This year’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit – celebrating the opening of the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition – was co-chaired by Rooney Mara, Moda Operandi creative director Lauren Santo Domingo, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Some attendees obviously didn’t read the invitation, missing completely that the evening’s theme was based on the exhibition (Punk: Chaos to Couture), and were as boring as plain vanilla ice cream. Fortunately, there were those that took the theme to heart and delved into the task of creating a “punkish” ensemble with imagination and zeal.
Madonna won for the most passionate, true-to-the-theme look in a Givenchy blazer, thigh hi’s and bright pink pumps. Her Cleopatra wig topped off the look with her usual aplomb. Sarah Jessica Parker, in her divine combination of a Giles Deacon’s gown and velvet tartan plaid Louis Vuitton thigh-high boots, along with Ashley Olsen in a Chanel Haute Couture gown paired with a vintage Balmain jacket, were close runner-ups. They looked awesome!!
Other winners were Sienna Miller, who completely grasped the concept in a Burberry white low v-neck fitted dress topped off with a studded black motorcycle jacket. Nicole Richie expressed her inner punkdom by dying her hair grey. Her selection of a custom-made, beaded, column white Top Shop gown let her hair do the talking. The two were the epitome of chic punk.
Then there were those that celebrated the sexy side of punk – Anne Hathaway looked uber sexy in her see through vintage Valentino gown, and her platinum dyed locks. Ciley Myrus’s slinky fish net Marc Jacobs gown – though it covered more – and her blonde-tipped spiked hair had more of a punkish sexy flair to it.
I would be amiss if I didn’t mention the night’s co-host, Rooney Mara’s, Riccardo Tisci – another of the evening’s co-host – white lace, exaggerated shoulder dress with a high center split. Simply stunning!
Top section – from top left to right: Nicole Riche in Custom Top Shop, Anne Hathaway in Vintage Valentino, Karolina Kurkova in Mary Katranzou, Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney, Gisele Bundchen in Anthony Vaccarello, Leelee Sobieski in Dior Haute Couture, Jessica Biel in Giambattista Valli, Dakato Fanning in Rodarte.
Bottom Section – from top left to right: Madanna in Givenchy, Diane Kruger in Chanel Haute Couture, Ashley Olsen in Chanel Haute Couture gown and a Vintage Balmain Jacket, Sienna Miller in Burberry, Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon and Louis Vuitton Boots, Rosie Huntington in Gucci, Rooney Mara in Riccardo Tisci, Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs.