Met Gala 2014: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka in Thom Browne

Posted on May 06, 2014

Ugh, no. It takes a LOT of effort to look like the most pretentious assholes at the Met Gala. There’s a lot of competition, after all. But here’s NPH and David, bringing their Gay Clown act to the proceedings.

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We like Thom Browne’s stuff – and we even like the idea of these tuxes – but these are not the two A-list scene queens who should be wearing them. We don’t care how good he is in Hedwig, NPH just doesn’t have what it takes to pull this kind of look off. Granted, very few people do, which is why very few people tend to venture out looking like this. Leave the nutty proportions and crazy tuxedos to people like Alan Cumming, boys. He knows what to do with stuff like this. You two just look silly.




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  • Danielle


    • Theresa

      And is it me, or does David Burtka always look like he’s silently chanting “Tits Up Girls!”? He always has a case of puffy chest.

      • Robert Johnston

        I think he just has really good posture in an old fashioned way. Or maybe he has big pecs.

    • BackseatDriver

      Is NPH okay? He looks like he is dying in this photo. So much weight lost, even for a role, cannot be healthy.

      • ninanan10 .

        He looks decidedly ill–and it’s not just the eye make-up. Is he sick?

        • Anita Karenin

          I assumed he was wearing contouring makeup.

        • lundibleu

          That was my thoughts too – though I think the pancake makeup and bad dye job have something to do with it too. He looks like he’s aged about 10 years since the last picture I saw of him.

          As for the tuxes – no. No no no no NO. They are hideous, and I can’t think of anyone that could actually make them work.

        • texashistorian

          I wonder if he’s changing looks for an upcoming role? I know he’s on Broadway right now, but gigs don’t last forever. I was thinking he looked hungry, like the show announcer from Cabaret.

        • trisker

          I think he has to be really thin for the Hedwig role with short short hair for the wigs. But none of it is becoming, that’s for sure.

          • Kristin McNamara

            I read that too. He lost weight (and due to the performance demands and schedule, is probably continuing to lose weight) for the Hedwig role.

        • Michelle Gennari

          I think he lost a lot of weight for “Hedwig” on Broadway.

    • Louise Bryan

      Cheekbones? Nay, NPH looks GAUNT! Maybe that’s for Hedwig, but he looks like a member of the Dallas Buyers Club.

      • Danielle

        I’m fairly certain NPH’s cheeks are drawn on. I hope, anyway.

  • sugarkane105

    I see NPH and SJP have the same eye makeup artist.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Did he just run over from Hedwig and leave his stage make-up on?

      • sugarkane105

        In that case, I have some Neutrogena make up removers he can borrow.

      • Sartorial_She

        Seriously. I typically have absolutely no ability to spot things like contouring, wigs, and spray tans, but even I gasped at the shit show that is NPH’s make-up. A perhaps a bad dye job to boot.

        • Sarah

          He’s like a Fred Astaire Undead Zombie. It actually frightened me more than that…suit on his husband.

          • formerlyAnon

            Good call. And tragic that it’s accurate.

        • formerlyAnon

          I think boney-faced men and eyeliner are quite attractive. And *I* am put off by this.

          • Kent Roby

            I’m all for guyliner, but this is improper deployment. NPH should consider a smoky eye. Oh, god, I need vodka; stat.

        • makeityourself

          I’m sure it’s a joke. We’re just not in on it. He would never go out looking like that for real.

      • GorgeousThings

        It looks like he slept in his Hedwig makeup from the night before, didn’t wash his face the next morning, and went on an all-day bender before the limo picked him up for the gala.

        And I usually LOVE NPH.

      • VicD

        Is he perhaps auditioning for the replacement cast of the Cabaret revival?

  • FibonacciSequins

    They really went for it, didn’t they?

    • formerlyAnon

      They did. And I can, with very little stretch, imagine Mr. Burtka looking at his husband and giving his approval. But NPH, god help him, had to be looking with eyes of love.

      • demidaemon

        Obviously, neither of them looked down.

        • formerlyAnon

          You’d think. Afraid they’ve just been seduced by designer fashion and drunk the Thom Brown kool aid. And are wearing something which, while in style, does not suit them. [Like me, from roughly 1982 through 1990]

          • demidaemon

            I can’t even come of it with a good explanation, unlike you. And, at least in your case, you have an excuse. It was the 80s. Pretty much everyone dressed in a way that was not suited to them.

  • It’s the Human Torch & Iceman action figure box set that comes with a ring come to life!

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    David, the Big Apple Circus is not playing at the Met.

