“Humans Of New York,” a collection of street-style photos and interviews gathered throughout the city, is one of my favorite blogs in the world. I love how refreshingly honest and vulnerable it is in capturing people’s stories. Apparently, I’m not the only one — Vogue invited HONY creator Brandon Stanton to cover the Met Gala. Stanton usually photographs everyday people, so at the Met, he treated his celebrity subjects just like any other New Yorker he’d stop on the street. His street-style photos of the event are presented the same way his everyday photos are : captioned by a simple quotation without the subject’s name. Keep reading »
The clothes at last night’s fancy-pants Met Ball soiree were pretty and all, but I’m never going to be able to afford a custom-made, one-of-a-kind Lanvin dress. Not like I would have anywhere to wear it, so whatever. I — and you! — can, however, take some cues from some of the daring and stunning makeup looks worn by fabulous ladies like Beyonce, Emma Stone, and Marion Cotillard. Here are seven of my favorite made-up faces, plus the exact products used to achieve such flawlessness…
The conclusion I reached after downloading, cropping, uploading and naming the 110 images in this gallery of all the stars on the 2014 Met Ball red carpet: If you didn’t get an invite, you aren’t one. A STAR, I mean. Because anyone who’s anyone, who’s been anyone in the last, oh, five years, was seemingly on the red carpet at Vogue‘s biggest party of the year. Sure, some people who weren’t there — ahem, Gwyneth Paltrow, ahem — probably just declined, but if you’re an actress in Hollywood and you’re flippin’ through this gallery being like, “Dang, why didn’t I get an invite?” I suggest you call up your agent, publicist and manager for an emergency powwow, because that’s a damn sign your career is flatlining. Anyhoo, let’s click through to see what everyone wore. Which looks did you love? Which failed to impress? Share in the comments!
We had Feelings about the Met Ball‘s “punk” theme this year. So, apparently, did Vogue‘s Grace Coddington, who upon arriving at the event remarked that she would have liked “to see some real punks in here, like street punks.” Word! Something was certainly missing, and that thing, Grace must have decided, was cats. Everything could always use more cats, no? Coddington sketched some of her own favorite punk-inspired pieces that didn’t make it into the illustrious promenade, and who better to model the edgy looks than a very fashionable litter of wayward kittens? [Vogue]
“I’m never going [to the Met Ball] again. … It was so un-fun. It was boiling. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all.”
— You hear that, Anna Wintour? Gwyneth Paltrow did not enjoy her time at the Met Ball, and she will not be attending next year. So, on that note, is there an empty seat I could fill? … What about an empty dress? There’s gotta be an empty dress. [New York Post]
Kim Kardashian’s floral Met Ball gown was certainly a lot of look, but did it look familiar? Robin Williams’ thinks so and he’s sure he wore it best. [Twitter]
If there’s one thing we can say for certain about Monday night’s “punk”-themed Met Gala, it’s that there was certainly a lot to look at. Like, a lot. We hardly even know where to begin. There was the good, which was at its best over-the-top and in keeping (or attempted) with the misappropriated theme, and then there was the cringeworthy bad, which was either a total miss (do you even know what you’re here for?) or uncannily similar to a first-degree crime committed on the local Hot Topic store. But the beauty, by and large, was spectacular! Red carpet events usually call for boring stalwarts of things like “red lips” and “Hollywood waves,” but makeup artists and hair stylists really got a chance to show their edgier chops last night. For this, we are grateful… and, naturally, jealous of the stars who got to wear some of the best looks at the gala. We’re taking cues from six of our favorite looks of the night, right here…
Look, as everyone at the 2013 Met Gala last night realized, “no one was paying attention to the Punk theme.” The theme actually became “Everyone ignored this theme.” Ashley already pretty cruelly dismissed my favorite dress, worn by the lovely Bee Shaffer by saying:
Not only does Anna Wintour‘s daughter Bee Shaffer look really pretty, the Sex Pistols were huge fans of subtle ombré and delicate appliqués.
…All right, we’re going to retire all “[first wave punk band] would have loved [oblivious rich person stuff]” before that joke starts sounding too bitter.
I wish Anna Wintour would have called me, because I had some really good theme ideas. Don’t worry. They can still be used next year! Well, some of them can be used next year. Some of them will be horribly dated by then, but I think some will be able to pull through. Seriously, I think these would be fun for everyone.
1. Subtle ombré and delicate appliqués. This is a great one that I think everyone can use, except Tilda Swinton. I think Tilda Swinton is probably going to fuck this one up, to be honest. She’ll show up with one giant appliqué and a lot of cut-outs. Like, some weird cut-out right where all of the appliqués should be. Why? Why does she ruin so much? Read more on The Gloss…
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.