The 2013 annual Costume Benefit Ball was a raffish affair .
It was a gala with a difference. Forget pretty taffeta gowns and coiffed hair. Think Mohawks, metallic zips, killer stilettoes, studs and spikes. Hollywood’s beautiful people descended at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts for the 2013 Met Gala. The curious theme: ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ was in keeping with the Met’s ‘Chaos to Couture’ display that runs from May 9 till August 14 and documents punk’s presence on runways starting with yesteryear rockers like the Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones and Blondie to its contemporary devotees. The show spans seven galleries with 100 designs for men and women, music videos and audio.
Perfecting rocker chic Beyoncé style
Nicknamed the ‘Oscars of the East Coast’ the gala ball –with a live streamed red carpet and Beyoncé as an honorary chair—was the swankiest one yet, bringing in a bevy of style stars, from models and designers to Hollywood’s A-listers, admiring onlookers and of course the paparazzi. Many invitees took the invite literally—adapting punk rocker chic in their sartorial styles by way of metallic ensembles; razor blades, spikes, platinum dyed hair, fishnets and studded leather jackets. Beyoncé set the red carpet ablaze in a flame-motif gown with long gloves and a long train by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci. Her co-chairs for the event included Tisci who wore a white lace gown with exaggerated shoulders and a heavy-hardware zip front
Timeless rock chick Madonna
But the obvious ‘outstanding’ look of the evening was superstar singer Madonna’s getup. The ageless rock chick wore a metal-studded tartan Givenchy jacket over a black bra covered by fishnets, tightly belted at the waist with chains falling on her hips, a scandalous ‘Butt crucifix’ hanging at her back and neon pink pointy shoes on her pretty feet. Another iconic punk rock star —and Anne Hathaway’s inspiration—Debbie Harry, the Blondie singer showed up looking like a 1980’s version of herself in a studded jacket, spiked shoes, feathered headpiece, accordion skirt and see-through top.
Contemporary punk queen Gwen Stefani
Modern day punk queens Gwen Stefani and Gisele Bundchen rocked the theme; Stefani in an extra glam Margiela and Brazilian beauty Bundchen in an Anthony Vacarello as she flashed her best interpretation of the signs of the horns. Sex in the City star Sarah Jessica Parker wore an oversized feather Mohawk by Philip Treacy to match her graffiti-splashed and slashed gown by Giles Deacon that she paired with custom-made, thigh-high, tartan-plaid Christian Louboutin boots. Elle and Dakota Fanning wore edgy Rodarte dresses and the gorgeous Kerry Washington showed off her svelte figure in a purple leather Vera Wang dress. Cameron Diaz came with Kristen Stewart and Stella McCartney, who designed both of their outfits. Diaz’s cobalt-colored cape dress had a severe studded belt.
Makeup, accessories that went punk
But not all the pretty women chose to embrace punk wear. Some incorporated the theme in their accessories, others in the makeup they sported. CEO vbeauté Julie Macklowe took the ‘chaos’ part of the theme to heart by pulling together a triad of punk fashion with pink hair, punk accessories and a studded gown by Zang Toi.
Ivanka Trump dyed strands of her hair green for the occasion to match her green Juan Carlos Obando dress. Nicole Richie dyed wisps ghostly white to match her Topshop gown while Karlie Kloss went the other extreme and colored her strands black. Ginnifer Goodwin donned some ghastly ‘hooligan’ makeup to match her sequined Tory Burch outfit and January Jones went the whole hog with heavy hooded eye makeup and a faux hawk to match her sequined Chanel dress.
Punk with a difference
But not everyone followed the crowd. Ashley Olsen used the opportunity to wear a neon orange sari, a vintage Dior creation. Gwyneth Paltrow posed in a pink Valentino Couture gown. Her explanation for the curious choice: “Going totally classic on a punk night” is actually punk. Fellow Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence in a black Dior gown with a lace veil voiced the same sentiments.
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