Met Gala Fashion 2017: A Recap

Folks honestly, if I knew that this would be the result of the Met Gala fashion 2017, I would’ve skipped today’s post. By far, according to me, one of the most dull red carpet looks in late years. More minimal than usual and more safe-play than ever. I partly blame the theme Rei Kawakubo/ Commes des Garçons (she deserves the love though), as it has no clear style theme. Compare that with China: Through The Looking Glass and Manus x Machina previous years. Fashion of China and the fashion of the future: relatively easy concepts to embody. (Remember Claire Danes glowing gown last year? Magical!)

But how do you dress after a brand whose primary focus is on the artistic expression rather than wearability or gorgeousness? Especially given that celebrities are more specific about hitting the best dressed list, or go viral on social media, rather than embracing an artsy designer. So this year’s result? Kind of a bummer. (And yes the point of the Met Gala with its theme/dress code is to honor it in one way or another and do it in a statement way). However here is the Met Gala fashion 2017. Some random looks from the red carpet and what I think about them and why:

Jennifer Lopez

JLO might never be one to take a fashion risk, but you have to give it to her that she knows how to work em’ gowns. She looked stunning in this Valentino dress, with that blue hue suiting her perfectly. Loved the hair and makeup too as it contributed to the glam 70s vibe. Not a clear relation to the theme whatsoever and pretty safe for the Met Gala, but gorgeous nevertheless.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is another one who plays it rather safe and has a bigger focus on looking good than the dress being something spectacular. For this fashion event of the year, however, something went -not wrong-, but not right either. She worked a Vivienne Westwood dress which was frankly rather boring and felt like a fancy version of the 90s street style fashion that’s been trending. Far from her iconic metallic dress last year and far from the statement fashion of the Met Gala. Her hair looked fierce though, sharp and perfect!

Kerry Washington

I like Kerry Washington’s style, you can always count on her bringing the glam game. But perhaps she was one year too late on this look, as I first had to double check that her black/metallic dress wasn’t from last year as it embraced that theme (Manus x Machina) perfectly. I liked the idea of the dress, but didn’t like the dress in specific, she kind of looked fierce though. And I’d never guess that the dress is signed by Michael Kors!

Miranda Kerr

Leave it to Miranda Kerr to pull off an Oscar De La Renta with the most perfect charm and elegance. I’m not too sure about the relation to this year’s theme, but she looked like a spring dream. Adorable matching with the makeup and the pink details of the dress too. I feel like I could be Sleeping Beauty and sleep gracefully in that dress, you know?

Cara Delevingne

We all know by know that Cara Delevingne works Chanel and she’s slaying most of the time. Lovely alternative to go for a suit instead of a dress and she looked pretty fierce with that hair too. Still not an obvious connection to this year’s theme, more like last year, but kudos to her for stepping up the fashion game!

Rihanna

Another person that should have a round of applause for experimenting, and even more so: stepping out of the comfort zone is Rihanna. If everyone else is playing safe, you know Rihanna is bringing the fun and artsy fashion game. No one knows what is going on, really, but it’s genius as  1) she wore Commes des Garçons 2) it’s a celebration of the art side of fashion. Gorgeous embracement of 3D flowers (?) and stylish to go for the lace up heels. Also gorgeous choice of makeup to top the look

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is always balancing on the edge of feminine and sophistication and yesterday’s Met Gala look was no exception. But that doesn’t take away the fact that it looked like a fancy night gown. Or a more structure slip dress. The forgettable color didn’t help either and without the embellishment it would have been a total bore.  She looked gorgeous though, of course she did, but no clear connection to the theme (again). 

Blake Lively

I’m the first one to love any creation that includes gold and blue as the color combination is out of this world. But why on earth didn’t they go a few steps darker in the blue shade? It would have been even more flattering and add the luxurious touch to the feathers as well. The Versace gown with the color matching jewelries looked gorgeous otherwise. Fully possible that Lively is a living goddess too. And oh: she matched the “red carpet” perfectly. Gold and blue? All the way!

