MADONNA, Beyonce and Katy Perry were among the celebrities to embrace the punk theme at the Met gala in New York this week, the fundraiser that has become known as “the party of the year.”
And while the A-list attractions also included , Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz, it was Beyonce, the event’s honorary chairwoman, who seemed the girl on fire on a red carpet that rivals the Oscars in celebrity wattage.
Wearing a flame-motif gown with long gloves and a long train by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Beyonce was one of the last arrivals, following in the studded heel footsteps of Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Lopez.
Beyonce was already thinking ahead, though, wondering if she’d need scissors at the end of the night to get out of the corset.
Many stars embraced the big Costume Institute exhibit they were there to celebrate, Punk: From Chaos to Couture, although in a more classic style were golfer Tiger Woods with skier Lindsey Vonn.
Sarah Jessica Parker donned an oversized feather mohawk by Philip Treacy that complemented her graffiti-splashed and slashed gown by Giles Deacon, which she also paired with custom-made, thigh-high, tartan-plaid Christian Louboutin boots.
Cameron Diaz and Anne Hathaway both said they were influenced by the punk scene – especially the music – when they were growing up. Diaz came with Kristen Stewart and Stella McCartney, who designed both of their outfits.
Hathaway showed off a short blond hairdo and a vintage burned-out Valentino gown. She said her inspiration for the outfit was Blondie’s Debbie Harry, who was just a few steps ahead on the red carpet in a glitzy studded blazer by Tommy Hilfiger.
Katie Holmes, in a moulded gown with a metal halter neckline by Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, also gave a nod to Harry as her punk icon.
Madonna said she was a fan of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen “and that whole era.” Still, she added, she didn’t want her plaid jacket, netted top and stockings to be too literal. “I wanted to do my own thing, put my own twist on it.”
Who said punk is dead?