All About Punk

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced last fall that the following year’s exhibition at the Costume Institute would be “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” it was exciting because it was a new, different concept. After two consecutive years of designer-centric spectacles (the Alexander McQueen retrospective and the Prada-Schiaparelli exhibition, specifically), I was excited about the theme of the exhibition because it would spotlight a variety of designers at various points throughout their careers.

But the fashion elite, to whom the Met Gala is the equivalent of the Oscars red carpet, did not share in my excitement, because it put them in quite the predicament as to what they would wear. Eric Wilson even published a piece in the New York Times this past week about the predicament attendees found themselves in when trying to find an outfit. “The Costume Institute gala is many things: It is a barometer of the famous and powerful, a critical fund-raiser for the museum, a testament to the muscle of Ms. Wintour… But one important thing that it is not is a costume party,” stated Wilson. The article explained how guests faced a particular “struggle” this year because they had no idea how to dress appropriately (“struggle” being the operative word, because if your biggest problem in life revolves around what to wear to the exclusive gala you paid $25,000 to attend, then things could be a whole lot worse).

But I myself am excited to see the attire this evening, and especially those who take big risks and embrace the punk theme in all its glory. And in the spirit of punk and in honor of this year’s exhibition, I pulled together a collection of punk-inspired fashion and art. Enjoy!


Moda Operandi model (left) wears Tripp NYC Crossed Out Jeans and Balmain Leather Biker Jacket.

M’O model (right) wears Givency Embellished Cotton Jacket with Back Pleats and New York Vintage Black Peacock Mohawk

The accessories (clockwise from top left): Valentino Rockstud Leather HeadbandDr. Martens Graffiti’d by Klughas, Balmain Structured Shoulder Moto Jacket, Courtney Lee Collection Cody Bracelet, Proenza Schouler Lizard-effect Leather Cage Boots


Top Row (from left): Natalia FabiaHooker 1, 2011; Eric White, Apocalypse Now, 2012; Mick Rock, Kate Moss with Iggy Tee, 2002

Bottom Row: Bruce Conner26 Punk Photos: 11. Roz Speaks: Negative Trend, January 29, 1978, 1985; Brendan MurphyJoa, 2012; Mick RockLou Reed Transformer Cover, London, 1972

Art I’m Loving: Andy Warhol

It’s been a while since I focused on my art obsession-of-the-moment, but I can’t stop thinking about my most recent excursion to the Met to see Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. It was such a well-done exhibition and honorably traced Warhol’s influence on other artists both during and after his career. Consistent themes within Warhol’s oeuvre  were compartmentalized in different rooms, and his paintings, sculptures and prints were juxtaposed with those by other artists who reinterpreted such themes in their own manner.

Warhol’s work was truly groundbreaking in that he truly challenged the definition of fine art and changed the way people looked at and talked about art forever. He appropriated images and took inspiration from popular culture rejecting elitist notions of art and made the case that art could be anything, seen anywhere, and of any medium. Moreover, it was Warhol who really merged the worlds of art and fashion, culture and commerce, by pulling inspiration from fashion and fashion marketing in much of his work. Without Warhol and Pop Art, I wonder if YSL would have ever sent his Mondrian dress down the runway in the 60s, for which he received so much attention he followed it up with an entire Pop Art collection. Warhol’s artwork is what this blog is all about, and I hope you will all make your way to the Met before the exhibition closes on December 31st.

Flowers, 1964, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen

The Souper Dress, Warhol collaboration with Campell’s Soup, 1966-7

Double Elvis (Ferus Type), which sold for $37M at Sotheby’s earlier this year

Brillo Soap Pads Box, 1964, silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on wood

Dollar Sign, 1981


And Next Year’s Costume Institute Exhibition Is….

Drumroll, please! The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced that they will stage “Punk: Chaos to Couture” next May for its big Spring exhibition. Women’s Wear Daily reports that the premise of the show is to highlight the origins of the punk movement and draw direct connections to haute couture and ready-to-wear creations that it has inspired for the past three decades. Pinpointing the origin of punk designs in the early to mid-1970s in both New York and London, the show will trace the influence of punk stylings throughout the decades. The annual Costume Institute Gala will be held on May 6th to inaugurate the exhibition, and will be co-chaired by Rooney Mara, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Lauren Santo Domingo and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

This particular exhibition will differ from the previous two, which featured designer retrospectives of Alexander McQueen and Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. Instead, the 2013 exhibition will include looks from an array of designers, such as Azzedine Alaia, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang and Rodarte. The show’s main sponsor is Moda Operandi, the of-the-moment fashion website co-founded by Santo Domingo.

Chanel does Punk, 2011

Rodarte, 2008

The Ramones, often cited as the first Punk Rock group

The Met Gala

Ah, the Met Gala. Though the seminal, annual event in which the worlds of art and fashion collide occurred last month, I thought it only appropriate that the first post of this blog be dedicated to the festivities.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art first hosted the affair in 1948 (when the Costume Institute was founded), and it has evolved into what is often called “The Fashion Oscars” over the years.  Hosted by Vogue magazine, designers start luring models and actresses months in advance to be their dates at the event and don their most fabulous ensembles on the red carpet.  The fashion world is abuzz weeks before the event as designers announces their dates.  Yet, amidst all the fashion hoopla of who is wearing what and who is accompanying whom, the media often forgets about the real purpose of the event, which is to announce the opening of the exhibit at the Costume Institute: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (exhibit to be reviewed in a later post).  Accordingly, Miuccia Prada was on hand and dressed many lucky attendants.  Below are just a few favorites from the Red Carpet.


Carey Mulligan in Prada


Bee Shafer in Erdem


Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy


Diane Kruger in Prada


Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney