A Prom for Punk

The Costume Institute Gala, put on by the Met each year, is one of the greatest fashion splendors to behold. If I was given the trade-off of fifteen years of my life for the ability to attend this great event even once, well, I’d have a LOT of thinking to do. While this year wasn’t as dazzling as some I’ve seen, it still looked like a heck of a lot of fun.

The theme was punk to celebrate the new exhibit “From Chaos to Couture,” which is a great theme in my opinion, although hard for a lot of celebrities to pull off. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of McQueen or Jean Paul Gaultier, but there were a few looks that really hit the mark, in my opinion. Here are a few of my favorites:

hbz-met-ball-2013-Rooney-Mara-Riccardo-Tisci-lgnRooney Mara in Givenchy with the designer, Riccardo Tisci

Rooney Mara – one of the very few that could actually make white look punk, especially at this event. Filled to the brim with celebrities, models, and icons, the Met Ball’s theme of punk sometimes took a backseat to the need for glamour. Glamour is good and all, and J. Law looked fabulous, but punk is more about the nitty-gritty. Here, Mara strikes the perfect balance. The white lace and frills of the dress were tethered down with the structure and zipper details. White sandals with gold accents modernized the look, but in a rock ‘n roll kind of way that still made sense. The darkness punk really comes in with Mara’s beauty look – the dark lipstick. A daring move, especially since it would be so striking against her pale skin, but it worked oh-so well. Snaps for Mara for bringing punk and glam together in perfect harmony.


Cara Delevingne in Burberry and Genevieve Jones jewelry.

Meet this year’s toughest model – Cara Delevingne. This dress was the best at getting the modern, celebrity punk look. The look could cross over as a hip-hop look too, and was a little more mainstream than punk usually was, but it was great. Spikes all over, heavy black makeup, pointy jewelry, and a studded white bag all worked to make a ‘stay away from’ kind of look, and I’d say Delevingne got the stare down pretty well, too.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci.

All you need to get the perfect punk look is some metallic gold, some black netting, and a few shiny feathers. Add a risqué see-through spot, some big earrings, and dark pink lipstick and it’ll be even better!


Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior.

Okay, so pastel may not be what you first think of when you think ‘punk.’ BUT mixing colors you wouldn’t think to mix and adding pops of yellow, and doing it all in an asymmetrical fashion is very, very punk. I love how Cotillard went with the cheerful, more energetic side of punk and used light colors – and then accented them with checkered, dark heels. And the little white bag? Precious!


Michelle Williams in Saint Laurent.

Edgy hair + glittering headband + loose, black, high-low dress + t-strap platform heels + box clutch = punk queen. Her whole luck just screams effortless cool, which is what punk is all about, right?


Mary Kate Olsen

I know, I know, don’t shoot me okay? But how can you say this coat doesn’t look like something Robert Mapplethorpe (I’m currently reading Just Kids and obsessing), or countless other punk icons, would pick up? The strappy sandals, the long necklace, the kinky, long hair – I’m loving everything about this look. I’d say this is the most fearless outfit of the evening.


Ashley Greene in Marchesa.

The Prom Queen of this Punk Gala has arrived. Greene looked like a flawless, dark vixen in this (very) grown-up version of a big gothic prom dress. What could you even say is wrong with it? Marchesa makes royalty out of anyone who wears their dresses, and this is no different.


Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino.

Whoever thought Hathaway could do punk? Many are saying this is redeeming her for the Oscars dress – I agree. The hair’s great, the dress is great – the sparkles look like runs through pantyhose almost, which is perfect for a punk-themed party. The feather trim on the sleeves and the yellow nail polish add just enough unexpected party to the look, and her makeup isn’t too overdone. Props, girl.


Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs.

Cyrus went all the way, and I love it. I know a lot of people hate on her short hair, but I give her credit for breaking from the Disney mold. If you’re going to do something like that, you’ve got to go all-or-nothin’, or it looks like it’s forced. Cyrus is really just letting her personality and personal style fly free now, and I dig it. The imperfect netting of the dress, the crazy, crazy hair and the bright red lips – how can you not feel joy when you see someone step out of their comfort zone and still look THIS good?


SJP in Giles, with a Phillip Treacy hat.

I don’t know if SJP will ever not be on any of my favorites lists for red carpets – she just has too much fun with fashion, and that’s what it’s all about! The abstract print on this dress and the billowing, unusual structure may not be traditional punk, but it’s just different enough to work. Plus, her hat – please, I’m dying (in a great way).

Now, time for a couple of awards:

Best Punk Facial Expression:


Kristen Stewart. She’s got that look DOWN (with her face – not so much the outfit).

Best Dressed Male:


Derek Blasberg. I love this man’s sense of humor and I love that he incorporates it into fashion.

Hope you enjoyed the highlights! Happy Tuesday!

(All images: harpersbazaar.com, except for Blasberg – from his instagram.)


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