  • Paigealicious

    Alan Cumming, YES.

    • MoHub

      Alan Cumming would do it a lot better.

      • Paigealicious

        Even down to the eyeliner.

    • Trent

      Alan Cumming could pull off NPH’s look, yes. Not even he could pull off David’s Gay Clown (TM: TLo) atrocity at the Met Gala.

      (And still laughing over TLo’s flawless “It takes a LOT of effort to look like the most pretentious assholes at the Met Gala” read. Perfection.)

    • eruannalle

      literally my first thought was ‘why have these boys stolen alan cumming’s clothes?’. bless them, they can’t pull it off at all. (in all fairness, it might have been my second thought. my first thought was something about how horrifying nph looks – i mean, christ.)

  • Silly Grrl

    Man, it looks like Hedwig is killing him. His eyeliner for the show must be serious stuff 😉

  • Latin Buddy

    What bother’s me is that on the right person, with the right attitude, they would look amazing. Who is that kid from Slumdog Millionare? It has to be someone really skinny, with a hint of hipster. These two queens, don’t.

    • MilaXX


    • AnaRoW

      Dev Patel? I’m not sure this would work on him either. Or Alan Cumming for that matter.

      • lunchcoma

        Cumming is actually the last name he was born with!

        • AnaRoW

          Yeah I just looked that up and deleted the comment. Something he said once made me think it was a stage name.

          • lunchcoma

            Sorry for chiming in too quickly! It really is entirely suitable as a stage name, especially for his persona.

    • StillGary

      or, one of the Marx bros…

  • YoungSally

    He really should have just come as Hedwig.

  • Capt. Renault

    This is like that time I OD’ed on Lik-M-Aid and watched Circus of the Stars.

    • numenah

      Haven’t thought of Lik-M-Aid for years! Thanks for the memory and the laugh!

  • jeneria

    NPH looks so much older with the guyliner and the slicked hair.

  • muzan-e

    Whoah. NPH came as Bill Compton!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      And not in a good way.

    • Alyssa

      Maybe he just can’t wait for the final season? But yeah, not a good look.

    • Sookeh.

      • StillGary


  • Moriginal

    NPH is giving me True Blood Bill feelings. Not in a good way.

    • muzan-e

      … bless you. I was afraid it was just my eyes seeing that way, and the last thing I’d ever want is for my eyes to be seeing random Bill Comptons in otherwise innocuous portraits. *g*

  • In_Stitches

    David really needs to rethink the hair. It looks like he’s trying out for 98 degrees.

    • I thought for a role in Top Gun 2 as Iceman the second. 🙂 Just a smudge less hot than Val Kilmer was..

      • decormaven

        Killing it!

        • Iceman would never be caught dead in that outfit, though. 🙂

    • Cathy S

      I actually thought his hair was the only thing about either of them that worked.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Looking at this pair makes me think that wearing white tie and tails isn’t something to be done lightly. It appears to take more sartorial smarts then these two are evidencing.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    NPH – NO. You are better than this! The glower with that hair does NOT work!

  • It’s funny, I think Burtka looks better of the two of them, and his is in many ways the more outlandish. I guess it’s the “go all the way or go home” idea? Then again, maybe I’m just entranced/horrified by NPH’s hair and makeup, both of which are really unfortunate.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Really unfortunate. His cheekbones are so sharp because of his weight loss that the makeup is giving him a cartoonish look.

      • Constant Reader

        Pretty sure there is also some Kardashian Kontouring going on there.

        • FibonacciSequins


  • Raspberry2012

    Oh, guys… no no no. Just no. And you were so lovely on Drag Race a couple of weeks ago!

    • StillGary

      they seemed a little pissy then, too — yes, they looked nicer tho.

  • mjude

    all I see is …. thin

  • Is NPH trying to steal the MC role in Cabaret?

    • MilaXX

      He’s playing Hedwig on B’way. I think he lost some weight for the role, but it also looks like he contoured his cheeks a bit.

      • karinlee

        I just saw him in Hedwig and “lost some weight” is one way of putting it. “Approaching zero percent body fat” is another. It’s actually really startling when you finally see him out from under Hedwig’s clothes.

      • It’s the combination of the contouring and darker hair that made me think Cabaret!

      • Cheryl

        A BIT????

  • TropiCarla

    Uhm, did I miss the departure of NPH’s hairline? Is that makeup? I don’t know what’s happening.

    • Introspective


    • hyperionic

      He’s always had a huge forehead/high hairline but he doesn’t ever comb his hair so neatly it’s usually a bit messy and brushed forward.

