2013 Met Costume Institute Gala, Part 1


Welcome, dear readers, to my favorite red carpet event of the year! This year’s Met Gala theme was Punk: Chaos to Couture. Let’s mock the starlets who were too chicken to go all-out and praise those who brought out their “punk” side. (Or as “punk” as a bunch of actresses and models can get at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.) 

Best DressedMADONNA
jacket by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

All hail Madonna. Whatever you may think of Madge, the woman commits to a look like nobody else. The gray tartan jacket, replete with gold spikes, is to die for; a magnificent piece worthy of the Costume Institute exhibit. All the studded, chained, and fishnetted accessories work brilliantly, and I love the bob wig if only because it’s so unexpected. My favorite accessory?

Photo: tomandlorenzo.com

Ah, the ass-chain crucifix. A wardrobe staple for us all.

Runner-UpELIZABETH BANKS
dress by Atelier Versace, jewelry by Kara Ross, purse and shoes by Brian Atwood

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Elizabeth Banks gave us a solid gold/punk hybrid, working this absolutely killer studded and pinstriped Versace jacket as a dress. The purse and shoes are absolutely perfect, the eyeliner looks stunning, and the earrings are fun as hell.

Honorable Mention: CAMERON DIAZ
gown, purse, and shoes by Stella McCartney, jewelry by Stephen Russell

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic

I love this gown on Cameron in general – this royal blue suits her, and the cape is weird in a really good way. And though the picture doesn’t do it justice, that spiked belt looked absolutely killer even via livestream. What a great way to keep the paparazzi at bay!

EDDIE REDMAYNE
tuxedo by Christian Dior

Photo: Rex

Eddie Redmayne is smart enough to know that he is Marius and therefore any attempt at punk would be laughably ridiculous. He does give us a bit of navy-on-black fabness that I’m completely eating up, though. And I’m pretty sure his pocket square had a skull on it, which is pretty adorable.

ALEXA CHUNG
dress by Erdem

Photo: Sartorial/Splash News

Alexa, KEEP THIS HAIRCUT FOREVER PLEASE. She has never looked even close to as beautiful as she does with this bob. She went more dark and romantic than punk, but actually being able to pull off granny panties on the red carpet is pretty punk rock to me.

RITA ORA
gown and necklace by Thakoon, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood

Photo: Rex

I probably wouldn’t like this dress at a normal event, but for the punk theme, I think it’s perfectly awesome. A black embellished clutch would have been a better choice, though.

LILY COLLINS
jacket and gown by Moschino

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

This is almost a hot disaster, but I have the utmost respect for those few people who committed to the theme. The blue streaks in Lily’s hair are fantastic, the eye makeup is awesome, and the jacket is literally perfect. I like the lace at the top of the dress, especially against the jacket, but the rest of the bodice is kind of hideous, where it points into the skirt. Still, major points for enthusiasm!

KIRSTEN DUNST
gown by Louis Vuitton

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

I expected a little more in the way of punk from Kirsten, but the gown is interesting and beautiful and the lipstick is gorgeous.

HAILEE STEINFELD
dress by Donna Karan, jewelry by Eddie Borgo, purse and shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

She’s more princess than punk, but of all the people who rocked seriously heavy eyeliner for the occasion, Hailee’s makeup was one of my favorites. The outfit looks more glittery than gritty, but I can’t say she doesn’t look totally fucking awesome in it.

SOFIA COPPOLA and MARC JACOBS
Sofia’s top and pants by Marc Jacobs, Marc’s suit by Comme des Garçons

Photo: Rex

As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing more punk than wearing pajamas to the Met Gala. I would have screamed my head off at her if this were any other Met Gala, but when else can you wear Marc Jacobs pajamas?

TAYLOR SWIFT
gown and purse by J. Mendel, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz, shoes by Givenchy

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

I can’t even say “Taylor Swift” and “punk” in the same sentence without laughing, but Taylor has finally integrated some much-needed coolness into her wardrobe. I think slick-backed hair would have brought this to a whole other level, but it’s my favorite thing she’s worn in a very long time.

