I love the Met Gala. It is when the fashion elite flex their muscles for the world to see – it is the Super Bowl, or World Series, or Academy Awards of the East Coast, but all about fashion. With social media gives us some behind the scenes insight into the preparation and effort that goes into the event and getting ready, you almost feel like you are there (almost? not quite, but at least you see it is not all fancy dress and games). I particularly love seeing celebrities awed and amazed when they meet their idols – it makes them seem so much more human. But what actually happens after the final celebrity steps off the red carpet and into the Gala is somewhat a mystery, with social media being banned during the event. This only contributes to the excitement surrounding the event.
Guests are invited to dress similar to the exhibit, this year the honoree is Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, but it is certainly not required. I find it so interesting to see how different celebrities interpret the theme, and how some just adhere to what works for them aesthetically and eschew paying homage to whomever/whatever fashion house is being honored. It is pretty clear whose stylist is on point and whose is floundering.
There was a tie for my favourite look at the Met Gala last night – Ruby Rose in Burberry and Kendall Kardashian in La Perla. Both were so unexpected and fresh in a sea of trying very, very hard to be different and “high fashion.” Ruby and Kendall looked confident and comfortable in their gowns, and that translated into an overall successful look. Honourable mentions go out to Zoey Deutch in Tory Burch, Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana, Cara Delevigne in, of course, Chanel, and Naomi Watts in Stella McCartney.
Beauty shout-outs go to Katie Holmes and Emily Ratajkowski who looked flawless, and definitely out of character for them.