Met Gala: Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles

Posted on May 07, 2013

Here’s a question to ask yourself as you scroll down. Exactly how did Sarah Jessica Parker travel to the Met Gala?


Sarah Jessica Parker attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Giles Deacon gown accessorized with a Philip Treacy hat and bag, Fred Leighton and Repossi jewelry, and Christian Louboutin boots.

Giles Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Kremi Otashliyska

Did she lie flat in an extra-long hearse? Stand upright in a horse trailer? Stick her head out the sunroof of her car the whole way (unlikely, as the wind would wind up snapping her neck)? Parachute in? Or, god forbid, did she WALK?

No matter how she got there, she arrived in style. We don’t even like this dress all that much. And there’s not a chance in hell we’d ever have thought to pair it with thigh-high suede plaid boots, let alone a massive mohawk headdress. But we love it, against all reason. It only works when the invitation advises you to dress punk. Which, let’s be clear here: of course this isn’t truly punk. But you have to remember that the fashion world speaks in shorthand, which means “punk” doesn’t mean punk, “sexy secretary” is a look no executive assistant would ever consider wearing, and a size 8 is “plus-sized.” They make up their own lingo, darlings.

So it’s all a crazy mish-mash, which is sort of a punk thing, and it has very light punk touches, like the aforementioned boots and the take on a mohawk. It’s crazy and attention-seeking and she managed to very lightly interpret the theme without straying too far from her personal style. We dig it. And her hair looks amazing.



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  • atelier482 .

    LOVE it! Enuf said.

    • i think this is a WERQ. An unconventional Werq, but a Werq nonetheless. Living for the Philip Tracy headpiece!!!

  • So happy with this!

    • Agreed. I didn’t love any one piece of the ensemble, but it made me smile.

  • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsR

    I too love it against all reason. She looks like she’s genuinely enjoying wearing this getup. Best I can recall her looking in some time!

    • drdarke

      Yeah – I normally really don’t think much of Sarah Jessica Parker as a style icon, but here she pulled the whole mess together and made a bunch of thinks that shouldn’t have worked – WERQ.

  • jetpackdino

    She arrived in a chariot of course.

    I wonder how much that hat weighs. Combined with the hair… I imagine she had a pretty bad headache by the end of the night. Love the boots though.

    • AnnPopovic

      champagne bubbles, dah’ling…no weight, no headache

    • MsOlympia

      I immediately thought the very same thing! She is dressed as Spartacus’ rebellious teen daughter.

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Ah, that’s IT! A chariot, of COURSE.

      well done.

  • The boots are great, the head-dress is great (although would be my choice for a Cher theme rather than punk) and I love the necklace. What possessed her to wear that dress with those other elements? It doesn’t work at all.

    • Candigirl1968

      Yup, and I kinda wish she’d done something more daring in terms of the dress.

    • Little_Olive

      Maybe that without the other elements it wasn’t at all punk? I guess she was trying to prove that a gown first thought of as feminine may be taken to edgy territory. Hm.
      Still, I fear she herself insists in blurring the line between her and Carrie.

      • That’s the thing – the other elements are great, the dress is meh. I am particularly aggrieved when a neckline totally prevents you from seeing the shape of the jewels.

    • drdarke

      That dress looks like it’s Something To Cover Nakedness.


  • Tatiana Luján

    I love this. She looks like she is having fun.

    • FancyPhilly

      I totally agree. The great smile, though not punk, makes her look fantastic.

  • Is it wrong that I laughed when you proposed she arrived in a horse trailer?

    • Meg0GayGuys6

      I was wondering if someone was going to mention this 🙂

    • MilaXX

      I don’t think the shade was intentional

    • Well I pictured her on horseback, so the horse trailer is right in line with that!

    • Mistie Holler

      Before I heard that the theme was ‘punk’, I thought the Mohawk headdress was a sly, self-deprecating nod to the fact that her detractors say that she has a ‘horse-face’, because it looks like the kind of thing horses are made to wear at special events. And I really respected her for being able to laugh at herself and her critics like that. But it’s still cool that it’s punk.

