If you don’t already know, the Met Gala is a glam fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. On the first Monday in May, A-listers buy jaw-droppingly expensive tickets for the pleasure of supporting the Institute’s operating costs and are asked to gear their garms towards the theme of the year-long exhibition opening that night. And in 2017, it. Was. Fabulous.
It was the kind of fabulous that we mere mortals can only dream of; that we can look at and picture ourselves in their diamond-encrusted shoes. It’s always fabulous in fact, but this year marked the second EVER Gala that celebrated the work of a living designer – since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 – and a focus on Rei Kawakubo’s ‘Comme des Garçons’ brand made for some really interesting looks.
Some you’ll love, some you’ll hate and a lot of the lucky 700 celebs that attended – invite only thank you very much – ignored the theme completely, but we enjoy looking at them ALL. We saw out-of-this-world glamour as well as some on-trend styling and we’re here to help you get inspired!
The Biggest Comme des Garçons Enthusiasts
Some of the guests at “fashion’s biggest night out of the year” stuck determinedly to the theme – including Rihanna, Helen Lasichanh and Claire Danes – and did Rei Rei proud in one or another of her conceptual pieces. As ever, Kawakubo’s designs are bold, avant-garde, and in some places bizarre, but she wouldn’t be one of the most influential designers in fashion without a little of the Marmite factor!
We can’t imagine it was comfortable and we can’t see ourselves wearing it EVER, but this look was gloriously girly, richly coloured and sported the trademark Kawakubo volume.
The bravest of outfits from model and designer Helen Lasichanh – who Pharrell Williams is lucky enough to be married to – that has inspired a million memes… Do we commend her daring, look on in shock, or just wonder how on earth she used her hands that night? You decide.
Amazing; purely because it is so out-of-the-box for sweetly, safely feminine Claire Danes. Sure, it’s punky, it’s somewhat piratey, but honestly, it’s cool too. Masculine lines were offset with distinctively Kawakubo ruffles, deconstructed design and one of the iconic mid-length trains that the designer is so keen on.
Dakota might not have worn a Kawakubo gown but she showed the designer some love and paid homage to her impact on fashion with this seductive black Gucci gown. See the signature voluminous ruffles and cape neckline? Perfecto.
Put your own spin on this look for everyday chic with a frilled halter, a shape-skimming midi skirt and floral embroidered heels.
Simple and angelic, Kimmy K put a combo of pure white and bardot to good use, she’s just missing her halo.
Take your own share of the saintly vibes on your next night out with a bodycon bandeau dress and add metallic heels for a few more SS17 style points.
A Little Unusual
We won’t use the expression ‘more money than sense’. We won’t. But we sometimes wonder if being a celeb for such a long time can leave you with too much money to decide what to buy. After all, you can buy literally anything that takes your fancy…
As a co-chair of the ball, Katy Perry caused a stir among some people by wearing Galliano rather than Comme des Garçons. Also, as much as we love tulle as a new-season textile, the combo of a gothic train, a veil and the word ‘Witness’ on her forehead, was less statement-making and more haunting from our point of view.
So (bum) cheeky. Kendall, you will always be the ultimate dream babe, but as Madonna found out in 2016; risqué, peculiar skin exposure at the Met Gala will probably rub people up the wrong way and draw some negative attention.
For us, we just can’t appreciate a dress when there isn’t enough material there to make it one!
Which outfits got your tongue wagging after the Met Gala? We want to know! How do you feel about Katy’s look? Chat with us on Facebook or Twitter today and shop occasionwear at Peacocks for trend-conscious garms.