FRIDAY FEATURE: The 2017 Met Gala

FRIDAY FEATURE: The 2017 Met Gala

Monday night marked the 59th annual Met Gala held in New York City. Although officially a benefit event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, since Anna Wintour took over as chairwoman of the gala in 1999, the philanthropic event has transformed into one of the world's most glamorous cocktail parties. With hosts including Anna Wintour, Katy Perry, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, and Pharrell Williams, the event draws some of the biggest names in fashion, movies, politics, and music.

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This year, with Rei Kawakubo (featured in our Women Crush Wednesday this past week) as the featured designer, there were huge avant-garde expectations for the guests as the event encourages attendees to dress in the theme of the featured exhibit. Of course, many play it safe and go with black-tie formal, but all eyes are on those daring few who really go all out with the theme. There have absolutely been hits and misses, but isn't that one of the best things about fashion? And with such a bold and art and fashion industry-challenging designer like Kawakubo as the inspiration for the evening, this year's gala was guaranteed to be one for the books.

While the stars left us with much to talk about, there were some that the details were what stole the show. Take for example Bella Hadid's Alexander Wang catsuit. Not only can she totally rock it (there are some wonderful photos of her chilling on some steps like "NBD, I just look awesome and comfortable at the same time") but the entire piece is made of teeny tiny beads. Wondering how it fits so perfectly? She was literally sewn into the piece.

Images above courtesy of vogue.com.
 Rihanna in Comme des Garçons.  Photo courtesy of vogue.com.

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons. Photo courtesy of vogue.com.

Rihanna, never one to disappoint at the Met Gala, was one of the few guests to show up actually wearing a Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garçons piece. As you can tell, this was a show stopper. Made of double-faced bonded laser-cut satin, this runway number is all a lot of people have been talking about. Rihanna knows how to rock a theme party.

And as far as the gala of 2017 goes, we would be amiss to not mention Kendall Jenner. Her La Perla Couture is directly inspired by Kawakubo's "un-fabric" concept by being completely made of 85,000 hand-painted crystals affixed to a single thread to give a silk-like appearance. This piece took over 26 craftspeople spread over five cities over 160 hours to complete. 

 Kendall Jenner in La Perla Couture,  Image courtesy of vogue.com.

Kendall Jenner in La Perla Couture, Image courtesy of vogue.com.

If you're thinking of attending, you might want to consider thinking again. Tickets for gala start at $30,000 and if you'd like a table for your friends, try $275,000. The good news is the event raised an approximate $13.5 million last year to the benefit of the Met. But even if you have the funds (and have contacted us with our invite), you must get an invitation for the event from no other than Anna Wintour. Even if you get past the waiting list (because of course there's a waiting list as well), she and Vogue have final say over every guest at every table.

Monday night marked another Met Gala that had the world talking about fashion: who wore what, who was with who and what they wore, and of course, Rei Kawakubo. I think it's safe to say that no one throws a party like Anna Wintour.

Here are some of our favorite ensembles of the night. Let us know in the comments who you liked best...we'd love to hear from you!

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