2013 Met Costume Institute Gala, Part 4

Your Met Gala coverage finally comes to a close, dear readers. Enjoy the Punk: Chaos to Couture while it lasts! 

gown by Vivienne Westwood, jewelry by Harry Winston, purse by Salvatore Ferragamo, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

SO FUCKING FABULOUS. This is exactly what I would have worn to the Met Gala, had my invitation not inexplicably gotten lost in the mail YET AGAIN. It’s Vivienne Westwood, whose work made up a significant part of the Costume Institute’s Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit that this night is all about. And it’s a goddamn work of art. I loved the stockings and the stunningly sexy shoes. The jewelry could have been a little more punk and a little less glam, but the dress is so on-point, I can’t bring myself to care.

jacket and gown by Burberry, jewelry by Genevieve Jones

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

That jacket is flawless. FLAWLESS, dear readers. Like all the best dressed starlets at the event, she committed to this look. The earrings are awesome, and the spiked headband is fucking out of this world. Also, hey, Matt Morrison in the background! We see you!

Honorable Mention: CAREY MULLIGAN
dress by Balenciaga, jewelry by Tiffany & Co.

Photo: Rabbani and Solimene/WireImage

This dress is magnificent on her. I wanted to dislike it for being so low-key, but there’s something so dramatic and divalicious about keeping your entire look perfectly simple and chic in all black, but throwing on one giant, fabulous safety pin on as your nod to the theme.

gown by Michael Kors, jewelry by Cartier, purse by Christian Louboutin, shoes by Tabitha Simmons

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Love the gown, even if you have to look like Miranda Kerr to pull it off. The spiked purse is fun, and the lipstick is delicious. Though Miranda’s street style is virtually flawless, she usually isn’t this strong on the red carpet, so props to her.

gown by Julien Macdonald

Photo: Rex

Had more people been bold enough to wear shit like this, the Met Gala would have been the most fucking unstoppable red carpet in the history of the universe.

dress by Peter Pilotto, purse by Valentino, shoes by Sergio Rossi

Photo: Gilbert Flores/Broadimage

I’ve seen this dress before, and though it’s interesting to look at and that beaded print is exquisite, that very flirty skirt feels all wrong for the event, as do the shoes and the hair.

gown by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

You can always count on Florence to show up with wings made of six-foot long tassels. God bless her.

gown by Topshop, purse by House of Harlow, shoes by Vero Cuoio

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

You can dye your hair a stupid color all you want, but if everything below the neck looks fucking Victorian, you’re not punk, you just don’t make much sense at all. Snaps for the earrings, but this hair was one of the only “daring” things that I thought just completed faltered on the red carpet. Had her outfit had anything to do with the hair, she might have pulled it off.

dress by Chanel, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

The dress and shoes are very cool, but relatively simple. This look also cries out desperately for more jewelry. But let’s get a close-up at that makeup:

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Phenomenal. By far the best part of the look.

gown and shoes by Saint Laurent, jewelry by Fred Leighton, purse by Olympia Le-Tan

Photo: David Fisher/Rex

Michelle would wear everything except the spiked headband to any other red carpet event. That naturally makes it way, WAY too lame for the Met Gala and its theme. The dress and shoes are already depressingly ordinary, but the lack of jewelry is downright shameful.

gown by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, jewelry by Fred Leighton

Photo: Gilbert Flores/Broadimage

It’s not punk, but it’s also not like anything I’ve ever seen Amanda in before, and the print is actually really astonishing and hard to look aware from. I wish she’d had more fun with the theme, but at least she looks interesting and beautiful.

gown by Carolina Herrera, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz, purse by Jimmy Choo, shoes by Rupert Sanderson

Photo: Gilbert Flores/BroadImage

Again, everything from the neck down, she could rock at any other red carpet event. Why waste the magic that is the Met Gala on something so basic? And though the pink eye shadow makes her look a little sickly in this photo, it was actually gorgeous in close-up:

Photo: nymag.com

It’s fabulous, that shock of pink, but it only works up close. The sloppy faux-hawk is kind of fun, and the earrings are to die for. Had she committed to the look anywhere else, she could have really knocked this one out of the park.

gown by Kenzo, purse by Edie Parker

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

I think the dress itself is awkward and hideously unflattering and strangely boxy. Solange and her fabulous hair make anything look cool, but between that cartoon-looking dress and the decidedly not-punk accessories, she too looks like she’s better suited for a totally different event.

suit by Topshop, purse by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Gianvito Rossi

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic

So, you just didn’t get the punk memo at all?

gown by Erdem

Photo: Anthony Behar/Sipa

Come on, Lena. The hair and makeup are fabulous, but it’s the one time when you should be having as much fun as possible on the red carpet, and you’re in this serious, romantic gown? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

gown, purse, and shoes by Balenciaga by Alexander Wang, jewelry by Irene Neuwirth

Photo: Bill Davila/Startraks

I actually hate every single thing about this look, from the terrifying, gravity-defying hair to the extremely tacky bright green jewelry to the boxy, awkward gown to those weird little elf shoes.

gown by Tory Burch, jewelry by Jack Vartanian, purse and shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: AFP/Getty

I guess it’s no surprise that Tory Burch + Jessica Alba does not equal punk.

gown by Gucci, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

I think this gown is kind of ugly and not at all right for the theme, and I’m afraid she’s going to fall the fuck over because of the weight of those earrings.

gown by Calvin Klein, purse by Tod’s

Photo: PA

BOOOOOOOOOO. If there was ever NOT a time for a simple red gown, it’s now. The fit in the bust is too atrocious for words, and the clown makeup is only making things worse.

dress by Delpozo by Josep Font

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Absurdly unflattering and instantly forgettable.

gown by Marchesa, jewelry by Harry Winston

Photo: Marion Curtis/Startraks

You look like you’re wearing a sofa.

gown by Tommy Hilfiger, jewelry by Forevermark, purse by Edie Parker, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

SEERSUCKER? AT THE MET GALA? AT THE PUNK-THEMED MET GALA?! I’m going to have a fucking stroke.

That concludes your Met Gala coverage! Catch up on Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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7 responses to 2013 Met Costume Institute Gala, Part 4

  1. i think solange misread the invite to read “funk” instead of “punk” 😛
    i can’t believe some of these stars–it’s ok if you don’t want to turn up like Madonna or Christina Ricci (though i would have!) but to wear something so inappropriate like kate upton or zooey deschanel–and why on earth did she pair a seemingly punk safety-pin purse with that summer-by-the-seaside dress?!–is just mindboggling. i wonder what their stylists were doing…

    • democracydiva – Author

      I agree completely. Not everybody can pull off what Madonna and her ilk were wearing, but it’s just so disappointing that many stars didn’t even put in an attempt at dressing for the theme. Thanks for commenting!

  2. MLzx

    I think Zooey got the last laugh here. Going full on prep at the punk themed Met Gala is pretty damn rebellious and counterculture.

    It’s like how the song “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette isn’t ironic. Which is ironic. Zooey isn’t punk when she is supposed to be punk. Which is punk.

    • democracydiva – Author

      I think I would agree with you had she actually gone full-on prep, but the Hot Topic-looking safety pin purse ruined even that for me.

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