My absolute favourite red carpet of the year! I look forward to this event every year to see how fashion designers and celebrities channel the evening’s theme. This is a platform for them to express their utmost creativity, both as a designer and guest of that designer. Rei Kewakubo for Comme des Garçons is celebrated this year for the Met’s Costume Institute’s Spring exhibition. You can read more about the exhibit here .
The following best dressed list looks a lot different to any of my other best dressed lists, which is due to my continuing appreciation of the creative possibilities that I see translated into fashion. In my opinion, this year was the most anti-climactic I have seen so far. Understandably, this year’s theme was perhaps not obvious, or easily translated, as in previous years . After researching about Rei Kewakubo, I would like to have seen some dramatic androgynous looks, based on the simple fact that Comme des Garçons translates to “like boys”.
Below are my top five looks of the evening.
Rihanna in Comme des Garçons
With a favourite red carpet show, comes a favourite appearance to anticipate. For me, it is Rihanna. Every year she excites us with what she might bring to this year’s red carpet and every year she delivers in her own unique way. Rihanna encompasses the core of what the Met Gala is, and truly looks like a walking piece of art. This year, she wore a piece by the featured designer Rei Kewakubo. I do believe Rihanna did her proud.
Hailee Steinfeld in Vera Wang
This choice for best dressed might seem a little contradictory, after expressing my appreciation of people pushing limits for this event; however, having learned more about the designer, Rei Kewakubo separates her work into nine aesthetic expressions, which are displayed throughout this exhibit. One of those expressions is the ‘in-betweeness’ of High/Low which is clearly present in this Vera Wang design. The boxy, clean lined structure of the dress, paired with those sky high boots, and perfect hair and make-up makes this a win for me.
Kendall Jenner in La Perla Haute Couture
If anyone is wondering why Kendall Jenner wore what looks like lingerie to the Met Gala, it’s because she sort of was. Apparently, La Perla who makes very luxurious and expensive lingerie, also does haute couture. This gown was created using 85,000 crystals and not much more than that, again, paying homage to the designer Rei Kewakubo, who plays with the interstitially of clothes/not clothes.
Rita Ora in Marchesa
Bow down to the Queens of red carpet designs – Marchesa. They are my favourite red carpet designers and they prove yet again that they can dress anyone for any occasion. This dress is both glamorous and edgy. The draping, cutouts, oversized bow, and crimson red keep in line with the evening’s theme.
Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren & Balenciaga
I saved the best for last. I am obsessed with this look. I don’t normally mention the shoe designers in my reviews but how could you not with this? The Balenciaga boots absolutely complete this look. On top of the cut outs, draping, and the colour red, Lily’s stylists topped this look off with a custom tulle veil, as tulle is a common theme in Rei Kewakubo’s designs.