One 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.
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.