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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.»

The Suave and the Goofy

Alexander Skarsgårdvia GoaG

The movie world is a strange place. There are the superhumanly suave movie stars, of course—hey, there’s one on the right—but there are also regular people who eat and breathe and sometimes make goofy facial expressions.

And when they end up in the same photo, it’s hilarious.

This one comes from a party last week for Melancholia. Alexander Skarsgård was dressed for the occasion in a gunmetal YSL suit, looking as if he’d just stepped out of a cologne ad. 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer looked a little bit goofier, as if he’d just stepped out of... well, 30 Rock. It’s quite a contrast, but somehow, each of them manages to make the other one look cooler—even as Mr. McBrayer seems to be fighting to keep control of his hands.

Ever the gentleman, Skarsgård was unfazed. Well played, sir.