Kylie Jenner in silver Balmain at the Met Gala: budget Kim Kardashian 2.0?


Kylie Jenner pulled out all of the stops for her first-ever turn on the Met Gala carpet. And the result was… she looked just like vintage Kim Kardashian. I do think it’s weird that Kylie apes Kim so hard, so often. Kylie’s Balmain gives off such strong Kim K-vibes, only I guess the point is that Kylie is younger and smaller? Whatever. Kim Kardashian 2.0.


Kendall Jenner made a point of NOT wearing Balmain like the rest of her family. Instead, Kendall chose this Versace. Which… I don’t know you guys, I sort of love it? On another woman, I might not have cared, but this looks amazing on her.



Cindy Crawford briefly posed with Kendall Jenner on the carpet, which would have been really cool if Kendall had been wearing Balmain too. Cindy decided to go to the Met Gala as part of Balmain Army, and I don’t hate this. I’ll say it: I think Olivier Rousteing did a great job putting together the Balmain looks for the Met Gala. Consistently, the Balmain looks were some of my favorites.


Joan Smalls slayed it in Balmain too, you guys. Unfortunately, barely anyone took photos of her.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN.

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  1. Tifygodess24 says:

    Kylie’s dress looks like a left over from what the Klan wore to Kanyes event. Joan’s dress is almost literally the same dress just with cutouts that Kim and the models wore in the other post. (why repeat that bodice on all these dresses?!) At least Balmain changed it for Cindy and she looks beautiful.
    I like that Kendall went outside the box with a good designer. She looked beautiful.

    • tegteg says:

      Yeah, it looks like what she wore to the Kanye event and to Gatsby themed bday party for whoever that was in her family. Kendull looks good. I would’ve liked Cindy’s better without the cutouts.

    • LadyMTL says:

      So many of the dresses looked the same to me, they all started to run together. It was like everyone just said “machines? Okay, let’s do silver!” and then they all called Rousteing. If I had to pick a favorite I would go with Cindy Crawfords, but yeah…be a bit more creative, people.

      • Petee says:

        Totally agree.I think they all could have done better.Joan Small’s looked great but everyone else was a hot mess.

  2. tifzlan says:

    No need to ask – 99.9% of the time, Kylie is a budget version of some other person.

    • Dani2 says:

      Co-sign all the way. Even her coachella look was a look a random girl on Instagram wore a few weeks before.

    • Diana B says:

      Yeah, she doesn’t own an ounce of originality.

    • Taxi says:

      To me, Kylie looks better than Kim. Better figure, prettier face.

  3. als says:

    I feel it is common for Balmain to use shimmery materials, metalics and a lot of bling, so the odds were already in their favor to pull off great outfits for this year’s Met Gala theme.

  4. laura says:

    Agreed kaiser, on anyone else kendall’s dress would be budget but she looks amazing.

    It’s probably not that weird that Kylie dresses so much like kim, when I was about her age trying to figure out my style it was very influenced by a way older sister and I probably dressed like she dressed for longer than I should admit.

    She obviously looks up to her.

    • Liberty says:

      Or she looks up to her business plan, via their mother’s brand strategy.

      Kendall on the other hand looks stunning in the Versace.

      Appropriate for the theme…Kendell sometimes seems to be the only Kardashian Machine Robot who seems to be going slightly rogue in a modern manner. Well played, Versace.

  5. paolanqar says:

    It’s hard to believe she is only 18 years old.
    She looks old and washed up.
    In my eyes Kylie is jealous of Kendall but tries to be Kim (ending up loking like Chyna) and Kim is Jealous of Kylie but thinks she has Kendall’s body.
    Khloe thinks she’s hot as hell and also the brightest sister but still wants to be Kim, Kendall and Kylie at once while Kourtney doesn’t give a crap.
    As a general rule, apart from Kourtney, all the sisters want to be somebody else.

  6. Kris says:

    Kendall’s dress is completely amazing on her. One of the best looks of the gala to me.

  7. Zadie says:

    Joan looked stunning, Kendall looked really great, I love the styling. The rest of the Kardshian are so boring, with the usual skin tight Balmain. I was watching the red carpet interviews and I sweat Kylie’s face doesn’t move, it’s so stiff. It’s so sad that an 18 yrs old girl is already looking so plastic.

  8. Aarika says:

    Kendall looks nice but as usual she’s missing that “twinkle” in her eyes.

    And Balmain just SLAYED at this event, they should be proud of themselves. Although some of the dresses were a little repetitive.

    Kylie looks like a 45 year old housewife. Why would a teenager do this to their face? Tragic.

  9. GingerNYC says:

    I wish Kendall would stand up straight; her terrible posture messes with the lines of the dress.

