It’s finally fashion Christmas (and the time of year when I mutter the phrase “it’s nice, but it’s not on theme” more than anything else), and this year, it’s all about celebrating all things avant garde, with the gala honouring the work of Rei Kawakubo and the designs of Comme Des Garcons. There was a lot of red, a lot of leg, and a few double ups of cult items – without further ado, let’s get into who were the best dressed on the night!
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10. TRACEE ELLIS ROSS IN COMME DES GARCONS
On theme? Check. Unique? Check. Tracee Ellis Ross is definitely coming into her own as a style star, and her choice of a Comme Des Gracons wrap coat was a solidifying factor. The colour was a great choice, playing perfectly against her skin tone (and standing out from the more conservative gowns on the carpet), and the restraint shown in the accessories saved the look from OTT territory.
9. CELINE DION IN VERSACE
Celine Dion made her first ever (!) appearance at the Met Gala and went straight from off the guest list to best dressed list. While not wearing a piece from the honoured designer, her Versace look nodded to the aesthetic of Rei Kawakubo without looking like a costume. Bonus points for her hair mirroring the gown, elevating the look into the high fashun territory we want from a Met red carpet, and fulfilling the Sarah Jessica Parker gap from this year’s festivities.
8. LIU WEN IN OFF-WHITE
Memo to Kanye, this is how you do denim on the red carpet. The model took to the red carpet in a juxtaposing look, perfectly balancing the delicate embellished bodice with the raw hems on the skirt. Simple, on theme, and above all – cool.
7. EMMY ROSSUM IN CAROLINA HERRERA
When Emmy Rossum comes to the Met Gala, she doesn’t come to play. Taking inspiration from the larger than life architectural elements of Comme Des Garcons, her Carolina Herrera look stood out for it’s elemental references to the honoured design house. Keeping the colour palette simple, the silhouette was allowed to shine and the pop of red lip was the perfect accompaniment to finish.
6. AYMELINE VALADE IN MARNI
In a sea of It Girls in slip dresses (seriously, cannot stress how much dressing off theme upsets me) Aymeline Valade in a shock of blue suit easily made our top ten list. The fit is impeccable, the colour an inspired choice, and the metallic detailing made it a perfect fit for a theme celebrating difference and uniqueness in design.
5. CARA DELEVINGNE IN CHANEL
While probably better suited to last year’s Manus x Machina theme (but who ever said Cara was a stickler for rules), we couldn’t go past Cara’s metallic look. From the fit of the suit, to her painted (!) shaved head, the embellishments give subtle nod to the floral prints woven through the Comme archives, and the fearless beauty choices could have been ripped off a Rei-helmed runway.
Cara’s brief to her stylist
4. ADWOA ABOAH IN CONNER IVES
Model Adwoa Aboah let Comme Des Garçons playful silhouettes inform her look, with a exaggerated suit dress by Conner Ives her choice for the night. The silhouette was a breath of fresh air amongst the less-imaginative pieces on the carpet, and the colourful Manolos and oversize jewels were the perfect icing on the cake.
3. GIGI HADID IN TOMMY HILFIGER
Gigi Hadid continued her creative collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, opting for a sculptural blazer-meets-ballgown look. While her look was similar to Priyanka Chopra‘s (which I, like most things in life, am clocking up to a Beyonce tribute), the hair and make up gave her the edge, and probably a Queen Bey nod of approval.
2. LILY ALDRIDGE IN RALPH LAUREN AND BALENCIAGA
The second (but far superior) showing of the cult Balenciaga stocking boot on the red carpet, Lily Aldridge kept true to her fashion aesthetic (read: gowns only supermodels can wear), but with the addition of the boots and shock of pink netting? A simple, pretty look was transformed into Met Gala material.
Pictured below; Lily’s first option of headpiece.
1. RIHANNA IN COMME DES GARCONS
After skipping last year, the patron saint of the Met Gala returns in full force. One of the only people to wear Comme on the carpet, Rihanna easily snatched the crown for best dressed in her architectural floral look, taken from the 2016 fall runway. The finishing touch? A make up look no one else would dare (or look as good in).
RIHANNA HEARD THE THEME, DID HER HOMEWORK, STUDIED THE GUIDE, & THAT’S WHY SHE’S #1. SHE PAID HOMAGE TO REI THE WAY IT WAS INTENDED #MetGala pic.twitter.com/JmaVFuVQyN — Doug Dimmadome (@ShaolinByNature) May 2, 2017