  • loved it. LOVED IT. These are the moments when SJP shines, taking things we mortals would never pair together and making it work like a house afire. It doesn’t always work on a regular red carpet, but it’s absolutely spot on for the Met. Those boots are perfect and the headdress is FANTASTIC.

  • DeborahJozayt

    Her hands have officially disappeared from public life.

  • Madonna may be more out-there punkish, but this is more venue and age appropriate. Kudos to SJP.

  • In_Stitches

    Are all of the guests going to translate ‘punk’ into ‘show my vagina’?

    • Isabel

      DailyMail has a pic showing her panties.

      But, she looks great for the theme.

      • In_Stitches

        Definitely, I do love the look. The boots are the perfect nod to the theme.

  • VeryClaire

    I guess if “punk” means “throw a lot of random stuff together you’d never normally wear” then yes, this is punk. In my book wearing diamonds and a gown and then some weird large accessories doesn’t cut it. She looks fairly ridiculous even for a costume event.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I’m stunned at all of the positive comments about this get-up. My first thought on seeing this last night was ‘Wow! SJP looks like crap!” And just quit it already with that eye makeup. She hasn’t changed it in decades and the older she gets, the worse it looks.

      • That eye makeup drives me nuts. Pale eyebrows, paired with plenty of black liner to make her eyes look even smaller than they are. Who does this?!

        • Monabel

          Word. Her eyes look smaller than ever. How does she peep out?

    • chill85

      Punk actually does, in part, kind of mean “throw a lot of random stuff together you’d never normally wear,” and I believe the Met’s show on punk fashion has a whole section on bricolage. Punk used bricolage in order to subvert the meanings of the individual elements by putting them in dissonant relation to one another. Of course, once it becomes codified as a style that can be mimicked at a society gala, the subversion is lost. But strictly in terms of aesthetics, the fact that the parts seem random and don’t seem to go together very well is pretty punkish.

      • VeryClaire

        I take your point but I still think wearing a Giles Deacon gown and diamonds (and never changing your make up look) is never going to be punk by any definition.

  • lizajane1776

    Velvet! Thigh high! Plaid! Boots!
    I love it! And it looks like she does too! She looks truly happy!

  • zenobar

    This is just awesome.

    I mean awesome in the Biblical sense. I am awestruck.

  • Spicytomato1

    My favorite look of the night. Those boots are the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. And her best accessory, imo, is her high wattage smile.

  • LOVE this lots. Her and Madonna totally rocked it. They deserve WERQ moments.

  • Chillmer

    I don’t even care if it’s punk or not, she looks f%*#ing fabulous.

  • TAGinMO

    With all due respect, TLo, the whole “this isn’t really punk” shtick is going to become rather tiresome by the end of today’s Met Gala postings…especially when you’re trotting it out for an ensemble that features a Hollywood starlet in a foot-high mohawk!

    If this were a Halloween costume party, you’d have a legitimate beef. And I’m sure there are some outfits to come that will miss the mark so widely that they can be criticized for not really being punk in any way, shape, or form.

    But when a celebrity goes to the trouble to pair “light punk touches” like a mohawk and thigh-high velvet plaid boots with her designer gown, let’s go ahead and give her full credit, mmm-K?

    • With all due respect, you’re mistaking a discussion point for criticism. And since most of the attendees went nowhere near the punk theme, how about you let us highlight the three most notable attempts at working the theme first, mkay?

      Honestly, how did you get that we have a “beef” and aren’t giving her full credit? The entire post is an unreserved rave.

      • Oh – is Anne Hathaway supposed to be one of the most notable attempts at working the theme? I didn’t get that from her post…

        • We thought that was the point to her hair.

