Year after year, we form avant-garde expectations in hopes that maybe, just maybe, someone would show up to the Met Gala with the courage to make it their own, pay proper respect to the Costume Institute, all while blowing us away with their ensemble. Rihanna, thank you.
Fashion fans, art enthusiasts, and Comme des Garçons lovers-- skip below the line. For those who had no prior expectations, let's do a crash course on the Met Gala, shall we? Put on your Miranda Priestly glasses.
On the 1st Monday of every May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosts their annual fundraising event to welcome the year's newest fashion exhibition. One ticket costs $25,000-- So yes, the people who are invited certainly have the money and resources to make sure they show up in anything the theme of the exhibit/event may demand. May I rant for a moment? This is not a celebrity prom. This is not a mayor's charity dinner. This is not a Sweet 16. And although it is equally as prestigious, this is not even an award show. Unlike the VMAs or the Emmy's, when you show up to the Met Gala, you are there for the fashion! You are there to honor world culture (as avant-garde, extravagant, and "unwearable" as it may be).
This year's theme was Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: The Art of In-Between. This meant edgy. Out there. Juxtaposed. Courageous. Bold. Disfigurative. Defiant. This year's theme was not for the simple silhouettes and classic 1950's glamour. Take a look below to see just how much inspiration celebrity attendees could have drawn from this year's exhibition.
Video via the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Here's what many don't understand: the Met Gala, especially this year, is one event where you can absolutely follow the theme and still come off as unique-- that's just the magic of Comme des Garçons. This isn't the cheesy Halloween costume party of fashion. While I'm always a fan of stars doing the unexpected, if "doing the unexpected" and "being different" here meant simply not doing their homework, showing up completely oblivious to the theme, or wearing whatever their publicist delivered to them with a check attached, they should've headed to the Oscars instead.
In total, I saw and examined 161 red carpet looks. About 25 were impressive, or at least worthy of being appreciated (and are pictured below). Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty, thank you. Katy Perry, thank you. Helen Lasichanh, thank you. Lupita Nyong'o, Zoë Kravitz, Cara Delevigne, Zendaya Coleman, Cassie, Anna Cleveland, Janelle Monae, Jaden Smith, David Webb, P Diddy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Fei Fei Sun, Ruth Negga, Liu Wen, Rami Malek, A$AP Rocky, Naomi Campbell, Rita Ora, Sasha Lane, Ashley Graham, Emmy Rossum, & others-- thank you, thank you, thank you.