The pop-culture landscape is littered with analogies explaining the significance of tonight’s Met Gala: It’s fashion’s Academy Awards, its prom, its Super Bowl. What it really is, though, is a tremendous excuse for celebrities to wear something insane or over-the-top (or, best of all, both) without fear. After all, the entire point of the event is to turn your look up to eleven — and never more than this year, given that Anna Wintour, in her infinite wisdom, endorsed a theme that seems designed to lead to deliciously bizarre wardrobe choices: “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Have you ever heard of anything that seemed more likely to end in sartorial disaster? (Here’s hoping, anyway.) For the second year in a row, the treacherous journey from Town Car to the top of the Met’s staircase will be live-streamed on Vogue.com, so please fire up your browser windows and join us at 7 p.m. as we live-blog the entire undertaking. Fingers crossed that someone has shaved her head and run a safety pin though her nose for the occasion.
Update: Click here to see all the red carpet looks as they filter in.