Being Punk After The Met Gala

Tachman--Met-Gala-AFter-Party-0066_101813525400.jpg_carousel_partiesOne of the best parts of the multi-phase event that is the Met Gala is witnessing the changes that take place. And no, not changes in perspective. We’re talking about those who change their clothes throughout the festivities—like Karen Elson, who morphed from 1930s bombshell on the red carpet to a punk at the late-night fete with a septum piercing. Over in a booth, Prabal Gurung was grooving with Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang, who, with the right makeup and some guitars could definitely form a cool rock band. Gurung’s favorite part of the evening was a performance by punk queen Debbie Harry. “I think the essence of who she is truly represents what punk is: originality against the norm and a philosophy based on conviction.” Deep wisdom for after hours.

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Jokes about cramming couture into a tiny washroom aside (chaos!), the conclusion of Met tends to feel like pure magic, especially for newbies. Like performer and producer Miguel, who admitted experiencing nerves before spending the evening sitting with “faces you know in fashion and music and culture, all at your table, eating the same food and listening to the same music in that moment.” But remember what Santo Domingo said about not caring what people think? “I think for anyone who shared this night as their first time at the Met, they understand the anxiety,” Miguel said, “By the end, it is absolutely, overwhelmingly worth it.”

Here is the scene of the after party New York style punk, fashion, to let loose.

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Tough-Chic Nature Night Of Fashion

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It should have been obvious with a spring exhibition called “Punk: Chaos to Couture” that the scenes at fashion’s party of the year, celebrating its opening, would include some of a tough-chic nature. But Ms. Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue and a chairwoman of the annual event, had gone over the top, decorating the museum’s entrance hall with a 40-foot-tall chandelier made of thousands of aluminum plates in the shape of razor blades. It was a little scary, and was expected to be dismantled by Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday, waiting for the first of 800 celebrities and supermodels to make their way up the long staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the annual Costume Institute gala, Anna Wintour tapped a young man with a spiky blond mohawk on the shoulder. He wore a red blazer with the words “the government is lying” scrawled on the back.

“You look very handsome tonight,” Ms. Wintour told him. “Thank you,” he said, a little befuddled. “So do you.”

Heidi Klum took one look at the urinals and said, “You can still go to certain clubs in London and see this.”

But there is nowhere else you could have seen Gwyneth Paltrow in a candy-pink Valentino gown with a cutout band across the chest, Nicole Richie with her hair dyed a shocking gray, Anne Hathaway with super

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blond hair channeling Debbie Harry, and Ms. Harry herself, dressed as if for a combination wedding-funeral in a black tartan dress by Tommy Hilfiger.

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