      • TropiCarla

        I dunno, Hyper. I wanna be down with that … but a Google image search backs up my claim that this is way worse than usual.
        *shudder* I am confronted with the mortality of man. Granted, I might be feeling a little sensitive because my ‘fro is starting to feel a little less robust in the middle. 🙁

  • @Biting Panda

    I’m so confused.

  • Glam Dixie

    Don’t get me wrong, I love me some NPH, but seriously, what the actual fuck is going on here? Bill Compton is not a look anyone should be going for and to bring an emo clown as your date just reeks of douchery.

  • MilaXX

    They look like Tweedledum & Tweedledee.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Or as I like to say about my boys…tweedledum and tweedledumber.

    • Fuchsiaforever

      Hahhahaha YES!

  • Capt. Renault

    David is so eager for camping this summer. He has his tent ready.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I was going to say…but you put it better than I ever could have.

  • Introspective

    bless their hearts they thought this was being all fashiony and making them the center of attention. in fact they both look like sideshows.

  • Judy_S

    I was SO disappointed by this pair.

  • Eric Stott

    Those tuxes are laughably ill proportioned- even with Thom Browne’s name they are clown suits. Burn them with fire.

  • SewingSiren

    One needs a short red cape and the other needs a bull head.

  • hughman

    The new musical : Victoria/Victoria.

    • madscntst

      Huh, I thought it was more of a Cabaret vibe.


  • The Versatile Chef

    Saw the pic and started singing “Wilkommen”.

  • NeenaJ

    NPH as the vampire, Lestat.

    • Eric Stott

      Oh PLEASE- not even that good.

  • Scimommy

    Toreador, en ga-a-a-a-ade! Tra-la-la-la! Tra-la-lala.

  • Eric Stott

    Send in the Clowns……..Oh Mary, they’re here!

  • Jessica Freeman

    While I loved the attempt, I could got get over how goofy they both looked. And NPH, that eye make up is not working for you.

  • Noah

    They both look waxy as fuck. This is a travesty all around.

  • lunchcoma

    Next time I complain about all the men looking boring, I’ll glance back at this. Matching nutty tuxes with no socks and pancake makeup is not the way to take risks.

  • appliquer

    I knew when I saw this yesterday that you would comment. And you didn’t disappoint. What were they thinking?

  • janierainie

    My goodness gracious sakes alive.

  • blue808

    They look like poster childs for the “Meth…not even once!” campaign from the roaring 20’s.

  • dmkava

    get over yourselves

    • alyce1213

      that pretty much says it all

  • WendyD

    I hope they both saw Benedict Cumberbatch in his proper tails and were ASHAMED.

    • alyce1213

      The way BC dresses, especially in formal clothing, puts most men to shame. He sets the standard.

  • Sarah

    What is up with the highwaters? So many questions about these looks, and that’s where I keep landing. Insult to injury.

    • demidaemon

      That is where I keep going, as well. It ruins what could have been at least maybe decent tuxes. THE FLOOD IS COMING! apparently.

  • Eyes and sunken cheeks aside, those cummerbunds are TRAGIC.

  • Erica

    Stop trying to make high-waters happen! (I realize there are times that pegged pants work, but these two haven’t done it right yet).

    • librarygrrl64

      IMO, pegged pants only work if they are VERY fitted and skinny all the way down the leg. These pants….are not. They truly look like dry-clean-only wool tuxedo pants that were put in a clothes dryer.

  • Constant Reader

    I like the idea of the outfits but I don’t like the execution. Too. Many. Things. Crazy jackets + David’s mixed prints + pants a little short + no socks + bad hair on both + heavy makeup on NPH. I think I’d also like it better if, say David had those pants on with a solid color regular tux jacket (can’t think of what it’s called) and NPH had on the crazy argyle long jacket. Or some combo like that.

    • marlie

      That was my thought, too. Keep ONE crazy element, but tone the rest of the crazy down a few notches.

    • Vegas Girl

      Exactly what I wanted to type. I LOVE the idea of it. But, NO to the execution.

  • marlie

    First, I really, really, really hate NPH’s hair and makeup. I could get behind his tux, otherwise, if it didn’t have the stupid highwater pants. That’s just not OK.

    I hate everything about David’s tux, though.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    I thought Alan Cumming just before reading you say the same thing. Bingo. He can do this. NPH cannot. That hair! Yuck.

