FASHION Celebrities from the world of films and music embrace the Punk theme in a big way
Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz were among the celebrities to embrace the punk theme at New York’s Met gala, the fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that’s affectionately known as “the party of the year”. But Beyonce, the event’s honorary chairwoman, seemed the girl on fire on a red carpet that might rival the Oscars in celebrity wattage.
Wearing a flame-motif gown with long gloves and a long train by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Beyonce was one of the last arrivals, following in the studded heel footsteps of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lopez. Beyonce was already thinking ahead, though, wondering if she’d need scissors at the end of the night to get out of the corset.
Many stars embraced the big Costume Institute exhibit they were there to celebrate — ‘Punk-From Chaos to Couture’. Cameron Diaz and Anne Hathaway both said they were influenced by the punk scene especially the music when they were growing up. Diaz came with Kristen Stewart and Stella McCartney, who designed both of their outfits. Diaz’s cobalt-coloured cape dress had a severe studded belt. “I feel so chic,” Diaz said. “Punk rock has a unique culture and distinct style that I really admire,” Hilfiger had said earlier in the day.
“Music of all genres has always been a central influence in my designs. I tend to gravitate more toward classic American rock, but I listen to and love punk rock albums from The Ramones and Blondie.” Madonna said she was a fan of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen “and that whole era.” Still, she added, she didn’t want her plaid jacket, netted top and stockings to be too literal. “I wanted to do my own thing, but my own twist on it.”
The Met gala traditionally mixes Hollywood stars, fashion designers and top models. It’s largely orchestrated by Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief. She wore a hot-pink floral Chanel gown, which she said is a colour that symbolises the punk movement. The edgy theme could have thrown some people off their fashion game. “I think (punk) is so eclectic and so original and maybe it sort of represents what’s very fearless about fashion.”