.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.

Photo by Us Weekly

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.

Photo by Just Jared

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).

Photo by US Weekly

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.

.oscar trend alert: aj’s very favs.

Ah yes, I must admit this is a bit of a superfluous list. Without cohesiveness, these are my favorite gowns of yesteryear (err…yesterday). Though I’ve blogged about Oscars 2013 trends here and here, I needed to mention my very favs. Some of these looks are from the Academy Awards, and some are simply from the parties celebrating the occasion. Agree or not, scope out my list below and let me know your thoughts!

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Photo by Digital Spy

Hands down #1 is the iconic, incomparable, irresistible Jane Fonda. At 75 years young, Jane wowed in this canary Versace number. Forever my hero.

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Photo by PopSugar

Speaking of incomparable, let’s touch on Namoi Watts for a moment, shall we? She was simply flawless in this Armani Prive gown. The unexpected neckline and luxurious fabric dazzled on the red carpet.

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Photo by Lifestyle.Yahoo

British personality/fashionista Louise Roe was ethereal in Monique Lhuillier. I loved the delicate, feminine detail.

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Photo by Tom and Lorenzo

Jessica Chastain easily graced every Best Dressed List with this glamourous Armani Prive number. Her mega-watt smile (clad in perfectly red lipstick) made her even more beautiful.

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Photo by Digital Spy

Zoe Saldana was both flirtatious and delicate in Alexis Mabille garb. I could have done without the belt, but the ruffles and layers were charming.

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Photo by Styleite

Molly Sims dazzled in this sleeved Temperley London number at Elton John’s Oscar party. She looked confident and regal all at once. A total knockout.

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Photo by Fashion Gone Rogue

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was a pink goddess in this Valentio dream, but she mixed in a naughty element with the black choker. Spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, Rosie was impeccable as always.

Photo by OK Magazine

Photo by OK Magazine

Lily Collins brought the right amount of intrigue in this beautiful Zuhair Murad dress. Shimmering in blue, the contrast of the top and bottom of this gown were captivating at the infamous VF Oscar bash.

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Photo by IBI Times

My favorite wildcard of the evening, Diane Kruger was a welcomed breath of fresh air at the Vanity Fair party. Decked in a Giambattista Valli frock and amazing Louboutins, I was completely excited by this look.