We’re usually pretty excited about the annual Met Gala looks, but last night, we couldn’t help but feel deflated. The hyped event marks the opening of the annual fashion exhibition at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of fashion’s most observed institutions that have given us some of the best museum memories in recent years – think last year’s China Through the Looking Glass, or Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – while the gala opening itself is a well thought-out fundraiser for the museum masterminded by US Vogue Editor and Met Patron Anna Wintour. The red carpet usually attracts clever and creative sartorial responses from celebs to the exhibition in question, and with this year being devoted to the work of Rei Kawakubo, ultimate doyenne of deconstruction and everything avant-garde, and arguably the most important living designer, it could hardly get any better. Or could it? Once again, the world of celebrity showed that style is nothing more than a walking advertising opportunity for brands desperately seeking red carpet credibility. What could have been a ravishing evening of collectively questioning the very nature of fashion and its (mis-)uses, the Met Gala instead – with the couragous exception of Rihanna, Michèle Lamy, Helen Lasichanh, and Tracee Ellis Ross – ended at some odd no-man’s land between the Oscar’s and New York Fashion Week. Not the kind of “in-between state” we were looking for. While the Oscars is not necessarily a bad thing (we did, for example, love Gwyneth Palthrow‘s revival of the iconic baby pink one-shoulder), we still dream of a fashion world who dare to wear the fashion that expands our idea of clothes, instead of calling Carolina Herrera on first impulse. Boycotting our own coverage of the evening’s best looks, here’s instead 10 outfits – sources from the past three seasons of Commes Des Garçons – we wished we had seen last night on the likes of Priyanka, Kim, and Cara. Stylists, take note.
All images courtesy of Vogue