If you love fashion, your social media feeds may feature all the looks from the 2017 Met Gala. Monday was a celebration of Labor Day for us in the Philippines. As for the US, the 1st of May was all about art and style.
The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event, benefitting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The yearly gathering is in celebration of the opening of the museum’s fashion exhibit.
This year, the theme of the gala was Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. The exhibition is a tribute to the work of Rei Kawakubo, the founder of the theme’s namesake brand. So how did the fashion and Hollywood industries’ biggest personalities fare on the red carpet?
A Brief Look at the Work of Rei Kawakubo
Rei Kawakubo founded the fashion house Comme des Garçons in 1969. The now 74-year old Japanese woman is one of the most influential designers in the industry. If you’re familiar with her work, there’s no room for questioning why she’s getting a showcase. According to curator Andrew Bolton, “Since her first show in Paris in 1981, Kawakubo has consistently surprised us and disrupted our expectations. Season after season, collection after collection, she changes our eye by upending perceived notions of conventional beauty.”
Fun fact: this is only the second time that the Costume Institute that a designer is getting an exhibition while still alive. The first one was Yves Saint Laurent back in 1983. Rei Kawakubo’s exhibition will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 4 May to 4 September 2017.
The Best and Worst of Fashion the 2017 Met Gala
Such a huge event isn’t one to pass over, so it’s no wonder that many celebrities came to attend. Of course, this also meant there was a lot for us fashion lovers to look at. Considering the theme of this year’s event, seeing out-of-this-world style wasn’t a surprise. What was surprising to us was how many celebrities played it safe.
Formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala, the event is a pretty good excuse to step out of your comfort zone. Add an avant-garde theme and you expect things to get more radical. Many celebrities seem to have missed the memo.
Fashion Misses at the Met Gala
Don’t get us wrong. Plenty of the clothes you’ll see in this gallery are actually beautiful and makes the celebrity look amazing. However, their dresses came in the same silhouettes they wear for the Oscars or film festivals. Some are bold choices, but only if you prefer showing more skin instead of following the event’s theme. There are also those who tried to be different by using unconventional fabrics or prints. But like we said, the designs are too similar to dresses they will wear at any other red carpet. Beautiful people, but disappointing styles.
Met Gala’s Best Dressed List
With Rei Kawakubo’s world-renowned brand as the theme for the event, it’s no shock to see many celebrities arriving in her designs. A few were even wearing pieces featured in the exhibition. Now that’s a tribute!
If you ask us who we think is the absolute best dressed at the 2017 Met Gala, that honor goes to Rihanna! The singer even wore a dress that’s part of the origami collection.
Style of the Night
Any fashion lover will know that style doesn’t stop with the perfect dress. More often than not, it’s a combination of your dress, shoes, makeup, hairdo, and accessories that make the outfit.
Big and bold jewelry were in at the event. From huge chokers to unique ear cuffs, celebrity bling was just as much a statement as they were according to the theme.
If you didn’t have short locks, whether real or a wig, did you even attend the 2017 Met Gala at all? Bobs proved to be the hottest hairstyle of the night. Shout out to Zoe Kravitz and Cara Delevigne for sporting pixie and buzz cuts too!
Did you watch the 2017 Met Gala red carpet? Who made it onto your best and worst dressed lists?