Met Gala, the luxe annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, was where Rihanna dress became a high fashion knockout. The singer has never failed to wow the crowd and audience around the world yearly, as she showcases gowns and costumes, so unique it fits her perfectly while maintaining her feminine attributes, though not too sexy.
The “oh so” regular standard ball gowns are not recommended, as the Met Gala is centered around designer art and Rihanna dress is always the topic of everyone’s conversation.
While many stars came out surprising like Katy Perry red John Galiano by Maison Margiela design, or singer Cassie black straw gown or Halle Berry’s black laced dominatrix outfit, it was Rihanna dress from the Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons fall 2016 collection that stole the show.
It goes without saying, that when it came to this year’s theme, centred around legendary designer Rei Kawakubo and her label Comme des Garçons, and titled “Art of the In-Between,” the sorts of outfits gallivanting up the steps of the Met should look as though they’d be sending you toppling right back down and into the emergency room.
Kawakubo is known for her avant-garde designs that are often resplendent in rich reds and blacks, missing armholes and either very sharp or very round. The hosts for the night were Vogue priestess Anna Wintour, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, with Kawakubo serving as honorary chairwoman alongside Caroline Kennedy, former United States ambassador to Japan (who was later dubbed the best dressed of all time by Vogue, but to each their own)
While last year’s best dressed were undisputedly Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in their futuristic, silver Balmain and denim; this year, Kardashian came without West for the first time, appearing in an underwhelming and, let’s be honest, bland white Vivienne Westwood dress. Though, this, of course, is the latest in her admittedly low-key style post-Paris robbery. Can’t hate, but if you’re going to arrive fashionably late, please be prepared to own it.