Top 5 Met Gala gowns: These women did not come to play, they came to SLAY.

It’s been over a week since this years Met Gala event and people are still talking about the weird and wonderful gowns showcased on the night. The theme was entitled “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” and commemorated the work of the 74 year old Japanese designer.

Looking back over 40 years worth of Rei Kawakubo’s work it is evident what fashion means to her, it is more than just looking good, its expressing emotions, thoughts and ideas, its art and so much more. Rei’s artistic and avant-garde take on fashion and contributions are the reasons why this year she was honoured.

Many of us look forward to the Met Gala for the drama and daring pieces, although few satisfied these expectations these women stood out for all the right reasons:

  1. RIHANNA.

Rihanna. Is. Bae. Of. Life. Talk about making a statement. Looking a like a vision of all things Comme des Garçon x Rei Kawakubo, she absolutely nailed this look. From the hair and makeup down to her shoes (which apparently took an hour to get on!) Rihanna like always comes ready to slay.

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Via EOnline: Rihanna in Comme des Garçon

 

2. TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

Sticking to the memo and honouring the honouree, Tracee effortlessly pulled off this shocking blue Rei Kawakubo creation, simple yet artistic.

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     3. SOLANGE

Solange never fails to disappoint, for that reason she has for many years been my number one muse. Subtly avant-garde and been like so for many years, Solange wore Thom Browne shirt, long black and white puffer coat teamed with skater shoes.

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Via EOnline: Solange in Thom Browne

  4. LILY COLLINS

Like many Met Gala attendees not all wore Rei Kawakubo’s creations however very few still channeled the theme in someway or another. As a fan of all things big, dramatic and contrasting Lily in this Giambattista Valli is all those three things. The classic black bustier teamed with the 80’s like full layered skirt is certainly eye catching, not to mention her short black bob and dramatic dark lips. One word: Love.

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Via EOnline: Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli

     5. Liu Wen 

Denim is something you don’t often see in the Met Gala or any high profile event for that matter and Liu Wen pulls it off perfectly in this Off White dress. The contrast between the sheer upper half of the dress with the grungier layered denim skirt unexpectedly work!

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BONUS!

 

  • Caroline Kennedy 

Not something it looks like she wears on a day to day basis but I think we can all appreciate that Caroline looked amazing. Though a former ambassador to Japan and coming from a political background I feel she’s secretly been wanting to ditch the traditional office wear in exchange for a unique, crazy ‘floral sphere’ dress, it’s all written in her eyes.

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Via EOnline: Caroline Kennedy in Comme des Garçon

 

Overall, those that did keep to the Comme des Garçon theme stood out, paid homage to Rei Kawakubo and looked amazing doing so. I would have loved to see more of Rei Kawakubo’s provocative and shocking designs on the carpet as I think the Met Gala is one of the few times in a year where celebrities get to really go for it and let their creative juices flow. Too many celebs played it too safe or wore your traditional flowing, fitted and pretty gowns…which is NOT what Rei Kawakubo is about. If it looked like it could be worn to the Oscars then it certainly wasn’t getting on my list!

 

Burberry x Henry Moore Exhibition: Truly A Feast For The Eyes

What do you get when an iconic quintessential British brand collaborates with the prestigious Henry Moore Foundation? Magic.

For a whole week in February (21th-27th) the Burberry Makers House opened their doors to the public giving us a rare opportunity to see their new collection which drew inspiration from the works of Henry Moore.

There was a real feeling of intimacy the moment you walked in, from the chic but welcoming settings to the displays and presentations showcasing the processes and talented hands that stitched these exquisite garments together.

 

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The Parasol: A homage to British Weather. Hand-gathered waterproof layers. (I’d wear this everyday if I could, with London being rainy and all!)

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The exhibition explicitly acknowledged the influence of art in the fashion industry. Clear links between art and fashion aren’t often made despite the fact the two worlds influence one another and are not mutually exclusive. The exhibition was a testament that when the two meet they inspire one another to create timeless pieces.

The exhibition continues on to Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles. If you missed the London spectacle and happen to be in those cities when the travelling exhibition is in town it is highly recommended you go see it. You’ll be in for a treat!