This is not the thing. It’s not because it’s pink, or because it’s big. Because as we all know, this is a costume gala and big and over the top are totally fine. But this is wrinkly and shiny and not done up like the more exuberant of courtesans, which is where you must go if you’re doing this, and the hair and makeup are sweet and pretty, which WE KNOW Washington can do. Wouldn’t you far rather see her go full Olsen with her hair for a while, or some nice dead-eyed makeup? Even if she borrowed Claire Danes’s lipstick that would probably pull your lips off? Kerry Washington looks beautiful and fresh faced (and YOUNG) but at the MET Gala that is so sincerely not the point.