The September announcement of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture” raised several questions. Can punk be couture? Is it still punk if it’s on exhibit in a museum or flaunted by Anna Wintour? And most pressing of all: what to wear to the gala?

The possibilities! Zippers and grommets and shredded leather — possibly even safety pins. Or maybe a trash bag would make its way to the red carpet a la Gareth Pugh’s fall/winter 2013 collection.

But as some of the most lauded men and women of style stepped onto the red carpet on Monday night, it appeared the selections would be as dismal as the cold, drizzly weather.

Michelle Williams chose a black strapless Saint Laurent gown and a little extra eye liner. Renee Zellweger, a flat brown Prada with a few sequins. Juliane Moore, a forest green Balenciaga column. But wait, her hair was teased into a faux-hawk!

Michelle Williams (EPA/JUSTIN LANE) Michelle Williams (EPA/JUSTIN LANE)

Punk appeared to be a side-note for most. Instead of a real safety pin, Zooey Deschanel carried a clutch with a pink outline of a pin. Rather than an outright pairing of pink and black, Emily Blunt wore a black dress and added a streak of pink eyeshadow. The safest possible nod to deconstruction? Emma Watson’s cut-out Prabal Gurung.

Emma Watson (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) Emma Watson (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Thankfully, a few adventurous models and notorious risk-takers took the theme seriously.

Model Coco Rocha went wild with leopard in a Fausto Puglisi gown. Cara Delveigne mastered studs in a black Burberry gown and imitation Skrillex hair.

Cara Delevingne (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Cara Delevingne (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Sarah Jessica Parker sported a punk-inspired Phillip Treacy head-dress.

Sarah Jessica Parker (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) Sarah Jessica Parker (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Miley Cyrus’ mesh Marc Jacobs was on point, as were her short blond locks.

Miley Cyrus (EPA/JUSTIN LANE ) Miley Cyrus (EPA/JUSTIN LANE )

The standout, for shock value alone, was Anne Hathaway. The Academy Award-winning actress shed her princess-y past for a new platinum look — which she said was inspired by none other than Debbie Harry — and a sheer black Valentino. Kudos, Anne. Another role mastered.

Anne Hathaway (EPA/JUSTIN LANE) Anne Hathaway (EPA/JUSTIN LANE)

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