. This might be one of my favorite dresses that I’ve seen so far. As for her overall look – I like that she tried something different and visually interesting for the punk theme.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Appleve says:

    i think she pulls that look, its a refreshing look from all princessy she usually done. here she looks stunning

    • Cece says:

      I think the dress was the best of the night, but she didn’t need the platinum hair. I do like how soft it looked to contrast the dress.

    • Ko says:

      Her style (probaby the hair) immediately reminded me of Katherine Heigl, but with style. I actually like Hathaway’s look here, even though the dress isn’t very punk.

      • holly hobby says:

        It’s Julia Roberts circa Tinkerhell period. Yes, just before she left Kiefer Sutherland at the alter. She had that hair and it was awful.

    • F5 says:

      More like Meth Gala -_-

  2. marie says:

    I like Anne’s hair, if she wasn’t trying so hard with the posing I’d say she looks good.

    Nicole’s not so much, I think it’s the style. I do like her dress though.

    • Amelia says:

      +1 to everything.
      I actually don’t hate the hair. Maybe it might look crappy in an everyday out-and-about style, but it’s not too bad here. I’m definitely getting a bit of a January Jones vibe.
      The posing destroys it all, though.
      Yes, love. You’re famous, you’ve got an Oscar, and all that jazz, but you’re still not as special as you think you are.

    • LadyJane says:

      Anne looks amazing. Britney Murphy? She reminds me of Britney Murphy with blonde hair.

    • teehee says:

      We all knew this was coming: Nicole reminds me of one of those troll dolls from the early 90′s. The dark skin tone, the cotton candy hair texture and funky color……. :P

      • V4Real says:

        Nicole looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie.

        How do you spell hideous? A N N E H A T H A W A Y… that’s how.

      • Micki says:

        I thought Nicole looks like an X-Men mutant here.

      • Sabrine says:

        Anne looks fabulous, the dress, the hair – fantastic. Nicole isn’t so bad either. For a night out it’s fun.

      • Tomas says:

        Anne looks awful with that blond hair, it ages her and looks harch..

        And that dress should be worn by some older, like a JLo , someone in their 40′s who likes showing their tits to the world, to remind people they still got it going on.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I think Anne looks awesome. The poses are incredibly annoying though.

      I like Nicole Richie’s look but I always kind of dig of her style. Hopefully, the hair color is just temporary.

      • Mak says:

        My first thought when I looked at Anne was BLADE RUNNER.

      • littlestar says:

        Agreed, Anne looks really good here.

        I love Nicole Richie’s style as well, and I LOVE the dress she wore. However, her hair didn’t really do it for me :( . It’s more Bride of Frankenstein to me than punk. So I hope it’s only temporary too.

  3. Nev says:

    Nicole is bringing it!!!! WOW. Love it.

    • Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

      +1 I don’t know why I like Nicole’s so much but I do! She really went for the punk thing and she worked it :)

      Anne’s hair looks good, better than I would’ve imagined.

    • Belly says:

      I say! She looks amazing. I’m so jelly, that hair is something else. I used to love Kelly Osborne’s grey/lavender the best but this has topped it.
      And Anne’s blonde, well I’m not sure it’s her but her colourist got it bang on – the shade is perfect for her skin tone.

    • Lamb says:

      Really? I don’t understand Nicole’s look AT ALL. how is this punk couture? I actually LOLed when I first saw her.

      • Me Three says:

        I agree. I didn’t think Nicole brought it at all. It was way too try hard but then she’s always way too try hard. Guess I just don’t get her being there anyway? She’s what again?

        I’m not an Annie fan but I must say I think she was one of the best of the night and at least that dress had a few punk elements. No one else seemed to get close except for Madonna and Vivienne Westwood.

  4. Victoria1 says:

    Ummm why? Hideous. They look like brides of Frankenstein

    • Adrien says:

      I think they are going for the night’s theme which was “punk”. They have to show-up in something punk related not exactly head-to-toe punk, like dressing up like Billy Joe Armstrong (that would be costumey). The two ladies opted to change their hair colors as their rebellious fashion.

      • Tig says:

        I sort of agree- to me, the “theme” was the prob- punk and formal are supposed to be opposites. I give folks credit for trying- if it was supposed to be “Wear V Westwood or come naked”- they should have said that. Do like Anne’s hair- good luck with the roots!- and would have liked Nicole’s look better w/o the tan!

  5. Lizzie says:

    I LOVE Anne’s hair. It really suits her. That dress wasn’t great though. Valentino couture that makes her look a bit frumpy somehow. Not feeling it.

