It’s the Super Bowl of fashion. A night when singers, models and starlets prance on the red carpet before sashaying into the Met to look at the latest exhibition of fashion.
This year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute paid tribute to Rei Kawakubo, the Japanese designer with a penchant for all things edgy and asymmetrical. Ms. Kawakubo is a 74-year-old Japanese designer who founded her label, Comme des Garçons, in 1969, and she will be only the second living designer to be given a solo show at the Met. (The first was Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.) She routinely ends up on every list of “most influential designers of the 20th century” — and, now, the 21st — in large part because she refuses to accept any of the rules that govern normal clothing design: that clothes need to be flattering, for example, or that they need to have armholes. Instead, she is interested in challenging our ideas about what defines beauty, identity and gender.
The attendees for the Met Gala usually take the theme to heart and want to wear something in keeping with the fashion exhibition so many tried to go with an avant- garde look. The result? Fantastic viewing and lots of extremely BAD fashion … my absolute favorite. Without further ado, let the fun begin. First up, RED. Rei Kawakubo was known for using all black in her fashion but then switched to all red for a few collections. Hence, red ruled the carpet. First up is Katy Perry who apparently wanted to be noticed as she went nuts wearing a custom Maison Margiela piece, designed by John Galliano complete with a bizzare headpiece, boasting springs and mirrors as well as the word ‘witness’ embroidered over the veil. It was a desperate cry for attention and it worked. I am still wondering when she cut off all of her hair for that sad blonde coif. Also, I wonder how she ate her dinner wearing that veil. I’m a practical gal and if I paid $30k for the ticket AND spent $$$$ for a dress, I would like to have a meal but I realize NONE of the women in attendance actually consume food so the kitchen staff must make out like bandits at the end of their shift, carrying home bags of uneaten entrees.
The next 2 women are also deserving of some special attention as they both wore HIDEOUS outfits:
Rihanna: No words for this patchwork of horror!
Next up Helen Lasichanh & Pharrell. She is, unfortunately, wearing Comme des Garçons.
Next up, a grab bag of other ladies in red:
Next up, the Kardashian/Jenner sisters. Kendall wanted to show us that she is bouncing back after her Pepsi Ad debacle by revealing her bootie. All of these ladies have a penchant for wanting to flaunt their posterior and it has made them rich so I suppose we can continue to anticipate future ass-baring ensembles. Kim went demur in this simple sack of a dress. Yikes.
The Hadid sisters – not to be outdone – also opted for vapor clothes;
Next up, those starlets who just wanted to go to the Met Gala without going nuts and decided to play it safe.
Next up are the ladies who tried to be Avant-garde but their looks didn ‘t quite work:
And now, the ladies who wanted to look chic but ended up rumpled. It looked like they got their clothes from the Salvation Army outlet:
Then there are those who aren’t quite ready for prime time:
Then comes those who just can’t keep it classy – ever. Madonna is not my favorite and every time I see her I dislike her more… camouflaged chaos.
Then there were the ladies who always look like they are auditioning for the ice-capades or as Vegas showgirls:
Next up, those who had a swing and a miss in the fashion parade.
Yes, this is Courtney Love. An unfortunate cautionary tale for plastic surgery. That is her daughter Francis Bean. I can’t decide if she wants the lipstick mark on her chin or if someone kissed her and then didn’t tell her they left a mark.
Finally, some headdresses:
Tickets this year are $30,000 apiece, and tables are about $275,000. The party and exhibition are sponsored, so all of the money from ticket sales goes to the Costume Institute. Last year, approximately $13.5 million was raised and only 600 attend the event. There are many other looks that I didn’t touch on as this whole thing is a rabbit hole. I could be working on this post for the next 2 weeks so I must say “enough!” Enjoy.