Thursday, May 9, 2013

Met Gala: to punk or not to punk

Was JLo's look very punk? Whether she hit the night's theme or not, she rocked the 
Met Gala's Red Carpet in this animal-print Michael Kors gown. And love that pompadour! 
(Though it feels more 50s rock a la Elvis, no?)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Gala is the perfect opportunity for Hollywood's biggest stars to take risks and be fashion-forward. No need to hold back at this event. Anything goes! Especially with this year's theme, "PUNK: Chaos to Couture."

The ten best looks from Monday night's affair (including JLo's, above):

Sarah Jessica Parker paid attention to the night's theme and nailed it, as seen in this awesome
Giles Deacon gown and Philip Treacy mohawk headdress. You can't see it in this photo, but her
thigh-high boots are flannel/plaid, a nod to punk rock. Nice work, SJP!

Cameron Diaz's Stella McCartney cobalt number might hurt you. Look at that spiked belt! Beware.

Anne Hathaway (in Valentino) opted for a bleached blonde bob,
"ripped-up" sheer and this season's Red Carpet favorite: the sideboob.

Channeling her inner-punk is not very hard for Rooney Mara
(in Givenchy Haute Couture). Although this look is more 

couture than chaos. 

The always fashion-forward Kate Bosworth didn't disappoint
in this gorgeous beaded hot-pink Balmain dress.

Loving this black-and-white striped J. Mendel gown worn by model Chanel Iman. 
Would have been cool though, if she wore some punk-inspired make-up.

Only the Queen of Cool (aka Gwen Stefani) can pull off this Maison Martin Margiela 
dress. A faux hawk would have completed the look.

Christina Ricci rocks the taffeta and asymmetrical hemline
in this Vivienne Westwood punky plaid gown. 

Stacy Keibler looks kinda futuristic punk in this Rachel Roy studded mini.

And the night's ten worst looks...

If Anna Wintour (L) is the most powerful woman in fashion,
then certainly she could have snapped her Vogue fingers and
whipped up something better than this ugly, boring, floral Chanel
dress. As for Kim Kardashian (R), her Red Carpet choices are
pretty hit or miss. This Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci floral gown is
definitely a miss. There's the weird turtleneck thing going on.
Especially bewildering are the matching gloves and heels.   

Yes this is punk, but it's awful, I thought when I saw Madonna's Givenchy Haute Couture 
get-up. I hate to say this, Madge, because I love you and have been a devoted fan 
since childhood. But I'm afraid you're gonna have to start dressing your age. 
At lease put on some pants!

Zooey Deschanel is practically unrecognizable without those trademark bangs! The toothy, squinty smile is throwing me off, too. And unfortunately there's nothing punk about this Tommy Hilfiger gown.
(Has Tommy Hilfiger ever made anything remotely punk?) 

Beyonce's Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci gown with paisley print and matching knee-high
boots = tacky not punky.

Elle Fanning's (L) tie-dye Rodarte dress feels more 60s hippie than 70s punk.
I find Nicole Richie's (R) gray updo a bit eery. In fact, the frosted hair paired
with the matronly Topshop gown makes her look like a geriatric punk rocker.
Perhaps it's exactly the look she was going for? If so, it's genius. 

Fashion risk-taker Chloe Sevigny (L), who looks very unhappy in this photo 
(I would be, too if I was wearing this), is one person I thought would nail the 
punk theme. Not sure what she was thinking when she chose this Proenza 
Schouler dress with matching head wrap. Katy Perry (R) looks beautiful 
in this Dolce & Gabbana Virgin Mary-inspired dress and gold crown. 
But it's not very punk rock.

The usually over-the-top Nicki Minaj played it safe in this rather plain navy blue
Tommy Hilfiger gown. Totally underwhelming and a total #punkfail.