  6. Tessa says:

    Anne looks pretty good blonde. She really stood out last night. Really stunning and on theme.

    • Apples says:

      Agree. Anne was on Punk theme which could have been tough for Valentino’s style. I’m impressed that they went back into the archives to find something appropriate for the night, rather than just throwing something from their current season out there.

    • JenD says:

      Agreed, I think she nailed the theme. And Nicole looked great (for the theme). I wouldn’t want her to keep that look for everyday life.

    • c'est la vie says:

      She looks great, love the hair and her stylist came up with the archival dress that goes perfectly with it.

      All in all – a win for Anne.

  7. don't kill me i'm french says:

    Hathaway’s dress is trashy : i guess her hair is for Interstellar (the filming starts in june) she looks like Julia Roberts

    weirdly i like Nicole Ritchie:her hair looks refleshing on her dress

  8. Pia says:

    Anne Hathaway looks so good, I think this kinda edgy look suits her better than the (boring) romantic one.
    I like the blonde hair on her so far, but I’m not sure it will last.

    As for Nicole, hate the hair, love both make up and dress.

  9. Evadstructn says:

    I think AnnE has kind of redeemed herself here after nipplegate

  10. paola says:

    Not a big fan of Anne…but she rocks that blonde hair!! she looks so cool and edgy, her bone structure pops out and she looks less stepford wifey.

  11. Giselle says:

    …wow. Here’s the first positive thing I think I’ve ever had to say about AnnE: I don’t hate her hair. She looks somehow alien-like, which suits her off putting face.

    It is, of course, an obvious attempt at misdirection so we don’t continue discussing her nightmarish behavior leading up to/at the Oscars. However, I’ll bite. Well played for now, AnnE.

    LOVE Nicole’s dress — however, I think the white hair was unnecessary, as it just makes her look like an octogenarian at her height and weight. Why not fit the punk theme via the dress and not the look of a powdered wig? Ugh.

  12. Itsjustblanche. says:

    Anne looks like most dark eyed brunettes who go blonde–terrible.

    Loved Nicole’s look though.

    • teehee says:

      yeah— I think all brunettes want to try blonde at least once— but it just rarely works on a select few…. Anne… is not really one of them. I wish I could rock a platinum look, don’t we all— but hey if I have to stick with sable cove, thats what I stick to :P

  13. Harriet says:

    She said on the red carpet she was channelling Debbie Harry. I think it looks cool. But uhm, Nicole’s is awful…

  14. allons-y alonso says:

    Anne Hathaway’s blonde hair and dark eyebrows reminds me of Gwen Stefani

  15. Apples says:

    Nicole’s hair looks ridiculous. It also clashes and distracts attention from the (non-Punk!!) dress. I was expecting A LOT better from her. That dress is too “pretty” for the theme. These pictures are going to haunt her.

    • Serena says:

      I was just thinking @ that very notion with Nicole…these photos are going to make her cringe in a year or two; possibly sooner. Nicole could have really punked it up; she has the edgy look for it, naturally. I don’t know what she was thinking with the gray hair & that dress; there are no words to describe it..just blah!

  16. Jane says:

    A disaster. Anne is trying way too hard and the posing is comical. Anne, you are just an actress, not royalty. Just when I couldn’t loathe her any more, she goes and pulls somthing off like this.

    • ??? says:

      The posing is indeed gag-inducing. She looks hella smug.
      But somehow–and it pains me to say it–the hair is working, imo. Perhaps it’s the whole ensemble.
      If she stays a blonde for a while longer, I’ll have to reassess once I see other pics of her in different get-ups!

  17. Micha says:

    I cant believe im saying this, but i think Anne looks pretty damn good! she always looks so boring and plain to me, now i feel like there’s finally something to her and i might actually take a second look at her. hope she keeps it like that for a while. and continues not to be everywhere, then we might just be fine.

  18. ncboudicca says:

    I think AnnE looks good, and it pains me to say it. I don’t love the dress but I think it fits the theme. On the other hand, I love Nichole’s dress but think her hair with the dress is very Bride of Frankenstein.

  19. T.Fanty says:

    I think they both look really great. I like that they actually paid attention to the theme.

    • Anna says:

      My Annie comment will be below, but as a general observation: YES, THEME!!! You know what bothers me the most about these events? When the actual hosts who curate the theme (oh yes, I’m looking at you, Wintour, and your daughter bc DUH) completely, COMPLETELY ignore it. I just think it is SO insulting.

      PS – Helen Mirren should have been there and would have OWNED it.

