Punk: Chaos To Couture is the title of this year's Costume Insitute exhibit and what can one expect from a red carpet with a punk theme? Slashes? Spikes?
Mohawks? Yes, yes, yes if we were to go by Sarah Jessica Parkers Giles Deacon digital print dress, which the designer ripped on the front skirt. The actress and fashion plate then accessorized her look with a mohawk headdress by Philip Treacy, plaid boots by Christian Louboutin and layers of jewelry.
I wanted to embrace the theme, said Parker.Madonna rocked punk out of the park with a studded plaid Givenchy jacket and barely nothing underneath. She also wore chains, grommets, and what looked like a ripped fishnet bodysuit.
That was pretty much as punk as it went at this years Met Ball save for the appearance of punks poster child Debbie Harry in a studded Tommy Hilfiger jacket worn with lashings of chain jewelry and the punk as political statement made by Vivienne Westwood who had a photo Bradley Manning pinned to her dress.Throughout the red carpet livestream there were minor homage to punk. Anna Wintour wore a floral pink Chanel dress.
The curator of the exhibit told me the color of punk is pink so I am in pink by Chanel. Anne Hathaway sporting a vintage Valentino said she was channeling Debbie Harry with her new blonde hair. The model Karen Elson in a Julien McDonald gold fringed dress with side cutouts had on a faux nose ring as her take on the theme.
Kerry Washington in Vera Wang added purple streaks to her hair. Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi piled her Dolce & Gabbana gown with studded jewelry. Donatella Versace wore her trademark sexy silhouette with the inclusion of spiky shoulder detail.
Jessica Alba, a guest of the designer Tory Burch, showed up in a studded leather dress with cutouts on the bodice. Katy Perry who was flanked by the designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce wore a sparkly Dolce & Gabbana dress topped off with a gold crown. And Cameron Diaz in a stunning blue dress and cape from Stella McCartney added a gold belt with spikes to create a punk-to-couture moment.
The rest of the red carpet looks seemed to have missed the punk theme or completely ignored it for the sake of looking chic as was the case with Amanda Seyfrieds vintage Givenchy gown. Its not quite punk, said the actress of her silk dress with a scooped back. I expected a lot from Rooney Mara who was co-host of the event but I was underwhelmed by her lace dress from Givenchy.
It was a beautiful dress but it look very un-punk. Kim Kardashian also in Givenchy seemed to have missed the mark with a long sleeved floral number but I guess you can forgive her since shes pregnant.Gwyneth Paltrow in hot pink Valentino, Katie Holmes in white ruched Calvin Klein, Uma Thurman in chartreuse Zac Posen, the model Kate Upton in a green Diane Von Furstenberg number all looked beautiful and chic but they were nowhere near punk.
They could use a fashion pointer or two from the Fanning sisters (Elle and Dakota) who gave quite the stylish nod to punk in their Rodarte gowns.As for the men, punk meant wearing something other than black. Eddie Redmayne wore a blue tuxedo from Dior with a skull print pocket square.
Victor Cruz sported a blue smoking jacket from Lanvin. Tom Brady was also in a blue jacket although his was a very shiny pale blue. Pharell in Lanvin and Darren Criss in Richard Chai both wore tuxedos in plaid pattern.
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