Thursday, May 9, 2013

Round 'Em Up-The Met Gala Goes Punk

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute's
incredibly fancy, incredibly expensive, incredibly exclusive gala
was held Monday night here in New York City, and everyone--simply everyone rich or famous or fashionable--attends. It's a MAJOR night, stylistically speaking, and clearly a who's who of power and beauty.
Show up and bring it. 
I know it's the Costume Institute Gala, but you're in public!
You know, if you're going to ever embrace a good Costume party, then this Met Gala soiree is the one to do it at--I get it,
but come on...
 It's a fundraising event in the name of couture, elegance, and over-the-top-fashion-forwardness.
Think bold but tactfully so.

This gala is the major fundraising event for exhibitions, acquisitions, and capital improvements for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The spring 2013 Gala will introduce and honor the latest exhibition,

 Punk: From Chaos to Couture
 On display--undisputed courage, creativity, and independent instincts.

Beliefs, ideals, dissatisfaction with the present and a desire for more more more directly affect the way we act and what we, music, and fashion. The museum's Punk exhibition, which runs through August 14, 2013, provides a thorough look at punk's influence on not only streetstyle but high fashion, beginning in the 1970s. Clearly, it's still a pivotal inspiration in the looks of today.
Personally speaking, I owe much of my style inspiration to this movement.

Now, cue guitar riffs, catchy vocals, and crowd chantings.
Hands up
for these who showed up to take the stage at the Met Gala:
**All images courtesy of Getty Media**

Minka Kelly in Carolina Herrera

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere
Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga
Amber Heard in Emilio Pucci.

Kerry Washington in Vera Wang
Aubrey Plaza in Marios Schwab


Kate Bosworth in Balmain
Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana
Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier

 And, although it posed very difficult for me to make a decisions, and I went back and forth,
I think, as of  right now at this very minute,
My top 3 overall LOOKS of the night
more drama than those episodes of Real World Las Vegas:

Anne Hathaway in signature Valentino
Amanda Seyfriend in Givenchy Vintage
Rooney Mara, co-chair of the Met Gala,
 in Givenchy.
Living for her entire look. Drama, drama, drama.
In that---
final solo-of-the-night---
Image via examiner

Avant-garde Mohawk headdress by Philip Treacy.

Two of my deliciously favorite accessories of the night:

Much-criticized, but I adore a couture headpiece.
This girl likes--LOVES-- hats,
and she certainly LOVES Miss Sarah Jessica Parker.

Image via Bellasugar

Spike-studded headband by Eddie Borgo.

While SJP's headgear isn't exactly an everyday look, Sienna Miller's encompassed the Punk spirit while serving as a much more wearable piece.
That spiked headband!
It's only studded on one-side, which makes a statement, but it isn't entirely overbearing. It draws more attention to the way the hair falls and the face, in fact.
She also donned a black leather and spike-studded jacket by Burberry. Killer.

And now,
I bring you...
The Yawns and Yucks:
Bam, Bam, Bam, Bam-Bam-Buh-Bam--
I want to be sedated.
The following range from just odd, distasteful, unflattering or plain boring. Meh!
Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus were mercifully left off of this list. My eyes couldn't bear those photos long enough anyway.
Girl, this is the Met Gala. Not Halloween.
Coco Rocha.
Nope. Missed it.

No, no, no. Did you see yourself? Hot mess.
Gwyneth Paltrow.
Karlie Kloss.
Missed it.
It just isn't right dress, right time.
 Not working.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
This dress looks like it was in pieces
and sewn together. Nope. Not feeling her.

Katie Holmes.
Yawn. Something is off about this whole look.
Nicki Minaj.
Although a much tamer and even
 a step up from most of her looks,
it's I think the problem is from the neck-up.
Kristen Stewart.
Time and time again...
No, thank you.

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