That was the question of the evening for many who walked the red carpet at last night’s Met Gala in New York. With the theme being Punk: Chaos to Couture, an annual exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, left some unsure of what the term punk meant. With that said, we saw a lot of different interpretations on last nights red carpet.
I have a feeling Grace Coddington, Vogue’s Creative Director, might be a bit disappointed this morning as she was hoping to get a glimpse of some real punky a-listers. Unfortunately, a majority of the crowd played it safe showing off more of their couture side rather than their punk.
However, we did see bit of chaos with celebrities layering lots of spike & stud-themed jewelry. Sarah Jessica Parker even went as far as showing up in a mohawk inspired head piece designed exclusively by Philip Treacy.
Other stand outs included Miley Cyrus who I’m sure if asked she knew what the term CBGB meant, she would bet on Classic Blues Groupies Bar, showed her support by rocking a spiky blond dew paired with a black fishnet floor length gown over a nude one by Marc Jacobs.
Another blondie of the evening was Anne Hathaway. The Les Miserable star mentions she was inspired by the original blondie Debbie Harry, who also showed up to fashions biggest event of the year.
The queen of punk who does know a thing or two about one of New York’s most iconic punk-rock clubs, will get to relive some of those days in a movie that is set to release shortly. She will also be able to view an exact replica of the CBGB bathroom which was installed along with this year’s exhibition. Cigarette butts and all!
Another iconic female inspired by the punk era seen on last nights red carpet was dame Vivienne Westwood. The British Designer showed up with her husband to not only take a walk down memory lane, but spoke about the Bradley Manning trial which she had pinned a picture of him to her gown, along with the word truth in all caps. One of the most profound statements of the evening, she mentions that punk to her is about justice and making things better.
Other highlights included Kimanye taking loads of #selfies of each other posing on the red carpet. My tommy (Tom Ford) looking radient with supermodel Joan Smalls as his date. Hopefully he will get the courage to ask me one year-*sigh*. Saving the best for last with an appearance by Blue Ivy Carter’s mommy, only to find out Madge decided to show-up last minute downgrading her to coach.
Since Anna Wintour’s involvement with the gala (now her 16th year,) she is set to raise over 100 million dollars for the institute. The exhibition, which displays various interpretations (100 to be exact) of punk couture by designers like Vivienne Westwood, Thom Browne, John Galliano, and Versace (remember Elizabeth Hurley’s safety pin dress!?,) will be open to the public from May 9-August 14. A must-see if you live in New York or are planning to travel to over the summer. Go get punk’d!