  • formerlyAnon

    NPH is either too thin or has too much contouring going on. (both?) Mr. Burtka continues his “least sequined lion tamer at the circus” theme. I do not like the high water trousers, Thom Browne or not. As I opined previously, men’s formal wear requires socks. I do not INSIST you wear sock garters to keep them up and smooth, but that’s as modern as I’m going to get.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I think Neil has lost weight for Hedwig – and he has too much contouring going on.

      I see a ped peeking out of Neil’s shoe – it’s not formal, but at least it’s black!

      • formerlyAnon

        I hoped/assumed the weight was for Hedwig. And as you were typing yours, I was typing my edit to insist crankily that peds are NOT ENOUGH WITH FORMAL WEAR.

        I am old enough to hold to a few of my crotchets. 😉

        • FibonacciSequins

          lol! I think that’s a very good fashion rule.

        • numenah

          I’ve got your back on this one. I loathe Thom Browne who I feel has created the infantilization of men’s fashion.

      • Mismarker

        He’s lost more than 20 lbs for the role. He looks horrible.

        • formerlyAnon

          Some people can hold an unnatural for them state of underweight and do physically demanding things (like a daily stage show) and look and feel fine, if a bit hungry sometimes. Others they get exhausted and it’s a constant battle to balance work and food and rest at the right times. Maybe it’s the makeup, but I’m thinking NPH is struggling with the physical challenge.

          • demidaemon

            You should see the photo of him on the new cover of Rolling Stone, though. SMOKING isn’t enough words (or caps) for it.

          • formerlyAnon

            I googled. Holy Mary Mother of God.

            I do hope that out of makeup he looks closer to the probably photoshopped cover (healthier, younger, better rested) than he does in these photos.

            And now I have Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show singing in my head: Wanna see my picture on the cover/ Wanna buy five copies for my mother…/ Wanna see my smilin’ face/ On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone.. (And thanks to the Internet, I know for the first time in the 42 years that song’s been around that SHEL SILVERSTEIN wrote it!)

          • demidaemon

            I’m sure it’s photoshopped (everything is) but probably not to the degree of Vogue or other mags.

            The Internet is truly awesome. And I’m glad you liked the cover. I aim to please.

          • formerlyAnon

            “Like” is a bit of an understatement.

            The Internet is weirdly awesome indeed. I cannot imagine, pre-Internet, being pointed to eye candy that suits my tastes so well by a man who is (I have inferred) less than ten years older than my son. What feels odd is that it doesn’t seem odd.

          • demidaemon


  • Jeremy Thomas Porta

    I want to feed him.

  • Wink

    Oh yeah… I thought “Cabaret” as soon as I saw NPH. No. This is not your tux, sweetie.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    They’re on their way to the capital. They have front row seats at the opening ceremony of The Hunger Games.

  • Tricia

    “Leave the nutty proportions and crazy tuxedos to people like Alan Cumming, boys. He knows what to do with stuff like this.”
    Amen! NPH’s makeup gave him the look of a cancer patient. Yikes.

    • Eric Stott

      “I’m dying, but my partner and I are determined to put on a brave face”

      • formerlyAnon

        I wasn’t going to say that. But I thought it.

        • Eric Stott

          I wonder if there will be rumors…..a few seasons back RuPaul lost weight and rumors of AIDS flew around the net for a year or two.

          • formerlyAnon

            Hope not. For obvious reasons, that reaction creeps me out.

          • Mismarker

            There shouldn’t be. He’s been very forthcoming about losing weight specifically for the role of Hedwig.

          • Eric Stott

            The truth never stopped rumors

          • formerlyAnon


          • Mismarker

            I suppose you are correct. But I gotta believe, in this case, any rumor would have to take the backseat to 1) what he’s said in interviews and 2) common sense. He’s playing a very physically demanding character umpteen times a week. Ultimate calorie burn.

  • decormaven

    I’m getting sort of Spandau Ballet “True” vibe, with a bit of Dandy. Not working.

    • Eric Stott

      It could sort of work if they both had casual smiles- but a smirk and a look of concern don’t help.

    • sisterb67

      Actually, it’s more “She Loved Like Diamond” era Spandau – or, as it was referred to in Smash Hits magazine, “wearing clothes purchased at the Classix Nouveaux jumble sale”… they are not able to pull off these kinds of suits. Someone pack that shit up and send it to Patrick “The Dandy” McDonald, STAT.

      • decormaven

        Ohh, Patrick McDonald could wear this look for sure. Good call.

  • crash1212

    Exceedingly silly.