      • littlestar says:

        Very insulting!!! I couldn’t believe Anna Wintour’s dress when I saw it. It’s something she wears in her every day life! She out of anyone there should have been going full out with the theme, she’s the host for the love of gahd! It just proves what I’ve been saying for years – Anna Wintour has no style. Maybe she did back in the day, but she is completely out of touch now. Vogue has gone so downhill in the past decade, I rarely buy it anymore.

  20. x says:

    Nicole looks like she could participate in the Hunger Games, frame wise and dress wise!

  21. Anna says:

    I love, love, love Anne’s whole look.

  22. judyjudy says:

    Annie’s hair – yes.

    Nicole’s hair – NO. Halloween rat.

  23. Ashley says:

    anne wins best dressed hands diwn! Also love nicoles look.

  24. Maritza says:

    I like Anne’s hair but not her dress. Nicole’s hair is awful and her dress is too matronly for such a young woman as her.

  25. Amber says:

    Anne’s dress is too vampy and cheesy to be punk. The hair, I’m too shocked to judge it, you know? I don’t hate it, so that may mean I’d get used to it if she kept it.

    Btw, no need to go through the photos. Anne, Nicole, SJP and Madonna were the only ones who really went for it.

  26. Kate says:

    Nothing says “punk” like “Met Gala.”

  27. elceibeno08 says:

    That’s Nicole Richie. What happened to her youth? She looks 60 years old.

  28. Faye says:

    I think it looks appropriate for the Met Gala theme. Not visually appealing to me, but it worked for the night.

    Actually, I think my problem with the Met Ball was the punk theme. I can’t stand punk style, and so all the women who were dressed appropriately for the night just looked ugly to me. Guess I am a “square” at heart. January Jones and Solange Knowles were the only women whose look I really liked.

  29. Lucy2 says:

    I like Anne’s hair, and Nicole’s dress, but hate Nicole’s hair. It’s like she asked for the octegenarian special.

  30. Suze says:

    I am not a fan of Anne Hathaway’s normal “look” but I like this very much. She has much more presence.

    Nicole – the jury is still out on that one.

    • Eleonor says:

      Me too, she usually goes for frilly girly girl dresses,but this one is great for her.

  31. mkyarwood says:

    Good idea, Anne, distract the haters with some blonde hair. It looks okay… too brassy I think. I LOVE Nicole’s skin with white hair. The dress is a disaster. They were all disasters except for SJP’s IM A PUNK PONY dress.

  32. DanaG says:

    I love Anne as a blonde it looks great and at least she made an effort to look edgy. Most didnt bother. I like Nicole’s hair not keen about the dress though. So many just did the pretty thing or the punk as a costume aka Madonna.

  33. Merman says:

    Hathaway>Nicole.It was memorable,not too much and on theme-one of the few I liked.I hate Nicole’s hair,dress and make up.So much try is boring.

  34. neelyo says:

    Like Anne’s dress but the hair reminds me of when Julia Roberts went blonde for a few minutes.

  35. Motormouth says:

    Anne looks like Britta from Community.

  36. Kayla says:

    For me Anne was def one of the best dressed there . i like the blond and she was dressed to the theme. Yeah i dont like nicole’s dress or hair.

  37. Amy says:

    Anne’s pr evidently forgot to pay people off–she’s making the Worst Dressed lists today. She looks like Billy Idol FFS. The hair is a no. If that’s truly for Interstellar, then that movie has officially become a hot mess. It’s like she’s channeling Nolan himself.

  38. Anna says:

    I love that Annie is going all ‘screw you, haters!’ and totally working this look. I am also surprised by how absolutely gorgeous she works as a blonde – and that the hair change was kept secret pre-gala is a maximum-impact bonus. Good on her. I have never stopped being Team Annie but it makes me happy to see so many approving/supportive comments on here.

    PS – meh on Nicole’s overall look, but I will not seize being impressed by the quality of TopShop’s custom pieces.

  39. insomniac says:

    I think Anne looks awesome, although I’ll be happy for her when she’s done with the growing-out-the-short-haircut stage.

  40. Birdie says:

    Anne looks amazing, I am shocked to admit it. Blonde looks great on her and the whole look works!

  41. M says:

    Love Anne’s look!

  42. Dawn says:

    Ann looks good so that makes two so far, Ann and SJP. Why are all these flowers coming through? I know the punk scene and believe me flowers and long 50′s gloves had no part in it. Sad. The Met Gala turned into a flowery spring fling! Awful.

  43. MK says:

    Nicole Richie looks like a little troll doll with that hair.

    Anne’s hair suits her, the contrast really brings out her eyes. Her dress is pretty meh though.

