British singer Toyah Willcox has taken aim at the Hollywood stars who donned punk-inspired outfits for this year's (13) Costume Institute Gala in New York on Monday (06May13), calling their faux rocker outfits "too manufactured". Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus and Sienna Miller were among the glamorous A-listers who tackled the evening's punk theme in studded garments and dramatic make-up at fashion's biggest night, also known as the Met Ball.
But Willcox, who found fame just as the punk movement took off in the 1970s, is adamant their designer gowns missed the mark since punk style was all about do-it-yourself creations made with little to no money.
In a column for Britain's The Sun, she writes, "As the Met Ball celebrated and adorned itself with super-rich guests dressed in mandatory punk theme, A-listers arrived in their saccharin designer versions of punk chic. The A-listers at the ball... were all too manufactured. But here in the U.K. the punk movement has a far more working class power - a power for me that could never be mimicked by designer labels.
"What I loved about being part of that era was that you didn't need money to take part. We took our fashion from the street - literally - by creating clothes from bin-liners, safety pins and old discarded fashion that we toughened up. Did the Met Ball capture the spirit of punk? How could it?
"Let the rich play fancy dress - the true values of punk will remain with those who will never fit in the Met's way of thinking because punk is forever cool."