The Real Show Stoppers at the MET Gala Ball: The Nail Art Manicures

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I don’t know about you, but while all eyes were on the celebrities and their punk incarnations, I found the nail art manicures more interesting overall. I already mentioned some head-to-toe creations that I admired from the participants that took the task of dressing for the Costume Institutes exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture at the MET Ball seriously. Being the nail art fan that I am, I wasn’t disappointed in what I saw.

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“This year, it was the nails that were out-of-control amazing.”

Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour.com beauty writer –

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What do you think? Before making a decision, there are more photos available at: Met Gala Nails! 10 Must-See Celebrity Manicures From Tonight’s Big Event: Girls in the Beauty Department: glamour.com. Let me know what you think.

Nail art photos courtesy of: Glamour.com and Beautyhigh.com. Red Carpet looks are courtesy of InStyle.com.

2013 MET Gala Ball Exhibition and Fashion Notables

Everyone is salivating over what the celebrities wore to the 2013 MET Gala Ball, when the real fashion moments were courtesy of the Costume Institute‘s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition. Those who were lucky enough to participate in the event, barely put forth the effort to follow the theme. The majority simply wore what they wanted or let their hair and makeup do the talking.

The Costume Institute’s exhibition, led by Andrew Bolton, mixed distress with luxury to tell the history of punk and how it inspired and continues to influence today’s fashion. At this very moment, punk is surging as a trend; so did the MET’s theme influence what’s next, or is this just a coincidence? There was a total of seven galleries, some were interactive, but all of them offered visual homages to a style that will never die. Take a look at a sample gallery of what the exhibition offered and for more pictures visit – Costume Institute: Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition.

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I was so excited about the punk theme for the 2013 MET Gala Ball’s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition, because every fashion icon still breathing was there and  punk, THE ‘no rules’ style was being honored. I was anxious to see how creative the participants would be. I have to say, I was disappointed in the lack of effort. With the exception of Madonna, Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, and a few others, the majority neglected to take the theme seriously, or dressed to impress no one but themselves. Perhaps their anarchist attitude was punk enough?

The one person I wanted to see in reimagined punk was Anna Wintour. Apparently, this floral Chanel couture gown from the Spring 2013 collection, is as punk as she gets. This was her show, and she didn’t even bother to play along. As lovely as that Chanel gown is, it isn’t remotely MET worthy. Boo, Anna! Boo!

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Anna Wintour punk’d everyone by showing up dressed for a garden party. Photo courtesy of Refinery29.com

Let’s give a shout out and a round of applause to those who made an effort and paid attention to the memo.

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Best Dressed ~ Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles. She knocked it out of the park in re-imagined punk & topped it off with Philip Treacy’s mohawk headdress. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com

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Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge looked like they knew what they were doing. She kept her dress simple and let her studded Burberry jacket and nails handle it. The studded headband was another great choice. Photo Courtesy of Instyle.com

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Ginnifer Goodwin’s look is a complete departure from her Snow White persona wouldn’t you say? She punked it up head-to-toe with dark eye makeup, punked out nails, and a Tory Burch gown. Photo courtesy of InStyle.com..

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Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci ~ Go ahead diva, show them how it’s done. She took the theme seriously, down to the shredded fish net dress. Who else was this daring? I love that she wore Casedei pink blade heels that complimented her ageless body. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com.

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Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs ~ This is her category so I knew she wouldn’t disappoint. Simply and elegantly punk. Sometimes you can make your point without all the bells and whistles. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com.

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Nicole Richie in Topshop ~ This is another style icon that thinks outside the box. Thank you Nicole for dressing for the occasion and straying away from clichés. Her Bordeaux lips, silver hair, and white Topshop gown were the very definition of anarchy. Photo courtesy of InStyle.com

Even though I was disappointed with the lack of punk fashion, there were some outfits worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Christina Ricci, Anne Hathaway, and other fashion notables that made up for it.

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Not Punk But Who Cares?

For more pictures from the 2013 MET Gala Ball visit InStyle’s Photo Gallery.

Which Miley Cover Shoot is Better, Elle UK or V Magazine?

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Miley Cyrus seems determined to wipe her Hannah Montana persona from our minds. In her V magazine, May 2013, and upcoming Elle UK, June 2013, magazine covers, she continues to show the world just how edgy she has become. We got it Miley, calm down. I have to say I am a Miley fan more for her persona than her music, but I do admit to liking Party in the U.S.A. She’s young, she’ll get bored easily so she will be switching it up often and fans get bored easily too. I think the rebel element is real so she is going to do what she wants to do. She is going to be provocative, and she is going to be unapologetic. She has adopted a punky androgynous look that suits her, and she has never been girly anyway. I’m looking for her to hook up with a girl next.

Both of her cover shoots were definitively editorial and showed off her killer body. The Elle UK shoot was…classier and more artistic than the V magazine shoot, in my opinion. The V magazine pictures were… provocative. I could have gone the rest of my life without seeing Miley give herself a wedgie, and I almost didn’t put the pictures of her in boy’s underwear in the post, that’s how unattractive I found them; not her, the underwear. There are several pieces in each shoot that I would wear in a heartbeat.

Currently, she is working on a new album and according to a recent Good Morning America segment,  it is taking precedence over everything. Judge for yourself. Which cover shoot do you think is better and why?

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