If you were tasked with paying homage to a designer as epic as Rei Kawakubo for the red carpet, do you think you'd be up for the challenge? The reclusive Japanese designer commands as much attention with her anti-celebrity persona as she does for the anti-fashion clothing that she creates, which made her the perfect subject for this year's Costume Institute exhibit. For the Met Gala's red carpet (which is actually off-white with blue trim this year), how would celebrities and designers honor a single designer's work, when the talent in question has deliberately tried to be anti-pretty, anti-establishment, and anti-approachable — common themes of traditional red carpets — for her entire career? Some were up for the challenge. And some, as you'll see, had a hard time breaking out of the box.
From co-chair Katy Perry to Met Gala queen Rihanna, attendees celebrated the spirit of Kawakubo's extraordinary vision in a few different ways. Some decided to do their homework, and wore grand, theatrical Comme des Garçons archival pieces, straight from the runway. And others referenced her motifs, including polka dots, red, workwear separates, and lots of tulle. For a theme that's this much of a departure from your standard-issue red carpet, the results were definitely unconventional, to say the least.
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Gisele Bundchen, one of this year's co-chairs and supermodel of the world, shined in a backless Stella McCartney number. We’d be remiss to say we weren’t a little bummed she didn’t throw it back to the archives (from her early days in Vogue), but the mother of two looks stunning nonetheless.
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In custom Topshop, model Behati Prinsloo kept it classic and chic. And hey, there's nothing wrong with that, right?
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Shoutout to Lily Collins for barely fitting her Giambattista Valli gown into her car on the way to tonight’s event and still looking this good. Just look at all that tulle.
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The drama! (And no, we’re not talking about that drama.) LaLa Anthony stepped onto the carpet solo in Thai Nguyen Atelier looking as fabulous as ever in a gothic spin on the ubiquitous naked dress. Before her turn on the carpet, the television host posted an Instagram with the caption “Unbreakable.”
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Solange Knowles is really into puffer jackets right now. After sporting one on her Elle cover, this Thom Browne number is the perfect follow-up. (But, we can't help but wonder — is it hot under there?)
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We'll never say no to suiting (especially a pair of trousers with a red stripe down the side), especially in a sea of dresses. Actress Keri Russell donned a Rag & Bone suit that we'd like to add to our own closets, like, yesterday.
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Lena Dunham’s going to have to get crafty taking her seat tonight because of all these layers. Her Elizabeth Kennedy gown was accented by a fabulous Planned Parenthood pin that should serve a reminder to everyone that fashion and politics do go together.
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Céline Dion wore Versace tonight, in case you were wondering (because we know you were). If you can believe it, tonight marked Dion's first trip to the Met Gala. We're hoping next year will be just as legendary.
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Wearing custom Tommy Hilfiger, model Gigi Hadid wore a cinched tulle gown by the American designer. The two have been collaborating for quite some time now, and from the looks of it, the results keep getting better and better.
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If you thought Kim Kardashian’s white Vivienne Westwood getup played it safe, then you haven’t watched her latest interview on Ellen. The mother of two is into keeping things low-key these days, and we’re totally cool with that.
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Amy Schumer may have hated going to the Met Gala some years back, but we don’t blame her for letting this custom Zac Posen number lure her back to the steps of the Met.
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If you haven’t gotten enough Versace at tonight’s Met Gala, let the newly-pregnant Serena Williams show you how it’s done. She ain't sorry.
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The Olsen twins have become somewhat of mainstays at the Met Gala, and this year, the two sported similar bohemian looks like they’ve done in the past. And hey, didn’t we tell you the boa was coming back?
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Naomi Campbell, alongside pal and newly-appointed editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful, is wearing Azzedine Alaïa. And, if you know Ms. Campbell, you know the supermodel always gets a free pass when it comes to playing by the fashion rules.
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It's Raf Simons' first Met Gala since joining Calvin Klein By Appointment (and making the move to New York), and the designer wasted no time in showing off his incredible craftsmanship at the biggest fashion event in his new home base. Julianne Moore did the honors, donning a feathered mini slip dress from the brand's newly-opened By Appointment label.