The biggest night of the year for fashion. And my thoughts this year are mixed. The theme was “Punk: Chaos to Couture”. There was SO much opportunity to be super fun and creative but aside from a few people (SJP & Madonna to name a few), it just wasn’t very punk. Kind of disappointing. It felt like many attendees missed the memo altogether. But having said that, there were still many memorable looks.  I wish I could mention them all.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon and Philip Treacy  


One of faves. Could this be any better considering the theme? It doesn’t really get more “punk to couture” than this. It’s super high fashion yet doesn’t take itself too seriously. This is totally something Carrie Bradshaw would wear to the Met Gala. And her thigh-high boots are custom plaid Christian Louboutin.

Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture


She’s Madonna man. And she didn’t disappoint. Fun. Fashion. Punk. One of the best of the night. And the detail on the Givenchy blazer is incredible. Madonna doesn’t want the readers of People magazine to like what she’s wearing and few can pull off this look quite like she can. It makes me like her again.

 Giselle Bündchen in Anthony Vaccarello


Love this. Perfect for a supermodel like Giselle. It’s glam, sexy, fun and edgy. It looks like to a model in the early 80’s going to some puck rock bar in the East Village. And I like her hair styled like that too. 

Sienna Miller in Burberry


This is spot on considering the theme. This spiked leather jacket is unbelievable. And so good over a long white dress. Love her hair pinned up to the side and her choice of accessories too. This is cool. And this is Sienna.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino Haute Couture


“Gwyneth totally nailed it this year!” said no one. Major disappointment. Even though she annoys so many people, she has great taste and can wear pretty much anything. She normally does red carpets so well but this pink Valentino wasn’t a good choice. It’s boring on a night where attendees are encouraged to take chances. Apparently this had to do with the whole “pink is punk” idea but why not try and have a little more fun?

Cara Delevingne in Burberry


Big time model of the moment and this dress is made for the night. Love the spikes on the top. It’s like refined, modern punk. Why couldn’t Gwyneth have worn something like this? She would have been one of my faves if she did.

Jennifer Lopez in Michael Kors


I like this sheer long sleeve animal print dress. A lot. It reminds me a bit of Rihanna’s long sleeve alligator Tom Ford dress at last year’s Met Gala. And although it’s not super punk, it’s still a little edgy for Jennifer Lopez. And she has the attitude and definitely the self confidence to pull this off. I think her hair works well for the event too.

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture


The detail on the dress is super impressive (the cut, the fabric, the zippers). It’s more goth than punk, and it’s not a big stretch from what she normally wears on the red carpet, but it’s still a solid choice.

 Gwen Stefani in Maison Martin Margiela


When it was announced that Gwen Stefani would be in Maison Martin Margiela, it seemed like a no-brainer. Although, this is different, she didn’t bring it the way we all thought she would. How could she have not have gone with the punk theme? Gwen Stefani is super cool and can rock some pretty different things. So needless to day, this was pretty underwhelming. Gavin’s suit is pretty hip though. 

Cameron Dias in Stella McCartney


Super different and a good colour. Also love the gold spiked belt. At least this is interesting and she took a chance. And apparently the cape is backless. But she looks a little stiff.

 Beyonce in Givenchy


I know it’s the Met Gala and you’re totally supposed to go all out but this isn’t working for me. The fabric on the bottom is pretty incredible reminds me of old school Versace and the matching boots are cool but the fit isn’t very flattering and it sort of looks like House of Dereon (Beyonce and her mother’s fashion line). And that’s not a compliment.

Linda Evengelista in Marchesa


Not totally sure what’s happening here (Game Of Thrones I guess) but it’s Linda Evengelista and she’s a modeling legend. Also, along with Stella Tenant, was one of the only original supermodels to attend this year so I felt I had to mention her.

Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood


She got it. Plaid. Vivienne Westwood. Enough said.

 Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabdana


This is straight from the runway for Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2013 show. It’s a cool look (very Dolce & Gabanna) but it’s not punk. She should’ve been able to take more of a chance and not just wear something styled the exact same way we saw on the runway a few months ago.

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture


This is one of the night’s worst. Is she above the theme that she helped create?!? I don’t get it. She’s supposed to be the most powerful woman in fashion and she shows up to one of the biggest and most important nights in fashion in an uninspiring floral (really?) dress that excited no one. And it’s not like she’s not capable of going with the Met Gala theme. Remember the Chanel dress she wore in to the Met Gala in 2008 when the  theme was Superheroes?

Blake Lively in Gucci Première


Another disappointment of the night. Blake is capable of so much more. Sure, this is a pretty dress and the detail is interesting but she’s young and cool. She could’ve had fun with her look and done something different. Like she’d be awesome in something from Balmain’s most recent 80’s inspired collection.

Kim Kardashian in Givenchy


Well this was unfortunate. Givenchy sure seemed like the go-to designer of the night. But this – not so much. In fact it’s pretty bad. Her face at least looks pretty at least, right? I bet she was SO MAD that the first time she is allowed to go to the Met Gala she’s pregnant.

All above images from (Getty Images).


One thought on “Met Gala – Good, Bad & Punk

  1. Really great post Case! You’re going to be famous. You’re funny and spot on with your observations. Amazing. Xo

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