Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Those that "punked" and those that funked from punk

The annual Met Ball held in New York is an excuse for any A-Lister to deck themselves in glamorous attire head to toe. Last year's theme Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations gave attendees the excuse to simply wear fabulous dresses, preferably Prada. However this year's theme: punk was a little more challenging for Hollywood A-Listers and would mean compromising glamour in some cases. Essentially there were those that "punked" and those that funked from punk.

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Those that showcased a punk look included Sienna Miller, Madonna, Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins. It was spikes, studs and grungy makeup galore on the red carpet. Collins' goth like makeup with catlike wings around her eye, particularly caught my attention. Not to mention the horizontal, exaggerated lines which are very on trend. I was impressed that one lady whose makeup is normally impeccable was willing to go grunge. A special mention goes out to Sarah Jessica Parker who wore Giles Deacon, thigh high tartan Louis Vuitton boots and a Philip Tracey headpiece bearing a mowhawk. Head to tie the whole look embraced punk wholeheartedly, from the tartan to the mowhawk Sarah Jessica Parker showed that she is a true party trooper, by sticking to the theme.

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However there were those that did not seem to spot the dress code on the invitation, ahem...Miranda Kerr, Emma Watson, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Katie Holmes and Gwyneth Paltrow. What were they thinking in turning up to a Met Ball wearing ballgowns with not an inch of punk between them? Ladies wearing black does not count as punk! Katie Holmes in particular ignored the dress code with her white floor length Francisco Costa gown which was far from punky and actually looked like her next wedding dress.

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This year's theme was a bit of an ask for these glamorous ladies who are normally never seen looking less than flawless. However that is not to say that punk could have not been made fashionable. A few studs or tartan would not have gone amiss from some. Nevertheless I applaud those that took note of the dress code. All I can hope for is more Met Ball themes which push the aesthetic boundaries. After a while floor length ball gowns become tiresome.