Met Gala Well Played, Madonna


First of all, allow me to state the obvious:

Namely, that THIS IS INSANE. If she popped up wearing this at, say, her daughter’s high school graduation or the premiere of The Great Gatsby, I have no doubt that my face would probably explode. Right off my head, it would explode. But the theme of the Met Gala this year was “PUNK: From Chaos to Couture.” And — as you will see today — a LOT of people sort of weaseled out of actually wearing anything punk-esque. So it was totally awesome to see Madonna pop up OWNING IT. Like, please. She, of all people, is not scared of looking a little (a lot) punk. Honestly, this is kind of how I like to imagine Madonna all the time.  I like to think that this is what Madonna wears when she’s making pancakes or vacuuming [edited to add: AND SO IT IS] or rummaging around in her compost heap or yelling at Guy Richie on the phone about something or secretly following Sean Penn around Haiti. This is exactly what I want from Madonna, and for once, it’s ALSO totally thematically appropriate. Everybody wins!

[Photo: Getty]

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  1. Brenna
    +29

    Wow – she nailed the theme. From some of the outfits I’d seen from last night, they didn’t look remotely Punk, and I’m glad Madonna embraced it. She looks fantastic.

    • M
      +2

      I love her for really going for it. A lot of people this year seemed to confuse “punk” with “goth” or ignore the theme entirely, and I’m almost ashamed at how annoyed I was by that fact. I am REALLY invested in the Met Gala theme apparently..

  2. Dee
    +20

    Agreed! From what I’ve seen, not many people dared to go the punk-chaotic way… they should really be turned away: the Met needs theme-informed valets who will send some people home if they ignored the theme!
    Go, Madge (I didn’t think I’d be rooting for her again)!

    • Andrew S.
      +2

      I 100% agree on the valets. Seeing the majority of looks last night made me SO ANGRY.

  3. goldfish
    +8

    Yes. Astounding. And just a little bit in her face of “who’s country strong now, bitches?”

  4. ronnie
    +30

    YEEEESSSS! Madonna brought the punk and shut down the red carpet! The other girls half her age thought they were serving total Nancy Sungen by adding another 1/4 inch thickness of eyeliner and wearing a large chunky silver bracelet with their chiffon gowns! FAIL wee tots! Also Debbie Harry in Tommy Hilfiger?!?!?! What the punk?!?!

  5. Samantha
    +4

    Oh Madge. I treasure you.

  6. MissTee
    +4

    I sure hope she’s wearing undies!

  7. Mo
    +21

    This year’s Met Ball made me feel like George Costanza on opposite day – I liked everything I ordinarily shouldn’t and hated the pretty stuff I usually like.

  8. Sadie-Ann
    +6

    This is about a 9.2 for me. It would have been a 10 if she’d worn some sort of bottoms, but that’s a minor problem this time because it’s basically a costume and not real clothing.

    And it’s fun to see some all out punk outfits. Of course, I’m actually super glad a lot of people didn’t go with the theme. There are some celebs we don’t want to see attempt that, ever.

  9. Dazie
    +15

    She looks great. Totally wins the “Theme? I’ll show you theme!” award.

    • Cecily
      +2

      Absolutely. Owns it. It was frustrating seeing so many outfits seemingly ignoring the theme, as the opportunities were endless and could have been SO MUCH FUN. As is Madge here (and the Instagram). Love.

  10. Lori
    +4

    This makes my heart happy. If you are at a themed event, by (Intern) George, go for the theme!

  11. Chasmosaur
    +8

    Actually, my first thought when I saw this last night? I am so tired of seeing Madonna’s thighs and feeling like she’s a walking advertisement for her waxer.

    I’m willing to wager there was a skirt that went with that really awesome suit jacket, and I would have loved to have seen it. And different shoes, because incredibly, those ankle straps with the tights are almost giving this insanely fit woman cankles. Poltercankles as it were.

    I consider this a scroll-down, not a Well-Played. I guess I’m in the minority. But she did bring it, and for that, she is to be lauded.

    • MissTee
      +7

      A leather skirt or hotpants would’ve been fab!