          • Ah, I haven’t actually looked at all the pictures yet and was hoping there’d be more punk going on on someone I didn’t check out yet. I guess it’s all gowns with heavy eyeliner from here on out instead…

    • I get that you loved it, but I also thought you somehow made it sound like the punk touches were very light, which I don’t think they are. But yes, calling that having a “beef” is maybe somewhat of an overstatement. Can’t we all just get along and love SJP?

      • Yes, we called them “light” because we DO think they are. Difference of opinion. No reason for anyone to complain about it.

  • Deedles

    I thought this was cracktastically wonderful!

  • I know that should love this unreservedly. I just can’t. (Sad face)

    • Snailstsichr

      But, but – don’t you love the boots??

      • The boots I do love, the Cher knockoff headdress? Not so much.

    • Sunraya

      I think she looks absurd. I do t get it. At all.

      • conniemd

        The fact that she looks absurd is a decent fashion interpretation of punk. Punk was rebel music. It was meant to jar you and to not be traditional music, meaning non-harmonious, non-melodic. The clothes reflected this same statement of “we are not like your traditional ideas of clothes/hair, etc.

        • Sunraya

          I lived through punk, and while it was jarring, punk is not gowns worth thousands of dollars, and boots that don’t match, with a Cher headdress. I do understand that thisispuk interpreted by millionaires. Madonna nailed it, I just think SJP looks silly and bizarre.

  • flamingoNW

    I love that dress. She looks great!

  • Jecca2244

    love her.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    I don’t like this at all. Those boots remind me and make me yearn for that McQueen dress she worn a few years ago.

  • BrooklynBomber

    e love it, against all reason.

    Agree. Girl can wear fashion, that’s for sure.

  • formerlyAnon

    She nailed the witty fashionista’s punk approach to a gala, all right! This odd mish mash was more successful than most because it read as “smart.”

    I vote she arrived in a coat, her slip (do they wear those?) and boots and hair-sans-headresss and was ‘finished’ by her team in a side room at the venue. Or one of a couple of trailers the organizers parked by the loading dock for the purpose.

  • Chickadeep

    Crack-tastic in the BEST possible way.

  • SewingSiren

    Love the whole look top to bottom. Firstly it’s not matchy matchy. Most of the pieces are inspired by punk in a creative non literal way.

  • Donna Tabor

    The boots look velvet to me, not suede.

    She was sure going for “attention-getting”, wasn’t she? And she got it. That is just an insanely over-the-top look, but it works on her.

  • It’s a good thing she’s only 5′ tall, otherwise I would fear for her center of gravity. There’s no reason this should work as well as it does, except of course that SJP has a postdoc in fashionista (Bona Fides University, 2000). I bet she and her stylist had weeks of outrageous, giggling fun putting all this together.

    Is the original dress slit up the front? I can’t tell from the photo. Also, the color of the dress in the photo is far more flattering than the gold version SJP wore, although I totally get why she went for the color combo she did.

  • Beardslee

    She looks great! What a fun interpretation of punk for the very rich.

  • PS: is that Marion Cotillard in back of SJP, in the decidedly non-punk asymmetrical pink/yellow dress with what look like checked shoes?

    • mshesterp

      Yes. And it was underwhelming, to be sure (as were many dresses last night!)

  • GoAwayKardash

    This woman ALWAYS gets it right at the Met Gala.

  • I am in lust with the boots!

  • Answer: Like a boss.

  • MilaXX

    I liked it as well.

  • Introspective

    when SJP gets her full SJP on, the bitch is a force.

    I LOVE everything about this. way to start my day off right uncles.

  • I LOVE IT!

  • Carrieanno

    I imagine a very opulent sedan chair.

  • MamaKath

    So far SJP is the only woman who actually came close to “punk”. All I’ve been seeing on the wire this morning is BORING!! Come on girls. The theme was PUNK!

  • Love it! And “Did she stand upright in a horse trailer?” – oh, TLo, you crack me up.

  • There’s a dance in the Nutcracker where the children hide under a big old skirt. That was my first thought.