  44. Lulu.T.O. says:

    I really like this look on Anne! I agree that it showcases her eyes.

    I like Nicole’s dress, but not the overall look. The blue/white hair doesn’t look punk, it just makes her look like a senior citizen who got a bad hair rinse.

  45. Janet says:

    Ugh. No. Just, no.

  46. Jayna says:

    I’m stunned. Anne looks fantastic. I never would have thought blonde at all. And I love it long on top and her makeup is perfection. Love her gown for the theme. Great job compared to Gwynneth.

  47. Tessa says:

    I have to comment again on this thread because I can’t get over how great Anne looks as an edgy blonde! It’s like I’m seeing her all over again for the first time! Her amazing body, her bone structure, her beautiful eyes! She looks so good! Sexy even, and I never find her sexy.

  48. The Original G says:

    Anne looks great. There. I said it.

  49. Joanna says:

    I like Anne as a blond. She looks really good. I wouldn’t have thought she could pull off blond but she does

  50. LBNYC says:

    Anne Hathaway, you were no Audrey Hepburn as a brunette, and you’re no Charlize Theron as a blonde. Nice try, but we still hate you.

  51. Ana says:

    Anne has a Winona Ryder look going on, even more so with the blonde hair ironically …

  52. Liberty says:

    Mr. Anne Hathaway: “You know what would look totally Macaulay Culkin on you….”

  53. Viv says:

    I can’t stand Anne and she looks fabulous here. She rocks that hair. Unbe-friggin-lievable. Pay that stylist a million dollars now.

  54. Jolinda says:

    I think Nicole looks fabulous. I think it really brings out her exotic looks.

  55. Jolinda says:

    I think Anne looks okay.

  56. truthful says:

    I agree, that color change on Anne give her more of an edge–not as bad as I would have assumed it would look.

    Love Nicole’s dress but hate the hair.

  57. Ari says:

    I think they both look fabulous!

  58. ladybert62 says:

    Dang, except for the darker skin color, Nicole Richie looks like my mother!!!

  59. Jaxx says:

    Pains me to say it, but Anne knocked me over with her hair. I love it. Love it. First time she’s actually looked interesting. She’s someone who I said should never wear short hair. Her long mane was 3/4th of her beauty. But as a blonde, the short cut works for her now. I’m shocked, really shocked.

    Don’t think she should grow the blonde out long though. This look makes her look edgy and interesting. Maybe she’ll keep surprising us, instead of making us sick.

    Good for you AnnE. Took some big bravery, and BRAVO!

    • Lili says:

      Agree 100%

    • ParisPucker says:

      totally. she looks like someone who you could have an interesting conversation with. Can’t say that i felt that way before…

      she is rocking it. hope her ‘tude could match her look

      …let’s see..

  60. Kristine says:

    I actually like both of these looks. I’m not in love with them but I think they fit the theme and pushed their own comfort zones.

  61. tealily says:

    I actually really like Anne’s hair. And she is totally giving me an Amber Heard vibe here.

  62. Laura says:

    Nicole looks like an extra from the hunger games capital set. Interesting, but not punk.

  63. Thiajoka says:

    These were two of my favorite looks of the night, in addition to Ginnifer Goodwin. I think Nicole looks great and fit the theme perfectly. Anne just looks great and I wish she’d worn this and dyed the hair for the Oscars.

  64. Emily says:

    Wimpy with the blonde. I’d have given her points if she’d have dyed it another color. Purple maybe? And her dress is blah. A few zebra stripes do not punk make. Nicole Richie’s dress is cute, but it’s utterly inappropriate.

    What’s with all these women who got a little interesting with hair and makeup, and wore a boring dress you’d see on any red carpet? I’d be a lot less likely to bleach my hair than to wear something actually punk. I’d think it’s because punk doesn’t work as “couture” on any level, but they did the same thing with the superhero theme last year, which could have worked with couture much better.

  65. StaCat1 says:

    Nicole looks like Ursula from the Little mermaid?

    And I hate Anne’s dress. Her hair I actually really like. I didn’t think she would pull off blonde..but it looks cool to me.

  66. NEENAZEE says:

    Anne’s hair looks great… and it gives us all a break from the BIG RED LIPS she always puts on when she’s brunette. So sick of those.

    How long is she going to have to suck up to Valentino to make up for the Oscar snafu? Btw he’s beginning to look like a walnut… hard, brown and wrinkled.

    I love that Nicole did something daring and edgy. At least she’s got some fashion balls! This is my favorite post so far!

  67. Abby says:

    I thought Anne had one of the best looks of the night. And I’m not really a fan of hers, but she did good.

