Relive Last Night's Comme Des Garçons Met Gala Slayage
The first Monday in May belongs to fashion, and last night’s 2017 Comme des Garçons-inspired Met Gala had some huge slaying-the-game hits, paying homage to and inspired by the legacy of fashion icon Rei Kawakubo.
Some highlights of the evening belong to the likes of Zoe Kravitz, who stunned in a millennial Marilyn Monroe Oscar De La Renta pink gown with a short bleach blonde cut, Zendaya in a Dolce & Gabbana floral and parrot gown, and Bella Hadid in the sleekest Alexander Wang catsuit you’ve ever seen. Solange showed up in an eccentric puffy ensemble complete with a pair of black ice-skate heels, Lily Aldrige graced the carpet in off the runway red Balenciaga thigh-high boots we’ve all been dreaming of, Rita Ora wore a custom Marchesa floor length bow, the Migos boys were the freshest kids on the block, and Ruth Negga donned an effortlessly chic floor length cape.
One of the evening’s hosts, Katy Perry, took center-stage in an off-the-wall blood red Maison Margiela gown, complete with a floor length veil, that could have snatched the night from everyone else…that is, until Badgal Robyn Rihanna Fenty arrived at the steps of the Met. Known for her ever game-changing style and previous show-stopping Guo Pei look at the 2015 Met Gala, Rihanna was one of the only stars who rocked an actual Comme des Garçons piece with hearts for days and high bun that stole the show.
Highlights aside, here’s my question: the Met Gala is fashion’s biggest night and stage, right? A bold, brief chance to push boundaries and perceptions surrounding fashion and the faces who have access and support fashion as an art form. So why did the majority of arrivals feel lacking in energy and risk? Yes, there were lots of beautiful gowns (Aymeline Valade, Reese Witherspoon, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Lily Rose Depp, and Serena Williams, to name a few) but many of the looks had the recurring, underwhelming vibe of “this just another award show”, or the fashion wearing the star instead of the star wearing and representing the fashion. I wanted more hair, more makeup, more surprise; more theatrics. The past five years have provided us with many media platforms, notably Instagram, allowing easier accessibility, discovery, and output of individual artistic pursuits, and it’s helped open doors and opportunities for exciting, upcoming, and promising young talents within the fashion community. Where are they in all of this, and when does upcoming and promising talent get a chance? Yes, the legacy and tradition of fashion indeed lies in its complex history of progressive creativity and design, but when will the torch fearlessly be handed off to the hungry and future creatives of fashion?
Fashion politics aside, the ultimate advocate and undeniable blood-life of the fashion world and this incredible fundraiser is the ever-glowing Anna Wintour. In a time where many uncertainties overshadow and skew the power of generosity, Wintour fearlessly advocates for the importance and need for art in media, public spaces, and as ritual in our everyday lives. For that, I raise a glass of rosé and wait with bated breath for next year’s Met Gala. Until then, peep our 2017 faves in the slideshow above.
All images via Vogue
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