After telling the USA Today that this year’s Punk: Chaos to Couture Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala was “so un-fun”, and complaining that she “did not enjoy it at all”, Gwyneth Paltrow has sent a ‘look how much fun my life is’ newsletter to her GOOP fans, complete with Instagram-like snaps of her prepping for the evening.
In her “GP”-signed intro to the newsletter, Paltrow talks up the affair, sounding awfully like a person who might have had a great time getting all glitzed up by some of the biggest names in the game:
The Met Ball… is always the year’s most elaborate display of incredible fashion and this year was no different. The theme was ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ and when the house of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri asked me to join them, I was thrilled to see what they would create with my right fashion hand, Elizabeth Saltzman.
Perhaps she forgot about spilling her guts while admittedly drunk, to two Australian radio hosts, Kyle and Jackie O, a rant which New York Magazine was kind enough to transcribe in all its whining glory:
“Do you want me to be honest? It sucked. It seems like the best thing in the world. You think, ‘Oh my god, it’s going to be so glamorous and amazing, and you’re going to see all these famous people.’ And then you get there, and it’s so hot, and so crowded, and everyone’s pushing you. This year it was really intense. It wasn’t fun!”
Blatant hypocrisy aside, from a fashion standpoint it was pretty interesting reading her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, expound on how Gwyneth ended up in that not-so-punk pink Valentino gown:
“I visited a neighbor of mine who’d been in the music business and had a collection of all her punk pieces from the past. She had this one big pink ball-gown skirt that I immediately took to. I didn’t want [Gwyneth] to show up in a costume. So this look is all about anarchy — truly going against the grain and not wearing what everyone expects. That’s about as punk as you can get.”
We’re still not sold on the ‘wearing a plainly gorgeous gown is punk’ argument, but the final product did look beautiful. In the behind-the-scenes snaps below, Paltrow shares her fitting process, plus some unknown details getting ready. Apparently blue streaks were almost added to her hairstyle, but she went with the plain, ol’ pony in the end. Against all odds, we’re not mad at it.
See how other stars prepped for the Met Gala with these behind-the-scenes pics, revisit those who went with the actual theme in our roundup of the most punk looks, or generally lose yourself in all of our Punk: Chaos to Couture coverage.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.