  • rhadon

    Met gala “punk” = Project Runway’s “avant-garde.” Still beautiful though. Loving the hair

  • carnush

    I agree. This is amazing and no one else could have pulled it off.

  • allisankelly

    Didn’t Honey Boo-Boo’s mom wear this to her wedding? Love the boots, though!

  • jw_ny

    Elegant punk! I love it, especially the mohawk.

  • Jane Jacobs

    Girlfriend needs to lighten way the hell up on the eyeliner. She looks like a spice colony inhabitant in Dune.

  • My 3rd Favorite look of the night!

  • Krafty_L

    Love this!

  • imspinningaround

    SJP was my Met Gala red carpet winner last night. Everything going on on her head is incredible and the dress and boots are perfect for the occasion. I had to laugh when she described her jewelry and accessories as “Harry Winston and some other bits and pieces of junk I’ve collected over the years.”

    Sidebar: For those of you who watched the arrivals online, were not Hillary Rhoda and Billy Whatshisface truly AWFUL red carpet commentators? I will never bemoan the inane presence of Ryan Seacrest again.

  • VicksieDo

    I dig it, deeply!

  • christinewithanx

    That would fit on the bus…

  • GorgeousThings

    The outfit is cool, but I am horrified by how she looks. The word “rangy” comes immediately to mind, followed by “emaciated”. Seriously, she looks really bad, especially her arms. Like Madonna a few years back.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    I agree – the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Somehow it just works!

  • capybara_cafe

    I love those boots so much *_*

  • Popemobile. Of course.

  • The “mohawk” headdress is what makes it punk-ish. I actually love the headpiece and the dress together – for this event – but the boots are all kinds of wrong.

    • Remember The Clash?

      • Yes, but I still hate the boots. They’re not wrong for the event, but I hate them with this dress.

  • boldprint

    Digging this! I still can’t with the eyeliner, but I can give it a pass with this look.

    • 3boysful

      The eyeliner and the overuse of tanner/bronzer. Oy.

      I do kinda dig the dress. Necklace is overload with the bling in the Mohawkhat.

    • Lorelski

      I’m with you on the eyeliner. Whenever I picture SJP in my mind (which, admittedly, isn’t often), that’s the first feature that I see. And that ain’t a compliment. I guess she must have really tiny eyes, but surely there’s another solution to that problem.

  • ballerinawithagun


  • ashtangajunkie

    Love this! She’s rocking a look that is only hers. I can’t imagine anyone else pulling this off. I’m coveting those boots though.

  • crash1212

    This is fierce. She looks fabulous. TOTALLY diggin’ it. Love the headdress and those boots must’ve been made especially for her. Perfect.

  • Aurumgirl

    I love it and for once the thickly lined eyes work beautifully, too.

    And I do want those boots.

  • Lesley

    cheers, somebody who actually dressed appropriately for the theme and she killed it.

  • I kind of love the Stewart plaid boots. Are they suede or velvet? Whatever they are, they’re awesome.

    I never, ever, EVER say this about SJP, but she looks fabulous here. Not Madge fabulous, but pretty damned good.

  • Guest

    Did SJP’s look remind anyone else of Gaga at the Grammy’s a few years back in McQueen?

  • Melanie

    Well, I also wouldn’t have paired the dress with the boots, and I don’t think the necklace goes, but I think she looks great. Plus, she looks like she’s having *fun*, which is half the battle.

  • MarissaLG

    Perfection. I feel like SJP would wear something like this every day if she could.

  • xmixiex


  • Snailstsichr

    Fabulous – and I join so many of my fellow BKs in the boot love.

  • m0r0

    To quote Carrie Bradshaw, it’s “FABULOUS!”

  • shelley514

    I love over-the-top glam. So SJP is giving me all sorts of thrills!!!

  • Janet B

    I assume strapping young men carried her while she sat on her throne a la Cleopatra

  • Just… too much.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I think this is my favorite. It’s just so fucking crazy and beautiful that it’s a very strong and hearty WERQ for me. SJP still knows how to school an entire room full of ladystars.