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles is my fashion spirit most of the time and she’s always one of the first I look up after a big event. But it must have been cold in NYC or something because she showed up in a floor-length jacket. I don’t know how, but she still managed to look pretty fierce in Thome Browne though. But frankly speaking, tf the jacket’s trail wouldn’t be that long I thought she’d be heading out in the non-existing snow. The only fashion spirit thing about her look was her shoes that are pretty much the only reason I was convinced to go through with this post. Aren’t they a statement of geniusness?

Lily Rose Depp

LRD is only 17 but her fashion game is still better than the majority of us. That Chanel dress and her simple look is a gorgeous combination. Still no connection to the Met Gala theme but she looked flawless. Honestly though, without the embellishment of the flowers I would’ve already forgotten about this look, but hey, it’s all in the details.

Folks! Which is your hit/miss look from the evening? Were you happy, disappointed, excited? Let me know in the comments! Xx

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44 thoughts on “Met Gala Fashion 2017: A Recap

  1. I haven’t been following this year’s Met Gala but I did see a few photos of Rihanna; her style isn’t really my thing but I agree with you, applause to her for experimenting and trying something fun! I didn’t really like Blake’s dress that much, something about the colours just seems like it was clashing, but perhaps that’s just me! And I definitely see what you mean, so many outfits were pretty but definitely playing it safe for the most part. Selena’s was my favourite, I know it was quite a safe choice again but she always looks so gorgeous! 🙂 <3 Thanks for sharing, lovely. xoxo

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

    1. Yes that’s the problem. That everyone looked kind of cute and glam but everything was pretty boring in relation to how crazy that Met Gala usually is! Xx

  2. I am so unbelievably bored by celebs trying to look hot and foregoing any creativity in lieu of trying to catch a headline. I’m also bored of just “I’m pretty!” looks.

    I think it’s a little harder to conceptualize an outfit for this year’s theme, but it’s not impossible (which is what seems like some celebs decided as they stepped out in normal red carpet gowns).

    Honestly, I feel that Kerry Washington, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna and Solange Knowles were the only ones to somehow grasp the history of Kawakubo and derive inspiration from her works. Cara was a little bit of a stretch for me, but the hair thing won me over.

    I haven’t seen all the looks yet since I was still in Japan while the gala happened (and didn’t care about checking social media or news at all), but I feel like bring in Tokyo was a lot more exciting than being at the gala…

    xo
    N
    Style Tomes

    1. Hahah that was the best rant yet though and I can’t but agree with you. I know that Solange got the concept, but I do have to say that I expected more from her. It’s the fashion event of the year and she shows up in a statement jacket? Hahah c’mon I was counting on you to show up in an oversized crazy CDG dress! Xx

    1. Haha I saw Jenner’s dress. I thought it had nothing to do with the theme and was more of an attempt to create a hit on social media. Too much body and too little fashion in the context of the night’s theme!

  3. I kept hearing about the outfits from the Met Ball but had not been able to take a peak yet so I really appreciate this recap! I heard Rihanna’s outfit was quite out there and it really is lol. Cara’s hair is pretty cool, looks like she just came from space =P

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    1. Hahah she did though, didn’t she? That suit would’ve been perfect for last year’s theme! Xx

  4. You always know how a Met Gala is received based off of social media and I basically saw next to no reaction this year. Rihanna was the only image I saw making the rounds as well as Blake Lively. I agree that there were plenty of pretty looks but where is the fun? Where is the excitement? This is a fashion event people should really go for it! Love what Cara wore though.

    -M

    Violet Roots || Instagram

    1. Hahah that’s kind of true though! And last year went crazy with Claire Danes, Kim K, Zayn, Jourdan Dunn etc etc! Xx

  5. I loved your roundup and hearing your thoughts on all these fun looks! I totally agree about Kim K’s being kind of blah (but yes to her hair!) and I love Miranda Kerr’s dress! The Skimm said that Rihanna looked like a loofah, which made me laugh 🙂

    1. Hahah yes, Kim K’s hair was insanely gorgeous. So sharp and fierce, not something you could say about the dress. Hahah I thought she looked like a Hortensia!

