We'll just give you a minute to fully appreciate what's happening in the above image. No, really, just STARE at this photo of Beyoncé and Madonna from last night's 2013 Met Gala for 30 seconds. Don't be alarmed if you feel your heart rate escalate and your palms get a little sweaty. Because on WHAT PLANET has there ever been a photo with such a hefty dose of FIERCE?!? That's right: NOWHERE in the history of all photos.
Bey and Madge hit up the 2013 Met Gala last night, and in between hobnobbing with basically every celeb in the world, the two powerhouse superstars took a minute to pose with each other! And honestly, why shouldn't these ladies be tight? They've got a TON in common. For one thing, they both know what it's like to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show (although Madonna didn't kill the stadium lights), they know what it's like to sell out world tours, and perhaps most crucial, they both have singular stage names! WE CAN'T. Maybe Beyoncé can get Madonna's kid Lourdes to babysit Blue Ivy while the adults go out for a caviar-only dinner? Perfect idea!
When this year's theme for the Met Gala was announced, we had such high hopes. "Punk: From Chaos to Couture" is a directive that could go hilariously, terribly wrong or fantastically, spectacularly right. At least it won't be boring, we said. But that's when we thought that people would, you know, adhere to the aforementioned theme. If Anna Wintour says she's throwing a punk party, then you stick on a mohawk and you punk it up, right? Apparently not. Even Wintour (in a floral Chanel) phoned this one in, turning fashion's most fun evening into sort of a snooze. But while 85 percent of the guest list apparently decided to just wear a little extra eyeliner and call it a night, the other 15 percent brought it. Here's to the women who actually made an effort. Madonna, we've never been happier to see you.
The 2013 Costume Institute Gala gave celebrities license to unleash with their fashion thanks to the exhibit “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the event.
Though some in attendance kept their looks a little conservative, others took full advantage of the opportunity. One of those taking full advantage was pop punk fashionista Madonna, who looked like a pinuptastic dominatrix executive in a gray plaid Givenchy jacket with black bob hairdo, no pants, fishnet from neck to toe, thigh-high panty hose, black gloves, and an incredible array of metal accessories including studs, chains and crosses. The 54-year-old singer finished off the look with bright red lipstick and a deadly pair of pink Casadei heels.
And just in case you were curious, here’s a little abou the 2013 MET “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibit from their website: The Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk’s visual symbols. Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of “do-it-yourself” and the couture concept of “made-to-measure,” the seven galleries will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Themes will include New York and London, which will tell punk’s origin story as a tale of two cities, followed by Clothes for Heroes and four manifestations of the D.I.Y. aesthetic—Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy. Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.
Madonna reclaimed her thrown as the queen of wild style at tonight's Met Gala. Arriving late to the red carpet, the pop singer wore one of the only truly jaw-dropping punk ensembles of the night.
Prancing around in a shredded fishnet mini (although we're not exactly sure a hemline that high qualifies as a dress) and matching tights the pop star topped her bottom-less look with a black and grey tartan jacket embroidered with silver metal studs. Adding even more heavy metal, she also layered on a metal chain choker necklace and studded belt. Her entire look was Givenchy Haute Coutour by Riccardo Tisci, including her pink pumps.
To complete her costume, the singer even sported a blunt black bob wig with bangs. Just another reason you gotta love Madge: Even in a sea of see-through gown and Mohawks, she still finds a way to steal the spotlight. Tune in to E! News Tuesday at 7 p.m. for even more from the Met Gala.
After Beyonce took to the carpet, I have to say, a sigh of relief could be heard from the press lined up along either side of the red staircase at the 2013 Met Gala. With King Bey in the house, it had to be all over, didn't it? *Knowing smirk* The Met Gala may have had their king, but there was still one queen who had not arrived. I'm talking of course, about Madonna, the queen of pop incarnate. Just after Bey made her way all the way through the museum's gilded doors, the tell-tale explosion of flashbulbs and European-accented shouting bubbled up from the photo pit, and our sighs caught in our throats. Madonna had entered, wearing an all-over studded, tartan Givenchy blazer fastened over a fishnet bodysuit and very little else. Well no, that's not true. Although Madge's fantastic gams were on prominent display, there was a whole lot going on in her ensemble, including my personal favorite detail: an oversize padlock choker engraved with the letter 'M.' There were so many more things though! From the cross hanging down the back of her ensemble like a sacrilegious tail to her bright red lips and magenta pumps, there were countless details, each one elevating the ensemble to new heights of punk rock perfection.
The consensus among those we spoke to seemed to be that to be punk one needs not necessarily, say, have a mohawk or accessorize exclusively with safety pins, and Madonna was no different. I overheard her telling a journalist who asked her about her upcoming trip abroad to build schools for girls, that "giving girls an education is the most punk thing you can do." UM, YES. 1000 TIMES YES. But so is totally revolutionizing the place of women in music, performing fearlessly, and WORKING not just fishnet, plaid, and piles of silver, but rocking all three of those things, plus a jet black bob AND red lip TOGETHER. Could Madonna be the queen of the 2013 Met Gala? We don't like to play favorites, but let's just say it's a close race.