Monday night’s annual celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s Met Gala 2017 marked one of the highlights of New York City’s spring time festivities.
Often marked by some of the most daring and albeit stunning gowns and silhouettes; everyone remembers Rihanna at the 2015 Gala, Beyonce’s latex gown at last year’s red carpet and who could forget Kim K at 2013’s event; the annual Gala serves as one of the museum’s biggest fundraising events and is typically the grand opening of the annual design exhibit.
Monday’s gala hosted by Anna Wintour and co-hosted by Katy Perry and Pharell Williams, honored Commes des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo, who served as one of the evening’s honorary chair alongside Caroline Kennedy. Tom Brady and Giselle Bündchen served as co-chairs for the evenings event.
This year’s event was especially significant as it is the second time a living designer has been honored by the Institute, the first ever being Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.
The May 1st celebration came just days before the annual exhibit sponsored by Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M and Maison Valentino opens to the public on tomorrow, Thursday, May 4th. The exhibit will feature approximately 120 of Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons womenswear designs dating from her earliest work on the label’s first runway collection circa 1981, to her most recent pieces. The pieces will be arranged by contrasting themes. One other first for this year – the exhibit’s mannequins will be more accessible than ever, as they will be placed at eye-level without any glass or other physical barriers between them and the viewer.
Commes des Garçons is well known for it’s avant-garde designs and iconic street wear that push boundaries hence I expected nothing else from the evening’s looks in keeping with the designers keen style aesthetic. As expected many of the evenings attendees did not disappoint in stunning and daring silhouettes and fabrics.
Custom designs by H&M, one of the evening’s sponsors, and Topshop dazzled on the red carpet alongside the namesake brand of the evening’s honoree and designers like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Versace and Maison Valentino.
Let me know if you like any of the looks, I know I’ve found some favorites. Hope you all enjoyed this review of the evening’s looks.
p.s. Don’t forget today’s other post for more amazing looks from the Met Gala After Parties.