The Met Ball Goes (Mostly) Punk: The hair, the makeup, the gowns, and the juicy gossip—we had this year’s Met Gala covered. (Including how Godmother of Punk, Vivienne Westwood, got snubbed.) The large crowd means there were lots of opportunities for photobombs on the red carpet. Finally, we voted for our best dressed and rated how “punk” the looks were. We even gathered all the best Instagrams and Vines of the night.
And Then Kame Kim Kardashian: The reality TV star arrived on the Met Ball red carpet in a custom floral Givenchy dress designed by Riccardo Tisci that received, um, mixed reviews. Even Robin Williams (aka Mrs.Doubtfire) weighed in, with perhaps the best tweet of the day. Tisci came to the defense of Kim and his dress, but that wasn’t enough to stop her getting unceremoniously cropped out of Vogue‘s Met Gala best-dressed slideshow.
With the maker movement taking over the nation in a real, viable way, it’s little surprise that Nashville–home of country music, Jack White, Harmony Korine and plenty of other artists creating original, thoughtful work–has its very own cottage industry of fashion designers, doing everything from 70s-inspired stage outfits to rugged leather handbags. I recently spent four days in Nashville visiting designer studios, shopping vintage and checking out Northern Grade, the traveling market that features American-made goods from around the country. What I found was a close-knit group of hyper-creative people treating design as a passion, not just a job. Click through to get a sense of the scene.