The synergy between Moda Operandi — former Vogue editor Lauren Santo Domingo's two year-old e-commerce startup — her former full-time employer (she still contributes to the mag) and this year's Met Gala is proof that a little friendly back scratching can be a very good thing.
Case in point — the socialite/fashion entrepreneur is a co-chair of Monday night's punk-themed ball along with former boss Anna Wintour. And not so coincidentally, MO is one of the event's main sponsors. So it's only fitting that Moda Operandi immersed itself in all things sellable punk, starting with a collection of exclusive merchandise available on-line now and finishing off on Tuesday with for-sale gowns worn on Monday night's red carpet by the likes of Taylor Swift, Dakota Fanning and Kate Bosworth.
Balmain, Preen, Prabal Gurung, Givenchy and Vivenne Westwood are just a smattering of designers who procured one-of-a-kind, exclusive and rare vintage finds all up for grabs, with pieces ranging from $100 to $13,000 and highlights including a fully hand-studded “I Love NY” tee from designer Eddie Borgo ($9,995), a full length chiffon and leather cape from Givenchy ($4,550, all black of course) and graffiti adorned Dr. Martens high-tops ($445). Chic and potentially dangerous accessories such as a full-body leather harness from designer Zana Bayne (which, as of Monday evening is sold out) and black leather metallic pumps adorned with gilded safety pins by Charlotte Olympia x Tom Binns ($1,495) are also available for those who want to channel a bit of the bad girl vibe straight from 1970s London.
In addition to their ‘Punk Shop,’ Moda Operandi will also be live-streaming the Met Gala red-carpet live on their site on Monday night.