“Comme des Garcons is a gift to oneself, not something to appeal or to attract the opposite sex.”-
Before we get into the good, the underwhelming, and the good but off theme, and the just plain ugly, below is a brief history of COMME des GARCONS and Rei Kawakubo and iconic/helpful images of how to-do justice to the theme of this year’s Met Gala. The results of which, with a few standouts, was underwhelming on the red carpet. As has been the trend the last few years, is to completely disregard the Gala’s theme, either by doing something conventionally “pretty” or just shocking, not necessarily avante garde.
COMME des GARCONS was founded by and is headed by Rei Kawakubo in 1969 and became established as a company in 1973. The meaning of COMME des GARCONS is French for, “like some boys,” and it is a Japanese Fashion label that shows during Paris Fashion Week & Paris Men’s Fashion Week. The first time the line showed in Paris was 1982, with the renowned ‘Destroy’ Collection. The show shook the fashion world because not only was it all-black, somber, it was seen as an attack on the current high-glam materialism of the ‘80’s and deemed “Hiroshima Chic.” Rei’s impact on fashion can be seen in her pioneering use of monochrome, deconstruction, volume, androgyny, avante garde femininity, and basically making non-clothing clothing. She deserves this honor, and as well we were hoping to find these influences and more on the red carpet of the Gala.
MET GALA 2017 Red Carpet : The good , the ugly & on Theme
Deciding to seperate those who were good & on theme, and not was not hard to make. The reason the Met Gala’s red carpet has alway been considered the “superbowl of fashion” compared to the oscar’s was because this carpet has seen the wildest outfits! As well, those who are fashion obsessed, we want to see the your artistic side, especially when the designer being honored is not only alive but has literally said, “For something to be beautiful…it doesn’t have to be pretty.” It was disapointing to see many go exactly for that, “pretty.” So below are our favorites in no particular order of those who got it right & on theme!
Best Dressed and On Theme
The top looks of over 150 plus looks from fashion designers to Caroline Kennedy. These folks did it right.
Honoroable Mention for being good and on theme
We have to give credit to those who truely tried, and managed to make it look good. They just didn’t make it truely epic.
The Ugly & on Theme
These looks gave us giggles, varying levels disdain, and we felt they at least tried to make the gala’s theme work, and just missed the mark.
MET GALA 2017 Red Carpet: Best Dressed and Off Theme
The below looks were fashion moments we loved, but we would not have chosen them for this particular red carpet event. These were the conventionally best dressed look of the night, that did not take the theme into consideration.
Honoroable Mention for being well dressed
These were looks we loved and felt deserved some notation. Good inspiration for your own formal occasions.
MET GALA 2017 Red Carpet: The underwhelming off theme & the ugly
The below looks either brought emotions of disdain or underwhelmed us so much that is was hard to even put them in this post.