The Met Costume Institute Gala 2013

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring show is entitled PUNK: Chaos to Couture, but don’t get excited. It isn’t about vintage punk clothing, it is about punk’s impact on high fashion. Which pretty much sums up the mood on the red carpet at last night’s gala, lots of fancy, overdressed people trying to add a bit of punk to their outfit (along with a lot of people who completely ignored the punk theme.) The worst part of the red carpet was probably the (failed) attempts at punk makeup and hairdos, worn with super fancy gowns. If you are going to try and do punk, do it. If not, don’t bother. Because a half ass attempt looks really bad.

(And as usual, I had to massively edit the number of red carpet looks I featured here – so I chose what I thought to be the really good ones and the really bad ones. The rest can be seen on The Cut.)

I love…

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Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood. Although I’m uttelry bored of Westwood’s corset gowns because she does them EVERY SINGLE SEASON, given her association to punk, someone had to wear one at this party. And Ricci wore it well.

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Anja Rubik in Anthony Vaccarello. She looks hot.

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Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga. The perfect little cut outs and a nice detail at the neck, this is ultra chic.

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Florence Welch in Givenchy. This is very her.

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Gisele Bundchen in Anthony Vaccarello. He is in charge of putting the models into super sexy outfits, and he is doing it well.

met gala, ball, red carpet, celebrities, evening wear, gwyneth paltrow, valentino

Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino. Best part? We won’t have to hear about bikini lines or side butt or whatever.

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Karolina Kurkova in Mary Katrantzou. A bit punky and a bit interesting.

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Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana. This dress was clearly made for her.

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Madonna in Givenchy. I’m so over her dressing like a teenager, but at least she attempted the punk thing.

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Rooney Mara in Givenchy. Has this woman ever looked bad?

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Sienna Miller in Burberry. I like her hair, and I like the studded jacket over white gown. It suits her, and its the perfect nod to the evening’s theme.

I loathe…

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Anna Wintour in Chanel. There is nothing wrong with this outfit – she pretty much always looks good – but could she have not at least done something punk-y? A diamante safety pin? A black dress? A raw edge?

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Alexa Chung in Erdem. She looks like she is wearing rags, and not in a cool, punk way.

met gala, ball, red carpet, celebrities, evening wear, anne hathaway, valentino

Anne Hathaway in Valentino. Where do I start? The side boob? The see-through dress? The horrible hair? The terrible eye makeup?

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Beyonce in Givenchy. This is too much: too much boob, too much train, and too much pizzazz. Chill out, lady.

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Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler. I’m sad to say it, but she looks old and fat.

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Kim Kardashian in Givenchy. Speaking of fat, I don’t want to be the mean one dissing the pregnant woman, but it goes without saying that wearing a print like this, when you are the biggest you have been in your entire life, is a MAJOR NO-NO. Pregnant or not, this is NOT OK.

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Donatelle Versace in (you guessed it) Versace. Donatella, stop dressing like a sexy twenty year old. ‘Cause you’re not one!

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Elle Fanning in Rodarte. This is a punk exhibition, not a hippy tye-dyed exhibition. And by the way, that makeup looks ridiculous.

met gala, ball, red carpet, celebrities, evening wear, emma watson, prabal guring

Emma Watson in Prabal Guring. Blah…. And can someone please teach her how to pose for the red carpet?

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January Jones in Chanel. This would be totally fine but the makeup HAS TO GO!!!!

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Katie Holmes in Calvin Klein. Prissy face, stupid hair, giant wedding gown train, and side boob are not a great combination.

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Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney. The most unflattering pant suit, ever.

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Mary Kate Olsen in Chanel Couture and vintage Balmain. She looks like a homeless person.

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Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs. She sort of looks naked, and sort of looks idiotic.

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Sofia Coppola in Marc Jacobs. Another major Marc Jacobs disaster, forcing your friend to wear cheap looking shiny pajamas on the red carpet.

met gala, ball, red carpet, celebrities, evening wear, nicole ritchie, topshop

Nicole Ritchie in Topshop. She looks like an alien!!!!

Images from The Cut.

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  • Micky

    Hey you forgot SJP!

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I actually thought she looked ok, although her hat was ridiculous. She wasn’t worthy of featuring on this post, too many other things to love and loathe.

  • Hung

    Speaking of punk…I expected a lot of guests to wear Balmain because it’s sort of punk-ish (even if the prices are obscene). Nobody wore anything from Balmain by Christophe Decarnin. Kate Bosworth was the only person to wear one of the shiny dresses from the recent collection. It looked awful on the runway but didn’t look too bad on her, surprisingly. Having her legs helped. A lot.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Maybe they recognized that Balmain is just faux punk, wannabe rock gear by a fancy French designer?

  • Tony

    omg! I thought January Jones hit the nail on the head with her look and the makeup! Totally punk. Also, Gwen Stefani looked great as well. Wow I’m a little surprised, a lot of outlets who pivked thebest dressed are on your worst dressed. lol

  • Yaas

    I don’t think anybody can compete with Beyonce in the worst dress list, the whole outfit, styling and her posture were horrible (worse than last year), and I don’t get the fascination with her (because she is very wealthy?) In that regard, Vouge’s best dressed list is kind of funny, they have Beyonce, Linda Evangelista (in a horrendous Marchesa), Michelle Williams (or others in tasteless Saint Laurent designs) but not Christina ricci or Diane Kruger.

    I liked most of your best dressed list, Gisele Bundchen, Christina Ricci, Anja Rubik, Carey Mulligan and Rooney Mara, Sienna miller (nailed it)
    I also thought January Jones got it right with hair and make-up (a bit scary punk), and I liked Katie Holmes (I found it graceful and I don’t have any problems with boobs/thighs and … in general) and Diane Kruger in Chanel, Liya kebede in ferretti, Cara delevingne, Sarah Jessica Parker (hair and dress), Gwen Stefani, Hailee Steinfeld were among best.

    I was just bothered with the lack of Alexander Mcqueen, Prada, designers/brands that can be well interpreted with the punk theme like Viktor & Rolf, Haider Ackerman, Rick Owens or Comme de Garcons …

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    My opinions never seem to fit in with the mainstream…

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Agree there was a real lack of interesting brands on show, I totally would have liked to see more Prada. And I also thought SJP and Gwen Stefani looked good, they were on my original list but got edited out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasperkhlam Jasper Lam

    so tired of givenchy

  • http://twitter.com/namie_diary1 Nana

    For me Paloma Faith was the best dressed of the Met. She looked amazing.

  • Skating Canuck

    Awesome comments Alexandra! You were right to start with the best (Christina Ricci) and go to worse and scarier. I think Beyonce’s ego wanted an easy chance to shine, while expecting others to follow the Gala theme.