The Met Ball was poppin’ off last night. Not that we were there, but like, we could have been. The Costume Institute Gala is always home to some of the wildest fashion you’ll see all year long, and this year’s theme of “PUNK: Chaos To Couture” lent itself especially well to all things amazing and outrageous. Of course, there are two sides to every coin, which still does little to explain some of the more ridiculous looks you’ll see in the gallery above…
We could get into the atrocious politics, the end-of-culture-ness that having a Costume Institute Ball themed around punk entails. We could talk about how political punk icons like Joe Strummer and the dudes from Crass would be appalled by such a blatant cultural misappropriation. About how the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition at the Met actually created a replica of the fucking disgusting bathroom at long-dead punk club CBGBs (which has ironically been replaced by a John Varvatos clothing store). Or about how the attendees at last night’s Met Ball — despite their safety pin appliques, dyed hair, spiked heels and studs – had no clue about punk’s tenets, beyond the obvious and cliche aesthetic signposts.
We could talk about all of those things ad nauseum, because the misappropriation of punk — the turning of punk into little more than a fashion statement — is simply another symptom of how capitalist culture dilutes, chews up and swallows cultural movements and distills them into non-threatening, easily commodifiable shadows of their former selves. But hey, let’s just look at the clothes instead.
Over the weekend, the Metropolitan Museum of Art set up a special screening of the new “Great Gatsby” movie. A ton of stars attended, likely in part because tonight is the Met Ball (this year’s theme: punk). We’ll have all the gowns and mis-applied safety pins for you tomorrow, but in the meantime, take a look at these five — from left to right: Kylie Minogue, Solange, Nanette Lepore, Rachael Taylor and Brad Goreski — and pick your favorite print or pattern!
Yesterday, I looked at the picture on the left, of actress/director Sarah Polley, and thought, It’s Peggy from “Mad Men.” So then I looked up pictures of Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy. And while they may not look exactly alike, they do sort of resemble each other, don’t you think?
In the midst of all this ongoing Johnny Depp/Amber Heard dramz, I’m always happy to see Vanessa Paradis show up somewhere looking like her badass, sexy-French-witch self, unconcerned with silly Johnny and his totally gratuitous, overdone accessories (nine scarves at once!). Here she is at a Chanel exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, because of course. Her hair is so perfect. So. Damn. Perfect. Team Vanessa, alllllllll the way.
Love her or hate her, you have to give respect to Anne Hathaway for daring to leave the house in all white. More respect, too, because she’s carrying a bottle of rosé. And that shit can get messy.
Wearing white is a skill I just don’t possess. There are always salad dressing accidents, coffee splashing incidents, ink smears, chocolate marks and the like. Which is why I’m kind of in awe of AHaths for this one. Nope, I will probably never see “Les Miserables,” but I will certainly give her an award for “Best Job At Tempting The Wine Gods.”
Anyway, if you, like Anne, can keep your spills in check, then go ahead and copy this gorgeous outfit. We’ve got all the deets after the jump. Keep reading »
This is a photo of RuPaul and his date at a high school prom in 1983. We’re gonna guess that it was his date’s prom, not his, as he was born in 1960 (which would make him, you know, 23 here). Even back then, Ru had impeccable taste — we’re loving the boots. And his date’s crocheted frock is really cute, too. Do you think they’re still friends? I hope so! [Flavorwire]
David Beckham is so hot, you guys. Especially when he’s decked out in his signature knit hat, holding daughter Harper and wearing a friggin’ candy necklace. Beckham, who turned 38 yesterday (Happy Birthday David! Call me!) was given the sweet candy treat by Harper as a birthday gift. I’m amazed Victoria let’s him have candy in the house. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
I’ve been counting down the days until “The Great Gatsby” hits theaters for the past, like, year and a half. Now that we’re getting down to the wire (one week!), I couldn’t possibly be more excited. Baz Luhrmann’s brand-new adaptation is already polarizing and nobody has even seen it yet, but if there’s one component that guarantees the film will be worth seeing, it’s the cast. There doesn’t exist a more perfect Gatsby in the world than Leonardo DiCaprio, and Carey Mulligan has the physical likeness of the iconic Daisy Buchanan down to a science. I’m a little concerned that Carey herself is too intelligent to convincingly play the “beautiful little fool” that is Daisy — but we’ll see.
So! Now that Carey is about to be everywhere promoting the flick, we’re paying extra-special attention to her sartorial pursuits. We already saw her looking gorgeous in red at the “Gatsby” New York premiere, but what about these past looks? They’re all very different, and Carey’s ability to pull off a variety of different styles and interesting shapes is crazy admirable … but which is your favorite? Get a closer look and vote after the jump! Keep reading »
Here we have Elizabeth Banks modeling the perfect outfit for spring weekends: comfy chambray shirt, cuffed colored jeans, simple sandals, fabulous handbag, and ridiculously huge sunglasses. She wore this ensemble to the hair salon, but you could wear it to brunch with friends, wandering around the farmers’ market, thrift shopping, traffic court, or wherever else your weekend might take you. The best part? I found all the pieces for around $70 or less. Get the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »