Red carpet rundown: Met Gala ‘17

Jo Bentham picks her belles of the ball at this year’s Rei Kawakubo themed event in NYC

7th May 2017

The first Monday of May is significant for one insanely glamorous reason: it’s Met Gala Monday. One of fashions biggest parties, the Gala is held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where the world’s biggest celebrities, designers and other VIP’s descend to celebrate the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition.

This year’s Met Gala theme was Rei Kawakubo/ Comme Des Garçons. Rei Kawakubo’s designs are bold, unique and quirky, which means the celebs attending the gala were expected to follow suit and dress to fit the theme.

One A-Lister who definitely paid attention to the theme this year was Katy Perry, her ensemble was certainly quirky, but it just didn’t do it for me. There must be a point where it stops being called fashion and starts being called crazy, right?

"Rei Kawakubo’s designs are bold, unique and quirky, which means the celebs attending the gala were expected to follow suit and dress to fit the theme”

Four people who I think got it very, very, right however, are LaLa, J.Lo, Nicki Minaj and Doutzen Kroes.

Let’s start with J.Lo. As the absolute Queen of never looking older, Jen looks gorgeous in everything she wears. Opting for a less sexy look than usual, she absolutely smashed it in her Valentino, Elsa from Frozen inspired, pastel blue gown. So floaty. So elegant. With her hair slicked back into a tight ponytail and her glitzy Harry Winston bling, she has all the makings of a Disney princess. But does it fit the theme? I’d have to say no. It’s absolutely beautiful, and definitely one of my favourite looks of the night, but bold and quirky? Not so much.

LaLa on the other hand, provides enough boldness in her gown to slay every other VIP in attendance. Probably my number 1 favourite look from the night, she took the simple, elegant black dress and made it rock again. LaLa definitely opted for sexy, in her sheer embellished gown by Thai Nguyen. This is the kind of look I LOVE, she took the theme to heart but made it fashionable, and I mean WEARABLE fashion. Unlike some, *cough* Katy.

Nicki Minaj looked seductive in her H&M bodysuit fit with a train and belt featuring Rei Kawakubo’s face – I mean what better way to pay homage to a designer than to actually turn them into fashion? The train was without a doubt my best-loved aspect of her feisty outfit though; the silver embellishment and black rose-shaped ruffled edges were just dreamy.

Last but not least, it’s Doutzen Kroes. Now, in all honesty, I have to admit that like J.Lo’s, I don’t really think Doutzen’s gown fit the theme all that well. That being said, it was absolutely stunning. She almost went for a ‘dressed down’ kind of look, with natural make up and her hair left messily hanging. The Victoria’s Secret model’s Brock Collection dark red off the shoulder gown is simple, refined and sophisticated. Looking like an angel, she absolutely makes you forgive that it’s not entirely theme-fitting.

So, to round off, fashions favourite get together was a success, and there were so many more amazing looks it broke my heart not to mention. But until next Met Gala Monday, I leave you with the dreamy thoughts of this year’s best.

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