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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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:

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

Best Dressed Male:

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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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Trending Tuesday: Clothes that Blend In

The red carpet at the Oscars doled out its fair share of trends, but none were so prevalent as the neutral/cream/beige/blush trend. Basically, every color that is said to wash you out or to match your skin too well, is now in. Personally, I love this trend. Blushes and creams are just so romantic and pretty, and absolutely perfect for spring. You can take this trend to many different levels; wear cream all over for a completely feminine look, throw on some leather (another trend) to toughen it up, or go for blush and gems for a glam look straight from Hollywood.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

There are tons of cute ways to style to this trend, so be creative and experiment with neutral tones. And remember, don’t be afraid to be fabulous!

 

A/N: Sorry this is late! My polyvore wasn’t working correctly yesterday, so I couldn’t get the pictures to put up.

 

Oscars: The Best of the Best

Unless you’re living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean, you know the Oscars were Sunday night. This night is full of the best of the best in more ways than one – the best actors, directors, movies, celebrities, AND fashions. While I wasn’t that shocked or blown away by anyone last night (everyone’s been pretty tame these past awards season – why doesn’t someone liven it up a little?), there were still some pretty fabulous looks.

1. Halle Berry in Versace.

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This look is just so ultra glam and modern chic. The sparkly silver stripes flatter Berry’s already great body, and the structural shoulders add a futuristic edge. I love how the dress is showing some skin up top, but yet manages to stay tasteful. The accessories were perfect for this gown; simple, matching earrings and a big ring. The simple beauty look of an almost-bare face and small french nails let Berry’s natural beauty stand out and keep her look from being too costume-y.

2. Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta.

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I’m so happy that Amy Adams brought some girly glamour to the Oscars. This OdlR ball gown is something every girl dreams of, and she styled it perfectly. I would have preferred a better color so she wasn’t as washed out on top, but lighter neutrals were a huge trend on the red carpet, so she can’t lose too many points for that. Props for picking a fairytale dress when everyone else is in slinky little numbers.

3. Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott.

nicolekidmanNicole Kidman held true to form and dazzled with an unexpected dress. Really, no one else could pull this off. But somehow Kidman does, and it’s great. I love the way the material looks, and how the gold sparkles seem to melt into black. The fit is perfect, and the bottom portion of the dress with gold curlicues makes this dress a risk worth taking.

4. Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen.

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Maybe I’m bit biased, but really, put someone into McQueen and they’ll be an instant hit. This dress of gorgeous luxe velvet hugs Hayek’s curves perfectly, and the gold high neck embellishment is fit for royalty. Great choice, if you ask me.

5. Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad.

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Everything is done right in this look. Glitzy gold in bold designs with a flowing bottom? Love. Dark, wavy, smooth hair? Gorgeous. Complementary earrings and ring? Fabulous. Cheers to you, CZJ!

6. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.

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Yes, this was a favorite look of many. It’s pretty and it’s gorgeous Dior couture, but I feel like  it wasn’t anything really new. The print was interesting and gave a great texture effect, and I like the overall look. But I just felt like she could have made a bigger splash. That being said, this was a fabulous look, and Lawrence is one of my favorites.

7. Charlize Theron in Dior Couture.

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Theron is a vision in white in this Dior gown. The clean shape and crisp structure, paired with her short hair, is so modern and so chic. The choice to leave the neck bare and only wear bracelets keeps the look simple and elegant.

8. Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen.

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Neutrals and blush colors were the big winners Sunday night. I love the romantic feel of a good, subtle color. The print on this dress keeps it interesting and makes it even more romantic. I love the high necks on the McQueen dresses – elegant and classy, but still sexy thanks to the bared shoulders. Keeping the accessories simple and her hair up were perfect styling choices. Beautiful.

9. Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan.

