It happens every year on the first Monday in May, or “Met Gala Day” as it’s known in the most prestigious circles. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s major fashion event in New York City, comparably called “the Oscars of the East Coast” unfurls the red carpet – or in this year’s case, the blue-and-cream carpet – annually to raise money for its famed Costume Center. With tickets as high as $50,000, a pared-back guest list this year, and high demand for a privileged spot, this much-fêted event pools together the most stylish, talented, and stunning celebrities in one place.
For the 2017 Met Gala, stars from every corner of the fashion, modeling, film, music, and sports worlds gathered to celebrate the latest Met exhibit, dedicated for the second time only to a living fashion designer. “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” explores Kawakubo’s tremendous contributions to fashion, with her mind-bending creations taking on a life of their own inside the Institute’s hallowed halls.
Curiously, however, the Met Gala’s glamorous guests seemed to have forgotten the theme, opting instead for “safe” red carpet fare. For proof, look no further than Kim Kardashian, whose previous year’s outfits have been Front Page News, but who opted instead for a simple off-shoulder, white gown designed by Vivienne Westwood. The few celebrities – like Rihanna – who decided to honor Kawakubo by wearing her designs absolutely stole the spotlight. It’s disappointing that such a massive fashion opportunity could be missed by so many stylish citizens.
However, it was American designers that dominated the show, with Diane von Furstenberg, Coach, and Calvin Klein serving serious looks for their A-list clients. Subtle homages to Kawakubo were found in the form of her iconic black bob, worn by Kerry Washington and Lily Collins who donned similar wigs. Bella Hadid went so far as to chop off her hair several hours prior to the event in homage to the famed hairstyle.
Click through the gallery below for the 50 best red carpet looks from the 2017 Met Gala.