  68. Brittney says:

    Wow, I never would’ve imagined that Anne would look so good as a blonde. This is the most attractive she’s ever been (in my opinion).

  69. Christo says:

    Despite the many misgivings I may have concerning Anne’s faux humility, I can set all that aside to enthusiastically say that this new hair color and cut are FANTASTIC for her. This goes to show you that a good cut and color job can take someone from a mousey drabness that annoys the masses to edgy confidence in one felt swoop.

  70. JudyK says:

    Anne’s hair looks gorgeous…she’s pretty as a blonde.

  71. Reece says:

    I like it! I like the change on both of them.

  72. Incognita says:

    Nicole’s hair coupled with that dress screams, granny couture! I am so over Nicole in long, drapy confections with sleeves. The looks do nothing to flatter her shape and she always appears to be drowning in fabric. As far as AnnE is concerned, I love the blonde hair. The haircut makes her pretty peepers pop (let’s repeat that 3 times)!

  73. KellyinSeattle says:

    I think they both look great…love both dresses….and the hair is okay; it’s the color of a George Washington wig, though. Valentino is mucho orange/taan.

  74. Mabs says:

    I’m seeing some young Annie Lennox in Anne. And I’m seeing some old Morgan Freeman Ursula in Nicole.

  75. homey says:

    Anne Hathaway looks amazing. I think it might have looked better if she stayed with black hair, but this is more noticeable and dramatic of course.

    Cinnamon toned people just can’t pull of the punk thing, as i said in an earlier post. Nicole Ritchie is with the while grey hair, right? Just not a tonal fit. Of course she looks too healthy to pull of the dead-ish unhealthy glamour of punk. I have her same coloring, and have always had to go with the moody hippy look because our skin type just glows with health no matter the make up or hair. We can be punk in some our our attitudes, but never with our look.

  76. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Anne is giving me Julia Roberts (when she was blonde and short haired way back when) vibes.

  77. gg says:

    Anne looks excellent, Nicole looks horrible and in no way punk. Very few of the others look punk in any definition of the word. Hate to say Madonna’s the ONLY one who did.

    • gg says:

      I need to add this: WHERE THE HELL WAS WESTWOOD???!!!

      Can’t have a punk ball with no Vivienne. These people have lost the plot.

  78. Kosmos says:

    Hathaway’s hair style looks simply super flattering. She can actually pull off the blonde, but I’m notnsurenifnI love the color as much as just the full hair and styling, wow….as for Nicole Richie, gulp… she trying out for an older female dramatic role, maybe? Simply horrible, and add the dress to that, too, sorry.

  79. LaurieH says:

    That shade of blonde does her skin tone no favors. She looks like a corpse.

    • xxx says:

      I disagree. I think her skin looks fantastic here. Her eyes are popping, she’s glowing! The hair colour wouldn’t look good if her hair was any longer but I love this on her!

  80. Norman says:

    I’ve been critical of Anne’s hair in the past, I think Anne Hathaway looks great.

  81. Randy Jester says:

    She’s just being Miley…. ;)

  82. xxx says:

    Anne’s here is fantastic! It actually makes her beautiful soft brown eyes stand out more. I would hate this colour on her if her hair was longer, but realy short hair always looks great in stark colours like super platinum. The dress is just okay not fantastic, but it does fit the punk theme. The nails are awful but the make up is great. Her cans look amazing! I actually cheered when I saw her hair. She’s shaking things up. She kept trying to style that hair in her natural colour and it just looked mumsy and boring, and occasionally weird. I think she looks fabulous!

    I like Nicole’s dress. The hair is awful but yeah, at least she’s doing something punk! I think she could’ve done something cooler, like a soft pink wash or something? Without the mega tan.

  83. Jade says:


  84. Lexi says:

    I don’t like anyone’s hair or dress or makeup at this party

  85. Cookie says:

    Anne reminds me a lot of Julia Roberts when she had blonde hair years ago at the Oscars. It looks good on her

  86. Sara says:

    Her hair will nevee be the same, bad idea. They grey hair on purpose trend is ridiculous.

  87. Carolyn says:

    None of these people understand what Punk is :)

    LOVE Anne’s hair. Really dislike Nicole’s look. Just awful. Must be missing Joel.

  88. Em says:

    Her colorist did such a bang up job on that color, I can’t believe how well it suits her!

  89. Johnny K. says:

    I love that blonde on Anne but the dress is so sheer it’s tacky.I mean jeez,she wants us all to see her breasts whether we want to or not.I am sure now that the Oscars nipslip wasn’t a mistake.