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Met Gala: Punk, Mall Punk & Grannie Couture

7 May

I swore to myself I wouldn’t do another red carpet review because they are so bad now a days, but the Met Gala had some of the most embarrassing interpretations of punk and I had to dish.

First of all there were a hand full of stand out punk couture attendees:

-Madonna totally owned the look in Givenchy punk plaid, fishnets, and a dommie wig. Loved it.

-Sarah Jessica Parker really gave high-punk-couture in Giles Deacon. She totally called the right guy. Her mohawk head piece was stunning.

-Paloma Faith was totally on par with SJP. She look freakin bad ass hot in Michael Cinco (never heard of him, but love him now).

-I loved Rooney Mara in her Givenchy (almost everyone wore Givenchy probably because he was co-chair and his line is so hot right now). It was really the idea of the night; how punk has influenced fashion. I wish she would have worn those big earrings from the collection too. She never wears accessories, but I did love her dark lipstick.

There were a lot of people who looked very nice and presentable, like Gwen Stefani in a demure but cool Margiela ensemble (I expected a better look from her). Katy Perry was a bit more byzantine than punk but looked good in Dolce & Gabbana. Kristen Stewart and Cameron Diaz both wore remarkable Stella McCartney outfits. Florence Welch looked bewitching in black fringe Givenchy. There were a lot of just pretty dresses that were nice to see but nothing outstanding that you can’t see at the Emmys.

Now for the WTF:

People are loving Nicole Ritchie’s look. She did have on this sort of beautiful vintage looking/brocade type dress. I’m not looking it up, but that’s what it looked like. Her hair was absolutely unforgivably bad. I loved that she put some sort of white color in, but it was pulled back and she looked more like Mars Attacks than Met Gala. What was her hair person thinking?

Then there was Jennifer Morrison from my favorite show Once Upon a Time..she wore a lovely black lace Donna Karan dress, simple makeup, but her hair was done as a mohawk…but like she went to Supercuts at the mall and asked them to do it. If you’re going to go punk- match your hair, makeup and wardrobe…this goes for any look. I am so embarrassed for her. Hopefully some hair people are getting fired.

Beyonce, I love her but I think she thought she was going to the BET awards not the Met Gala. It was Givenchy, but I just didn’t love it for this. But she’s gorgeous and rich so she can do whatever. Oh, and then there was her sister, Solange. First, why is she at the Met Gala? Second, her dress is good for dinner out in Miami, not this event.

Ok, the grand finale of bad goes to Anna Wintour. It was Chanel, but it looked like my abuela found some Laura Ashely sheets and made a dress. It was all kinds of wrong, but very entertaining to dish on.

I was hoping to see more Zandra Rhodes, Jeremy Scott, Stephen Sprouse, Gareth Pugh, etc. It was a fun idea and I’m glad they did it, but I was a little disappointed in the amazing fashion opportunities missed.

Madonna ruled Roony was inspired SJP punk eleganza Paloma served it! Kristen looked great Cameron looked lovely Katy was Byzantine Gwen looked very nice Mars Attacks Nicole Jennifer - embarrassing When's the BET awards? Solange disappointed Anna in Grannie couture

Performance Art ala Drag

7 May

Detox in Black & White Candis Cayne w/ Detox on Drag Race Red Carpet

When I was first introduced to the gay scene in the mid-80s, drag queens were all older men in heavily sequined-mother-of-the-bride type of gowns…at least that’s what the scene was in west Texas. They were always fun and sassy with their facial stubble coming out after midnight. I could always appreciate their creativity and risk taken to dress up.

As pop culture awareness has grown to include greater drag influence, the stand out icon in this contemporary field is surely RuPaul. RuPaul’s Drag Race tv show has seemed to reinvigorate drag and taken it to a new audience and new level of artistry. I could write on and on about the topic, but what I wanted to highlight was the ensemble of Drag-Race contestant, Detox, which took her to a sort of performance art level at the show’s recent finale. She created a black and white photo look on the colorful red carpet and stage; it was visually challenging and provocative. If this was done by someone like Vanessa Beecroft or even Cindy Sherman (I could see it), it would be all over the art world.

The level of creativity on the Hollywood red carpet has really dwindled in the past decade as fashion blogs and fashion tv have insulted unique style and created fear in the ego driven actors and musicians that would have taken a creative fashion risk back in the day. I think for now the Drag Race red carpet is going to be more interesting than the Oscars, but as history proves- drag will be influential on the mainstream and I look forward to seeing that happen soon.

Art is constantly expanding in its definition and Detox really created an artist achievement that I felt I had to recognize. Work that red carpet girl!