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The red carpet review

By now you've surely seen the Met Ball red carpet looks circulating 'round the internets. Normally, I don't get too excited about red carpets, but this is the one night a year where people can be expected to wear something interesting.  Needless to say, I've been looking forward to the coverage for hmmm... a good 24 hours.

The Masters

Here are some of my most favorite looks, mostly because damn, these girls are on theme.  In day-to-day life I'm not a big fan of costume dressing (sorry Downton Abby and Mad Men fans) but when you're given a theme like PUNK for one night only, why not have a little fun with it?

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but Anne Hathaway (in vintage Valentino) was my favorite!  She's getting mega bonus points for totally transforming herself while looking super chic. 

Honorable mentions go to Sarah Jessica Parker (holy headdress) in Giles Deacon and Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi.  Both look ultra glam while in keeping with the theme.

Miley Cyrus (Marc Jacobs) and Madonna (Givenchy) are definitely punk but in my opinion wayyy too casual.  I think both could easily be found dressed like this on a typical weekend so it doesn't feel very new or exciting coming from either.  But still, punk through and through.

Class of her own

I'm going to put Nicole Richie (custom TopShop) in her own category called "I Don't Know What The Hell This Is, But I Like It". Check her out:

Punk 101: Intro to Punk

Then there were those who added a bit of punk, but didn't really take it very far.  I'm not going to give them an A for effort, but they still looked fantastic.

My favorite is Hermione Granger Emma Watson (Prabal Gurung).  I love that she's showing a fair amount of skin but doesn't look sleezy, or like she's trying too hard.  Simple.  Elegant.  Perfection. Or as the Huffington Post so eloquently puts it, she looks like a "sexy grown-ass wo-man" (emphasis mine).

Kristen Stewart (Stella McCartney) brings the attitude, Christina Ricci brings the Westwood tartan and Emilia Clarke (Ralph Lauren) brings the one tiny little earring to show she didn't completely ignore the theme.

Punk Flunk

There were many attendees who just wore whatever couture confection they happened to feel like which is all well and good but SO BORING.  I mean come on, it's called the Costume Institute Exhibition for a reason.  Let's live a little, people!

The two I found the most offensive were Anna Wintour (Chanel) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Valentino). Yes, yes stunning dresses but, really? These two look more prep than punk.  Maybe there was a Garden Party that we weren't aware of?  Let's just file this under a missed opportunity and move on.

As my best friend since the age of 14 would say, Diane von Furstenberg makes me feel "uncomfortable".  I don't know what else to say so I'll just leave it there.

Jennifer Lawrence looks completely miserable and I know why.  She's found the one occasion imaginable where it sucks to wear Dior.  Chalk it up to posh problems, JLaw and remember you're still the hottest actress in Hollywood.

</Rant> What say you?

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  • True, Sandro!

    It didn’t bother me that Miley was wearing the same dress that Moss wore. I think it kind of worked on her and definitely worked for the event.

    You and your Madonna! You’re right though, she brought it.

    Lindsay @ Vaughan on

  • I agree about it’s “PUNK” didn’t get the memo? Now take PUNK and bring it into the 21st century, revisiting a style. They could of gone behind fabulous. Anna Hathaway, yes, she can do nothing wrong, stunning, as well as SJP. I’m going to skip all the others and going straight to Madonna & Miley Cyrus. I’m not a fan of Miley Cyrus at all, however, lately she is looking good, and the MJ dress last night was totally in theme, but the same dress was worn by Kate Moss not to long ago. Madonna brought it home, move over bitches here I am. The reason why she brought it home was the fact that Riccardo Tisci used the references and vocabulary of the style and reinterpreted for the 21st century.
    Givenchy/Tisci + Madonna = Victory.

    Sandro Giuliani on