      I hate no-pants.

      • Chasmosaur
        +3

        Exactly. It could have been micro and I would have been fine with it.

    • goldfish
      +1

      Nope, it’s just a jacket. Check it, it’s studded, and so very unlikely to be a part of an ensemble (such as a studded pencil skirt — would it be around the waist, or the hem, these stud?). And it’s haute couture — she didn’t pull it off the rack and say, “I’ll wear this without a skirt.” (FWIW it’s Givenchy)

      • Chasmosaur
        +1

        Sad. That would make an awesome suit. I was thinking more, though, of a companion skirt – it’s so obviously punk or couture, I wasn’t expecting traditional. Though she’s Madonna – I didn’t know if she commissioned something ;)

        • goldfish
          +5

          It really wouldn’t be Madonna OR punk if she didn’t say, “I’ll just wear the fishnets and that will be that.” I lived through punk and early Madonna both. We just didn’t say, “Do you think I need a skirt with this?” The answer would be, “No, we can only see your ass if you bend over, so just be aware.” Hey, the clubs were very dark. Remember, you’re trying to make an outfit more tasteful, and the theme is punk.

          • Chasmosaur
            +3

            True. (I’m a several years too young to have lived through punk as a club-goer – I fondly remember “Holiday” from junior high, if that gives you an age range ;) ) And this is the Met Ball, so extreme fashion is the thing. I just feel like I didn’t need to see her rear-end, you know? She’s Madonna – it’s not necessary. We know she’s a BAMF with a killer bod.

            And this is about interpretation – in 2008 the theme was superheroes, we didn’t really expect most people to show up in capes and tights. (See the start of coverage here, with SWINTON and AW – http://gofugyourself.com/met_ball_fug_carpet_tilda_swin-05-2008 ) Just because Punk is more accessible than Superheroes, doesn’t mean they’re all going to stick to it. (I thought we would have seen a crap-load more of vintage Vivienne Westwood, honestly.)

            That jacket is divine interpretation, though, I don’t deny it.

            • goldfish
              +9

              I see what you’re saying.

              Real punk would have been a leather skirt (that you still could not bend over in), a jean jacket that was ripped and repaired with duct tape, sporting Clash button and a Germs button. Black fishnets, and Doc Martens.

              I SO WANTED TO SEE THAT!

              Ke$ha might could have shown up in that.

    • Maria L.
      +3

      I’m with you. She definitely “got” the theme, but she forgot the pants. Geez.

  12. goldfish
    0

    That’s one. I wanted to see a good pic of Madonna. Now two, I need is for someone to explain Kristen Stewart’s crotch to me, and I can sign off and take an early lunch.

    But not before.

    • Sadie-Ann
      0

      I need more than just the crotch of that KS outfit explained to me.

      Is she punishing herself? Is that the explanation for all the horrible jumpsuits?

      • goldfish
        +2

        Maybe Rob is making her wear them until he feels she’s been sufficiently humbled. I hope that day comes soon.

    • Julia
      +1

      NO KIDDING

      It was like it was made to give the appearance of the worst camel toe EVER. The mind boggles.

  13. Dazie
    +3

    POLTERCANKLES. I love it. I will use that word in conversation today.

  14. Katty McNiley Ripley
    +6

    YES!!!
    Madonna totally show that fashion-bitches what IT IS punk, namely:
    - No Goop, hot pink isn’t punk
    -HELL TO THE NO Kim K., that mess wasn’t “romantically punk” as you said!

    (Sorry for all the CAPS)

  15. jellybean
    +1

    for some reason i’m getting a strong Julianna Margulies vibe here, which is… given the theme and presence of a fishnet onesie… totally crazy, but also extremely enjoyable.

  16. mue
    +1

    Call your evaluation of this costume fug blindness.
    Normally, one has to go out and hire a special sort of woman, paying varying amounts of money, to see a woman dressed like Madonna in this photograph.

  17. Kelly
    +9

    The moment I saw the photos of her last night, my thought was, “Finally! Someone paid attention to the theme and actually got it right.”

