After the ball was over, all the wannabes and fashionistas who were unfortunate enough to not be invited to one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year, swarmed onto social media to ooh and aah over the glorious gowns worn by only the best in the West.
Or, perhaps we didn’t ooh and aah over all of them. While some left us breathless, others left us speechless, and still a few more left us utterly confused as we passed scrutinizing judgements such as: “What is she even wearing?” and “she may as well not have worn anything at all!” But that’s what makes this glamorous evening so enjoyable for the remainder of us not-yet-famous social rejects.
The 2017 Met Gala (the event I am referring to) took place on the first of May, celebrating the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s spring exhibition: Art of the In-Between by fashion (aka anti-fashion) designer Rei Kawakubo and head of the Japanese Fashion label Comme des Garçons.
Kawakubo is notoriously known for emphasizing fashion as an art form, and all the celebrity guests followed suit dressing up perfectly for the occasion in the most artistic avant-guard outfits imaginable. Forget about the runway, the garments produced for this year’s Met Ball was like viewing artworks on walking mannequins. And just like in art, some outfits leaned strongly to towards the shock factor, while others epitomized timeless elegance.
Here’s my list of the best, worst and most outrageous outfits of the night. In no particular order, because, in the end, if beauty is in the eye of the beholder then we’re all winners.
Rihanna nailed the theme perfectly in this work of art designed by Rei Kawakubo herself. I still don’t know how she managed to walk eat or sit in it, nevertheless, she gets an ‘Excellent’ for effort.
Lenna Dunham is the Queen of Tartan in this maroon and black ball gown
I will always be biased towards Blake Lively, so I give you permission to take my words with a pinch of salt when I say this is my absolute favourite dress of the evening, and no one could wear this 2000 carrat jewelled Atelier Versace gown better than Blake! Haters can hate (if they dare), but she seldom gets it wrong.
Short, sleek and chic with a touch of preppy punk. I like, Rila Fukushima.
Zendaya is a real show stopper in this bold and beautiful Dolce & Gabbana design. I love.
Is Claire Danes at the premier of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie? I’m waiting for her to whip out a sword and start fencing. I’ll definitely give her a C for creativity!
This avant-guard masterpiece worn by Caroline Kennedy and also designed by Kawakubo, is definitely one of my favourites and deserves a special place in an art museum.
Zoe Kravitz is a total rock princess in this Oscar De Larenta gown.
Who is she? And what is she wearing?? Sorry Katy Perry, but all I see is RED!
Solange’s outfit reminds me of a lilo or a slipperly slide and despite the black, I’m suddenly craving sunshine and a pool.
Much a do about (covering) nothing. Kendall’s La Perla under-over garment is a classic case of could you wear any less? …in my humble opinion.
Celine Dion’s head piece reminds me of the likes one wears to a horse race. With that being said, my bet’s on her.
This gown worn by Katie Holmes is elaborately elegant. And the colour compliments the design perfectly.
Priyanka Chopra is a total badass in this most recent update of the trench coat that is begging for a place in the next Bond movie.
And Gigi can co-star alongside Prianka in this rendition.