In honor of Rei Kawakobo/Commes des Garcons

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.

Co-Chairs Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen in Stella McCartney, host Anna Wintour (Vogue editor-in-chief) in Chanel and co-host Katy Perry in Maison Margiela

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.

Commes des Garcons 2017 runway designs, signature Commes des Garcons tees, Michelle Elle in Commes des Garcons (courtesy of The Cut/Getty Images)

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.

Honorary Chair Caroline Kennedy in Commes des Garcons floral sphere
Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross, Helen Lasichanh and Pharell Williams in Commes des Garcons

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.

Ashley Graham, Nicki Minaj, Sasha Lane, Jourdan Dunn, Stella Maxwell in custom H&M
Behati Prinsloo, Sofia Richie, Joan Smalls and Candice Swanepoel in custom Topshop

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.

Allison Williams, Designer Diane von Furstenberg, Emma Roberts and Alexa Chung in Diane von Furstenberg
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Halle Berry, Celine Dion, Kylie Jenner and Serena Williams in Versace
Brie Larson, Leslie Mann, Lily Rose Depp, Cara Delvigne and Jemima Kirke in Chanel
Carly Steel and Laura Osnes in Christian Siriano
Claire Foy and Felicity Jones in Erdem
Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson in Gucci, Janelle Monae in Ralph & Russo, Maxwell, Bella Hadid in Alexander Wang, Kim Kardashian West in Vivienne Westwood
Diane Kruger, Hannah Baghshawe and Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain, Lupita N’yongo and Sarah Paulson in Prada
Diplo and Solange in Thom Browne
Donald Glover and Lily James in Burberry
Elle Fanning and Stacy Martin in Miu Miu
Emily Ratajkowski, Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love, Sofia Coppola in Marc Jacobs
Hailey Baldwin, Karlie Kloss, Emmy Rossum, Taylor Hill in Carolina Herrera
Haley Bennett and Zendaya Coleman in Dolce & Gabbana
Joseph Altuzzara, Evan Rachel Wood, Megyn Kelly in Altuzzara
Juilanne Moore, Paris Jackson, Gwenyth Paltrow in Calvin Klein by Appointment
Kate Hudson and Naomie Watts in Stella McCartney
Kendall Jenner and Mary J Blige in La Perla
Lily Aldridge, Wiz Khalifa, Priyanka Chopra, Bobby Cannavalle and Rose Byrne in Ralph Lauren
Michael B Jordan, Lauren Bush Lauren, Nick Jonas in Ralph Lauren
Liu Wen and Virgil Abloh in Off-White
Migos
Mindy Kaling in Prabal Gurung
Miranda Kerr, Daisy Ridley, Zoe Kravitz in Oscar de la Renta
Natasha Poly, Keri Washington, Mandy Moore in Michael Kors Collection
Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa, John Legend, Kerri Rusell, Matthew Rhys in custom Rag & Bone, Cassie Ventura in Aura Tout, Diddy in Rick Owens, Claire Danes in Monse, Hugh Dancy, Naomie Campbell and Edward Enninful
Rita Ora in Marchesa
Ruth Negga, Jennifer Connelly, Lea Seydoux, Jayden Smith, Riley Keough, Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton
Salma Hayek in Balenciaga
Tommy Hilfiger, Dee Hilfiger, Gigi Hadid, Ruby Rose in Tommy Hilfiger
Zoey Deutch, Tory Burch, Kate Bosworth in Tory Burch
Wendi Murdoch, Jennifer Lopez in Valentino, Alex Rodriguez, Lala Anthony in custom Thai Nyguyen Atelier, Aymeline Valademet

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.

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