2017 Met Gala - The Avant-Garde

The first Monday in May has passed, which means it's Met Gala time!! My absolute favorite red carpet event. This year's theme was Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garçons. In case you aren't quite up on your fashion houses, Rei Kawakubo is the designer behind the label Commes des Garçons. The annual Met exhibit and correlating Gala don't usually honor living designers, so I was curious to see how the attendees would interpret the somewhat difficult theme.

Let's start with those that dared to go there. You won't see these looks at the Oscars.

Katy Perry in Maison Margiela
Katy Perry, who co-hosted the event, wore this intricate and layered red on red look. The dress actually looks pretty amazing to me, and I would have liked to see more of it. There's some cool bead-work going on under there and an interesting silhouette too. The veil,'s much more of a distractor than an enhancer. Still, appropriately weird enough for the event. Good job, Katie! 

 Tracee Ellis Ross in Commes des Garçons
There were a surprisingly small amount of ladies that actually dared to wear the Commes des Garçons brand. Tracee Ellis Ross was one of them, and I think she hit it out of the park. This is absolutely gorgeous from the color to the fabric to the interesting structure the brand is known for. It's a great example of making high fashion work in the real world. The simple hair and make-up let the dress shine and the shoes and clutch compliment the look well. Way to go, Tracee!!

Grace Hartzel in Dior Haute Couture
Model, Grace Hartzel, completely transformed herself in this black goth/baby doll look. The hoodie (yes, that's a hoodie), skirt, and shoes are actually quite simple, but the make-up, ringlets, and perfect IDGAF attitude elevate the entire ensemble; making for quite the memorable look. Not bad, Grace.

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren
Actress, Priyanka Chopra, is making the most of this dramatic trench coach gown. However, just adding a huge train to a look doesn't always translate into high style. There's too much boring beige here - like she's dragging a tarp behind her. The boot was the wrong choice as well; it shortens her leg. A sleek black stiletto would have been a far better choice. Still, she's so damn gorgeous she really doesn't ever look bad in anything, and from the neckline up, she looks stunning.

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana
Actress, Zendaya, is quickly becoming a Met Gala favorite of mine. The girl just gets it. This gown is bold and gorgeous; the colors look amazing on her. She kept the jewelry and make-up to a minimum, then went big with the hair. Yet, it's the dress that is still the star. Absolutely stunning!

Niki Minaj in H&M
Nicki Minaj slayed in this red and black number. I'm not even sure this is a dress, but it's definitely cool looking. There's a ton of visual interest and the hair and make-up may be a personal best for her. Great job, Nicki!

 Solange in Thom Browne
I don't quite get Solange in general, and I don't even particularly love this look, but she does get what the Met Gala is about. I gotta give her that. While there are elements of ridiculous here, the simple black and white (love the cuffs!) makes this look feel surprisingly classic.

Helen Lasichanh in Commes des Garçons
Helen Lasichanh (otherwise known as Mrs. Pharrell Williams) opted to wear this risky Commes des Garçons number. I'm really torn on this one. It's completely absurd and not even particularly pretty; but for the Met Gala honoring Commes des Garçons? It's kind of spot-on. We're talking fashion as art here. Whether or not this is considered good art is up for interpretation, but as far as a good fashion choice for the Met Gala, she nailed it.

Anna Cleveland in Commes des Garçons
Another Commes des Garçons look worn by fashion model, Anna Cleveland. It's again, a more real world version of this brand's particular aesthetic. I'm digging the Marie Antoinette feel of this look - so many bows! The shoes, clutch, and hair all complimented the look well. I especially loved the pop of red from her lipstick. Well done, Anna!


Rihanna in Commes des Garçons
Rihanna went for broke with this rose and floral Commes des Garçons creation. I'm not sure how one functions in a dress such as this, but who cares, there's just so much to look at! Loved the head styling too. A top knot was probably the logical choice for hair, and that eye make-up is gorgeous. It is an absolutely insane look, but an absolutely perfect look for the Met Gala. You rock, Rihanna!!

What do you guys think? Do you see art here, or just crazy? Would you ever wear any of these? It takes a lot of confidence to pull off. Love all these ladies for making the effort.

All images from here.

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