The Most Noteworthy Looks From The 2017 Met Gala

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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.
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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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No, we're not surprised that Met Gala high priestess Anna Wintour showed up in custom Chanel. Because didn’t you sort of, kind of wish she bypassed her own tradition and turned an insane Comme des Garçons look, too?
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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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Claire Daines may have opted out of wearing Comme, but she also forewent the whole floor-length gown memo, too. And we’d say that’s how you nail it on your own terms. The actress is decked out in custom pants and a ruffled top by Monse.
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Model Aymeline Valade shut it down in this mirrored Marni suit. We'd say she's either ready for the Met Gala, or primed to take over the world. Either way, she's dressed for the occasion.
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Despite the fact that co-chair Katy Perry is not, in fact, wearing a creation by Kawakubo, we can still admire her custom Maison Martin Margiela look through the same lens. We'd say that's one way to start the show.
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Model Candice Swanepoel gets kudos for wearing a LBD (that stands for large black dress, in this instance) that isn’t snoozeworthy, without even trying. Thanks to Topshop, of course.
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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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Actress Rila Fukushima turned a black-tie event into a cocktail affair with a thigh-length number that stood out amongst the crowd. And we're not mad at those knee-high boots, either.
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Model Grace Hertzel just shut it down in Dior and, really, everyone else can go home now. Okay, we’re just kidding. But this is how you (don’t) do a Met Gala theme, people.
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Alright, we’re just going to come out and say it: This is Tracee Ellis Ross’ year. The now-Golden Globe winner went where most celebrities didn’t tonight and actually wore a Rei Kawakubo creation. And look how cool it is! We always knew she was a fashion girl…
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While many celebrities opted for the color red to give off those Comme des Garçons vibes (they’re not too far off), actress Rose Byrne might have done it best in terms of the various crimson-clad stars, thanks to this Ralph Lauren gown.
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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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Because when you’re a famous face of Generation Z — clad in custom Topshop, to boot — the perfect accessory to go with your rockstar attitude is a badass leather jacket. Sofia Richie (and Pharrell) clearly got the memo.
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Behold, co-chair Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh. Let it be known that Pharrell was preceded by Kanye West in that whole jeans-at-the-Met-Gala trend, but no one — and we mean no one — turned a Comme des Garçons look quite like his wife, Lasichanh.
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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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Okay, look — even though Mindy Kaling’s midnight blue Prabal Gurung number doesn’t exactly scream Comme des Garçons, it is gorgeous, and perfect for the night of dancing that’s surely ahead after Kaling hits up the exhibit. So, we’d call that a win-win.
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If you were shocked that this is Ralph Lauren, so were we — and in the best way. Paired with a Balenciaga boot, Lily Aldridge did her supermodel squad proud tonight.
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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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Selena Gomez may have blissfully ignored tonight's theme, but at least her Coach number was as ethereal — and, well, very Selena — as it was. This one doubles as a very expensive night gown and marks the label's first foray into eveningwear.
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Zoe Kravitz, in this romantic Oscar de la Renta number, is about to end up on the Pinterest boards of alternative brides everywhere. Because who doesn't want a bouquet of their own roses on their boobs?
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Now, this is a corset we can get behind. Thanks to Diane von Furstenberg, Girls star Allison Williams brought a touch of luxury to the Kardashian-opted trend that was much needed.
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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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In another world, model Doutzen Kroes' drop-sleeve Brock Collection gown somehow snuck its way onto the Comme des Garçons spring 2015 runway and made its way to tonight's Met Gala.
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Because what's better than going to the Met Gala with the designer of the dress you're literally wearing? Oh, Donatella Versace. Well played, Kylie. Well played.
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Riley Keough is ready for battle in custom Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière and, to be honest, we're intimidated. Though, we kind of always feel that way in the face of head-to-toe sequins.
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To be fair, this Ralph Lauren idea could have been a hit or miss. If you ever wondered what a trench would look like in dress form, well, here you have it. After, oh, decades of mastering the outerwear staple, we have a feeling they’ve been waiting for this moment for quite some time.
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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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It looks like Michael Kors took note from Rei Kawakubo's continuous use of polka dots throughout her collections for Comme des Garçons for Natasha Poly's sparkly number. And, though we saw quite a few red outfits tonight, the cutouts made for the perfect upgrade.
