If there ever was a lady that could steal our hearts away from Kate Moss (KATE, WE LOVE YOU, FORGIVE US!), it would be Rooney Mara circa The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Sure, pre-GWTDT Rooney was great, but add a whole lot of black and some bangs and, well, there's no beating her. She might not have been the original Lisbeth Salander, but, in our humble opinion, she's the best one. The bleached eyebrows? The (real) piercings? Her jet black hair? Her mohawk!??!?!?! Bad.ass.
On Monday night, Mara (along with co-chairs Lauren Santo Domingo, Riccardo Tisci, and host Beyoncé) will be welcoming hoards of fashion peeps and Hollywood trendies up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum to ring in the new Costume Institute exhibit, PUNK: Chaos to Couture. She's come a long way from Law & Order: SVU.
Sure, Mara as Lisbeth isn't exactly punk—more edgy, angry, Swedish tech-nerd, goth/rebel/awesomeness—but if we ever felt the desire to dress punk, her outfits in and around the release of GWTDT would be featured heavily on our inspiration board. Here, some of our favorite Mara moments, both in the film and press/award-show circuit.
[Please note her fantastic cropped bangs, impeccable makeup, and all of the sophisticated, edgy yet still delicate and feminine style choices. Also, we love that she's maintained a certain awkwardness on the red carpet—she's a fan of slightly bent elbows and lightly clasped fingers rather than the typical hand-on-hip pose. It's almost as if she's hiding something. WHAT ARE YOU HIDING, ROONEY?! Is it the secret to your perfect skin??]
Finally, here's a tune to put you in the Met Gala mood, courtesy of MxPx.
PUNK: Chaos to Couture opens May 9 and runs through August 14, 2013.
P.S. Please, please, please let The Girl Who Played with Fire come out soon (though we are fearing it won't...). Daniel Craig, stop going all 007 and get back in the Swedish mindset!