  • BlairBear

    when you upstage Kanye in the pretentious sweepstakes its time to go home put on pi’s and watch tv. also i’m watching them on drag race right now and things seem strained and awkward between them

  • PinkyAndNoBrain

    I physically pushed my computer away when I saw this. I don’t know how everyone else in these pictures is managing to keep a straight face around them.

    I like to imagine that there were some intense double-takes upon first seeing them. “Pretty lady in pretty dress, pretty lady in ugly dress, boring guys in boring tuxedos, WHAT THE HELL IS THAT — oh, hi guys!”

    • FibonacciSequins

      I was trying to imagine that too – everyone gaping at them and then hurriedly composing their faces to say hello.

      • PinkyAndNoBrain

        The mean part of me really hopes they ran into someone without any tact at all . . . like Gia Gunn, but she wouldn’t be at this. Not that I don’t like these guys, but I think that’d be very funny to witness.

        • demidaemon

          If any of Rupaul’s queens were at this, it would be a riot. Which is exactly why Anna Wintour will never allow it. Bitch. 😉

  • JP

    What I said when I first saw this last night: What. The. FRACK?!

  • sleepycat

    What happened? The Met was supposed to be glamourous and well good looking. Also I hate these two, they are the two picture perfect parents that none of us can attain.

  • numenah

    HAHAHAHAH! Seriously, they look demented. What ‘shrooms did they ingest before deciding on an argyle cutaway with red piping?

  • Shawn EH

    Is NPH auditioning for Cabaret? Is DB auditioning for Uncle Arthur? They’re like the wacky relatives who show up on old sitcoms.

    • formerlyAnon

      They’re like the wacky relatives who show up on old sitcoms.


  • Loladog10

    Doesn’t NPH’s face look waxy? Those cheekbones (which someone noted earlier in all caps) plus, sadly, hairstyling that emphasizes an enormous forehead. Hard to evaluate the clothing when the makeup/hair is soooo….waxy.

  • majorbedhead

    What the everloving fuck is going on here? My eyes are burning and my brain is having a lot of trouble wrapping itself around anything in this look. It’s as though my eyes go from one element to another and holler “Run away! Run away!”

  • alyce1213

    I’m concerned about NPH – I know the weight loss is for Hedwig, but why the sickly, over-contoured makeup and greasy hair? He and David will look back and deeply regret this.
    Not even Alan Cumming could’ve saved these clown suits.

  • CPK1

    Oh, dear. It looks like fancy dress not fashion.

  • suzq

    They didn’t need all the make-up. I didn’t mind it, although I would have loved to see the suit on a taller, skinnier man.

    Frankly, Kanye is always trying to make a statement. Perhaps he should wear some Thom Browne and see if he has the chops to pull it off!

  • BlairBear

    Why did David steal Hamish’s outfit. someone is gonna be blacklisted

  • Coleslaw McGraw


  • boweryboy

    I knew the moment I read “… in Thom Browne…” that the scroll down would be a hot mess. They didn’t disappoint.

    Have any BKs out there seen NPH in Hedwig? Based on the photos I’ve seen , I’m not entirely sold that he’s able to pull off that role.

    • emfry

      I saw him- he was simply amazing.

  • MzzPants

    Wow…uh…this coupled with their attitudes on RPDR recently has my hot, burning love for these two cooling rapidly.

  • tetisheri

    What in the hell are they wearing? Someone save them, please.

  • formerlyAnon

    Uncles, you owe us a couple of gentlemen in boring, well-fitted (ETA: TRADITIONAL) garments and appropriate shoes. As therapy.

    • holla

      some B Cum and Hiddles please!!!

  • Corsetmaker

    Was there a little cake in the limo with ‘eat me’ written on it?

    A little irony and humour needed for this! I like the idea of the tuxes but they look like toy soldiers dressed up for the party!

  • I have to admire the commitment, if not the result.

  • holla

    Barney Stinson is rolling in his grave.

  • jw_ny

    Not that I like the high water pants or the short jacket cuffs, because they are truly awful, but I’m thinking they might have looked an ounce better if they’d switched jackets. David just looks too clownish, and Neil looks like he’s outgrown his suit. At least they came with the recommended “white tie”…;)

    • boweryboy

      “…too clownish … like he’s outgrown his suit.”
      This pretty much sums up the Thom Browne aesthetic. It’s for models or tall and rail thin under 25 year olds only.

  • Wendy Kaufman

    and what i find MOST offensive is that the pants are too short.

  • Qitkat

    Argyle, but no socks. I am laughing.

  • Mrs.G

    Men in makeup . . . staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhp.

