August 30 2014

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Three’s a Trend: Rococo Riot


Eschewing pins, plaids, and pugnaciousness, a few of last night’s Met Gala attendees opted for a different sort of ornamentation: all things baroque. Curious, you might think, since gilt and whorls don’t exactly fit with punk’s middle-fingers-up grittiness. But with parallel underlying airs of metallurgy and commoditized Gothicism, we’d say these ladies picked up on a bloodline between the zeitgeists.

Beyoncé’s hellfire custom-made Givenchy gown evoked monarchal muscle and flamboyant architectural tones. Katy Perry arrived in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana—florid gold-leafed crown included. Dolce & Gabbana also dressed Giovanna Battaglia and Tabitha Simmons. The former wore the label’s Alta Moda couture line, and both looks recalled a seaside Palermo church awash in halcyon daylight. Hilary Rhoda also walked the line between rococo and rebellion; her Wes Gordon top featured fine-lined Aurelian patterning on diaphanous black sheer—but her cropped leather pants were 100 percent King’s Road.


Paint It Punk


Known for her candy-hued 1960s aesthetic, Lisa Perry is not a “punk” chick. So the theme of next week’s Met Ball—Punk: Chaos to Couture—posed a bit of a problem. “My first reaction was, ‘Oh no, what am I possibly going to do for punk? It’s so not my thing. I am so not a spikes girl,’” Perry told The answer, she explained, revealed itself during a serendipitous trip to Brooklyn. “I was driving along, and I saw some graffiti, and I thought, I’m going to spray-paint a dress!” The lightbulb moment not only inspired the creation of her daughter’s Met frock (Perry herself opted for a black column gown with leather accents) but also a five-piece capsule collection (below) and window installation that will arrive at her Madison Avenue boutique on May 6.

“Graffiti ties back to my love of art,” said Perry, whose past collections have nodded to Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Jeff Koons. “It just connects everything.” Perry invited to witness the birth of her pop-meets-punk experiment. On the roof of her Sutton Place apartment, the designer was armed with a drop cloth and no fewer than two dozen cans of spray paint. She stepped gamely out of her Manolo pumps and, with a real DIY spirit, got to work. The resulting party frock is a brightly colored tribute to street art, with a few rebellious, albeit playful, undertones.

Perry also served up some veteran’s advice to first-time Met Ball attendees. “The frightening part is getting through the red carpet! Once you get to the top, it’s the most incredible spectacle. You don’t know where to look first. It’s just a magical, magical event.”

Lisa Perry is located at 988 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075; (212) 431-7467.

Steampunks on Parade


By now, everyone is well versed in the intricacies of punk style—from Mohawks and safety pins to trash-bag dresses and Dr. Martens (and if you’re not, you might want to educate yourself via our Punk Quiz). But this past weekend in North Yorkshire, it was the sci-fi, nineteenth-century-inspired steampunks, rather than the streetwise seventies rebels, who reigned. A curious subculture that fuses Victorian garb with high-tech steam-powered accessories (think everything from handheld lasers to airships), steampunks gathered for a nineteen-year-old biannual festival in Whitby to show off their elaborate duds. We doubt we’ll be seeing any goggles or mechanical limbs at next week’s Met Ball, but those full-fingered rings (above) would make a punchy addition to any punk ensemble—steam or otherwise.

Photos: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

What’s Your Favorite Met Ball Memory?


The streets of London are still lined with confetti from Kate and Will’s big day, but here at, we’re not done speculating about dresses. That’s because the Costume Institute Gala is tonight. Given the subject of this year’s exhibition, Alexander McQueen, the Metropolitan Museum’s red carpet will be aglow with frocks by the late designer, not to mention those by the label’s current creative director and designer of Kate’s wedding dress, Sarah Burton. But there are bound to be some surprises, too. Who will make our best-dressed list? Check back late night for our picks, and in the meantime, enjoy this slideshow of some of our favorites from the past ten years.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW, and let us know if we left out any of your faves.