When Net-a-porter throws a party, it goes all out. Saturday night, NAP's Natalie Massenet, Lucy Yeomans, and Alison Loehnis hosted a pre-Met Ball, pre-Frieze party at Omar's, the as-yet unopnened private supper club on West 9th St. It was billed as a dinner, but quickly devolved into a several-hours-long cocktail hour with Valentino PR honcho Carlos Souza's sons serving as DJs. Everyone was there. Literally everyone. From Inez and Vinoodh to Karolina Kurkova to Olivier Theyskens to Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez to Christopher Kane to Olivier Rousting to Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, the guest list was just purely bonkers. You couldn't blink without bumping into someone you felt embarrassed about bumping into.
I spent the party trying to get the scoop on attendees Met Ball plans and punk pasts. Most were mum on the subject, though I did find out that lip piercings are more popular than you would have thought among the fashion set.
Click through to hear what Miranda Kerr, Erdem, and more have to say about the Met Ball and their personal punk ways.
**Photos by NEIL RASMUS/BFAnyc.com
You look great, what are you wearing? A Saint Laurent top, which you can get at Net-a-porter, and this is an Olympia le Tan handbag, and a Scanlan and Theodore skirt – it's Australian.
Are you going to be attending the Met Ball on Monday? Yes.
Can you tell me any secrets about your date or what you're wearing? I don't think I'm allowed to! [laughs] I think that I'm supposed to keep it a surprise.
What's the most punk thing you've ever done? I guess probably perming my hair. That's pretty punk.
When did you do that? Like, in the nineties. I thought it was cool. I must have been about twelve, or maybe ten. I wanted a perm so bad, and I finally convinced my mother.
And how did it look in the end? Well, I had a straight fringe and a perm. So it was very punky. I thought so anyway.
Are you going to attend the Met Ball on Monday? I am!
Can you tell me any secrets about your date? [silence]
Or just wink at me? Something? Anything? I'm very excited. [smiles]
Last year, Bee Shaffer wore one of your dresses to the Met Ball. Yes! I was so happy with Bee's dress. She looked lovely.
Did you know ahead of time she was going to pick your dress? Obviously you had fittings with her. Yes we were doing these trans-atlantic fittings.
How hard was it to keep that a secret? Um... Pretty easy!
That's what a pro would say. Who is the most punk person you know? Who is the most punk person I know... Oh, my friend Julian who I work with.
What is so punk about him? The perpetual changing of his hair color. It's a rainbow.
What's the most punk thing you've ever done? The most punk thing was piercing my lower lip. That was in my first year of university. I forgot about that. I took it out before I had to go see my parents for the summer. It was six months of punk.
First of all, amazing outfit. Do you get a lot of looks walking around in a belly shirt? Oh I do! Very much so, but I feel like this season it's all about the crop tops and the tummy showing, which is the most difficult look, really.
How to you keep crop-top ready? Yoga, pilates, soups, and salads!
Are you going to the Met Ball on Monday? I'm going to be away for work, so unfortunately I'm going to miss it.
What's the most punk thing you've ever done? I think I was caught... Do you know the word "racking?" I mean, it's an Australian [word]. I was caught stealing makeup when I was sixteen.
What kind of makeup? Black kohl, like eyeliner, and like black lipstick. The cute stuff!
Are you going to the Met Ball? Yes! I'm going. But I don't have anything to wear. I don't know what I'm going to wear!
Who are the most punk people that you know? Oh, that's a good question... You know, I like the Sex Pistols. I think the Sex Pistols are, for me, the number one revolutionary music group. I styled, actually, one of them like four or five years ago for L'uomo Vogue. Johnny Rotten, you know [him]? He is the coolest punk ever! He's like sixty years old or something, and he still has all his clothes from the 1970s, and he looks so cool! Punks never age because when you have a voice, you have a voice forever. ... I think that he is a great example [of punk], and regarding designers Vivienne Westwood is the revolutionary punk designer.
What's the most punk thing you have ever done? Styling the Sex Pistols for L'uomo Vogue! It was amazing! Amazing!
What is the most punk thing you're ever done, and don't say dying your hair pink? Dying my hair pink obviously is sort of renegade! But, God, I'm pretty responsible. I feel like I've never done a lot of punk things. Obviously growing up in Seattle we would sneak out and go to shows. It was sort of grunge, which is obviously post-punk. I once got a lip ring piercing on St. Mark's Place in, like, the year 2000.
It was one of those 1am decisions? My friends and I were like, "let's just go do something!" My friend got an ear piercing and then I got my lip pierced. I was obsessed with going to changing it, so I'd get a long spike, or a short spike, or a ball. I had it for like one month and then I was like, "This is not me at all. I have to get rid of it. It's horrible."
Are you going to the Met Ball on Monday? I'm not going. I'll be at home watching the season finale of [RuPaul's] Drag Race.
Are you going to go to the Met Ball on Monday? I'm not. I wish I was, but I'm not. I've just been traveling so much, I need to take a break.
Totally. I can't even imagine the prep that goes into getting dressed for the Met Ball. I couldn't agree more.
But your cousin Joseph Altuzarra is going right? He's going. I don't know who his date is though. He always surprises me.
He didn't even tell you! He's a very independent thinker so I'm sure we'll be pleasantly surprised.
Do you think punk is having a resurgence because of the Met Ball or was it in the air beforehand? I feel like we've been seeing it on the runways a lot. Seeing the full embrace of punk by an institution like the Met is pretty amazing.