While pretty Oscar’s have everyone gushing bout them, its the MET gala or the FASHION OSCARS as they are popularly known as, are much more a sight to see in terms of Red Carpet looks. The celebrities are willing to take on more risks and have much more fun with fashion. The theme this time around PUNK: Chaos to Couture had all the celebrities running around New York in deciding what to wear to the unusual theme for a Red Carpet event. While men were asked to appear in tux (not fair for such themes since it hardly gave one an oppurtunity to experiment) , the ladies went all out to embrace it, some succeeding more than others.
Cara Delevingne rocked the red carpet in the spike studded Burberry. Taking the plunge (pun intended), the brit model looked every inch glam, that she is, in the black gown. The severe side swept hair and smoky eyes complimented the look perfectly. Accessorizing the look with Dominic Jones earrings and multiple Lei Van Kash necklaces rounded off her look.
Hilary Rhoda sported a sheer Wes Gordon high-low hemline (a trend that I saw a lot of on the red carpet). The model cut a pretty picture in the Black and Dull Gold medallion lace draped top with floor length sweep and black Lambskin skinny pants. A relatively new name on the red carpet, Wes Gordon came out all trumps with this ensemble for her with a mix of glam and punk. Her hair tied back in a pony tail, a Kotur clutch, and a Jennifer Fisher ring completed her look.
The eclectic singer and always the one to take risks on the red carpet (remember Mcqueen’s exaggerated flapper frou frou dress last Gala or going green,literally, at the grammys), Florence Welch went for one of my recent favourite collections from Givenchy. Sporting the fringe ensemble by Ricardo Tisci, Welch went all out with this number. What complimented the dress was her deep ginger locks that sealed the deal for me. Had it been anyone else, would have been overwhelmed but Miss Welch just rocks it hands down.
Paloma Faith in Michael Cinco was a perfect blend of punk and drama on the red carpet, on the night of MET GALA. The Ombre blood red and black embellished gown with a sheer cutout back, displaying her tattoos, was perfect for the night. Embracing the theme whole heartedly, she went out all hog with the inbuilt gloves and all but the highlight was the dramatic spiked architectural headpiece by, the go-to guy-for-headpieces, Philip Treacy and that innovative bouffant that drew major attention. LOVED it. Finishing off her look with blood red lips and dramatic cat-eyes, Miss Faith just hit the ball right out the park.
Gisele Bundchen has to be one of my favourite models of all time. The woman can look glam even in a paper bag. Getting into the punk mode, Gisele went for a chain link mini dress by Anthony Vaccarello. The dangerously high slit and a one shoulder and it looked smashing on her with David Yurman jewellery that she sported. The severe side sweep hair, smoky eyes and nude lips finished off her look. However it was the pair of spiked custom Christian Louboutins that I loved. Chic and minimal.
Striking Gold, literally, The Hunger Games star, Elizabeth Banks, arrived in an Atelier Versace gold chain coat dress. Pairing it up with Brian Atwood Fringe pumps, Miss Banks looks like a million bucks. Styled by Matthew Monzon, the actress went for a downplayed sculpted hair do with a structured ponytail that was clipped onto her nape (more of that in the beauty section, scroll down) giving off enough punk vibe without being overboard. a total BLING it ON moment.
Shocking the daylights out of almost everyone, the Oscar winner, Anne Hathaway, appeared in a blonde crop on the red carpet of MET gala. While she may have ditched her favourite Valentino for her BIG moment, she embraces the theme by sporting the vintage Valentino 1992 (1992 is vintage :O I feel old now). The embellished gown with the cutout mesh detailing, showing off a bit of side boob (a risqué) and feathered cuff, had Mrs. Hathaway go Glam-Punk with that swept crop. Kudos!
How can you have a punk theme and not have a Westwood sighting on the red carpet. While the queen of punk walked in with someone else (who also was totally punk and against the social grain), it was the petite RICCI, styled by one of my fav stylists, Mr. Brad Goreski, that caught my eye. She works the draped plaid number with the vintage styled locks and fierce lip color. The high-low hemline allows her to show off legs and she goes all out in stockings and black heels. Rounding off the looks were her Harry Winston jewels.
The Hollywood princess of subtlety, as I like to call her, played out similar card at the MET gala night. Appearing in a streamlined smart Balenciaga, the actress played on the safety pin obsession (or was it homage to the Versace safety-pin dress donned by Elizabeth Hurley). The angular cutout dress was chic, smart and not in your face with just enough quirk of the oversized safety pin that spoke enough volume. The refined look was accentuated by side parted blond crop and nude lips with smoked eyes. Admist the sea of over the top looks, the understated oh-so-chic vibe of Ms Mulligan stood out for all the right reasons. Call it new-age punk or sophisticated punk, she rocked it.
Vamping it up, Karen Elson, though was more glam but had punk in just the right proportions. The cut-out Julien MacDonald gown could have gone all sorts of wrong, but Ms Elson worked it up. Another one to embrace gold, it went quite nicely with her red hair. The grape stained lip, defined eyes and radiant makeup by Nars director, James Boehmer was the perfect touch of punk-ness accompanying the septum nose ring that she sported. The long dress complemented her lean frame perfectly giving off the vampy feel. A black clutch and heels completed her look.
While sadly the MEN weren’t that adventurous for the night except for one, as from what I heard, it was a tux event, therefore didn’t have much to experiment with. While Sturridge wasn’t too impressive, it was these two gentlemen that just had it going.
Zachary Quinto, was one of the few standout guys on the red carpet, who, in their attire, made a mark. Sporting Vivienne Westwood, head to toe, the shirt, vests, trousers and even the velvet slippers, Quinto’s polished geek vibe worked in his favour. The colored quiff and that too in blue was one of my favourite quirks from the night. He styled it perfectly and with just the right amount of color, blending into his natural locks.
What is it that this guy cannot make work. Wearing Dior Homme, Eddie Redmayne cut a polished perfect picture on the red carpet. The suit worked brilliantly for his frame. Kudos to him for ditching the usual black and going all out in a blue suit with black highlights. Though not punk-y yet well dressed
MAKEUP, HAIR & ACCESSORIES
It goes without saying that these played an important part in Styling the celebs tonite. While top knot with many variations appeared to be a favourite trend that has caught on, some other fun hair styles too caught my fancy. Where Emily blunt and January Jones scored in makeup, Katy Perry and SJP scored in terms of their styling (they were more gothic than punk).
*Images courtesy RCFA and Vogue.com