The Met honoured Rei Kawakubo at this years event, with the opening exhibition: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between opening tomorrow at the Met Museum. The designer, best known for her hybrid approach to art and fashion has a huge body of work that has gleaned attention for it’s avant-garde, sometimes outlandish and overtly assuming aesthetics over the years. This is part of what makes Kawakubo a pioneer in fashion history.
It was refreshing that this year’s Gala didn’t have a strict dress code or theme, as we were able to see more personal style introduced into looks and with the addition of unique beauty touches, celebrity eccentricities emerged.
- Kim Kardashian West was demure in a floor-length, white cotton Vivienne Westwood dress, ultra clean and form fitting, with beautiful off-the-shoulder and fine tie detail.
2. Gisele stunned in a silver glass-beaded Stella McCartney gown with sweeping train. The wow of this dress was it’s shape, perfectly contoured to Gisele’s form, with an open back and long sleeves, elongating her already lengthy limbs.
3. Kendall Jenner was barely covered by her beautiful La Perla dress, tactfully placed and layered mesh fell over the body to create a swim-style bodysuit. The cut-away in the centre of the dress could only work with Kendall’s confidence, making this more of a moment than a look.
4. Joan Smalls wore a dress by H&M, with it’s distinguished construction; cut in multiple directions, white-shirt upper; half-bodice, half-workshirt. Split sleeves and an off-the-shoulder design framed the décolletage well. The bottom-half of this piece looked like a deconstructed pair of pin-stripe pants; legs wrapped around the body as pieces of material were positioned perfectly, culminating in the train of the dress which included blended bow details.
5. Bella Hadid was brazen in a custom Alexander Wang wool bodysuit; a piece that ultimately felt very ready-to-wear. The stand-out detail on this was the extremely low cut-out back, which contoured her curves while keeping everything in place. The fabric had a semi-sheer appearance, with a net overlay texture, giving the look more grit and complimenting the surrounding glamour.
*Style note: High-street heavyweights H&M and Topshop popped up a lot on the Red Carpet, with custom gowns made for Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Ashley Graham, Nicki Minaj and Behati Prinsloo to name a few. This is something to look out for at future red carpet events.