  • Kitten Mittons

    The backstory I’m imagining is that David attended the Thom Browne fashion show, saw these suits and fell in love. He badgered everyone he knows, called in every favor, and used NPH’s name to get his hands on them specifically for the Met Gala. When he showed them to NPH….he hated them.

    They fought for weeks, gnashing teeth and breaking dishes. Eventually NPH said, “Fine, we can wear them. But I get the black one. And I’m wearing enough makeup that I can claim to be someone else all night.”

    • demidaemon

      I love this backstory. It would explain their behavior on RPDR as well. NPH was still peeved over what was coming.

  • StillGary

    why do they look so mad?

  • Cele Deemer

    The Norwegian Curling Team want their tuxedos back.

    • Qitkat

      It’s a damn good thing I didn’t have a hot beverage in my mouth!

  • LeelaST

    As I said last week on the Adam Lambert green suit post – I admire men who try Fashion and trends, but when I saw this I said “Is the circus in town?” They look ridiculous, not helped by NPH’s makeup, gaunt physique (presumably for Hedwig), and 20s hair. David Burtka looks like he’s wearing a bullet proof vest under that shirt. Such a disappointing pair.

  • Robin Murray

    What’s with the Barnabas Collins facial contouring on NPH? Is this trendy?

  • I actually love them both!! Especially that harlequin argyle and stripes look.

  • NMMagpie

    This was actually disappointing.

  • Kim Elmore

    What’s this? What’s going on here?

  • JaCory Deon

    The fact that they’re attempting to sell this with a straight face proves they can’t pull this off. They have neither swagger nor the personality for such bizarre tuxes. And did NPH suddenly gain 20yrs overnight…what happened?

    • RedRaven617

      I thought they were trying to look “ironic”.

      • Linderella

        Well, then, they failed on two levels and not just one.

  • Zeee

    This is simply a big pile of WTF.

  • Fisher&SonsFuneralHome

    Waiters in a circus restaurant.

    • librarygrrl64

      Nailed it.

  • eleedy

    Disagree. NPH could pull it off if he weren’t standing next to Burtka, who looks silly. When photographed solo, I think NPH looks striking, modern and befitting the 2014 Met Gala theme for guys – white tie and tails.

  • Jitka Pavlíková

    Wow, NPH seems to have lost some pounds and his make up and hair color are just creepy.

    • Gatto Nero

      He lost a bunch of weight for Hedwig.

  • Linderella

    I admit it, I enjoy a high-water pant, but this is a disaster of Epic Proportions (literally, it seems; the proportions are a mess). Did Burtka gains NPH’s lost 20 lbs, or is this simply ill-fitting fuckery? He’s never looked so bulky in the past that I recall.

  • jennifermcintyreatthebluebarn

    At least they wore ties. #Kayne

    • Kitten Mittons

      “It’s Kanye, but some of my plaques, they still say Kayne”

      (I agree with you, though!)

      • jennifermcintyreatthebluebarn


        • Kitten Mittons

          I couldn’t help it. Also, it gave me a lovely reminder of Kayne from Project Runway, which is never a bad thought to have in your head 🙂

          • AnneElliot

            I really liked Kayne!! Thanks for reminding me of him.

          • Kitten Mittons

            He was always one of my favorite personalities.

  • B_C_J

    They look like clowns.

  • golden_valley

    Oh Doogie, take your stage makeup off before going to the Met.

  • julnyes

    If NPH washed his face and hair and wore pants that were the correct length for a formal event, I would be happy with his look .. his husband looks foolish as usual.

  • Darcy H

    NPH’s head is making me sad. I literally make a wounded animal sound when I saw these pictures. I just can’t.

  • d4divine

    A+ for being into the spirit of it all. At least they tried to be interesting.

  • andreawey

    NPH looks like a vampire 🙁

  • Katie

    The contouring on NPH looks like when Lady Gaga had those face horns back in 2011.

  • alliekat9090

    I hope to God NPH gains back the weight he lost for this show when its is over.

    • Jeanettesca

      Is THAT what’s wrong? Thank goodness. I was afraid he was deathly ill and somehow I’d missed the announcement.

    • formerlyAnon

      I will guess without any problem. Judging by how tired he looks, I bet his body is fighting against staying where he is.

  • Glammie

    Exactement. Thom Browne can be way cool on the right guy, but these are embarrassing. Ya gotta know your style if you’re going to pull off avant-garde.

  • Lucas

    I LOVE it! Fun and fancy.

  • JR Labrador

    The magic act from Floston Paradise.

