Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rock // Stars

The Costume Institute's Metropolitan Museum of Art Ball is regarded as 'the biggest night in fashion'.  The very essence of the event is centered around all that is couture: the goal is to raise funds and celebrate the Institute's latest fashion-as-art exhibit, and it is tradition for designers to bring their current muse (see: model or starlet) as their guest.  The theme of this year's event was Punk Rock: Chaos to Couture and it was with high expectation that fashionophones awaited what designers, stylists and celebrities would come up with for this seemingly odd pairing of punk and haute couture.

Rooney Mara was co-chair of the event along with Anna Wintour (naturally!) and Riccardo Tisci.  She donned an on-trend white lace dress by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.  While you'd expect this to be a more demure and ladylike look, what gave this ensemble the rock-star treatment were the structured shoulders, exposed zippers, plunging neckline, high center slit and dark lip color.  Anne Hathaway stunned in sheer and shredded black Valentino column with cut out panels.  Her brand-new platinum hair color added a bit of surprising yet balancing glam.  Model Rosie Huntington Whitely made a grand entrance in an olive-hued Gucci gown of silk, see-through fishnet and feathers.  

My favorite look of the night was Cara Delevigne, arguably the most sought-after model in the business right now.  Her custom-designed studded Burberry gown had a low neckline that showcased her layered and dripping necklaces.  She accented her look with her signature heavy eyebrows, smoky eye makeup and tousled hair.  Perhaps it has something to do with the precarious personality that she's known for, but for me she encapsulated exactly what this night called for: model cool and devil-may-care punk.

Who was your best dressed at the Met Gala?  Do these looks make you reconsider the juxtaposition of  unconventional punk and high fashion?

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