I feel like the media is taking more of an interest in the Haute Couture event of the year in New York, the MET Gala. That’s great, but many journos and bloggers seem to be missing the point. ‘MET Gala’ is short for Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and as such the event is designed to push the boundaries of fashion and treat clothing as art.
An event after my own party-planning heart, the MET Gala also always has a theme, this year tied to the opening of the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition.
There were a lot of interpretations of this theme on the red carpet, but I thought I’d throw my opinion into the ring because a lot of the ‘Best and Worst Dressed’ lists seem to be treating the gala as though it’s the Oscars. Some who brought the ‘punk’ theme home were lambasted for their wacky attire, while snoozefests who interpreted ‘punk’ as a slightly taller bouffant than usual were praised.
With that in mind, here are my theme-based picks for Best and Worst at the MET Gala this year:
Best Theme Hair
Everyone’s been all over Miley for her spikes, but this is right on for a punk theme and a nice departure from the faux-hawk. I also heard she got flack for wearing a dress Kate Moss has worn publicly before… honestly, who
cares remembers? Honorable Mention: Ivanka Trump
Best Theme Dress/outfit
This one is proof I’m not choosing favorite actresses over favorite looks.
Yes, SJP! She never shirks from a fashion dare, but this is so on-point for ‘Couture Punk.’ the Mohawk Hat alone could win Best Overall, but she’s also got some sick boots on. Honorable Mention: Madonna took any-old-thing out of her closet and still managed to smoke 99% of the crowd in the getting-dressed department.
Worst Theme Hair
What I hate about putting Elle Fanning in the worst hair category is that I love the dress – not the eyes, but the dress. The hair is just 11th grade Social Studies. Yawn.
Worst Theme Dress/outfit
If the theme was ‘Vegetarian Space Princess’ I’d give it to her, but Gwyn is rocking little more than the ‘Live in Peace and Prosper’ look. Honorable Mention: J-Lo in the same dress she’s been wearing for 15 years.
Worst Over-all Look
What is this? She looks like she ripped a Renaissance painting off the wall and made a toga, then stopped off at Burger King for accessories. It’s an anachronistic trip through eighth grade history class. Honorable Mention: Renee Zellweger and anyone else who went balls to the wall boring.