    Everyone else’s translation of “punk” was highly entertaining.

  18. Charlotte
    +5

    I literally applauded when I saw her pop up on The Cut’s slide show. THAT is how you dress for a “punk” theme at the Met Gala.

    Thanks for showing the young whippersnappers how it’s done, Madge.

  19.  Carolina Girl
    +2

    She really nailed the theme, but she also really looks like Jessie J.

  20. Stefanie
    0

    sigh……She nailed the theme all right. But I, for one, am tired of seeing her undies.

  21. Michael
    0

    -_- WHY?? Does no one else think she looks like a 5th grader trying to dress up for a birthday party? All she needs now is a giant pink plaid bow on her wig. Like…. a BIG one. This outfit doesn’t have enough on it.

    • Amy
      +1

      I agree. She is not doing it for me, I guess I am a fuddy duddy. I think she just looks desperate.

      • tigers4us
        0

        Wow. Is Halloween already here?

      • tigers4us
        0

        I guess I’m in the minority here. My first thought was, “Is Halloween already here?”. Regardless of the theme, the Met Gala isn’t a junior high costume party. I do, however, like her hair (wig?) and makeup.

  22. Loraine
    +5

    Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Dawn French doing Madonna? Cause that’s awesome.

  23. Cat
    +2

    I definitely applaud Madonna for actually showing up in accordance with the theme, and totally rocking it. Am I in love? Not really, I more like that she actually made the effort, unlike some.

  24. M
    +5

    AAAH! I LOVE THAT YOU FOUND A PHOTO OF HER VACUUMING AFTER SPECULATING SUCH. THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. She looks way hot.

  25. gryt
    +2

    Ha! I love you Madonna.

  26. Helen
    +1

    This is rich-people “punk” though, not actual punk. It does not look like the real thing.

    It makes me sad because I remember when she DID look like the real thing, and it was a delight.

    • Alice
      +3

      Rich people punk is perfectly apropo for the Met Ball, IMO.

      • Helen
        0

        Well, maybe… the theme is,after all, not just “punk,” but “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” I guess this is the couture version.

        I still don’t like it though. It’s fakey-fake.

        • Goldfish
          +3

          It’s practically pedestrian compared to any of the outfits (and jacket…) she wore in Desperately Seeking Susan. Or the Blonde Ambition tour where she wore black mass robes and a derby with a “suit” made out vacuum cleaner hoses. And we don’t have time to talk about the cone bras just now.

          You have to let Madonna be Madonna and look away when you must. It has ever been this way.

  27. MollyD
    0

    Y’know? Considering the theme, it really isn’t fair to anyone else to even try. Madonna cut her teeth on punk (or vice versa) so she really just had to turn back the clock 30 years and voila!

  28. Abbe
    0

    I’m confused. She was also vacuuming in this outfit? Did that first? Or is that other picture a photoshop thing?

  29. Rozz67
    0

    NONE of these people know ANYTHING about punk! Puhleeze…

    • Claire1http://gofugy
      +3

      They don’t….which is what makes it so funny.
      Kind of like when one of our staff members, at school, gets an idea to do some kind of skit or dance number in order to get the kids riled up for testing….and they say “Hey, we’ll do a rap”.
      LOL!
      ….and then you have middle aged women in capri pants and polo shirts with sideways baseball caps…..and all you can do is plan on going home to have a Manhattan, listen to The Velvet Underground or even Flogging Molly( since I don’t do rap) and try to forget the whole thing.
      Nothing like a “Theme” to kill part of you “I was cool once too” youth.

  30. Daenerys
    +4

    and those legs! Gives every woman who is rapidly “maturing’ hope!

  31. CC
    +1

    Sorry. I just can’t.

  32. kickassmomnyc
    +1

    I’m not usually a big fan of her style (or her music, really), but she nailed it here. She’s wearing an imaginative, high-end, punk-inspired outfit and knocked it out of the park. Best dressed for this event!

  33. Chris P
    +4

    I love this, but I am SHOCKED Anna did not kill Her Madgesty with a death stare over that wig.