  • Sunraya

    Love her hair. The rest is just confusing to me. I don’t get it, and I don’t like it.

  • I think the dress could have been really lovely on her, without the batshit crazy styling.

    The boots look like velvet to me, not suede. But that’s a minor quibble.

  • A Savarese

    Dont think she had to travel IN anything..Now dont get me wrong I LOVE LOVE SJP BUT.. with this get up she could have been the horse she rode in on!! Reminds me of something out of the Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (S&M before the trite Shades of Gray). Sorry SJP, Love the the necklace.. the rest not so much.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    I think she looks amazing!
    And on a “getting there” note, as someone who has worn my share of big hats, you can always sit in the front passenger seat and recline all the way back! Just don’t look out the sunroof or you get dizzy….

  • Third pic down (second of SJP), she looks like she’s channeling a demon, reminding me of Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters as the Gatekeeper. I love the boots, hate the dress, and find the mohawk hat silly.

  • tereliz

    I dig it, too. But I don’t think that’s HER hair. Not all of it, at least. 😉

    It is a little crazy, the boots, the dress, the headpiece, but for the Met Ball, I love the whole shebang.

  • jennifervney

    LOVE THIS!!!

  • I LOVE it too, and I would wear that. No, wait a second, different show. I do think SJP nailed the theme. It’s a cohesive representation of over the top, in your face and look at me. EXACTLY what punk should be.

  • Jon

    After seeing SJP and Madonna, it seems ludicrous that every guest didn’t just go for it with the theme. She looks fabulous, and like she’s having a blast, which cannot be said for most people who played it safe.

  • Cher called….I couldn’t resist, but I too think she looks great. I’m digging the combo.

  • ojosazules


  • decormaven

    Gosh, I wish she had ditched the dress for something else that would have shown off those boots. Would love to get a full look at them.

  • Love those boots! The rest, who cares?

  • I don’t think anyone at this ball is judged objectively. If we knew nothing about SJP, we’d think she looks silly. I guess I can just speak for myself. The gown is way too big for her. It needs a tall woman. I guess the head piece resembles a mohawk hairstyle so her outfit is considered punk. The boots are an added thing that have nothing to do with the dress. SJP must have been thrilled to get home and take everything off.

  • StrandedFashionista

    To my eye, the hat would have been enough. All told though, it looks like she’s having tons of fun in the look and I applaud her for taking the risk.

  • I’m going with Ben Hur-style chariot.

  • Imasewsure

    I love every bit about this wacky couture. It’s a an conventional WERQ for sure for me. Crazy fun which makes this party look like it actually would have been fun too

  • LuisaNL


  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    I don’t understand it, but I like it. Her hair looks good too.

  • Brilliant! A mohawk hat, OMG. (Granted, it looks a bit more Roman centurion than punk, but STILL!) I lovelovelove this.

  • Synnamin

    This just doesn’t feel like it’s in her wheelhouse. I would kill for the hat and the boots, though

  • MissAmynae

    My Best Dressed of the night. SJP always brings it to the Met Gala. Love the tartan boots- dual homage to McQueen and punk flannel!

    Still would have loved for her to go vintage Westwood, Gaultier or McQueen though. Not really a complaint,just a “oh what might have been” moment.

  • jmorino08

    I love it! As the Fug Girls said, anyone who decided to play it safe should take one look at her and be deeply ashamed of themselves.

  • She looks utterly ridiculous. Those velvet (?) boots are such an eyesore, especially as paired with that deflated parachute dress. Doesn’t she realize she needs to be significantly taller to pull off such a volumetric dress so that it doesn’t look bulky and bunched up? The slit’s too high. Everything is just wrong here.

  • DeTrop

    Wow. This is my favorite. She looks abfab. This is the Met Gala; a once a year spectacular and she brought it. Kudos SJP.

  • Hey everybody! I’m punk! Kisses!

