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Men of the Met Gala

Met Gala

The annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most examined red carpets of the year. It’s like the Oscars for the fashion industry—minus the awards, but plus a theme that its attendants are supposed to adhere to. Understandably, the theme generally plays into the exhibit currently on display at the Costume Institute. That exhibit this year? PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

And let’s just say, punk and black tie aren’t exactly synonyms. But some were up to the challenge.

Now we’d like to examine how the night’s more dapper set reconciled the two.

Some, like Gerard Butler, in this Dolce & Gabbana tux, decided to play it safe and go with a classic. Because what’s more punk than black?Gerard Butler

Armie Hammer looked very “The Hives” in a white Ralph Lauren dinner jacket.Armie Hammer

True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård got a little more adventurous, throwing a slim black tie into the mix.Alexander Skarsgard

Others added a bit of color to up the punk factor. Like Nicholas Hoult, in this royal-blue Tom Ford jacket.Nicholas Hoult

And red-carpet all-star Eddie Redmayne continued to prove his worth with a cobalt-blue Dior Homme peak-lapel.Eddie Redmayne

Finally, hard-hitting newcomer Frank Ocean paired a classic black Givenchy tux with his usual don’t-give-a-damn attitude. Because that seems about right.Frank Ocean