When Beyoncé arrived on the red carpet at last night's Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we thought the show was over: Queen Bey had arrived fashionably late to fashion's biggest night, and she stole the show in custom Givenchy. But just around the corner, Madonna — perhaps the original Queen of Pop — seemed ready to take back her throne. Moments after Beyoncé made her way atop the staircase, Madonna showed up in a look so punk, we thought she might have ransacked the museum's Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition to get all the materials. (Which, now that we think about it, would have been quite fitting.)
Madonna gave the crowd what they wanted. She had fun with the theme, plus her prowess at posing for the cameras paid off — and her powerful stance was anything but the red carpet standard. She could have been wearing a silk chiffon gown and still seemed edgy.
Tartan alone does not a true punk make. That's why the blazer was embroidered with silver-and-gold metal studs and layered with safety pins upon safety pins, thick chains, and a wide studded belt. She topped it all off with similarly studded black leather gloves.
3. That Cross
Sacrilege! Always one to provoke, Madonna might have been making a strong religious statement in dangling a large gold cross from her back. Or maybe she just liked the way it looked.
4. The Padlock Choker
It was a lot of look, for certain, but nothing was more Madonna than the oversize padlock choker engraved with the letter "M." (Did it make anyone else have a sudden urge to belt out some "Open Your Heart"?)
5. More Fishnets
The lesson here is there's never enough fishnet. So, when Madonna took off her leather gloves, she revealed netted undergloves, along with some chunky silver rings.