When it comes to major red carpet events, most people think of the Oscars, the Emmys, the Grammy’s, the Golden Globes, etc. Each major creative powerhouse has at least one red carpet event every year to celebrate and recognize the contemporary talent. The recording industry, the film industry, network television, Broadway. They all have their night on the red carpet. And so it is that every year the fashion industry has such a night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to formally kick of the annual Costume Institute Exhibit. The evening is called The Metropolitan Gala Ball, or for short:
The Met Gala
What separates the Met Gala from many other red carpet events is that… well… it’s the fashion industry we’re talking about. So, while the invite certainly calls for a very formal dress code, each year there is a theme for the evening that affects the dress code as well. Think of it as a challenge to the most fashion forward icons of our time, all gathered under one roof. This year the theme proved to be quite the challenge, especially for the men. Many a celebrity flourished or floundered as they tried to reconcile Black Tie attire with the evening’s theme:
Punk: Chaos to Couture.
The “Blue” Crowd
Ever since the release of the latest James Bond flick ‘Skyfall‘, midnight blue has become an increasingly popular formal option on the red carpet. Below are a couple of our favorites that kept that trend going, and a couple that took that trend to its most logical punk roots.
The “Black Tie” Crowd
For many, trying to reconcile Black Tie with anything other than Black Tie is just impossible. Call it a strict interpretation of the formal classic or a keen understanding of what one can and cannot get away with formally. Whatever the case, the men below decided to go strictly Black Tie and not punk out their tuxedos at all. After all, nothing says punk like a wanton disregard for the dress code. Clever.
The “Punk” Crowd
Below are some of our favorite Met guests that really took the theme to heart. A heart held together with stitches and safety pins. While some of the more punk-y ensembles of the evening were still very derivative of Black Tie, others seemed to have fun stretching the definition of “formal.”
The “Good-Mix” Crowd
Somewhere between all of the envelope-pushing punk guests and the strictly black tie folks were a few of the evening’s real gems. These men pictured below were among the thematically best dressed men of the evening. Each in their own way took the classic black tie principals and changed subtle things for a little edge of punk. The look they wound up with was both formal and fun.
And The Winner Is…
Even though the Met Gala isn’t really an awards ceremony, we couldn’t let a red carpet challenge like this pass by without naming a winner for the evening. And we think you’ll agree that, really, it couldn’t be anyone else. In our humble (correct) opinion, the man who best exemplified both dressing formally AND Punk in a way that made the two extremes work together in harmony and manly awesomeness is none other than the punk rock legend himself:
Honestly, all he would have to do is wear a tuxedo – any tuxedo – and we would have named him the winner because that tuxedo was wrapped around one of the founding fathers of punk, but Marky Ramone didn’t leave it at that. He went with an all black ensemble, black spider broach, black shades, and best of all, patent leather converse shoes with straps. His duds in totality looked less like he was trying to reconcile two extremes and more like he was a punk legend going to a red carpet event. Funny, that. Well played, Marky.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. There were a lot of incredible looks during the Met Gala. To see more styles, check out GQ’s Gallery:
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