If you recall, there was a great hue and cry among the society swells who were invited to this year’s Costume Exhibit ball because none of them knew exactly what to wear to a punk-themed ball. Certainly not actual punk. So stylists from here to Timbuktu were charged with trying to track down vintage Versace ball gowns with a giant safety pin attached or some artfully dishabille Comme des Garcons gown. In the end, though, it looks as if everybody just threw their hands in the air and wore whatever the hell they wanted. The only legitimately punk looks are from Zandra Rhodes (who, frankly, looked ridiculous and out of place) and supermodel Anja Rubik (and let’s be real about her luxe leather getup: It probably cost upwards of $10,000, which ain’t very punk). Elsewhere on the red carpet, we see vague nods to the theme: Ivanka Trump‘s gold spike cuffs, Rooney Mara‘s dark purple lipstick, and Constance Jablonski‘s fetish-light harness straps over her gown. But all in all, I’m thinking the theme is a bit of a fizzle. Check out the early arrivals at ONTD, and we will probably be posting more tomorrow.
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