Let’s talk punk! As an impressionable young girl fascinated with fashion and street style my Dr Martens and drainpipe jeans, were the closest I ever got to imitating a punk, although I do recall back-combing my hair, high above my head with copious amounts of hairspray, and rocking a Katherine Hamnett knock-off t-shirt. But, if we are really talking punk style, then without a doubt tartan, fishnets and spikes, dog-collar chokers, ripped t-shirts, a corset, leather, knuckle gloves, a mohawk, facial piercings, drainpipe jeans (in tartan preferably), Dr Martens and flashes of neon and graffiti are punk de rigueur.

Punk Chaos to Couture at The Met

Punk Chaos to Couture Exhibition at The Met.

Anarchy reigned at The Met on Monday evening as co-chairs Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara and co-founder of Moda Operandi Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci and Anna Wintour, hosted The Costume Institute gala benefit Punk: Chaos to Couture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sublime couture gowns glittered the red carpet—but why not go punk? Only a select few notables really emblazoned the true-grit of punk street-style and top of my fave list, Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi, Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Giles Deacon gown, with a Philip Treacy fascinator and tartan Christian Louboutin boots, and Madonna shocked in Givenchy Haute Couture—most certainly to be expected by Madonna, but Julie styled the complete look perfectly, with punk hair and make-up.

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Giles Deacon

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Giles Deacon

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

 

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs

 

Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture

Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

Linda Fargo looking Punk at The Met

Linda Fargo looking Punk at The Met

 

Lily Cole wearing Vivenne Westwood

Lily Cole wearing Vivenne Westwood

 

Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi

Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi

 

Christina Ricci wearing Vivienne Westwood

Christina Ricci wearing Vivienne Westwood

 

Amanda Seyfried in Vintage Givenchy

Amanda Seyfried in Vintage Givenchy

Miley Cyrus styled her cropped bleach hairdo in spikes and wore a fishnet dress by Marc Jacobs, Lily Cole in Vivienne Westwood, Amanda Seyfried wore vintage Givenchy, Chanel Iman wore a J.Mendel black and white striped organza gown with asymmetrical drape, Kate Bosworth decked out in a Balmain short body-conscious dress, Emma Watson and Elettra Wiedermann looked divine in Prabal Gurung, Olivia Wilde looked sleek and chic wearing an ivory Calvin Klein Collection satin bandeau dress, and perfectly apt—Christina Ricci resonated punk-chic wearing a tartan Vivienne Westwood Couture gown. Starlets, models and celebrities alike donned designers Anthony Vaccarello, Delpozo, Michael van der Ham, Nina Ricci, Rodarte, and Wes Gordon—a feast of fashion.

Moda Operandi the lead sponsor for Punk: Chaos to Couture curated a ‘Spotlight’ collection featuring red carpet gowns that were worn exclusively for the event, and are now available to order online. Shop the red carpet style from The Met’s annual spring ball on SPOTLIGHT collection or the PUNK collection. Hurry trunk show ends soon!

The Costume Institute exhibition Punk: Chaos to Couture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open May 9 through August 11, 2013.

Photos courtesy: WWD – Thomas Iannaccone and Evan Falk.