This year's Met Gala attendees gave us good reason to think two outfits are better than one. And who can blame Ashley Greene for trading her dramatic Marchesa gown for something a little shorter come afterparty? Those iconic Met stairs (read: not ornate-dress friendly) alone could prompt an outfit change, but we think it gives this A-list set another chance to show off one more great look before night's end. Case in point: Allison Williams's surprising dark and sexy twofer, courtesy of Altuzarra. Or how about Madonna's Givenchy Haute Couture tartan and fishnets getup that turned into just fishnets all over? The beauty of seeing fashion's finest is actually seeing them at their finest, and that means outfit changes galore. Which stars were bona fide Met Gala quick-change artists? Find out right this way.
When Beyoncé arrived on the red carpet at last night's Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we thought the show was over: Queen Bey had arrived fashionably late to fashion's biggest night, and she stole the show in custom Givenchy. But just around the corner, Madonna — perhaps the original Queen of Pop — seemed ready to take back her throne. Moments after Beyoncé made her way atop the staircase, Madonna showed up in a look so punk, we thought she might have ransacked the museum's Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition to get all the materials. (Which, now that we think about it, would have been quite fitting.)
Also in bespoke Givenchy, Madonna had all the workings of true punk royalty. For the details on her look and her afterparty attire, find them here in this gallery.
The hair and makeup at the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is consistently some of the best of the year. And with a theme centering around the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, high drama was a must-have look. But surprisingly, the best looks of the evening ran the gamut of sophisticated rebel to all-out rocker.
Sarah Jessica Parker wowed the red carpet congregation with an over-the-top Trojan headpiece that was nestled among a twisting collection of fishtail plaits. Nicole Richie was also a surprising arrival, sporting a wispy, gray beehive that was part powdered wig and part punk. Speaking of wigs, Madonna opted for a Bettie Page-inspired hairpiece, complete with short, blunt fringe.
Moving on to the blondes of the ball, Sienna Miller went all-out grunge with a seriously textured hairstyle embellished with a studded hairpiece, inky black liner, and a nude lipstick. And in one of the more jaw-dropping moments of the evening, Anne Hathaway stunned with a peroxide blond pompadour, accented with lavender shadow and loads of liner. Whether they were giving punk a sophisticated spin or going completely chaotic, these five ladies stole the show in their own right. But who was your pick for the best punk beauty look of the Met Gala?
The Brits sure know how to rock it out punk style on the red carpet, which is perhaps why so many of them were in attendance at last night's 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala in New York City. Clad in every designer under the sun (more on who wore what British designers later), they were dressed to impress from head to toe with stunning accessories, gowns and shoes full of chains, studs and of course — fishnet. Take a look at these British beauties in my gallery here and leave a comment at the end letting me know who you think looked best.
Madonna didn't go too far into punk territory for her Met Gala beauty look. In fact, she didn't even channel her early '80s persona for the big event. Instead, the Material Girl opted for something more chic: a dark blunt bob and a classic red lip. Vote on her beauty style here!
Celebrity fragrances have proven year after year to be some of the biggest money makers on the market. That's perhaps why there were so many this year. International stars like Madonna launched Truth or Dare, whilst Rihanna decided that her third time might be a charm and she released Nude just last week. Other British pop stars like JLS, dropped their scent called Kiss, along with Chery Lloyd who created Pink Diamond. Last but not least was model Twiggy her let her own name do the marketing with her release of Twiggy Eau de Parfum by Twiggy London. Out of these five fragrances, which was your favourite of the year?
If you had to take a trip down memory lane and choose the worst hairstyle of all time, what would it be? Perhaps you'd pick the mid 1980s where hairspray and high fringe was in fashion? Or, how about the classic mullet when long in the back and short in the front was all the rage? Personally, I was never a fan of the pixie cut or the bowl cut, but man did I rock the side ponytail and the permanent wave. Take a look at these eight slides and leave a comment with some of your personal hair horror stories!
I know what you're thinking...this is just what the world needs, right. Another celebrity fragrance on the market, especially by the Queen of Pop. However, from reading what's been blasted online all morning, it sounds like this "feminine and mysterious" scent is legit. Madge worked closely with Stephen Nilsen of the Givauden perfume house to create Truth or Dare (yes, it has the same name as her 1991 film, and it is also the first part of her lifestyle brand that will include accessories, lingerie and champagne). He seemed taken with her dedication, and apparently Stephen even took 200 revised samples over to her New York City flat whilst she was there last Summer. In her press kit, Madonna says,
"There is something primal and mystical about the sense of smell. It connects us to memory, nostalgia and the ability to dream and fantasize. I have always been obsessed by fragrance and for years wanted to create something personal that was an expression of me, but that other people could relate to as well. Something classical and timeless and yet modern. We can be tricked by what we see and what we hear but not by what we smell."
The juice was inspired by her deceased mother whom she said, "always smelled like gardenias and tuberose." It contains a blend of white florals, vanilla, caramelized amber and woods. The bottle is gold and white and the design was based off of a silver tube that she carried her fragrance tester vials in — I guess she didn't want to get too far out of her comfort zone for this part of the project!
Truth or Dare Eau de Parfum will be available in three sizes (75-30ml) starting at £25 with a body lotion and shower gel as accouterments. It will be available exclusively at Selfridges on 18th April with a national rollout in May. Will you dare to wear Truth or Dare this Spring?
If you're anything like Mr. FabSugarUK, you stayed up as long as you could to watch the biggest TV sporting event in America last night. Or, perhaps you're more like me who instead woke up this morning and watched on fast foward until the half time show starring Madonna! In several Givenchy Haute Couture costumes, with Roman soldiers and other artists by her side, her twelve minute, forty second performance is something you wouldn't want to miss. The Queen of Rock sang a medley of her new and old songs so that there was a little something for all of her fans to enjoy. But what I loved most was the fashion! Madonna and Givenchy lead designer Riccardo Tisci created three pretty show stopping looks including a gold cape, long black coat and a gladiator-inspired cheerleader outfit. Tisci said,
Following my collaboration with Madonna on her last tour three years ago, it is a great honor for me to be a part of yet another historical and iconic moment. People say everything has a limit, but limits do not exist with Madonna. I am so happy that, after being busy in other scenes, she decided to go back on a music stage. Not only to bring us music, but also to make such a statement of performance and fashion."
We couldn't be happier about it either! If you've missed the performance, you can watch it here, but first check out her amazing costumes up close by clicking through this slideshow.