Monday April 6th, was the 2013 Met Gala. It was hosted, per usual at the Metropolitan Museum. The theme? Punk. In honor of their latest exhibit Punk: Chaos to Couture, which highlights punk cultures influence on the fashion industry. The many chairs of the gala include the likes of Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, actress Rooney Mara, and songstress Beyoncé. It is highly regarded as the fashion event of the year and it is always sure to bring out the best, worst, and most undesirable looks of the fashion world.
Click through to see my reviews of some of the fashion of the night.
The Bad – The Looks That Made You Scream In Horror.
6.) Beyoncé in Givenchy. I was so let down to see her walk down the carpet in this. After last years showstopper she had high expectations to live up too. Expectations she did not meet. The gown looks less punk couture and more elementary than anything else. While flashy, the boots look more like they belong on her theatrical world tour than on the galas red carpet, ESPECIALLY when she is serving as an honorary chair member.
5.) Nicki Minaj in Tommy Hilfiger. The hair screams glam-rocker rather punk. More Dee Snider than Sid Vicious. The dress is tame, by the rappers standard of obnoxiously loud outfits. The cut does not work on her, it makes her seem more pregnant than curvaceous.
4. Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana. Is she a bubblegum popstar, or Joan of Arc? The world may never know. The dress, jewelry, and crown does not even suggest punk culture in the slightest. It would have worked if the Costume Institute was holding an exhibition on nun fashions or couture popes. I’m happy she has taken off the cupcake bra, in exchange for a couture dress, but she should really consider hiring a stylist.
3.) Ashley Olsen in Vintage Dior Couture. I’m sorry, but what? The 1970’s were clearly not Dior’s best time, so I am not sure why such a fashionable young woman would pick this gown. More importantly she runs three high fashion labels, along with her twin Mary-Kate, why would she not create something herself? Clearly they missed the memo to come dressed in black-tie punk and went more for pumpkin-chic.
2.) Kim Kardashian in Givenchy. What I don’t get is why she thinks she can wear the same exact things she would normally, when she is very much so pregnant. The sleeves, train, and collar just make her look even larger than she really is. The print also does nothing to flatter her, let alone alude to punk culture. Her only redeeming quality is the gorgeous makeup and Kanye West’s lobotomized facial expression.
1.) Coco Rocha in Emanuel Ungaro. I am just so very confused by what is happening here. Cheetah print? Feathers? Calf-length boots? Can we talk about her uneven bangs for a second? What the hell is going on there? I am flabbergasted that one of the top runway models at the moment is wearing this.
The Sleepy – The Looks That Put Ya To Sleep!
6.) Elizabeth Banks in Atelier Versace. This suit dress is nice for like a movie premiere or something, not the Costume Institute Gala: The only event a year on par with the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. If this was full length it could have truly shined, but alas it fell flat.
5.) Nicole Richie in TopShop. Love the grey hair! Hate the bad spray tan. The gown? So boring for someone who is the designer at one of the biggest up and coming design houses of the decade. TopShop could hace created something far more punk for her, than this.
4.) Emma Watson in Parabal Gurung. I expected much more from the Perks of Being a Wallflower star. The dress is pretty on her and she looks great in it. But this is the most half-assed attempt at punk that we saw all night. If she had chosen some statement jewelry then she could have wowed us all. But alas, she did not.
3.) Emmy Rossum in Donna Karen Atelier. Just another person fades to the back. She doesn’t grasp the concept that she is not at the Golden Globes, but the debut of a punk exhibit. Try a little bit girl!
2.) Blake Lively in Gucci. Almost as bad as not dressing to the style is half ass-ing it. The layering makes the dress look unfinished. The drab coloring is about as unimportant as the actress is.
1.) Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. Honey we get it! You are signed with Dior at the moment! You have worn nothing but it all year long. The dress code was punk, not funeral. I can’t put it on the worst dressed, because its a gorgeous gown. It’s just not a stand out.
The Good – The Dresses That You Fell In Love With!
6.) Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood. She gets it. She knows exactly what punk is, and knew exactly where to go to dress punk. The dress is perfect for the night! The stockings were a nice touch.
5.) Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney. She figured out the perfect balance! The belt and cape hint punk, while the rest of her ensemble is the epitome of chic. It is so very simple, I love it.
4.) Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon. If anyone knows couture it is SJP. The gown looks great on her. The custom Philip Treacy hat is the most perfect thing ever invented, I am convinced of it. She knew how to stand out and make the right impression.
3.) Kerry Washington in Vera Wang. Opting for purple, instead of the much worn pink, she really shined on the carpet. Enough leather and tulle to be punk. The gown is the perfect statement and ending to her stellar year on the red carpet. The purple streaks in her hair really shared her wild side.
2.) Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs. Just voted sexiest woman of the year by Maxim Magazine, she solidified herself as an adult. She knew how to slay the punk dress code whilst still looking drop dead gorgeous. She knows how to commit to a theme! Invite her to your next theme party.
I just wish she would have done something else with her hair.
1.) Rooney Mara in Givenchy. Leave it to one of this years co-chairs to take the cake. She really knew how to take the punk memo and make it beautiful. I’m sure being best friends with Riccardo Tisci did not hurt. The shoulder pads! The zippers! The lace! The Makeup! There is not a single bad thing about this! Fabulous job!