The recent Met Costume Institute Gala saw a surge of well dressed celebrities, with a little extra edgy oomph surrounding this year’s big theme: punk. Or more specifically, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”
Although many celebrity ensembles rocked the Met (including very pregnant reality star Kim Kardashian’s head to toe flower bomb) what really takes center stage at any punk soiree is the hardware, and this year’s jewelry additions certainly didn’t disappoint. The usual parade of studs and spikes took on new life paired with unexpected fabrics and more modern splashes of yellow gold replacing the standard cold steel. Even more amazing were the additions of several media normally reserved for anything but punk, like feathers, pastel beading, embroidery, sequins, silk, and tulle.
Baubles ranged from the understated, to the otherworldly, and as with any surprisingly modification-friendly fete, left us smiling at the prospect of finally having our alternative lifestyles understood by some major fashion houses. Rounding out some of the night’s favorites were Marc Jacobs, Topshop, Valentino, Givenchy, and Stella McCartney. Tattoos were left openly on display, with beautiful art highly visible on Paloma Faith, Kelly Osborne, Nicki Minaj, Lena Dunham, Eve, and several others.
To steal the new cleaner, post-punk style that was in full view at the Met Gala, ear cuffs, tarnished or antiqued chains, solid black spikes, natural stone jewelry, and oversized rings are all an excellent jumping off point. Pair with asymmetrical lines, geometric cut-outs, and well-tailored leather, and you’re on your way to fashion stardom.