Punk comes to the red carpet

Stars celebrate Punk: Chaos to Couture

‘It feels so good,’ Miley Cyrus said of her Marc Jacobs fishnet gown, ‘and so punk!’

That was the order of the evening at Monday night’s Costume Institute Gala, AKA the 2013 Met Ball, AKA fashion’s Oscar night, held at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. As far along the red-carpeted staircase as the eye could see, actors, designers and ELLE cover stars channeled the punk era’s anarchic spirit, for a black-tie ‘do with serious attitude.

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‘I felt like I was a punk-rock Addams Family Morticia,’ Cyrus added during the red-carpet livestream, bristling with excitement all the way through the gelled spikes of hair on her head. ‘It’s fun to really get to stick to a character tonight.’

Joining her in punk-inspired and punk-ish garb were Cara Delevingne, whose torso bristled with the spikes on her custom-made Burberry gown; Katy Perry in a heavily embellished Dolce & Gabbana dress, and Elle and Dakota Fanning, a sister act in coordinating Rodarte gowns.

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Anne Hathaway credited original punk Debbie Harry with inspiring her Met Ball look. The newly blonde Oscar winner (and past cover star) opted for a vintage, side-boob-baring Valentino gown from 1992. ‘I took the chaos thing as far as the couture would allow,’ she said.

Sarah Jessica Parker embraced the theme wholeheartedly, donning an extravagant Philip Treacy haute-‘hawk headdress, a bespoke Giles gown, and thigh-high, tartan-patterned Christian Louboutin boots.

Kristen Stewart and Cameron Diaz both turned up with Stella McCartney, who boasted about dressing ‘two of the coolest chicks in town.’ But Givenchy took the crown for dressing the most attendees. Beyonce, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Frank Ocean and Kim Kardashian—whose floral dress extended into gloves—all wore Givenchy designer and Met Ball co-host Riccardo Tisci’s creations.

The punkiest thing of all? Refusing to talk about punk. When Vivienne Westwood had her moment on the red carpet, she turned the conversation to her jewellery: a large, magazine-cover-like photograph of Wikileaks tipper Bradley Manning. Asked what she thought of the exhibition, Dame Vivienne only replied, ‘I had a little look and I liked some of my things. We’ll leave it there.’

See all the stars on the red carpet here...

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