On Monday, a slew of fashion lovers descended upon New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in honour of the Costume Institute's latest exhibition, "Punk: From Chaos to Couture." Though not everyone donned vintage Vivienne Westwood, a handful of women let their inner rebel shine through their hair and makeup. In the following slideshow, we salute those who honored the theme and tell you how to score the best parts of each look.
The British actress and her beau, Tom Sturridge, both wore Burberry, but it was Miller’s custom-made Eddie Borgo spiked headband that pushed her from princess to punk. Oscar Blandi crafted Miller’s grungy, side-swept waves by adding tons of texture: “The hair should feel very thick and dirty,” Blandi says. He used Oscar Blandi Dry Sculpting Pomade ($23), Hair Lift Mousse ($25), and Lift Serum ($30) on clean, dry hair before bending it with a curling iron and pulling to one side with a clip.
Makeup artist Erin Ayanian wanted to match the Fanning sisters’ makeup to their Rodarte dresses. For Elle, that meant “tribal.” Inspired by two films from the ‘80s--Ladies and Gentlemen and The Fabulous Stains--Ayanian used Nars’ Soloman Islands Eye Paint (it comes out this fall, but try the blue side of the Duo Eyeshadow ($34) in Mad Mad World) and Lip Liner ($22) in Jungle Red.
The lipstick makeup artist Kate Lee used on Mara, who co-hosted the gala with Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, is top secret, but we’d place our bet on multiple coats of Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Color ($34) in L’Impatiente or one thick swipe of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar ($18) in Black Dahlia.
Legendary hairstylist Oribe was responsible for the punkiest ‘do of the night, on a Marc Jacobs-clad Miley Cyrus. Inspired by Billy Idol, Oribe called the look “fearless, young, and fantastic.” He flat-ironed her clean locks, used his Dry Texturizing Spray ($39) at the roots, slicked back the sides with Sculpting Cream ($28), and used Rock Hard Gel ($36) on the tips of the hair for “a little weirdness.”
Wilde’s white manicure is right on-trend for spring, but the black tips lent her classic look just enough edge for the evening; manicurist Deborah Lippmann calls it “the duet.” She painted her own brand’s nail polish in Amazing Grace ($17) on each of Wilde’s nails before swiping Fade to Black ($17) across the tips.
Chanel makeup artist Rachel Goodwin wanted to give Jones “an element of danger.” She lined her eyes with the brand’s Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36) in Miriflque and used eyelash glue to secure jet crystals on top of the exaggerated cat eye.
More interested in copying Jones’ nail art? Reach for Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27) in Dragon and Black Satin.
Pink turned out to be a popular sub-theme of punk: Kruger donned a pink-tinged ponytail by hairstylist Rebekah Forecast. “It needed to look as if she could have done it herself as that’s what punk’s all about,” said Forecast. It’d take serious skills to do this yourself, but you’d want to start with Shu Uemura Mousse ($38) and Sally Hershberger Lift Spray ($13) on the roots pre-blow out, followed by Bumble and bumble’s Dry Oil ($38) on the sides and top for shine, before pulling the hair into two messy knots in back and letting the ends fall out into a ponytail.
Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle used YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture the Mats ($34) in Prune Virgin and M.A.C.’s Lip Liner ($15) in Nightmoth to paint Minka Kelly’s matte purple lips. “I lined and filled in her lips with the liner and lightly dusted translucent powder over that for staying power,” he says. “Then, using a lip brush, applied the lipstick to match the undertone of her dress.”
Chanel makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua found punk inspiration in Heathcote’s Chanel gown: “I used a pink cheek and lip color with a hard punk eyeliner in a dark marine blue instead of black,” she says of the soft-meets-structured look. She lined the Australian actress’ eyes with Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner ($30) in Marine and filled in the lash line with its forthcoming Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29) in Gri-Gri.
A lighter blue made its way onto Heathcote’s nails via Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27) in Bel-Argus.
Parker’s Philip Treacy headdress stole the show. “It’s hard to be too literal with punk, so we wanted to do something that had a couture feel,” said hairstylist Serge Normant. “We had this hat from Philip Treacy and it was a matter to incorporate it into a hairdo.” A “matter” might be an understatement, but Normant managed to sculpt an exquisite fishtail braid. “I wanted the braid to be dry, messy, and a little off-center,” he says. He used his Meta Lush Voluminzer ($23) and tons of Meta Revive Dry Shampoo ($25) for body and texture, playing around with the braid until it sat comfortably under the Mohawk headpiece.
There might not be anything punk about Hough’s Kewpie doll eyelashes, but they’re one of our favorite looks from Monday night’s ball. Makeup artist Molly Stern used three coats of CoverGirl’s Flamed Out Mascara ($8) in Very Black Blaze (available in July) on the top lashes and four individual lashes on the bottom for the most dramatic lashes of the night.
New York-based colorist Marie Robinson turned Hathaway’s hair platinum blonde just before the gala, a major change that gave hairstylist Sascha Breuer a new perspective: “We thought about taking her hair more “punky” and Debbie Harry, but we decided to keep it pure and elegant,” he says. Breuer used Wella Professionals Extra Volume Mousse ($13) on Hathaway’s damp hair, blow-drying it away from the face with his fingers, and used Wella Professionals’ Bold Move Styling Paste ($15) to twist and pull the hair back for a windswept effect.
Matching your makeup to your outfit isn’t for the faint of heart. Luckily, Kristen Stewart’s a risk taker on the red carpet and makeup artist Beau Nelson was free to mirror the actress’ burgundy Stella McCartney jumpsuit on her eyelids. “I used Chanel’s Precision Lip Definer ($29) in Framboise as a creme shadow to define the shape, a mix of Chanel Powder Blush ($29) in Pink Explosion, and the burgundy from Chanel’s Quadra Eyeshadow ($59) in Eclosion.” To finish, he lined the eyes with a black pencil.