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MET Gala 2013: The Good, the Bad, and the Punk

We were especially excited for this year’s MET Gala for a number of reasons. First of all, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts yearly Costume Institute exhibit is the Oscars of fashion. So, of course, it is exciting to watch our favorite celebrities, designers, and personalities dressed in cutting-edge fashion. Secondly, the theme for this year’s ball was “Punk: Chaos to Couture”. We’re excited to see how a culture that celebrated mohawks and spiked hairs, leather jackets and ripped jeans, fishnet stockings and combat boots, spiked jewelry and heavy eyeliners would be interpreted in the red carpet. Third, Beyoncé was named as this year’s honorary chair. While she may not exactly be the poster child for punk fashion, she is THE Queen Bey, so we were excited how she could top last year’s scene-stealing sheer sequin gown that marked her red carpet debut after giving birth to daughter, Blue Ivy.

In Givenchy Haute Couture during last year's MET Gala. (Picture via dailymail.co.uk)

In Givenchy Haute Couture during last year’s MET Gala. (Picture via dailymail.co.uk)

The GOOD

In Prabal Gurung. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

In Prabal Gurung. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

We here at Coco-Fashion are officially making it public: we are seriously, and we mean really seriously, girl-crushing on Emma Watson who we first talked about here. So although obviously not keeping with this year’s theme, with her black cutout with zigzagging straps and thigh-high slit dress, this girl could do no wrong in our eyes. And oh,  those are skull drop earrings she’s wearing. That counts as punk, right?

In Rodarte. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

In Rodarte. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

While a number think that younger sis Elle outdressed her, Dakota Fanning, in our opinion, held her own and actually looks all grown up and sophisticated in this black dress with plunging neckline and sheer cutout midriff.

In J. Mendel. (Photo via people.com)

In J. Mendel. (Photo via people.com)

Also joining the sheer trend on the red carpet, and successfully reminding everyone that she’s a full grown woman capable of making daring choices, is 22 singer Taylor Swift.

In Donna Karan Atelier. (Photo via celebuzz.com)

In Donna Karan Atelier. (Photo via celebuzz.com)

Hollywood’s new breed of talents, including 16-year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld, were definitely wowing us last night. She wore a leather corseted dress embroidered with antique gold safety pins. Now antique gold may not altogether be categorized under punk, a style historically intended to defy materialism, but safety pins, whether in clothes or used in body piercings, are definitely legit punk accessories.

In Givenchy Haute Couture. (Photos via people.com, hufftingtonpost.com)

In Givenchy Haute Couture. (Photos via people.com, hufftingtonpost.com)

We cannot think of anyone, on or off the red carpet, who best exemplifies punk than The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara. We think she was named as one of the night’s co-chair exactly for the same reason.

In Calvin Klein Collection. (Photos via people.com, hufftingtonpost.com)

In Calvin Klein Collection. (Photos via people.com, hufftingtonpost.com)

Katie Holmes’ (who we also love and even featured here) white halter gown definitely looked very ethereal. Reminded us of an elven goddess straight out of Lord of the Rings, minus the teased ‘do and the smokey eyes, of course (and yeah, the sideboob, too).

In a 1992 Valentino. (Photo via people.com)

In a 1992 Valentino. (Photo via people.com)

Speaking of uh, sideboob, Anne Hathaway won the award for the most boob exposure of the night in this see-through dress. It is too racy, we know, but somehow, it actually worked, especially with her platinum blonde tresses.

In Stella McCartney. (Photo via people.com)

In Stella McCartney. (Photo via people.com)

Meanwhile, Cameron Diaz showed that you could be all covered up, complete with a cape, and still look real sexy. And we like how she managed to incorporate the night’s theme through her gold-spiked belt that certainly looked punk and deadly.

Rubik in Anthony Vaccarello and Kroes in Theyskens' Theory. (Photos via hufftingtonpost.com)

Rubik in Anthony Vaccarello and Kroes in Theyskens’ Theory. (Photos via hufftingtonpost.com)

Supermodels Anja Rubik and Doutzen Kroes showed up on-theme in there leather numbers – Anja in a plunging red mini, and Doutzen in black quilted leather with a long flowing train.

The BAD

It’s hard to use the word bad in fashion, because style is all a matter of perspective. But some of what our favorite celebrities showed up in last night didn’t really work, at least from our perspective.

