The Best and the Most Over The Top of the MET Gala Red Carpet

Anna Wintour’s Annual Themed Red Carpet Affair in New York happened last night, and while some came to look pretty, others dressed to kill.

The MET Gala, the event considered “the Oscars of the Fashion World” occurred last night. This crème de la crème red carpet affair may not be the most watched event of the year, but it is the highest end red carpet to be found. Anna Wintour, the Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, is the co-chair of this fundraiser for the Costume Institute at the MET. Each year, the event is done in tandem with an exhibit showing at the costume institute, which dictates the theme. After all, everyone loves a costume party.

Well, some stars do. Others just relish the chance to dress up in fancy ball gowns and get photographed, and if the theme doesn’t work with that, they just ignore it. Such was the case this year, as The Costume Institute’s exhibit this year honored Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. Kawakuno, a Japanese artist, has long moved beyond clothes. Instead her runways are deconstructed garish approximations of clothes, sometimes looking as if she is trying to make her models look like they are turned inside out. These are not runway ready, if you get my drift.

So who actually agreed to go with the theme? And of those who did, who conquered it? And who just showed up to look pretty?

The Best

Rihanna actually wore an outfit off the Comme des Garçons runway. One of the very few to dare do so.

Katy Perry was co-chair, so she had to dress the part, even if her outfit is actually by Maison Margiela.

Technically this is a little too “clothes” to count, but Zendaya shut it down so hard in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, that I put her in the top.

Yes this is Janelle Monáe’s chosen style in Ralph & Russo, but it works for the theme.

Rita Ora had a custom Marchesa made, since Marchesa doesn’t usually make this type of impractical clothing. Not a bad outcome.

Ruth Negga, coming correct as a Valentino tablecloth.


Lily Aldridge in a Ralph Lauren bedsheet.

Solange in Thom Brown packing air bladders.

Claire Danes in rags.

Pharrell wore his usual mess, but he made the wife were Comme des Garçons, so they sneak into the top ten.

Honorable Mentions


Heading up the ones who tried but didn’t quite make it, Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger.

Cynthia Erivo’s Thom Browne was a little too much of a dress.

Serena Williams is pregnant, and gets a pass.

Chrissy Teigen should have gotten that Marchesa more customized.

Nicki Minaj went custom H&M, but it was only good enough for the second tier.

At least Bella Hadid got the “don’t wear clothes” part right in this Alexander Wang.

Madonna was obviously game in Moschino, but missed the mark.

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren is like a lesser version of Gig’s outfit above.

Sarah Paulson’s Prada is a fuzzy version of those security bollard posts they put around buildings.

And Riley Keough  in a Louis Vuitton that’s clearly not meant to be worn in public. Close! But not quite the theme.

The Best of Those Who Say Fuck Your Theme

Hello pretty people! This is Gisele-Bundchen in Stella McCartney

Jessica Chastain in sunny Prada

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino and Alex Rodriguez


I did not recognize Allison Williams in Diane von Furstenberg. She wants to not be a “Girl” anymore, does she?

Here’s Claire Foy in golden Erdem

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Bee Shaffer attends the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen

Laura Osnes in Christian Siriano

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and Ryan Reynolds. I know a lot of people thought she was worst dressed, but I like the peacock train.

Lily Rose Depp in Chanel.

And Emmy Rossum in her pants under dress Carolina Herrera routine. FUCK YOUR THEME.

The Men

Diddy lays back and enjoys looking at his woman, in the biggest display of patriarchy ever seen on a red carpet.

Riz Ahmed you guys.

Rami Malek’s Dior Hommes monochromatic looks are getting a bit old no?

Wiz Khalifa in Thom Browne.

Jones One.

Michael P Jordan dressed up in a theme! The wrong theme, but a theme!

Jonas Two.

Donald Glover looks like he’s holding his breath because the jacket is too tight.

The Weeknd, sans a Hadid girlfriend.

Eddie Redmayne in Fuck Your Theme.

The Meh

Daisy Ridley in Oscar de la Renta. Look, she’s just really excited she’s A list enough to get invited.


Elizabeth Banks in a magic eye painting by Michael Kors.


Cara Delevingne in Chanel, as a Mannequin. That’s a costume right?

Felicity Jones heard “costume party” and went for “Victorian Era.”

Did you here? GOOP and Wintour are doing a thing together, so Gwyneth Paltrow had to show up last minute, wearing whatever she had on hand.

Hailey Baldwin in Carolina Herrera wandering lonely as a feather duster.

Haley Bennett  in Dolce Gabbana. For some people, this is dressing wild.

Kerry Washington in Patchwork.

Selena Gomez, determined to be sweet.

Ruby Rose, determined to be femme.

The Bad

A Jenner, determined to be naked.

Lena Dunham–she really *likes* this style doesn’t she? How unfortunate.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in checkerboard.

The Olsons, in their own creations.

Halle Berry, in midlife crisis.

And Julianne Moore….in THAT.



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