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Here's a fashion heart attack for you: Courtney Love attends the Met Gala with daughter Frances Bean Cobain both in Marc Jacobs. That's all.
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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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Bella Hadid bared all in a custom Alexander Wang creation — perfect timing considering she knew her new ex would be under the same roof that night.
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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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Who knew we'd be watching Paris Jackson attending the Met Gala someday? And in custom Calvin Klein By Appointment, nonetheless? The newly-signed IMG Model crushed it tonight.
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Whoa. We had a feeling model-cum-actress Cara Delevingne would be donning Chanel tonight, but we had no idea it’d be in the form of a kick-ass, belted jacquard suit. Hey, Karl? Where can we get one of these?
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Do we even need to explain this? We knew Rihanna would do the theme proud tonight. The singer wears Comme des Garçons fall 2016, and just like that, Miranda Priestly is at a loss for words.
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Lily-Rose Depp’s Chanel number comes in a color that's not typically found in Kawakubo's arsenal. Pretty? Definitely. Fashion-forward? Of course. Rei? Well...
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Actress Lupita Nyong’o gave us one of the few Prada looks on the carpet tonight (the others being Jessica Chastain and Sarah Paulson, of course), and we are eternally thankful for it.
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Model Karlie Kloss is ready to take over the world of science (and fashion, though she’s already done that) in this Carolina Herrera mini. We’re sure pal Bill Nye is proud.
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And the bride Kate Hudson wore white! We’re pretty sure only the extravagantly wealthy can afford to match their dress to their hair for a night, but this Stella McCartney gown has us dreaming of of a life where we’re this extra all the time.
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We must confess: We were not ready for the slay that was Rita Ora in Marchesa tonight. And we’d like all of our presents to be wrapped as such moving forward. Thanks!
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This Prada number on Sarah Paulson looks soft enough to sleep in. Though we’re sure Paulson won’t be sleeping anytime soon: She’s a multiple-Emmy winner, for Pete’s sake.
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At this point, we’re pretty used to Zendaya shutting down every red carpet she struts down. Hell, the occupation of Mother of The Red Carpet should basically be added to her résumé at this point. And this Dolce & Gabbana number was no different.
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Designer Michael Kors really took to the drawing board to create this patchwork number for Kerry Washington tonight. In terms of paying homage without crossing any copycat lines, we'd say Kors nailed it.
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The only thing missing from Mary J. Blige’s La Perla haute couture dress is a mic to drop.
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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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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s checkerboard Marni number has us gasping for air. And, if that sounds dramatic, you try taking in all all of those paillettes while trying to breathe at the same time and tell us how you made it out alive.
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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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Depending how you interpret it, model Liu Wen’s denim Off-White getup looks like it’s both falling apart and put-together. And that’s because it kind of is, which is quintessential Rei Kawakubo. Fun fact: The top is Off-White fall 2017 and the bottom is Off-White fall 2016.
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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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If you thought the front of Kendall Jenner’s transparent La Perla haute couture gown left little to the imagination, just wait until you see the back. We’ll let you find that angle for yourself.
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Introducing, the picket-fence corset. Thanks to H&M, actress Sasha Lane had us thinking that was Comme des Garçons for a second.
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Actress Michelle Monaghan wore a chainmail Paco Rabanne gown that has us suddenly wanting to redo our prom night, all over again. (And we say that with love.)
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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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Actress Kate Bosworth added her high-fashion vibes to a gothic Tory Burch number that is worthy of being a museum exhibit on its own, if you ask us. Or, at least, it probably made for a killer Instagram opp.
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In custom Proenza Schouler, singer Grimes added a bit of edge to tonight's Met Gala lineup. We're sure those floating hems are going to pop up on the fast fashion scene in no time.
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Model Adowa Aboah's deconstructed tuxedo dress by Connor Ives was one of the more creative looks we saw on the carpet tonight. And, if you look closely, there's lots more to be found in the details.
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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.
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When you can't pick between a the drama of a floor-sweeping train and the ease of fitted trousers, you can opt into both, as Emmy Rossum did with a little help of Carolina Herrera.
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There are cold shoulders, and then there are power shoulders — and Reese Witherspoon serves both simultaneously in a colorblocked Mugler gown. Bow down.
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