    • CoKatie says:

      Take a look at the Joan Smalls picture above. Elegantly gliding up the stairs. Now look over her shoulder at Kendall trying to catch her balance before the photos start. So awkward and unbalanced.

      What happened to the prestige of the Met Gala? Kylie Jenner? Really? Wasn’t it only a few years ago that Kim was refused an invitation? Talk about jumping the shark. Although, I think that happened last year with all the tacky sheer dresses. The event is meant to celebrate Fashion; not destroy and cheapen it.

      • GingerNYC says:

        You are so right about Kendall and Joan Smalls, it’s a perfect study in contrast!
        Unfortunately I think the prestige of the Met Ball has followed the same downward trajectory as Vogue, all thanks to the crass commercialization of Anna Wintour.

      • Jwoolman says:

        The Kardashian Klan plus Jenner Offshoot seem to think they never need training to do anything. They’ll mess up opportunities rather than do the normal thing and get some real education and skills. It’s not as though they don’t have the time. This is especially obvious in modeling activities. Their posture, walk, stance all seem wrong. Kendall is better than the others but still is quite awkward compared to people with real skills.

      • Kitten says:

        ITA and normally, I would give her a pass but she’s a MODEL FFS. If she can’t get her posture right, then what’s the point?

      • Pandy says:

        Right? I noticed Kendull in the background as well looking like she was ready to muck out the pig sty. Vs Joan, like a regal swan. The Klan is boring as usual.

  10. vauvert says:

    I guess I am going to be the lone dissenter on this one. I find that all the Balmain dresses looked terribly boring – silver fish scales, skin tight, been there, done that, blah. The only one I like is Cindy’s. And Kylie’s post party pics of her bleeding legs and the bruised feet make me thing that not only were these not particularly pretty to wear but also must have been hella uncomfortable.

    I am also in disagreement about the fish net with side cutouts that Kendall wore. But I guess given the amount of fish scale patterns on the RC this made some weird sense? But I don’t see pretty, I don’t see theme and I don’t see originality or glamour or anything. Just another way of working a version of the go-away-and-die-already-nude-under-layer trend.

    • GingerNYC says:

      I completely agree. Cindy’s dress was the only one that didn’t look like just another Kardashian re-tread. And Kendall was just dull. Again.

    • Jayna says:

      I found them boring also.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I liked Kendall’s dress but agree all the drooping silver fishnet nudey is bor-ring.

      • Lex says:

        Agreed. I think I would have liked Kendall’s dress more without the cutouts. It seemed everybody wore the same exact type of style dress. Kendall, Lily, Taylor, Karlie…

    • Rae says:

      I agree about not loving the Balmain.

    • claire says:

      They’re boring, repetitive and heavy looking. Balmain was trending all night on Twitter. Not for good reasons. Everyone was bashing it, begging for the Ks to stop promoting it. lol

    • Magnoliarose says:

      Yes I think it too. Nothing special.

  11. lilacflowers says:

    By all means, let’s dress an 18 year old girl up like a pushing-60 mother of the bride. And let’s not even bother to fit the dress to her properly. Nobody will notice that the sleeves are too long, right?

    • swak says:

      They all wear the sleeves too long. Kim does it all the time as are many others. Wonder if it’s because the dresses are borrowed and they won’t tailor them to the person.

  12. mellie says:

    Cindy looks amazing. Love Kylie’s hair, it looks simple and real and accentuates her face. Kendall looks great too. Don’t get me wrong, I still loathe the K’s, but they looked pretty decent last night (except Kanye…gross).

  13. Gomez says:

    In that second picture you can really see Kendall Jenner’s nose job. Subtle, but it’s there.

    It’s weird and quite sad that Kylie Jenner is trying so hard to erase her original self completely.

  14. OriginallyBlue says:

    Joan and Kendall looked really good.

  15. Mimz says:

    I think Kylie looked nice, especially hair and makeup. I don’t care for this or any other Balmain because I feel like I’ve been seeing this mess in the past 3 or 4 seasons, quite repetitive.

  16. Melissa says:

    It’s bad enough Kim and Kanye are there. Kylie? Why? Makes me dislike Goop less. She was right. This is a down market affair now.

  17. Winterberry says:

    Why why why does this talentless huckster get to go to the Met Ball and not me???? #annawintourfail

  18. AlmondJoy says:

    Kylie, Joan Smalls and I are the same exact complexion now. Amazing.

    • QQ says:

      I brayed Like a Donkey I really did

      Also Olivier Rousteing Face is a Dream

      • AlmondJoy says:

        😭😭😭 not a donkey! Now you have me making animal noises!