CLAIRE DANES
gown, purse, and shoes by Oscar de la Renta

Photo: Gilbert Flores/Broadimage

An important rule of the Met Gala, particularly this Met Gala: if what you’re wearing looks like something you’ve already worn to the Oscars, DON’T WEAR IT. This is the time to try something new and daring and ridiculous, so I was pretty disappointed in Claire Danes’s dress, mesh and chainmail-looking embellishments and all. It looked like everything she’s ever worn with slightly heavier eyeliner, and that’s just too boring for this event.

AMBER HEARD
gown and purse by Emilio Pucci, jewelry by Pomellato

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

Sadly, this is actually an awesome gown on her. But girlfriend didn’t even try to make a subtle reference to the theme. You should have saved this for the Vanity Fair Oscars party, Amber.

EMMA ROBERTS
gown and purse by Diane von Furstenberg, jewelry by Jennifer Fisher

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic

In all fairness to Emma, she came as Diane von Furstenberg’s date (all the big stars accompany the designers who dress them to the event). And Diane von Furstenberg isn’t going to be able to make anybody look punk. But I felt this was kind of lazy and underwhelming, which it really didn’t need to be. The fit of the gown isn’t particularly good and the jewelry is unimpressive.

ASHLEY OLSEN
gown by Christian Dior, shoes by Manolo Blahnik

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

News flash: mustard burlap sacks are not punk. They’re hideous, but they’re not punk.

KATE BECKINSALE
dress by Alberta Ferretti, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz, purse by Edie Parker, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

This pink satin screams nothing but 1985 Prom Queen to me.

KATIE HOLMES
gown by Calvin Klein, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Painfully boring, and the train is ripped to shreds in a way that is supposed to be interesting but really just looks like toilet paper.

KRISTEN STEWART
jumpsuit, purse and shoes by Stella McCartney

Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

This was one of the biggest disappointments of the night, because Kristen would have looked SO GOOD in a patched-and-studded leather jacket over, like, tartan skinny pants with crazy safety pin accessories and all that shit. Instead, she went for sickly eyeliner and a jumpsuit that makes her vagina look two feet tall.

JENNIFER MORRISON
gown by Donna Karan, jewelry by Jherwitt, purse by Edie Parker, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

You cannot take a basic ball gown, add a mohawk, and expect that to work as a look. First of all, there were a lot of faux hawks on the runway that looked fantastic or at least interesting; Jennifer’s looks like there was an explosion on top of her head, and not in a good way. And it’s just so incongruous with literally everything else she’s wearing, because she couldn’t bother to commit to the theme from the neck-down. This is why half-assing it never works, dear readers.

NICKI MINAJ
gown by Tommy Hilfiger

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic

Once again, Tommy Hilfiger isn’t going to be able to design anything particularly punk, but Nicki Minaj, how DARE you wear something this boring to this event! Out of all the times you actually look normal from the neck-down, you chose THIS NIGHT? It’s insanity. Oh, and “Lady Marmalade”-era Christina Aguilera called, and no, she doesn’t want her nasty decade-old French hooker wig back.

Worst Dressed: HEIDI KLUM
gown by Marchesa, jewelry by Harry Winston

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

Wearing a wedding dress to the punk-themed Met Gala is a sure sign that you’ve given up completely.

Your Met Gala coverage continues with Part 2Part 3, and Part 4 – don’t miss out!


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6 responses to 2013 Met Costume Institute Gala, Part 1

  1. I love that in every single picture Madonna’s all, “THIS IS HOW IT’S DONE.” I want a Madonna judgey-faced gif to slap on in response to 90% of the attempts (or non-attempts…) others made.

  2. I left that comment before reading anything else because that needed to be said, so also YES to the rest of this post. Elizabeth Banks killed it and I was really upset to see Kristen Stewart drop the ball on this one because this should have been a stellar moment for her.

    • democracydiva – Author

      I love Elizabeth Banks always and forever because she wore every color of the rainbow on the first Hunger Games press tour. It just won all of my love and respect for being so on-point for the character and still red carpet appropriate. She could pretty much do anything now and I’d still love her.

      And boo on K.Stew. This theme was kindest to stars like her, who look more at home in leather jackets and jeans than they do in ball gowns, and she totally dropped the ball.

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