  • andi56

    it’s interesting that the men who chose to wear what was appropriate — tails — looked great, such as Benedict Cumberbatch. The others merely looked ridiculous. Like this!

  • ashtangajunkie

    Their facial expressions are very Zoolander.

  • sirisimon

    My theory is that they’re messing with us, having some fun with the tradition of out-there couture that the Met Gala is known for. At least, I HOPE they’re messing with us. Please tell me you’re joking guys!

  • dschubba

    Is it just me, or is the line between Bryan “Heisenberg” Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris blurrier than ever?

  • bouionice

    Ugh, this is just awful. What is this obsession with too-short pants and no socks? totally inappropriate for this occasion and really for white tie in general. As for David Burtka’s outfit – didn’t someone tell him that the punk exhibit was last year? Horrifying!

    • Gatto Nero

      The too-short pants and no socks look is sort of signature Thom Browne. Not universally loved (or wearable).

      • bouionice

        True – I’m not a big fan of Thom Browne to begin with but for white tie and tails it’s just wrong. Nobody wants to see those ankles!

  • macwell

    WHY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD – WHYYYY?!!!! And, cheekbones…..

  • librarygrrl64

    THIS was the review I was waiting for. Those are two cracktastic outfits.

  • Gatto Nero

    This is off-topic, but NPH looks exhausted here (and did on Letterman, too, after only the first few shows of “Hedwig”). I know he lost a lot of weight for the role, but he’s scaring me a bit. I hope he gets through the run with his health intact.
    And I’d love to see Alan Cumming in the black tux.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yeah. He looks like someone who’s body really doesn’t want to sit at this weight.

    • emfry

      He has be exhausted. I saw Hedwig in April ( he was amazing, by the way) and he really gives his all for the entire show, 8 times a week. It has to be taking a toll. But really, as I commented on an earlier comment, he is kind of spectacular in the role.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    As a mental palate cleanser I toddled over to the New York Times photo gallery for the gala and felt ever so much better after I saw Tom Ford and Chiewetel Ejiofor in formal dress.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    It makes me sad that NPH is barely recognizable here.

  • irielle

    Did NPH lose weight for his Hedwig role or is it just the makeup? He looks so much older this way.

    • Gatto Nero

      He said on Letterman that he lost something like 23 pounds for the role. And he was slender already.

  • DeTrop

    NPH looks overtired and drawn. Agree with TLO that these outfits are unflattering.

  • amanda lynn

    nope. nyet.

  • Shannon

    The only nice thing I can think to say is that a plaid tuxedo jacket MIGHT be cool if it wasn’t so costumey and squared off.

  • Annaline39

    My face should not be making this face. At my age lines tend to stick.

  • CT14

    I’ve never seen NPH look worse. Just awful. His face. His hair. Just, god NO!

  • e jerry powell

    This justifies my serious hate for Thom Browne.

  • GregoireNYC

    This is the worst thing I have ever seen. That is not exactly true, of course, but those words seem to fit here anyway. What the holy glittery fuck were they thinking?

  • TigerLaverada

    Well, it’s a costume ball, but I think the object is still to look good while being all costumey. This is awful. I give them props for going out in public intentionally looking like that, though. Takes guts.

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  • Beto

    Ewww (and those cheekbones ughx2)

  • David’s tux is forcing me to hum the Willie Wonka intro music from the Johnny Depp movie…

    “Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka…
    The Amazing Chocolatier.
    Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka…
    Everybody give a cheer!”
    Damn. Now I’ll be singing that for the rest of the day.

  • semirose

    I don’t know if even Cumming could have saved these. The squareness and where it hits is just so unflattering. And wow I hope after Hedwig is done NPH takes a break. Man looks so exhausted.

  • David looks like a preppy matador. And why won’t he smile?

    • Also, that is some aggressive contouring on NPH.

  • AutumnInNY

    Heavy stage make-up and serious misuse of argyle. It’s a big OUT imho.

  • anotherkate

    Yikes. Has NPH lost a ton of weight to play Hedwig or is that just egregious makeup? Also the suits are bad. And just silly when both members of the couple wear the same thing.

    • Brent Wolgamott

      Right? I thought NPH had become a vampire from the looks of that picture. A very, very OLD one.

  • Milos Mom

    i want to like it. Just last week I saw as guy in a Thom Brown suit coming out of Wholefoods and he looked great because he was not trying too hard. With the make up and throwing the camera a look, they ruined the moment. Not to mention that the cut does not work on David. He should have opted out of the whole Bobbsey twin thing.

