There are two types of people in this world. The people who go to the Met Gala, and the people who judge the outfits from the comfort of their couch dressed in sweats. It’s safe to say I was the latter of the two on Monday night.
But before we get into critiquing the outfits, here is what you should know.
What is the Met Gala?
The Met Gala is formally called the Costume Institute Gala and is an annual fundraising event that benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It takes place on the first Monday of the month each May, and the night marks the grand opening of the Costume Institue’s annual fashion exhibit.
Each year the exhibit has a theme, and it is through that theme that designers create costumes. Ultimately, the style should resemble the theme for the year. For this year, the theme is Comme de Garcons’s by Rei Kawakubo. If that sounds like gibberish to you, let me explain.
Comme de Garcons’s is a Japanese fashion label based in Tokyo that was founded in 1973 and led in design by Rei Kawakubo.
How can you go to the Met Gala?
Well, you can always pay for your ticket 😞, or you can be the guest of an esteemed designer and wear their work 😄.
If you want to know more check out this video by one of my favorite models, Karlie Kloss.
Now for the fashion. Since I am in no position to truly critique such beautiful work made by many acclaimed designers, I will simply speak my mind. With that said, keep in mind that these comments are coming from a girl who spent her last 4 years looking extremely fashionable in team issued sweats. Clearly I’m, I’m not your most credible source, but Regardless, here we go.
In this category, I had mixed emotions about each costume. They were all very interesting and truly took on the meaning of the word “costume.”
At first, when I saw Solange I thought to myself, “What in the world?” But after looking at a few of her Instagram pictures and seeing her outfit from every angle, it slowly grew on me. Some say she was wearing a huge parka, but I say it looks like a sleeping bag. Regardless, people wear sleep items in public every day (blanket scarves, snuggies, oversized sweatshirts). Ultimately, I feel that she was the most comfortable out of everyone there, and I’m always down to be comfortable. I think I would have enjoyed wearing her outfit to the Met Gala if I got the chance, but definitely not anywhere else.
Would it even be a Met Gala post if I didn’t mention Rihanna? As usual, she was fabulous, but I’m was not in love with her costume. It’s so wide… And busy… And extremely 3D! I would have been super self-conscious about sitting down or even simply seeing over the ruffles to walk up steps. Also, lace-up shoes have never been a style I enjoy, so while she was able to pull it off, I would definitely have to pass.
This was an interesting one. I don’t love the top of the dress with the black feathers touching Jenelle Monae’s neck, but the bottom is beautiful, and once again, it looks very comfortable. Janelle Monáe actually looks like she is walking on clouds and I love it. Plus she is fabulous, so she definitely held her own on Monday night.
In this category, all of the outfits and the people gave me life. All I could say was, “yass!” Everything was beautiful.
I love Zendaya! Don’t we all? I honestly don’t have much to say other than, she killed the look. She is known for switching up her hair styles at significant events, and I think her choice this time around went well with her outfit. She looks so old school, like someone out of a painting, but then again, I couldn’t tell you from what era. I simply love the hints of red in the dress, the pattern and that the dress was off the shoulder.
The always fashionable Blake Lively did not disappoint. Her dress was stunning! All of the jewels were beautiful, and the blue feathers at the bottom brought the dress to life with a costume vibe. Basically, Blake kept it classy as always and was definitely a highlight for me at this year’s Gala.
I pray that I look half as good as J. Lo when I’m in my 40s. She was by far my favorite of the Gala. Not because I feel that I could wear her dress, but because she wore it so well. My biggest take away from her outfit was to find “your color,” and not shy away from it.
I think the title of this category speaks for itself.
I love Kendall Jenner, but I also love actually wearing clothes. In my opinion, her “dress” was way too revealing, and her backside was completely out. For me, this gown would definitely a no. But hey, different strokes for different folks.
This picture has nothing to do with the outfit; black looks good on everybody. But why is Jaden holding his dreads? We get it! You cut your hair! It’s kind of gross, but I wasn’t surprised that he would pull a stunt like that.
While there were many other costumes I could have mentioned, those were just a few that stood out to me. Let me know in the comments which costumes made your “Ummm…” “Yasss…” and “Nooo…” lists, and which one you would have worn if you attended the Met Gala.
Until next time, get up, get moving, and live your best life!