The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds an annual black-tie gala in May to celebrate the opening of their annual exhibit. “The Met Gala” or “Met Ball” is sponsored by Vogue, the guest list is overseen by the magazine’s all-powerful editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the tickets cost up to $25,000 which makes the affair extremely glamourous and extremely exclusive. No wonder it is often referred to as the East Coast equivalent of Oscars night.
Unlike the Oscar ceremonies though, each gala is themed to correspond with the featured exhibit which allows guests the opportunity to exhibit some fashionable flair. This year the theme and dress code were “punk”. Some men took this to heart but most were surprisingly conservative, choosing instead to inject subtle homages to the theme in their attire. Here’s a look at the straight-laced and tastefully rebellious.
Singer/musician Pharrell Williams in a navy gingham-patterned tuxedo by Parisian luxury brand Lanvin. (BroadImage)
Wearing a white jacket prior to Memorial Day was the only thing rebellious about actor Armie Hammer’s Ralph Lauren ensemble. (Getty Images)
“The Office” star John Krasinski in Tom Ford. (Getty Images)
New York Giants’ star receiver Victor Cruz in Lanvin. Note the classic link-front on his jacket. (Rex Features)
Christoph Waltz in midnight-blue Prada (Rex Features)
“Hannibal” star Hugh Dancy. (Getty Images)
British actor Eddie Redmayne in Dior Homme pays tribute to the theme with a skull and crossbones pocket square. (Rex Features)
Colin Firth in head-to-toe Tom Ford. Mr. Firth was one of the few men at the gala to understand the benefit of a cummerbund. (Rex Features)
Like so many others, TV personality Andy Cohen marred a smart outfit with a peek-a-boo patch of shirt navel thanks to crotch-level trousers and no waist covering. The grey outfit was a nice match to his salt-and-pepper hair, though. (WENN)
Gerrard Butler looking his usual dapper self in a Dolce tuxedo. (Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s sky-blue Tom Ford dinner jacket and matching waistcoat was both loved and loathed by the critics (BroadImage)
The man himself, Tom Ford. (Getty Images)
“Game of Thrones” actor Nikolaj Coster Waldau in dark blue Brunello Cucinelli. (Getty Images)
The after-after party at the Top of the Standard hotel bar. I love how this photo evokes bygone times when men and women dressed to complement the swank of their surroundings. (New York Times)