        Olivier’s face is a work of art. Lips and cheekbones and eyes just just perfection.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      I have long wondered why Kylie is trying to look like a different ethnicity? She has looked like AISHWARYA RAI for the longest time in my opinion. I have no idea what happened to her but she needs to become herself

  19. Karen says:

    Remember when Anna Wintour tried to blockade Kim Kardashian from going? She had to *gasp* buy a ticket to go if I recall. Now the whole family is going. Kylie and Kendall you better appreciate the doors knocked down for you by Kim (and Anna Wintours muse Kanye).

  20. Lucy2 says:

    You can tell that Joan is a proper model, look at how she carries herself compared to some of the others.
    I feel like we’ve seen Kylies dress a million times before.

  21. K says:

    since Kylie is a child I’m going to be nice and say her hair is cute. I liked her dress but she is to young for it.

  22. Murphy says:

    Yeah the dress on Kendall, the tan, the high bun, the lean body–it just worked.

  23. Anare says:

    The Balmain dresses were really well done. They really fit the theme of the gala. The gown Kylie wore was lovely. I liked it better than Kim’s dress. I think it’s funny that Kendall consistently steps away from the family to stand on her own. That gown was amazing on her.

  24. serena says:

    I don’t like those Balmain looks.. they all look the same to me. Most of them have sequins or sparkly-things, long sleeves and are form-fitting. It’s too overdone and fussy, with too many details.
    I liked Kendall’s dress though, it gives an optical illusion and it’s cool.

  25. Bridget says:

    Kendall going with Versace had to have been a thought out, intentional decision, because it’s not like these ladies were just sitting there the night of and thinking “what should I wear!”. Guests and guest lists are made way in advance. So for Kendall to go with Versace instead of one of Balmain’s guests was intentional, and strange considering that Kendall actually reps Balmain.

  26. KiddVicious says:

    I hate that Cindy gave Kendall a little bit of legitimacy by posing with her. LOL

    Cindy looks amazing.

    Kendall’s dress is perfect for her.

    Kylie needs a better stylist.

  27. Kitten says:

    Kendall looks good except for the posture. Kylie looks like she always does at RC events–like she’s wearing one of Kim’s old dresses. I do like her wig though.

  28. Sarah says:

    Cindy = botoxed to high heaven. She gives me Janice Dickinson vibes. I saw a few pictures of her from the side and her eyes are a la Courtney Cox now…

  29. Me says:

    Because of this family, I now can’t stand Balmain. Not like I’ll be wearing any!

  30. kri says:

    Kendall looks like the bottom of a nice swimming pool, but I like it. Let’s talk about Joan though. Just stunning.

  31. tacos and tv says:

    Kendall looks insane! I love the look from head to toe. That dress is sick! I love it.

  32. ReineDidon says:

    All the Balmain dresses look similar. Boring. Kendall looks good but I don’t see the theme in her dress.

  33. Mat says:

    Kylie is taller than Kim.

  34. Bridget says:

    If Kylie Jenner and Tyga are at an event, they’ll let anyone in. No wonder the Met Gala was low on big names this year.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      Yep. I saw him and knew we were in trouble.

      • Bridget says:

        Considering that the topic of “Insta Girls” has come up recently, it isn’t hard to draw a line between more of the Instagram-famous presence with the low rent feeling of this year’s Met Ball.

  35. I Choose Me says:

    Kendall pulls off her look but she looks like she could stand a few more lessons in posing. Needs more grace, needs to look effortless, like a true model.

  36. Magpie says:

    Did Kylie get cheek implants? Man….

    I love Kendull’s dress, very flattering on her body which actually looks toned.

  37. Magnoliarose says:

    Balmain is boring. Kendall looks ok. Looks like Cindy is trying to become more relevant again for her daughter. Posing with the Ks screams desperate.

  38. Camille says:

    Cindy looks stunning. She was always my favorite Super model.

    Kylie might be Kim 2.0, but her face is 100% prettier and I love that hair length on her. (I can’t believe I typed that… *shudder*).

  39. tw says:

    Joan Smalls in the same photo as Kendall – just reminding us what a real model looks like.

  40. rudy says:

    Kendall was gorgeous.
    Her makeup was perfect. Toned down.

    Is she really a Kardashian?

  41. what's inside says:

    Kylie is very beautiful, but someone please stop her from dressing like Kim. It will not work for her either. Kylie looked okay, but nothing special. Now Joan Smals is something special – she carried off that Balmain look like it ought to be done.

  42. Velvet Elvis says:

    Kylie looks good but I feel like we saw that same dress all night. Ho hum. Kendall looks gorgeous and I like the dress but I’m getting too much of a casual beach vibe from this look.