  • pookiesmom

    I ADORE this. The werq of the night as far as I’m concerned.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Absolutely love it. Of course she would nail this. We’d all be shocked and disappointed if she didn’t. 🙂

  • MzzPants

    Frankly, this is the best she looked in ages. Shoulda’ been a Werq.

  • amaranth16


  • NYCGlamourpuss


  • No matter what she wears, I will never stop wanting to change her eye makeup.

  • berkeleygirl

    WERQ!!! Even with all that going on, she’s not letting it overwhelm her. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time she looked like she was having such fun. As for the plaid, SJP has long spoken of her love for it. Didn’t she get married in a Black Watch Plaid gown? Can’t remember, but know she spoke of wanting to do so…

  • Contralto


  • Mauricio González del Castillo

    Even Raf Simons on the back is trying to figure that shit out.

  • Corsetmaker

    Fantabulous! That print on the dress works a treat too for the theme. And I love the boots. Yup, that’s how to do it.

  • webslice33

    she’s trying too hard

    • demidaemon

      It’s better than not trying at all.

    • trixietru

      So hard it looks desperate. She’s usually much cooler than that.

  • tvmovielover

    Millennium Cher! One of her better efforts recently.

  • librarygrrl64

    That hat is quite the witty high-fashion nod to a puik mohawk. Well done. 🙂

  • Qitkat

    The velvet plaid boots are beyond awesome, and the headdress slays me. I prefer this to Madonna’s, who may have nailed punk more precisely, but it was expected of her. When SJP walked into that room, everyone must have gasped. Over the top perfection, and how much fun does she look to be having?
    The best three punk looks all featured plaid. How about that?

  • bd73

    pedicab. and she looks fabulous. mohawk and splatter. punk enough for me.

  • Anniebet

    Gasp! Did TLo actually mention a horse trailer!? (giggle)

    Anyhoo, her hair and makeup are awesome, best she’s looked in a long while. Headdress – over the top goodness. Love the dress.

    Cannot for the life of me understand the reasoning behind the boots, though. Way too jarring, IMO.

  • quiltrx

    I’m telling you, the Fashion Pope Mobile was definitely deployed! She came standing up, in a glass dome.
    The boots may be a bridge too far for me, but I am LOVING the gown and headpiece! In general I dislike her and what she wears, but she really looks awesome here.

  • voter1

    Hope they sat her in the last row because even the tallest basketball player couldn’t see over that head piece.

  • voter1

    Hope they sat her in the last row because even the tallest basketball player couldn’t see over that head piece.

  • alebaby

    i love it… how much fun should be to able to dress like that once in a while….

  • PeaceBang

    I just fell back in love with SJP after a long period of deep irritation.

  • akprincess72

    What I would give for that necklace…

  • i think she looks ridiculous. i love punk music and style, and i accepted some time ago fashion’s superficial version of it. but this just looks too tossed together. i know how that sounds when talking about punk but runway fashion can never be punk. not really, not in its true spirit. its too extravagant, too…expensive. so throwing some disparate pieces together, and saying “it doesn’t match, how punk” doesn’t work in my mind because if you’re going to interpret punk through a fashion lens, take one thing and run with it. i like all the pieces and i see the potential in all of them to make a punk statement. but together they just say to me “i just grabbed everything i saw that vaguely touched on things i’ve heard about punk.” hope that makes sense. it makes sense to me but i feel like i’m having trouble fully expressing myself.

    tl:dr looks like a hot mess to me.

  • bellafigura1

    Love the dress, love the boots, hating hard on the headgear.

  • lobsterlen

    What I love about SJP is whatever she is wearing, love it or hate it, you can tell she truly loves fashion and has a lot fun at these events.

  • EEKstl

    I love this. Full stop.

  • I way she came in a chariot. The head piece would match.

  • is there a doctor in the huh-owse??? phashun phd on the premises

  • Tc

    She probably just took it off in the limo and the put it on when she stepped out.

  • bitterk

    I applaud the effort