Let’s talk about last night’s Met Gala. Initial thoughts — Solange looked so cosy in her sleeping bag, Katy Perry channeled her inner crime-son bride and Jaden Smith’s dreadlocks… umm, let’s just erase that from our memory (with a neuralyzer preferably).
Ok, ok, so there were some jaw-dropping ensembles in the midst of some truly absurd outfits. But, before passing the verdict, let’s just try to understand the calculated raison d’être behind some of last night’s sartorial choices. Seriously, there has to be a reason behind Helen’s Lasichanh’s red sumo suit, right? And, how exactly did she eat?
The Met Gala is one of the most important nights on the fashion calendar. It’s a yearly affair where the fashion fraternity and celebrities are invited by Anna Wintour, to be a part of a fundraising gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to raise money for the Costume Institute. With tickets selling at a hefty $30,000 apiece and a very strict invite-only policy that is decided by Madame Nuclear Wintour herself, this “coveted” entry basically sets out to define the bee’s knees of fashion.
Not every celebrity or designer has a free-pass to the night. Instead designers and brands are given the chance to invite celebrities. BUT there’s a catch. They must wear what the designer gives them. Not much of an option for the celebs, right? Kudos to them for having the heart and courage to honour these demands.
THE QUEEN OF AVANT-GARDE
Like any other fun party, the Met Gala too has a theme. This year’s was an ode to avant-garde designer Rei Kawakubo with a show called “Rei Kawakubo/ Commes De Garçons: Art of the In-Between”. Think larger-than-life, architectural and abstract ensembles that defy all standards of beauty. Known for breaking the norms, Rei Kawakubo has cemented a reputation for challenging conventional fashion ideologies. Her designs break gender barriers, conform to no fits and refuse to abide to cultural cues.
To honour her, designers and celebrities went with the theme and brought some very radical ensembles to the red carpet. We saw a host of designs that praised Kawakubo’s aesthetic philosophies. Rihanna, Anna Cleveland, Pharell Williams and Helen Lasichanh all wore Commes Des Garçons, while celebs like Katy Perry and Solange Knowles paid homage to Kawakubo in non-CDG ensembles that were just as crazy.
So basically, all those meme-making outfits were a genuine and heartfelt ode to a designer and a cause. As simple as that. About those dreadlocks though, we’re still wondering.
THE SPECTACULAR HOMAGE