The Met Ball is like the Oscars for the fashion industry: all the best people in all the best dresses.
This year's theme, punk, presents an interesting conundrum: will people go all out, liberty spikes and Givenchy nose rings and all, or just throw some studs on a Chanel suit and call it pseudo-punk?
We're hoping for the former, and so in the spirit of going the distance, we've picked out our favorite punk fashions and paired them with Met Ball regulars like Anna Wintour and Julianne Moore and some fantasy guests (Bjork, anyone?).
Click through to see the looks we want to see on the red carpet, and let us know what you're hoping for in the comments.
Anna Wintour Anna Wintour has worn Chanel to every Met Ball in the past six years with one notable exception: last year's custom Prada lobster frock. This year we wish she would try one of Chanel's moth-hole ridden knits or Haute Couture shredded dresses and thigh-highs. But realistically, she'll probably be in something more like this.
Marc Jacobs The man loves a skirt, making Givenchy fall 2012 an obvious choice--especially with Ricardo Tisci as a co-chair of the event. We dare Marc to go a step further and forgo pants completely. Now that would be punk.
Rooney Mara Co-chair Rooney Mara will be wearing Givenchy and accompanied by Riccardo Tisci. A modified fall 2013 look would be on trend, though Tisci's spring 2012 haute couture collection was made for the star.
Elle Fanning Elle Fanning is going with Rodarte, so either of these punky looks would suit her.
Dakota Fanning Dakota is going with Rodarte too, and we're hoping she ditches the princess dresses and steps out in a sheer-backed, rhinestoned dress. In our dream world, however, she wears a couture gown by John Gallaino for Dior.
Gwyneth Paltrow Considering Gwyneth's recent wardrobe choices (i.e. things that don't allow undies), Elizabeth Hurley's iconic Versace dress seems right up her alley. Gwyneth will be attending on behalf of Valentino, however, which means she'll probably don a look similar to this Haute Couture one. It combines two things she loves: sheer fabrics and capes.
Stella Tennant Since she started out as a nose-ringed art student, Stella Tennant will find this red carpet familiar. She'll be Christopher Kane's guest and his DIY spring 2013 collection hits all the right notes. A Chanel jumpsuit could work just as well.
Solange Knowles Solange Knowles will be wearing Kenzo on Monday, but wouldn't she be stunning in Burberry Prorsum studs?
Julianne Moore Julianne Moore can pull off a full silhouette like it's nobody's business--she'd look fantastic in this Vivienne Westwood gown. But since she's going as Alexander Wang for Balenciaga's date, her options are a bit less flowy. She'll probably rock a custom piece in this crackle print.
Grace Coddington Grace loves her some black. Seeing the Vogue ed in either of these looks would be the absolute best.
Andre Leon Talley The giant opera coat is an ALT signature. He could go either way, in crazy prints by Comme or all black by Hampus Breggren.
Kristen Stewart Kristen Stewart's red carpet 'tude couldn't be more appropriate, given the event's theme. Balenciaga, which she is still the face of, and Diesel duds would be a nice fit.
Chloe Sevigny If anyone could handle a tough and borderline-casual look for the Met, it would be Chloë Sevigny. Balmain safety pins included.
Tilda Swinton Tilda Swinton is the perfect combination of edge and grace. We think she would look best in black and gold.
Helena Bonham-Carter Helena Bonham Carter has worn Vivienne Westwood on numerous occasions, so it would make perfect sense for her to continue the trend with one of punk's original designers.
Björk Who else could pull off these extreme Alexander McQueen looks?