The 2013 Met Ball was last night. It’s total dress porn – an even better night for those that watch the Oscars strictly for the dresses. Because here you have the Oscar people but also the Grammy people, the fashion people and the sports people, all selected by Anna Wintour. This year’s theme was Punk Rock. I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, how on earth does Taylor Swift choose to present herself in that theme? On the other.. I kind of want to see her try?
Our job here is to judge. There’s no fair standard that I’m applying to all. Some people get credit for working the theme, some get credit for working life and looking amazing. Here are my favorites:
Tacking on a safety pin to your Balenciaga dress? I’ll accept it, Carey Mulligan. The cutout dress fits beautifully and is very Wang. I could also see Gwyneth Paltrow, who never shied away from a cutout, wearing this. She would have been better served in this dress than another pink monstrosity.
This Gucci reminds me of a Project Runway dress, but in the best possible way.. Which is to say a dress made by Christian Siriano circa 2008. It elevates Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who is essentially still a Transformers gal. Satin almost never works. It wrinkles too easily and ends up looking messy. And it creates bulge illusions on even the thinnest. But this does neither, so props to Gucci.
You knew Florence would nail it with her Givenchy luxe witchy cowboy. Stevie Nicks would be proud.
More Givenchy on Madonna. You knew someone would take the theme literally. I know, I KNOW. But isn’t his better, in the context of tonight’s event, than wearing this?
Annie in vintage Valentino bleaches her hair, does Cher.
The spiked gold Stella McCartney belt speaks to the theme. The cape speaks to me.
Another slightly more literal interpretation – Christina rightly represented plaid in Vivenne Westwood.
Sienna Miller in Burburry is one of the few attendees who I believe actually wore a studded black leather jacket in her youth. And the studded headband = best accessory of the night.
Kirsten Dunst in Louis Vuitton. Don’t know why she’s not in Rodarte.
The Brits understand the aesthetic..even the spawn of Phil Collins in Moschino.
Perfect from toes to forehead. The hair is problematic – she nailed the dress but went ‘extra’ on the hair. Still, props. Marc Jacobs was probably one of the most sought-after designers for the night as he can deliver on the theme.
KILLING IT. This reminds me of (sad alert!) when she attended the Met Ball in 2006 with Alexander McQueen – one of the best. Look at those boots! Again, consider the theme and contrast with, let’s say.. Heidi Klum, who should be on Project Runway probation with that dress.