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2017 Met Gala: The Good & The Bad

This year’s Met Gala carpet was a disappointment to the fashion world.

This year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art chose Rei Kawakubo to build their annual fashion exhibit around, due to her authentic and eccentric take on art and fashion. Costume Institute’s curator Andrew Bolton praised Rei Kawakubo as “one of the most important and influential designers of the past forty years.” Such a distinct design sense is the entire reason she is only the second living designer to have a Met exhibit. Kawabuko studied the history of aesthetics at Keio University in Tokyo and later on, became a stylist. She then went on lead design her own clothes and founded the iconic brand, Comme des Garçons. Some of Kawakubo’s trademark styles includes abstract shapes, bold colors, ruffles, and bridging the modern with the past.

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(Photos via the NYT and People)

It seems every year more and more A-list superstars decide to part away from the theme, in favor of what social media audiences claimed was more of prom dress code. This year, the Met’s blue and white carpet was met with mediocre outfits at best, with only a dash of spectacular outfits which nailed the theme. Only a few demonstrated the avant-garde design/Comme des Garçons authenticity fashion lovers were looking for. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Solange Knowles, and Katy Perry took the theme and dress code to heart to showcase what the Met Gala is all about: the art of fashion.

All too often, the theme gets lost in the prestigious fundraising event when it is supposed to be the main focus when celebrities are walking up the long carpeted stairs with intricate outfits to the venue. Such is the case with celebrities and models alike who barely followed the theme that honors the creativeness and innovation of Rei Kawakubo. Other celebrities such as Selena Gomez, prominent Victoria’s Secret Models (well besides Lily Aldridge), Gwyneth Paltrow and more decided to go simple as though they were attending an awards show instead of fashion’s most distinguished carpet.

Here are my Top Ten Best at the Met: Helen Lasichanh, Cynthia Erivo, Rihanna, Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Janelle Monáe, Lilly Collins, Haley Bennett, Michéle Lamy and Sean Combs (Diddy).

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Least favorites at the Met: Gisele Bündchen, Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Sofia Richie, Bee Shaffer, Jennifer Lopez, Donatella Versace, Joan Smalls, Laura Dern, and Alexa Chung.

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