  6. While many of the dresses and outfits were pretty, none were especially memorable, I would agree with you! I wish I could rock a suit like Cara Delevingne. I have to say my fav was Blake, but she looks amazing in anything!

    1. Yes, she looked so gorgeous and she always does! Loved Cara’s statement though! Xx

  7. I feel you. These styles are underwhelming in comparison to Claire Danes Cinderella-esque Zac Posen dress from last year and even Kimmy K has gone low key…what’s that about?! Blake Lively is the star of the show for me, she kills it every year. Lily-rose Depp is undeniably a rising star in the style stakes.
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

    1. Oh yes, LRD will be a fashionista on the red carpet for years to come! She has that fashion vibe! Xx

  8. Well, to be honest, hun, I think that artistic expression needs “a body for it”, maybe is for it that many outfits on this Met Gala seem safe and too much wereable…
    I mean, if you’re an actress or a model who goes there to increase your popularity, you want to look fab, not half hidden in a dress that mybe is ever not so flatter for you (like Rihanna for ex.)…
    An the same is for designers: these vips are not all skinny models, they have curves and maybe flaws and not every kind of “artistic expression” could look good on them. So or the designer makes a dress specifically for the person and the occasion or, if he wants just to show up his creations give the dress of his collection that could look better on that person.
    Think of JLo, for ex. she looks really amazing on her outfit, but try to think at her in a dress like the one of Rihanna… The only one who could dare most for me is Cara Delevigne, and still I think that her outfit looks stunning just the way it is!
    Anyway I still really appreciate these outfits, especially Jlo’s, Lily Rose’s, Cara’s and Miranda’s ones!
    xxx
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

    1. I don’t think that a fashion statement is limited to only be embodied by a tall and skinny model. That’s not what fashion and artistic expression is about. It’s been done before, celebrating art and making a fun statement out of fashion – by people that don’t have typical bodies for models. And as this gala is held specifically to celebrate the art side of fashion and the specific theme/designer: it’s expected of the guests to honor that theme through the statement of fashion and expression through clothes. Fashion can’t be limited, nor defined, by peoples’ bodies as it interferes with the democracy and freedom that fashion possess. Fashion is not defined by a person, but the person defines fashion. Fashion is a canvas in that way. And for this evening in specific, where the artistic expression is celebrated, it’s more than okey to ridicule fashion. To look silly and step out of the comfort zone. Especially as the theme is Rei Kawakubo/Commes Des Garconses – a designer that spent decades playing with fashion rules and letting the art be in center, rather than function and flattering details.

      Fashion is of course about making people look gorgeous, but fashion is also equally as much about the expression and freedom of art. And the latter is what this night celebrates. And in previous years, celebs have done a fantastic job at stepping out of the comfort zone and going full on for the fashion rather than the best dressed list. So it can be done, it wasn’t just done this year! Xx

    1. Right? Just taking a look one step further would have made a huge difference! Xx

    1. Yes, indeed, it’s fun to see Met Gala and red carpet nevertheless. And they looked stunning, but boring! Xx

  9. Yeah, most of them did not represent the theme at all, but looked gorgeous nonetheless. This is not a typical red carpet event where most of these looks would’ve gotten even more praise. This is an even to celebrate the ART of fashion and I think their teams could’ve gotten a bit more creative in figuring out ways to do in a way that still identifies with each celebrity’s style, so it wouldn’t look so far off. You’re right, you can for sure always count on Rihanna to do deliver and she was the only one you’ve showcased here that wore an artistic piece that represented the theme. Fantastic report, beauty! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having the best day so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    1. You’re so right girl. The Met Gala is a celebration of art and the guests invited/attending didn’t fully “respect” that. Lol, we would’ve done it so much better! Xx

  10. I have to say that I agree with most of your comments, girl. None of these looks truly blew me away. Blake’s dress would be my absolute fave if the blue was darker – such a good point! JLo’s gorgeous ethereal blue dress was such an interesting choice to me xx

    http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    1. Hahah right? I almost got mad when I saw it. A darker blue would’ve been so much better! Xx

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