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Exclusive Details on Zooey Deschanel's Met Gala Dress

May/07/2013 at 01:36 PM ET

Zooey Deschanel Tommy Hilfiger Met Gala 2013 GownCharles Sykes/Invision/AP

If the definition of punk is standing up against the establishment and being counter-culture, then perhaps the seersucker Tommy Hilfiger gown Zooey Deschanel wore to Monday night’s Met Ball did in fact fit the theme of the evening.

We chatted with Hilfiger about the unexpected choice and he says, “The dress was an original, quirky and fun take on the punk theme.” He tells PEOPLE the creation is a “special design for Zooey,” who — by the way — we hardly recognized when she first hit the red carpet. (Blame it on the fact that her until-now omnipresent blunt bangs were swept to the side.)

“She wanted to be really involved,” Hilfiger adds of the process behind creating the summery blue-and-white gown. “It was a lot of fun to collaborate with her on the design. We were inspired by the seersucker looks from our Spring 2013 collection.”

We never thought we’d see seersucker at an event focused around the words chaos and punk, but Hilfiger swears, “[It's] a perfect match for Zooey’s sense of style.”

And we will give Deschanel one thing: That hot-pink safety pin Edie Parker clutch is certainly a nod, albeit a cutesy one, to the night’s theme.

What do you think of the Tommy Hilfiger gown Zooey Deschanel wore?

–Zoë Ruderman

3 Trends Spotted at the Met Gala: Spikes, Gloves & Punktastic Hair Color

May/07/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

After you’ve clicked through all the amazing (we use that word in a good and bad way) looks stars wore to the annual Met Ball, scroll down to see the punk-ish style themes that kept popping up on the red carpet.

Jessica Alba Met Gala 2013Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty; Stephen Lovekin/Filmmag

SPIKES: There was perhaps no trend more ubiquitous than these bad boys. Jessica Alba (carrying a Christian Louboutin clutch) and Cameron Diaz (in a golden belt) looked ready to skewer vegetables for a barbecue, while Cara Delevingne reminds us of a sexy porcupine in her sharply studded Burberry gown.

Beyonce Kerry Washington gloves Met Gala 2013Wireimage; Rex USA; Getty

GLOVES: Unlike those spikes, we never could have predicted the presence of these ladylike accessories at Fashion Prom for Punks. But Kerry Washington and Beyoncé wore them with their gowns. And then there was Kim Kardashian, who wore gloves attached to her dress and in the same print.

Lily Collins hair Met Gala 2013Kevin Mazur/Wireimage; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty(2)

PUNK HAIR COLOR: Lily Collins (rocking blue streaks), Diane Kruger (who dip-dyed her ponytail pink) and Alicia Keys (with red highlights) are giving us flashbacks to the Manic Panic-fueled days of middle school. Wonder if any of them, including Kerry Washington with her purple-ish mane, will keep the color after the Ball has ended.

Which of these trends would you consider trying?

–Zoë Ruderman


Coco Rocha Shares an Insider's Perspective on the Met Gala

May/08/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Coco RochaJohn Angelillo/Landov

Model Coco Rocha earned high marks for her gutsy outfit at Monday’s Met Gala — a sleek Givenchy pantsuit once worn by Elizabeth Taylor — and had a blast at the Ball!

Rocha shared her personal photos with PEOPLE, telling us all about the experience the morning after. Here are some highlights of her big night out, in her words:

Getting ready for the Met Gala was a team effort. At one point we had 12 people in the apartment! I usually do my own hair and makeup for events but for the Met Gala I pay out the big bucks. Everyone who is anyone is there so you want to put your best face forward.

Rocha pumped up her look with curly pink extensions, which were woven into her side ponytail.

When my hairstylist Nico brought the extensions I literally squealed, he had perfectly matched the pink in my vintage Givenchy suit. This was going to be quite the bold look. After about four hours of hair and makeup we realized that James, my husband, had a wrinkled dress shirt so I did some very last-minute ironing like the Suzy Homemaker I am.

Of all the events, I have to say the Met Gala red carpet is most daunting. You have cameras on both sides of you all the way up a red-carpeted staircase. If you turn to one side, the other side boos. You really can’t win.

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Jason Wu Only Wanted to 'Succeed in Fashion'

Jan/11/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

Jason Wu for Target, Michelle Obama
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In only five years, Jason Wu has dressed a First Lady, been inducted into the CFDA and debuted a collection for Target, but that doesn’t mean he’s used to the lifestyle.

