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!

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