.met gala 2013: what the punk?!.

Ah, the Met Gala – one of fashion’s greatest nights. Held in conjunction with the opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institue and hosted by Vogue, celebs and influencers flock to the incredible museum annually to strut the famed red carpet.

This year’s theme, Punk: Chaos to Couture, brought the hotness. While many of my favorite icons looked beautiful in ethereal gowns, I was disappointed in the lack of punk-ness (Heidi Klum – you wear Marchesa like no one else, but I expected more from you). Even designers Diane von Furstenburg and Donatella Versace got in the mood with spikes and studs. Read on for my fave true punksters from last night’s ball.

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Photo by Us Weekly

First up is Christina Ricci, representing original haute punk in a Vivienne Westwood couture number, fishnets and criss-crossed pumps.

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Photo by HuffingtonPost Style

Model Anja Rubik wore Anthony Vaccarello , showing off her stems and sassy red heels. Her side-swept hair and focused gaze say punk rocker, loud and clear.

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Photo by SawFirst

LeeLee Sobieski’s Christian Dior Couture look featured a white bodice, black t-shirt and embellished gloves. On theme, indeed.

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Photo by Celebuzz

Risk taker Katy Perry donned a Dolce and Gabbana frock, bedazzled with Joan of Arc, whom Perry calls “The OG Queen of PUNK” (her words, not ours). A gold crown topped her head to match her intricate nails.

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Photo by Just Jared

Girls star Alison Williams got the black, sheer, cutout memo for last night’s red carpet. Despite being slightly predictable, she looks dynamite in this Altuzarra gown.

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Photo by Daily Mail

Nicole Richie went way out there, and I absolutely loved it. This demure but radiant Topshop dress was a surprising choice. Hairstylist Luke Chamberlain used hair paint to achieve this grey shade, which was the perfect compliment to her intense tan and full-on ear jewels.

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Photo by Just Jared

Aubrey Plaza was dressed by Vouge, which may be why I find this snakeskin dress by Marios Schwab so captivating. Her Barbara Bui heels are perfection.

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Photo by Vanity Fair

Beyoncé has done it again. Though the train is a bit reminisient of her gown last year, she is rocking Givenchy like no other. The heeled boots and nearly fullarm gloves are punk-meets-glamazon (and admit it – slightly Destiny’s Child reminiscent).

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Photo by Daily Mail

Girl about town Alexa Chung wore a Fall ’13 Erdem ensemble, representing dainty punk with a chocker-inspired neckline and off-the-shoulder sleeves. I love this look.

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Photo by CocoPerez

Paloma Faith took a Gaga approach in this dramatic gown by Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco. Her long gloves were fingerless – à la punk.

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Photo by Just Jared

Minka Kelly dazzled on her first Met Ball red carpet in Carolina Herrara, with flawless makeup and braided tresses. Going for “British-regal-meets-punk,” according to her hair stylist Jen Atkin, Minka looked divine and quite possibly was my favorite look of the night.

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Photo by Fashion Bomb Daily

Model Coco Rocha went wild in her leopard, embellished, high-slitted gown – created by her date Emanuel Ungaro, Creative Director of Fausto Puglisi. Gotta give Co snaps for stepping up her game, and pairing this look with blunt bangs and black booties. Never one to be tame!

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Photo by Style Snooper Dan

Rose Huntington-Whitely oozed sex appeal in this Gucci gown. With strategic mesh and feather placement, Rosie is red hot.

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Photo by US Weekly

Modern day punk princess Gwen Stefani honed in on her signature style in this Maison Martin Margiela dress. Gwennie showed off enviable abs, a Fred Leighton tough-girl necklace, bright lips and riot-worthy hair (natch).

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Photo by US Weekly

Florence Welch called upon her recent style staple, Givenchy, to dress her for this year’s Met Gala. Though her look is a bit more goth than punk, Flo is unique and confident – just the way I like to see her.

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Photo by Bitten and Bound

Pretty meets punk in Julianne Hough’s Topshop strapless number. The faux hawk, studded heels and talon-like nails lean her just enough to the dark side to squeeze on this list.

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Photo by Huffington Post Style

Finally, for the dark horse of the evening, may I present Anne Hathaway in (what else?) Valentino. Between the sexy gown (side boob! sparkle!), the smoky eye, and the big shocker – platinum hair – Anne shook things up on this red carpet. Never before has she graced my dressed to impress list, and I’m happy to see her on here.

Honorable mentions from last night’s fête: Nina Dobrev’s dress-turned-pantsuit for the afterparty, Jessica Biel’s septum bling, SJP’s ah-mazing Phillip Treacy headwear, and Madonna’s forced costume.

.grammys trend alert: outrageous beauty.

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While I typically love spotting trends during award show red carpets, the Grammys are a complete free-for-all. There is no rhyme or reason as to what celebrities wear, making it nearly impossible to spot a trend (other than the more outrageous and unexpected, the better). Instead I’ve decided to round up a few of my favorite looks, listed below in no particular order. Do you agree with my picks?

One glaring trend was long sleeves. Though many of them were not my favorite (Adele and Maria Menounos, for example) there were a few sleeved gals that I loved.

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Photo by Huffington Post

Katy Perry brought the hotness (and snubbed the Oscar dress code) in this smoldering mint green Gucci gown. The embellishment and bared chest were a lot, but her subtle makeup, soft hair and solitary seafoam ring totally worked.

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Photo by Sugarscape

Beyonce also rocked unexpected glamour in a black and white colorblocked pantsuit. The slits in the sleeves of this Osman ensemble remained sultry and sophisticated. I loved her sleek pony and oversized cuff bracelets.

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Photo by Huffington Post

Keeping it in the Knowles family, Solange aced this Ralph and Russo Couture number. The emerald green hue (which is officially Patone’s color of the 2013), structured cap sleeves and bright textured shoes were right on point. But my favorite element? Her perfect afro and nude lips. Solange just may have been my favorite look of the night.

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Photo by Us Magazine

As I’m always a sucker for an afro, Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town also earned a spot on my list. She paired feathers, a backless gown and messy locks perfectly. Her Maria Lucia Hohan dress fit like a glove.

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Photo by Us Magazine

Also one to scoff at the dress code, Kelly Rowland stunned in this Georges Chakra number. The strategic cutouts and delicate train were perfection! Her shiny bangs completed her look.

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Photo by College Fashion Net

Another long-sleeved beauty was Florence Welch in Gievenchy. She jumped on the emerald bandwagon but spiced up the couture gown with studs and sparkles. The look was classic Flo and complimented her red tresses sensationally.

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Photo by E! Online

Rihanna was refreshingly demure in this beautiful Alaia gown. The sheer bust kept her look undeniably sexy, but her soft curls and bright red lip were a welcome change from her raunchy Instagram pictures. She looked timelessly classic.

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Photo by InStyle

Estelle shook things up in a printed two piece by Genelle Brooks x Love Collins. Her look was original and fun, and clearly on trend with the long-sleeved look.