  • quiltrx

    This is fun from neck to waist. I even like that the jackets are long. But the short pants look stupid, and so does NPH’s hair and makeup. David looks okay neck-up, but that smug expression ruins it for me.

  • Janet B

    I wish NPH had gone more traditional and left the ‘decoration’ to David.

  • Susan Carson

    perfectly said guys, Alan Cummings say no more, only guy I know that could pull this off, I think even Johnny Depp who can do off beat / would have trouble with these tuxes. I think it is the combo of high water pants and the bolero vest height of the jackets that makes the whole thing clownish. Sorry guys. But hey, at least you took a risk, right!

    • demidaemon

      I think you are giving Johnny Depp WAY too much credit.

      • Susan Carson

        J. Depp has been letting us down a bit lately but, he is one of the few guys that dress “out of the box” and according to his own inner drummer. I am not saying that what he wears is great but, it is his own version of whatever concept he is channeling that day.

        • demidaemon

          I can see that. I just don’t know if he could pull of White Tie, at least with his current style.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I’ll agree that these are not the tuxes for Johnny Depp. Someone slight only. Depp surprised me with his spats, though. Whaaaaat.

  • Mismarker

    The jackets, in particular, look home sewn. Makes sense. I think most clowns make their own costumes.

  • Man Dala

    They look like a drag queen version of a Spanish toreros. Cartoonish, clowny, douchy. No.

  • Coco Cornejo

    Is that zombie makeup on NPH? Why?

  • LadyVimes

    NPH has some serious contouring going on. His make up artist went to town on those cheeks.

    Give these to Alan Cumming, dears. And put down the airbrush.

  • Trickytrisha

    Holy toads on a lifeboat… that seared my eyeballs. Gothic undertaker meets Liberace’s duller, younger brother.

  • annrr

    Something about NPH’s make up and hair is giving him Herman Munster head. The suit too

  • t bell

    Just dreadful, both of them, I can’t imagine who talked them into wearing these outfits. It had to be a secret enemy posing as a friend, consultant, etc.

  • Nimith

    I half wonder if looking silly was their objective?

  • Jecca2244

    is NPH ill? his coloring is….funny.

  • LaSylphide

    My first thought when I saw them was, “Aren’t girdles supposed to be worn under the clothes?”

  • largishbearishAtlish

    oh vomit…please god no…

  • Sonnet_PDX

    Well, I’m apparently in a minority (of one!) here, because I unequivocally FLOVE the whole shebang. I mean, if you can’t dress up in Tim Burton-esque costume couture (yes, I know it’s technically RTW) for the Met [Costume Institute] Gala, then when can you? I wish more people took chances like this at the Met Gala: for instance SJP’s mohawk headdress last year, or Katy Perry’s LED dress from a few years ago. It’s a risk, certainly, because there can be an awfully fine line between adventurous and “not aesthetically pleasing!” as Nina would say; but it’s fashion on crack, and I love it to bits.

    • malarson2

      Same!! Love everything about it. I complained elsewhere that some women were taking the ‘Costume’ word in the event title a little too literally, but for some reason it works here. For me. And I’m from Portland, as I suspect you are as well, so maybe we just like it when people ‘keep it weird’. Plus, correct me if I’m wrong, but is David stuffing here? Because he either is doing that or he REALLY is excited to be there.

  • NPH’s makeup is frightening me.

  • icm

    I know that both these guys are slender but the suit David is wearing makes it look like he is sucking in his gut.

  • Robert Johnston

    I like how they switched hair colors. I love the idea of the one on David, but the cummerbund are terrible. Also NPH looks so sickly with those cheekbones, has he lost a lot of weight for Hedwig?

  • Columbinia

    Way too much makeup on NPH. This looks like a parody of underground 1930s gay nightclubbing.

  • demidaemon

    HOLY SHIT. HIGHWATERS EVERYWHERE. Way to ruin interesting tuxes, guys.

  • Mr. J.

    NPH looks like he’s caught some ghastly European art-film disease…David looks like….I don’t know…something out of Maxfield Parrish?

  • Fuchsiaforever

    NPH looks like Luke Perry all of the sudden.

  • Michelle Gennari

    What the heck? Why are those hems so high? Awful – just awful.

  • Mousentrude

    I could get behind this if only their trousers were a decent length. And if they looked like they were enjoying being flamboyant.

  • JynxTheCat

    this is why they hate us

  • Shawn EH

    Vampires from 1933! They look like refugees from a Magnus Hirschfield film on inverts, which = love from me.