In Moschino. (Photo via celebuzz.com)

In Moschino. (Photo via celebuzz.com)

We’ve always loved Lilly Collins since Mirror, Mirror. But we think last night she overdid it. Her lace and tulle gown, which was embellished with safety pins, crystals, and studs, would have looked really good on its own while still staying true to the theme, but the biker jacket which was heavily decorated with pins, badges, studs was just an overkill.

In Marchesa. (Photo via people.com)

In Marchesa. (Photo via people.com)

The gold embellishments on the waist and bodice is definitely beautiful and striking, but we think this billowing gown just swallowed Ashley Greene’s petite frame altogether.

In vintage Chanel blue dress and The Row robe. (Photo via celebuzz.com)

In vintage Chanel blue dress and The Row robe. (Photo via celebuzz.com)

We get it, the twins’ M.O whether on the red carpet or in real life, is vintage and oversized. But we think MK’s beaded drop-waist dress could have been a lot more interesting without the fur-trimmed yellow robe.

In Dior Couture. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

In Dior Couture. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

Ashley’s beaded orange dress with sheer overlay does not fall in our Good category. It does not fall under Punk either. So we guess it should be filed here then.

In Marc Jacobs. (Photo via people.com)

In Marc Jacobs. (Photo via people.com)

No one had probably lived out the punk theme last night as well as Miley Cyrus did, what with her black fishnet gown and spiked hair which were all direct ode to the punk era. So why is she on this list then? We’re actually not sure if it’s the hair or if we’re just missing the usual Miley in a crop top and Doc Martens boots (which would still have been on-point for last night’s theme by the way).

In Givenchy by Rocardo Tisci. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

In Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

We have to admit that if there would have been an award given out for the celebrity who most imbibed the punk theme at last night’s gala, it would have to be between Miley Cyrus and Madonna. We guess though that the Material Girl would win for incorporating the most punk details on her ensemble – ripped fishnet stockings, chains, studs, studded leather belt and necklace. But as much as she stayed true to the theme, and as much as we love MDNA, this whole pants-less ensemble is just too chaotic for our taste.

The PUNK

While a good number showed up looking princessy and missed the theme altogether, and a few who focused so much on the chaos but left out the couture, there’s a handful who, for us, were the perfect blend of punk and class, chaos and couture.

In Burberry. (Photo via people.com)

In Burberry. (Photo via people.com)

The plunging neckline, the spiked gown, the dagger necklace and all the fierce accessories, the heavy smokey eye make-up. Everything just worked magnificently well together for model Cara Delevingne.

In Burberry. (Photo via people.com)

In Burberry. (Photo via people.com)

Another Brit who got it right at last night’s gala is actress Sienna Miller who wore a white gown with plunging neckline and topped it with a heavily-spiked leather jacket all from Burberry. If the crop jacket isn’t too punk for you just yet, may we direct your eyes to the spiked headband that matched her ear cuff.

(Photo via dailymail.co.uk)

(Photo via dailymail.co.uk)

Before we move on to our best dressed of the night, we just want to share this cute picture of Sienna Miller and Cara Delevingne. Both Brits, both wearing spiked Burberry, both having a good time. Very cute.

In a Giles Deacon dress, Philip Treacy headdress, and Louboutin boots. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

In a Giles Deacon dress, Philip Treacy headdress, and Louboutin boots. (Photo via hufftingtonpost.com)

We like to let Sarah Jessica Parker do the explaining for us.

“Philip Treacy has been working on it for the past few weeks and I feel incredibly fortunate that it is in my care and custody tonight. The dress is Giles Deacon who came to NYC to personally “cut” the dress. We asked Mr. Louboutin to make these boots as a nod to the sort of plaid/flannel we think of when we think about that particular period. The accessories are Fred Leighton jewelry and a number of other vintage shops and pieces of junk that I’ve collected over the years. I want to pay attention to the theme and embrace it.” (usmagazine.com)

Her attention to detail, her impeccable taste, her courage to take fashion risks. These are all why we love SJP so much.

By the way, this is what Beyoncé wore for the night. It is not punk, and we’re not exactly going gaga over it, but it’s definitely not bad either. So you be the judge, Coco-Fashionistas.

In Givenchy. (Photos via hufftingtonpost.com)

In Givenchy. (Photos via hufftingtonpost.com)

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