The Met Gala 2017 was a tough one to dress for. Forget “black tie with a hint of pink” or “dress to party”. This year, the exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, demanded attire that was “avant-garde”.
First predicted by Suzy Menkes during Paris Fashion Week (following the presence of both Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, and Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, at the Comme des Garçons show), Rei Kawakubo will be the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983 to be the sole subject of the Met’s blockbuster fashion exhibit.
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” Bolton commented . “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
As the exhibition prepares to open on May 4, we can look back at the celebrities who hit the red carpet on May 1. Kawakubo acted as honorary chair alongside Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams – who launched a fragrance in collaboration with Comme des Garçons in 2014 – and Anna Wintour.
In theory the Met Gala is about charity, but for the masses it’s an opportunity to see some really outstanding fashion. Whilst we love clothes, for us we can’t help but look at the hair! Will we see the next biggest trends emerging or something really avant-garde?
Our Director Steve loved the different looks on show from Rita Ora’s head piece to Cara’s painted head, but he feels there were two particular trends to be seen. Firstly, the bob was worn by many Kylie Jenner and Lily Collins showing the strongest of the bunch. Secondly, there were dozens of top knots! We already love a knot living in Bali, but when trying to dress it up a little, look to Kate Hudson for inspiration.