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She managed to steal the spotlight from George Clooney in this dress – that’s an impressive feat. This dress has it all – sex appeal, elegance, modernity, glitz, glam. It even has a kind of retro, 1920s vibe, in part due to the design of the sparkles and in part due to Keibler’s hairstyle. This was a huge favorite for me because it was totally glam and gave some much needed “umph” to the red carpet.

10. Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé

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Chastain looked flawless – by far the best look of the night. This dress was safe in a way, but also a risk – with someone as pale as Chastain, a creamy blush color is not usually recommended. But she rocked this dress, and all other aspects of this look were perfect. Then metallic nails, the single gold bracelet, the sparkly earrings, her wavy hair, and the fabulous red lipstick all come together with the dress to create a look that is modern yet retro, sexy yet elegant, va va voom yet classy and chic. Absolutely fabulous.

 

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

While browsing the many best dressed lists for inspiration and to torture myself, I often am left with a sour taste in my mouth at the sight of some “best dressed” that could have looked completely fabulous . . . with some tweaking. So here are a few that didn’t make my best dressed of the best dressed, why they didn’t make it, and how they so easily could have.

1) Denise Richards. I love a good comeback, and this dress is so great. She looks ready for summer – tan, lighter locks, white dress. And then, you look down some more. And she gets cut off – completely. Those shoes do no favors for her, and I just hate the way that they abruptly cut off her leg. I love everything strappy, but these just don’t look good. This look would have been perfect with a peep-toe pump in a bright, resort-esque color, or a great wedge (without an ankle strap). I so wanted to put her in my best dressed, but the ridiculous, strappy, unflattering purple shoes killed it for me.

Denise Richards at a photo shoot.

2) Giada de Laurentiis. Don’t get me wrong, she looks great, especially for someone who’s supposed to be around food all day, but the print’s just too . . . old. The colors are too toned-down to go with her bubbly personality and pretty face. The big problem is that the print goes from the top . . . all the way to the floor. I think it’s too heavy as is, especially with her small frame. Just cut this dress off at her knees, add some strappy sandals or big wedges, and you’d be set.

Giada de Laurentiis.

3) Elizabeth Banks. Okay, she looks super cute and fabulous in this. But there’s just something about this look that kept her out of my best dressed . . . It’s the color choices. And the odd collar necklace. The dress is perfect – don’t change that at all. But the necklace just doesn’t look completely right. Maybe a brighter color? Or a more jeweled, less collared look? Some big, bright baubles that could sparkle in the light and not create a school-girl effect. And the shoes (which are fabulous) are just not the right color. Sometimes two colors in the same family just don’t mix-and-match. This is one of those times. The shoe itself just doesn’t match the feel of the dress either. Maybe a big, chunky white wedge, or bright yellow sandals, or a light pink patent pump – but not these.

Elizabeth Banks in Alexander McQueen.

4) Lily Donaldson. She looks great and glamorous. But this is at a party, and she’s so young and pretty. Why not go for something bold and bright? Something playful? There’s been plenty of inspiration from the Resort 2012 collections – just look at the veggie prints at D&G! Or at least some sort of obnoxious accessory, or a bright pump, just to make it playful. This is a great dress, and the whole look is done well, but I just hate how serious it seems when this is summer. Embrace the season! Make it work for you! Play it up! Summer is the best time to experiment with obnoxious, fabulous fashion – don’t waste it!

Lily Donaldson in Nina Ricci.

5) Michelle Williams. I love a good edgy look. But this dress just doesn’t look . . . flattering. It’s a bit crumpled, and the length is awkward. Make it just above the knee, get rid of the slit, make it more tailored, and it’d be ultra-fabulous. Also, I hate the shoes with it. They’re just too casual to be with this dress. Make it sky-high black, studded stilettos, or a strappy black number, or maybe even a deep red, I don’t know. Just not white sandals.

Michelle Williams in Altuzarra.

All these lovelies certainly look good, and I wanted to include them in my best dressed, but something held me back. Just a little tweak here and there could have taken them from looking good to looking fabulous. I’m sure they’ll win me over in the future though!