Red carpet glamour was given a punk edge last night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Gala, which celebrated the opening of the Met’s spring exhibition, “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” The Met Gala is typically fashion’s biggest night, and models, designers and Hollywood stars went all out for this year’s theme. The red carpet saw everything from studded chokers and fishnets to black lipstick and Sid Vicious-inspired hair. Check out our recap of the red carpet hits and misses from the most glamorous night of the year.
Rooney Mara stole the show in a custom white lace Givenchy gown with oxblood lips. Although Mara didn’t take the theme as literally as some of the other attendees, the ethereal gown was embellished with exposed zipper detailing down the front and punk-inspired make-up, offering an immaculate marriage of hard and soft elements.
Hathaway debuted her newly bleached hair in an incredible vintage Valentino gown. If there’s anything that can draw some of the attention away from her Debbie Harry-inspired hairstyle, it’s the fearlessly sheer panels and fabulously furry cuffs of the black gown, chosen from the designer’s 1992 archives. Although we’re not sure if we can welcome it as a permanent change, the platinum look is perfect for the theme.
In a show-stopping Giles Deacon gown and Philip Treacy feathered headpiece, Sarah Jessica Parker embraced the theme while giving it an elegant twist. Beneath the voluminous gown, SJP wore velvet over-the-knee plaid Christian Louboutin boots. This mix of statement pieces sounds like it was destined to fail, but SJP managed to blow everyone away with a ferocious and unforgettable look, perfectly embodying the night’s theme.
“I feel like I’m wearing armour,” said Bosworth of her heavily beaded gown, “I’m a warrior.” The opulent fuschia minidress, originally designed by Balmain as a top, was paired with a studded belt and dramatic eyeliner to complete the glamorous punk look.
The honorary chairwoman of the evening made a grand entrance in an elaborate Givenchy gown. Beyonce can usually pull off just about any thing, but this look was so reminiscent of the days of Destiny’s Child that it left us wondering if Kelly and Michelle were soon to follow in even worse coordinated ensembles. Perhaps without the elbow-length gloves and the punk-inspired belt, this look could have thrived, but as it is, the flaming orange gown-slash-rug with matching thigh-high boots was far too extreme.
The lovely Elizabeth Banks unfortunately let us down in last night’s gold Atelier Versace gown. The pinstripe tuxedo-style gown, paired with leopard print fringed shoes and elaborate earrings, fell flat on the red carpet, reminding us more of Liberace than Joey Ramone.
Who needs pants? Evidently not Madonna, who arrived dead last in a jaw-dropping Givenchy Haute Couture ensemble. The devastating look, consisting of a shredded fishnet mini, studded tartan jacket and metal choker, was topped off with a severe black bob and hot pink shoes. We had expected her to pull the theme off effortlessly, but her punk look felt a little overkill.
Rumors circulated last year that the reality star had been banned from the event by Anna Wintour herself, but last night Kardashian made her first appearance at the “fashion Oscars.” Kardashian donned a long-sleeve, turtleneck floral gown with a thigh-high slit, created by Givenchy, the designer of the night. “Riccardo’s [Tisci, creative director for Givenchy] vision of punk for me is not the typical mohawk you’d envision,” explained Kardashian. However, the wallpaper pattern and built-in gloves were certainly not what we had expected, and, combined with Kardashian’s awkward leaning pose, made for a very unflattering and bewildering look.
The 24-year-old model affronted the red carpet in a gold-embellished Emanuel Ungaro column of leopard print. Bizarrely paired with awkward mid-calf leather boots, the garish gown had very little to do with punk and came across as tacky.
The British designer took the theme very seriously, but unfortunately ended up looking as if she had grabbed every odd scrap of tattered fabric and ribbon from her workroom and threw them all together. The loud ensemble was ultimately more confusing and chaotic than couture.