Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Met Gala 2013: PUNK

As someone who used to pierce her own ears with safety pins at school lunch time and torture her poor mother with Buzzcocks on repeat, it's safe to say I was fairly excited about this year's punk theme for the Met Gala. While I wasn't expecting much from the attendees by way of legitimate punk ensembles (see: Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour et al) I did let my own imagination run away with me. My invitation obviously got lost in the post but had I attended I like to think I would have worn one of these gorgeous looks:

Givenchy AW13 look 48 (quirky hair et al, natch)

Jonathan Saunders AW13 looks 7, 16, 40 - what says punk better than vinyl corsetry? (I'm a bit obsessed and may have ordered a pair of the black vinyl high-waisted trousers from this collection..)

Roksanda Ilincic AW13 looks 9 and 29 - if we're really getting into fantasy land I would have worn this pale pink PVC coat on the left with the pink top and pink PVC embroidered skirt on the right. Too much you say? It's a PVC punk dream! (in reality I have bought that coat and I'm counting down the days until it's mine!! Are you noticing a theme?)

In reality on the red carpet there were three types of outfits last night: those who looked nice but not even remotely punk, those who looked like they were attending a tacky fancy dress party, and those who did it well (of which there were few). I totally respect the people (namecheck: Anna) who opted to dress well and not touch the risky punk theme - this is a $25,000 a head event after all, how many of these people are really punks? Far worse were the *cough* Madonnas of this world who looked like they were wearing a cheap Halloween costume.

I've rounded up a few of the better punk ones below:

Ok so I'm doubly biased here but how good does Daisy Bevan look in Roksanda Ilincic?! Embroidered PVC punk perfection

Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy. The ultimate

Sienna Miller in Burberry. One of my favourite looks of the night, but only because it's what I wish I'd worn

Cara Delevingne also in Burberry. Love her faux undercut french braid

Chloe Sevigny serving up MAJOR punk attitude in Proenza Schouler and a turban

I don't care for the Topshop dress but this hair is EVERYTHING. Punk? I don't know. But it is different. I love it. Kind of Sofia Coppola's interpretation of Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette, dancing to Siouxsie and the Banshees Hong Kong Garden in the ball room

Lily Cole in Vivienne Westwood. Good grungy hair too

Anja Rubik in red leather and chainmail Anthony Vaccarello

Miley Cyrus in mesh Marc Jacobs. Shame about the Billy Idol 'do

Elle Fanning in Rodarte. Cool, out there, different = punk

Dree Hemingway in Stella McCartney. Slightly boring

Mary-Kate Olsen in vintage Chanel. She has the eccentricity and the attitude down for sure

I'm on the fence about this Valentino gown on Anne Hathaway (it reads a bit cat woman to me - and not in a good, Michelle Pfeiffer kinda way) but props to her for trying

Bona fide punk legends, Blondie! 

And the pretty punks:

SJP got it spot on in Giles and a Philip Treacy fauxhawk 

The infallible Lauren Santo Domingo in Dolce and Gabbana

Leelee Sobieski in Dior couture. I love the simplicity and the subtlety of those gorgeous sleeves and her slicked back hair. She's always one of my red carpet favourites.

The gorgeous Alison Williams in perfectly punk-y Altuzarra

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga. A how to in punk chic. Nice safety pin

K-Bos just for being so damn hot in Balmain

Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood

Aubrey Plaza (of Parks and Recreation) in be-caped Marios Schwab

Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte 

Constance Jablonski in bondage style Wes Gordon

Gisele, very close to a wardrobe malfunction in shorter than short Anthony Vaccarello

Alexa Chung in Erdem

Rooney Mara in Givenchy, with Ricardo Tisci

Not even remotely punk but I love me some Sofia Coppola. Chic incarnate (seen here in Louis Vuitton with Marc Jacobs)

Special mention goes to Kim K for trying. I don't really have anything against this Givenchy outfit, I mean it's not hugely flattering on her, but THE GLOVES. Dear god, why the gloves?!