    On the other hand, going to a Met Ball in an Anna Wintour wig might be the most punk thing n recorded history, so she might have let it slide on those merits.

    (As a side note, I seriously hope that jacket is from back in the day – that’s the only way this could get more awesome.)

  34. Sajorina
    +2

    This is AWESOME!!! Leave it to Madonna to BRING IT! I probably would’ve loved it if she had worn a black leather mini miniskirt like this one: http://gofugyourself.com/full-size-image/782821 But it ROCKS either way! And that picture of her vacuuming in her bathroom wearing this outfit makes me love her even more! FAB!

  35. mepe
    0

    Can someone please explain the shoe choice to me?? Did she trade shoes with her old friend GOOP just for shits and giggs?

    And although I applaud her commitment to the theme I don’t love the execution. I guess I’m a prude but I really feel strongly about some sort of bottoms (pants, skirt, shorts) being worn to the Met Ball.

    • Goldfish
      +1

      I really think those shoes make the outfit. That’s extremely punk (and that bright pink, we could not get enough, but just for a pop)

  36. Bambi Anne Dear
    +1

    Apart from the look being Punk, and the fact that Madge has combined the tartan, chains, torn fishnets and the clash of colours, she’s embodied the spirit of Punk which was anarchic and against everything mainstream. So I guess for a ball a punk would wear something short and un-ball-like. Madge is totally rocking this look. She looks so healthy too and happy.

  37. Amie
    0

    An opportunity for Madonna to take back some of the clothes she gave to Lourdes. Too bad she didn’t take it. desperately seeking that material girl

  38. Lorelle
    +1

    She looks as rebelle as they come but there is no one like her. Those pink shoes make the outfit. And her face–stuck in time.

  39. CopyChic
    0

    Am I crazy or the only person i=here who feels like Madonna overran the race, tore through the finish line with the ribbon still on and kept running? Seriously, she looks like she found the “punk” corner of Charming Charlies, emptied its contents on the floor and rolled around to see what stuck. And wow, did everything stick. Where is Vivienne Westwood when you need her?

  40. Tony
    +1

    that pair of shoes should not be there. The color is so strong.

    Tony – http://nextwave-creative.com

  41. bee
    +2

    eh. i hate this. i think it looks like she robbed a hot topic. i think the key to dressing for this event was to aim for a more “couture” punk look as oppose to actually trying to replicate something a self-identifying punk would wear in day-to-day life because you’ll just end up looking like, for lack of a better word, a “poser”, which is pretty much the definition of celebrities playing dress up as “punks”. apologies for all the quotation marks.

    • Goldfish
      0

      Well now, hold up! Her jacket is Givenchy, haute couture at that. That’s pretty darn couture. Madonna is a lot of things, but she will always be edgy and sophisticated. She’s not robbing Hot Topic here. And, no actual punk, even up to Debbie Harry herself would have put that on as an authenticate outfit. Punks just did not wear Givenchy haute couture. I’m pretty sure you didn’t live through punk times, because we did not have Hot Topics back then. And were all the better for it.

      • Goldfish
        0

        :)

        That’s the wink that shows I am being playful and puckish, and not hostile and aggressive (I had another post be misunderstood like that earlier, and it broke me).

  42. derpshooter
    0

    So, is the blazer supposed to be a dress? Or do the second pair of fishnets (that are cut off) count as short-shorts?

  43. BrownEyedBetty
    0

    A rear view of this would be……interesting. Just curious to know how much coverage she’s got back there….cuz I bet it’s TMI.

  44. Miss Malevolent
    +2

    She did it right. For a person as vain as she is, she didn’t mind going ugly for punk, unlike the other folks there, and wound up looking beautiful and powerful…she reminds me of how she was back in the 80s.

  45. Mary
    0

    I am going to be in the minority here but I think she looked ridiculous. I really think she’s going through a midlife crisis.

  46. TP
    0

    If she would have had a pair of leather super short shorts, then she would have knocked it out the park. Or even matching tartan short, or a micro mini. It just feels like it’s missing a crucial component.

  47. OughtaKnow
    0

    She looks awesome.