Sure, some celebs chose to ignore the punk theme at last night's Met Gala completely. (Couldn't you at least have worn a token spike or two, Anna Wintour?) But we were pleasantly surprised to see how many celebs did make an effort, especially with their hair and makeup.
OK, so no one sported a true Mohawk last night, but the hair still impressed: there were weird updos, unnatural colors, and even Anne "Good Girl" Hathaway channeling Blondie, with nary an old Hollywood wave in sight. A red carpet without 10 identical safe updos is a punk thing indeed.
Click through to see the Met Gala's riskiest 'dos and learn how they were conceived and created.
Poor Anne Hathaway's had a tough year, all her awards aside. Her likability problem has been an issue, but last night may have helped a bit in that regard. Kudos to her for doing something dramatic--platinum is not a small commitment (and I know this from personal experience).
Celeb hair stylist Sascha Breuer was responsible for the surprising platinum pompadour. “Drawing inspiration from unforgettable punk icons like Poly Styrene from X-ray Spex and Joan Jett, I decided to go for a look that was glam, edgy and yet very youthful and fun." Breuer told Hollywood Life. "We kept the style much shorter for Anne and had a lot of fun playing around with it."
To get the pouf, she started with a healthy dollop of mousse, then dried it back to shape using her fingers. She then dried the longer top pieces up and back, and the sides back and against the head. She finished it off with Wella Professionals Bold Move styling paste.
Nicole Richie is never afraid to take a risk, and while this look is not punk per se, it's interesting and attention-grabbing. If she had no makeup or ear cuffs on, that pouf-y white 'do would sort of look like any number of grandmotherly types I see on NYC buses daily. But the cool Topshop dress, dramatic lipstick and punk accessories elevate the look. She was one of my faves at the Met Ball.
Celeb hair stylist Luke Chamberlain created the look. Chamberlain started off by blow drying her hair using his hands and a texturizing spray. "I wanted to build off of a very rough unkempt texture," he said.
Then he started the punk-granny color process. "Taking small sections, I applied the hair paint using a tint brush and then combed the color through each section as I went along," he said. "Keeping in mind the shape I wanted, I would twist large sections and allow the color to dry." He then secured the whole thing with white hair pins and a generous coating of strong hold hair spray.
Emmy Rossum is usually heart-achingly pretty and feminine on the red carpet. She was all these things last night at the Met Ball too, except with an edge. Her hair and makeup added tons of attitude to her decidedly non-punk Donna Karan gown.
The hair is particularly genius. Yes, it's a braided updo, but it's subversive. It looks chaotic and makes me slightly uncomfortable. Punk!
No stylist has come forward to claim this masterpiece yet, but we'd say that this is probably not going to be a simple DIY braiding project. But grab a friend to help, start making braids, and pin haphazardly while listening to The Clash and maybe you'll get lucky.
I really like Miley Cyrus. I like her attitude and I liked when she chopped all her hair off. My feelings haven't changed since last night.
Miley was one of the few who took her hair to a literal punk level, with Sid Vicious-style liberty spikes. (OK, Sid Vicious never would have gone to Oribe, but whatever.)
Oribe said the look was inspired by Billy Idol and was "fearless, effortless, young, and fantastic." He first flat ironed with pomade, then sprayed Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots for some lift. He used his hands to make spiky peaks on top, then slicked the sides back with sculpting cream. He finished off the look with some Rock Hard Gel on the ends for "weirdness." Mission accomplished.
Sarah Jessica Parker:
Oh, Carrie Bradshaw, you really know how to dress for a theme party. The crowning glory of SJP's look was the Philip Treacy designed mohawk topper. Technically this is a head-piece, but I'm going to think of it as trompe l'oeil hair. It's magnificent.
The hair style she has going on under the head-piece is pretty stellar, too. She could have just slicked her hair back and been done with it, but there's a pretty elaborate braided and twisted updo under that gilded faux-hawk. (Someone was obviously just showing off.)
Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo missed a lot of red carpet roundups this morning because Getty seems to have missed her as a notable guest. But I would be remiss in not recognizing Fargo's punk prowess here. She has barbed wire in her hair, for heaven's sake. She went for it.
Anarchy on 5F, Linda. Kudos.