Punk at the Met Ball

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Punk - On & Off the Red Carpet

The Met Ball, at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art, is always the year's most elaborate display of incredible fashion and this year was no different. The theme was 'Punk: Chaos to Couture' and when the house of Valentino's Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri asked me to join them, I was thrilled to see what they would create with my right fashion hand, Elizabeth Saltzman.

We got all inspired in the goop office about punk making a comeback through subtle influence and thus, we asked one of my absolute favorite websites, the most excellently curated SSENSE, to show us how we could work it into our spring/summer wardrobes.



The Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

We asked stylist Elizabeth Saltzman to tell us about the inspiration for the dress I wore:

An initial sketch from the Valentino team.

“When I first started to research the punk theme, I visited a neighbor of mine who’d been in the music business and had a collection of all her punk pieces from the past. She had this one big pink ball-gown skirt that I immediately took to. In thinking about what Gwyneth could wear, I didn’t want her to show up in a costume. So this look is all about anarchy – truly going against the grain and not wearing what everyone expects. That’s about as punk as you can get, which is why the dynamic duo, Pierpaolo and Maria of Valentino, made so much sense. Their clothes are so pretty...”

First Fitting

About three weeks before the event, Elizabeth and I meet with Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, to see the dress for the first time. The dress arrives big and requires some refining to make it more fitted.

Pierpaolo, Maria and me.

We change the height of the cutout while Elizabeth Saltzman takes a closer look at the fabric. We decide to take all the lining out to make the dress even more sheer.

2nd Fitting

About ten days later, I try on the dress for the second time. The fit is better but Pierpaolo thinks it needs more refining.

Day of

A few small, last minute adjustments are sewn in after I try the final version on.

Getting ready.

Elizabeth and hairdresser David Babaii wanted my hair to have natural texture and David tried adding a few blue strands, but in the end I opted for a natural ponytail.

We chose a pair of Wilfredo Rosado inverted diamond studs to complete the look. It was a choice between those and the pair from Shaun Leane.

Matching shoes on, ready to go.

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At the Ball with Pierpaolo and Maria Grazia.

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Some favorite looks of the night were Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors, Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga and Cara Delevingne in Burberry.

Punk Inspiration

Inspired by the Gala and the Costume Institute’s 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' show, we picked out some of our favorite punk-influenced pieces from SSENSE to bring into our wardrobe.

Night Out

Go for asymmetrical shaped dresses in black and hot pink, two of punk’s most basic colors. Or walk the line between edgy and ladylike in Alexander McQueen’s corseted numbers.

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Helmut Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen

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A mini dress for a nod to the 80’s...

Alexander Wang Alexander McQueen

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Or, opt for a skirt – black leather, pink leather, over-the-top, or draped - they’re all appropriately anarchic.

Helmut Lang Philip Lim McQ Alexander McQueen Helmut

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Wear with a biker jacket in leather or silk.

IRO 3.1 Philip Lim

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Pair with a tougher heel.

Versus Saint Laurent
Giuseppe Zannotti Saint Laurent

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Pair a loose and graphic oversized T-shirt with leather leggings.

Givenchy Givenchy Balmain

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Helmut Lang Rag & Bone R13

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Top with a blazer and add a studded pair of suede flats or boots.

Chloé Alexander Wang McQ Alexander McQueen

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Take it from day to night with a pair of sculptural heels.

Gareth Pugh Lanvin
Giuseppe Zanotti Givenchy

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Skulls, thorns, snakes and studs...

Aurélie Bidermann Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen Tom Binns

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Plenty of red...

Givenchy Alexander McQueen Alexander Wang Alexander McQueen

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Tom Binns Dominic Jones Saint Laurent

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