Met Gala Does Punk

Monday, May 6, 2013

I always love tuning in to see the fashion choices at the Met Gala, but this year I was exceptionally thrilled when I learned the theme was Punk. If you know me well you wouldn't believe that I went through a punk phase (musically people, come on). I would say it was more of a punk/pop phase a la Something Corporate, Fall Out Boy, Green Day etc. My freshman year of college was a tad emo behind dorm doors (ehh hem Caroline hahaha...)

The looks tonight were all over the place but I think that is the sheer essence of Punk. Some people nailed it, some people interpreted it in their own unique ways and some people simply ignored it, yawn...I'm looking at you Kate Upton and Gwyneth Paltrow!

Let's start with my favorites of the night:

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior - A touch of goth, her outfit is all about the details. If you look closely you can see the spikes on the back of her shoes and the fishnet blusher over her face is a beautiful expression of a true rebel rebel. She couldn't have been less enthused about the theme in her interviews however. She's deff a favorite of mine but she still seems so nervous on the red carpet. It does become cute/funny/charming once she has a few drinks in her though....

Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela - I was excited to see Gwen since she could likely take any outfit from her closet and make it work for the punk theme. This is her bread and butter and she nailed it with a dash of glamour. Signature red lip and a punk inspired up-do I think she interpreted the theme brilliantly.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon dress, Philip Treacy mohawk head piece and Louboutin custom plaid thigh high boots (swoon). Obviously the queen of couture had to bring it and she did not disappoint. People love to tear her apart (men especially) but I think she is fashion relevant for a reason. Only SJP could have played Carrie Bradshaw and I think she will forever hold a little piece of CB inside of her. You cant see the boots in this picture but they are the quintessential punk red plaid, and I would have thrown a fit if we didn't see SOME interpretation of a mohawk. I think she looks beautiful.

Had to include two pictures of Katie Holmes who looked gorgeous in Calvin Klein. I think she is in my top two for the night mainly because she stayed true to her own style but created an ode to punk within it. The hair is perfect for the dress and theme, but the best part comes when she turns around and you see the dress is all torn and tattered at the train. She looked incredible.

Yes, Yes, Yes - So so good. Taylor in J Mendel (who she loves to wear) looks incredible. The hair, the make up, the webbed netting and cut outs on the dress, I'm obsessed. And do I spy a pink extension on the left side? Subtle, rebellious and perfect. 

Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino (1992). This makes me happy because I usually hate everything Anne does when it comes to fashion. Most noticeable was her hair turned a bleached out blond color and styled just right for the night. I am ALWAYS a long hair girl, short hair irritates me usually but I think she looks amazing and gorgeous. I wish I could see a close up shot of those nails...

Now The Fails:

Nicole Richie in Topshop - I just...I mean...I can't. I get what she was trying to do here but it looks like something that was done last minute before running out the door thinking it was a genius idea which quickly turned into genius idea gone wrong. She looks like the bride of Frankenstein...not at all punk, just corpse bride. And the dress looks 70's hippie bridal to me, again not punk. The only thing I can really appreciate is the ear cuff but that wasn't by any means unique to the night...This is horrible.

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs -  Umm looking more like Guy Fieri after a nice crack smoking session. I mean this is so wrong in so many ways. First, I get why she considers this as punk, but its TOO cliched! Not to mention, you want to go with the theme but not make it look scary Halloween... I mean you still want to look pretty, right? I'm sorry but she looks straight up like a vision from a clown nightmare. Terrifying...

Hilary Rhoda in Wes Gordon leather pants and a sheer high/low top. This outfit annoyed me SO much. While the intricate top is eye catching and gorgeous, she really needed to be in a dress especially as a host for the live streaming event!! This looks like an outfit for a night out at a trashy club with your girlfriends circa 2000 (think Danity Kane, Dream or 3LW). I am so into leather (currently on the search for a dream leather jacket and just purchased a short black leather mini in NYC this weekend) but she should have worn a leather dress with some serious metal hardware accessories or safety pins or SOMETHING... Should have gone more daring and less cheesy. 

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana - There is such thing as trying too hard. This is what it looks like. I don't believe this outfit at all. She mentioned that she was trying to channel Joan of Arc...wait, what? I don't get it. Methinks you just wanted to wear a crown and unfortunately you ended up looking like a character that would roam around Disney World. I don't dig it.

Who were your favorites of the night? I also loved Cameron Diaz in her spiked gold belt and front caped dress but I couldn't find a good picture... 

Bisous, Elle


  1. Hilary Rhoda is amazing and Wes Gordon is amazing! Why when you put the 2 together does it become such a mess!!! It makes me so sad for both of them :(