“A few years ago all I wanted to do was succeed in fashion,” he reveals on Wednesday’s premiere episode of Out of Character with Krista Smith on USA (airing at 11 p.m. EST). “I didn’t think my work would be in the museum,” he says of the inaugural gown he designed for Michelle Obama, which currently lives at the Smithsonian.

Though he never fathomed Obama would select his dress — and effectively change his life forever — Wu always designs with a person in mind. “I think it’s important to have a connection with the person you’re dressing,” he shares. “Fashion is so personal and I put a lot of me into everything that I do.”

To that end, the designer, who went from a 100-square-foot apartment (“a cabinet”) to a 9,000-square-foot studio in New York’s garment district, is still involved in every aspect of his ever-growing business. “I’m so hands on. I’m on my knees doing the fitting all the time, for every single fitting. I don’t want to miss any part of it, because that’s why I’m in this industry,” he gushes. “I wanted to do that.”

Justine Harman



Sarah Jessica Parker Reflects on Her Met Gala Date With Alexander McQueen

May/03/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Sarah Jessica Parker Met Gala 2011
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The year was 2006. Sarah Jessica Parker, still reveling in her stylish Sex and the City glow, arrived at the Met Costume Institute Gala, designer Lee Alexander McQueen by her side. The pair couldn’t be missed: not only was McQueen in a kilt, but he and Parker were both wrapped in plaid — his family’s tartan. It was McQueen’s first time attending the prestigious event, but no one could’ve imagined it’d be his last. “I adored him,” Parker told reporters last night while walking the carpet at the 2011 Met Gala — a celebration of McQueen — in another of the designer’s creations. “It was a wonderful, wonderful night.” Parker compared her 2006 experience to that of a shy couple preparing for prom. “It was a quiet car ride,” she recalled. “I had his corsage in my lap, waiting until we met. I’m grateful for that memory, which is vivid, regardless of him passing.” McQueen, known for being a bit of an introvert, stuck by his date’s side all night as they navigated the fashionable crowds. “He wasn’t a terrifically chatty person. He’s not comfortable in environments like these. But I find that charming. And we got through the evening.” Parker, who called the designer “preternaturally gifted,” said she hopes people remember McQueen’s talent as a whole. “I think one shouldn’t pick one memory or recall one thing,” she explained. “He could create clothing that nobody else wanted to, nobody else saw in their imagination. And he did it with great seriousness and flair and whimsy and savagery. I think this exhibit is a wonderful example of that.” –Reporting by K.C. Baker and Jeffrey Slonim

Farrah Fawcett's Iconic Swimsuit Donated to the Smithsonian

Feb/02/2011 at 02:00 PM ET

Farrah Fawcett's Iconic Red Swimsuit Donated to the Smithsonian

The red swimsuit that made Farrah Fawcett into a iconic pin-up is headed to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Fawcett’s longtime companion Ryan O’Neal will donate the swimsuit and other items, including an original copy of the swimsuit poster, a leather-bound book of Fawcett’s personal copies of scripts for the first season of Charlie’s Angels, a Fawcett swimsuit jigsaw puzzle, a “Farrah Phenomenon” 1976 edition of TV Guide, an original 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll and a “Farrah’s Glamour Center” hairstyling toy, to the Smithsonian on Wednesday. The items will join the museum’s pop culture history collection, which includes items ranging from Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz to Kermit the Frog. Best known for her role on Charlie’s Angels, Fawcett’s iconic 1976 poster in which she donned a clingy red bathing suit sold millions of copies. After a long battle with cancer, Fawcett died in 2009 at the age of 62. – Alla Byrne


Plans for Kate Middleton's Madame Tussauds Statue Are Set--in Wax!

Dec/28/2010 at 04:30 PM ET

Plans for Kate Middleton's Madame Tussauds Statue Are Set In--Wax!

As if nabbing her very own prince weren’t enough of a coup, Kate Middleton is poised to join world-famous stars like Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and Rihanna, with a wax figure formed in her likeness. Madame Tussauds has announced plans to sculpt the princess-to-be for a statue that will join those of her fiancé, Prince William, and future brother-in-law, Prince Harry, in the Royal wing of museum’s London location sometime after her marriage in 2011. “We have always had a close working relationship with the palace and everyone from Princess Diana–who gave us her wedding dress–to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have sat for us,” a spokesperson from the museum told PEOPLE. Will Kate lend as much of her own sought-after style to her statue? “It depends on what she wants and whether she can donate clothing,” a spokesperson told the U.K. Press Association. Tell us: What look do you think Kate Middleton’s wax figure should wear? –Jessie Goldberg; reporting by Simon Perry



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