“Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” was one of the most hyped Met Gala’s in recent memory. Yet considering it was a tribute to one of the most influential, artistic, and avant-garde designers in the industry, only a handful chose to celebrate Rei Kawakubo’s wild and wonderful designs on the red carpet, which was disappointing, to say the least. But bravo to those that did! Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh both showed up in Comme des Garçons. Lasichanh wore what might have been the most daring CDG look of the evening, given that she wasn’t able to move her arms in the red jumpsuit from the Fall 2017 collection (perhaps Pharrell spoon-fed her dinner?). Rihanna was not to be outdone at the Met and showed up in a fabulous multi-layered look paired with red heels with straps that wrapped all the way to the top of her thighs. Models Anna Cleveland and Stella Tennant paid tribute to Kawakubo in a white paint suit adorned with white bows and a voluminous sleeved royal blue velvet dress, respectively. Sofia Sanchez de Betak went for a CDG cropped bolero jacket with shorts accentuated by dramatic fabric on the hips, and Tracee Ellis Ross opted for a royal blue silk jacquard dress with exaggerated proportions.
Of course, not everyone is required to celebrate Kawakubo by wearing Comme des Garçons, but considering her enormous influence on designers, even fewer managed to pick looks that felt derived from Kawakubo’s dressing philosophies. However, Katy Perry’s dramatic CDG red Maison Margiela number and Solange Knowles’ Thom Browne tuxedo-style puffer coat with train and ice skate booties hit just the right note.
While the bravest fashion lovers prevailed, the majority fell short of making last night what could have been the most interesting red carpet of all time.
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