10 Unforgettable Met Gala Moments Throughout the Years

Cher at the 1974 Met Gala in custom Bob Mackie; photo courtesy Ron Galella/WireImage

 

Today is the Met Gala — but you already knew that. With this year’s theme as “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” we’re anticipating a lot of vintage McQueen, probably some Gaultier, and of course, a hell of a lot of Dolce & Gabbana.

So, to prepare, we’ve put together a list of of the 10 most memorable past Met Gala moments.

 

Rihanna in Guo Pei

 

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You can’t have a Met Gala roundup without mentioning Rihanna’s infamous dress from 2015. That year, the theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and Rih chose Chinese designer Guo Pei for her look. The handmade gown took over 2 years for the designer to make and instantly made her go viral. In fact, there’s currently a new documentary that highlights Pei’s impressive career.

 

Rihanna, again, in Comme des Garçons

 

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Queen Rih also made the list because of her Comme des Garçons F/W ’16 look for the Met Gala last year. The theme actually was Comme des Garçons and Rih was one of the only people who actually wore something by Kawakubo — partly, I think, because she’s one of the only people who could really pull it off.

 

Cher in Bob Mackie

 

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Cher always looks iconic. But it was this custom Bob Mackie gown at the third annnual Met Ball, that set the tone for it to be one of the most fashionable nights of the year. The theme was “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design,” so the singer essentially could’ve shown up naked and — oh wait, she basically did.

 

Katy Perry in Maison Martin Margiela

 

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Who could forget Katy Perry’s look from last year’s Met Gala? I know she can’t, because she still talks about how hard it was for her to pee. But beauty is pain, ladies and gentlemen — especially in custom Maison Martin Margiela (that looked suspiciously like Givenchy F/W ’17).

 

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

 

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“Anglomania” was the theme in 2006, and Sarah Jessica Parker went full on with the plaid, natch. On the arm of Alexander McQueen, the duo wore custom “Anarchy in the U.K.”-inspired looks by the designer, himself.

 

Lil Kim in god knows what

 

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No one ever really knows what Lil Kim is wearing, and the 1999 Met Gala was no exception. The Hard Core rapper opted for a pink fur trench, pink snakeskin boots and a pink bikini — and no, the theme was not “pink.”

 

Kate Moss in custom Marc Jacobs and a Stephen Jones turban

 

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In 2009, Kate Moss looked the total part for the Met Gala’s “Model As Muse” in a custom Marc Jacobs gold lamé mini, YSL pumps and Stephen Jones turban.

 

Liv Tyler & Stella McCartney in matching halter tops

 

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Sure, the Met Gala wasn’t as big of a deal fashion-wise in 1999 as it now. But halter tops? Liv Tyler and Stella McCartney, you both know better. Still, the duo really leaned in to the “Rock Style” theme with matching “Rock Royalty” tank tops.

 

Donatella Versace in Versace

 

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Donatella’s leather Versace look for the 1996 Met Gala was iconic for a couple of reasons: Sadly, this would be Gianni’s last Gala before his death, but also the debut of his bondage-inspired style that would become a trademark for the legendary brand.

 

Jaden Smith and his ponytail in Louis Vuitton

 

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Last but not least, Jaden Smith at last year’s Gala. Yes, the theme was Comme des Garçons, and sure, Rei Kawakubo is known for getting a little avant-garde sometimes. But Jaden Smith took things to a whole different level when he showed up on the red carpet in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, carrying his recently cut dread locks.

 

Fingers crossed he — and everyone else — leaves the gross accessories at home tonight. Though, the theme is Catholicism, so I’m guessing this year’s top trapping will be guilt.

 

Comme Des Garcons Gets its Sneaker on at NYFW

Coinciding with New York Fashion Week, Comme Des Garcons launched a trio of collaborative Nike sneakers at their New York City flagship in Chelsea. The three silhouettes—the Dunk, VaporMax, and Air Moc—were teased throughout various CDG presentations during the S/S 2017 show cycle, however there was no confirmed release date until last week. The launch is part of a barrage of Nike events, including a Harlem centric pop-up by streetwear brand VLONE and the unveiling of the new NikeLab space at high-end retailer Bergdorf Goodman, happening throughout the week.CDG_DUNK

As it tends to go with these collaborations, the CDG sneakers sold out day of. For those still inching to get their hands on a pair though, there is still limited availability at Dover Street Market locations. Get ‘em while you can.

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Comme des Garçons Finds Waldo, Officially Rocks Our World

Rei Kawakubo really gets me. The CFDA International Award winner and designer behind the eternally cool, cult-classic Japanese label Comme des Garçons has rolled out another genius collection that tugs at the pop culture heartstrings of children raised in the ’90s. As a follow-up to the label’s clever collaboration with American cartoonist and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, CDG presents the Where’s Waldo? (or Where’s Wally? if you’re in the UK) collection: a salute to the 25th anniversary of British Illustrator Martin Handford’s celebrated franchise.

According to the Telegraph, the super limited-edition capsule (as in, only 17 pieces have been produced of each style) features men’s and women’s tees and scarves with all-over prints reminiscent of scenes from the iconic cartoon. And yes, each piece include’s a cameo from the namesake star, decked out in his memorable red and white striped sweater and bobble beanie. 

The CDG x Where’s Waldo? collection is stocked exclusively at most CDG boutiques, which means, unless you race to their sole NY outpost right this second, statesiders will have to wait until pieces start popping up on eBay. (But the pricey range already retails in-store for £160 ($248) to  £305 ($473), so I can only imagine what items will cost once prices are jacked up online.)

F*** Clothes!

"She says couldn’t think of anything new, so she decided not to make any clothes," said Adrian Joffe backstage, translating for wife and Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo.

Words we would find to be gibberish from any other designer, we’ll accept gleefully from Kawakubo, whose collections are rarely wearable (though editors often try). Inventive and pushing the boundaries for what truly makes fashion, Kawakubo’s designs would hardly be knocked off by Zara or Forever 21, but maybe that’s part of the point. In this fast fashion world, where creativity is shoved aside in the way of retail and mass consumption, it’s sort of lovely to slow down and appreciate a runway show for what it is, and what only Rei could make it.

The objects each model wore existed because Kawakubo felt like she couldn’t make clothing new, and wouldn’t fall into the ease of reinterpreting or reimagining something she had already done – very different from so many designers who riff on past collections in order to maintain a brand identity.  

Kawakubo presents a childlike creativity in that it disregards limitations and ignores any sense of conformity. You won’t find parallels between Comme des Garçons and other spring collections. If Kawakubo isn’t showing clothes, she’s still showing a major outpouring of creative effort, one duly noted by her legions of fans and an appreciative fashion world. 

Comme des Garçons & Matt Groening ‘Play in Hell’

PLAY Comme des Garçons, the younger men’s and women’s streetwear line from Rei Kawakubo, has launched a collaboration with none other than American cartoonist and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

The “Play in Hell” collection will include a line of four t-shirts, featuring artwork from Groening’s famed Life in Hell comic strip, with PLAY’s familiar bug-eyed heart logo making a cameo in each style. As reported by The New York Times, the line will be available in CDG stores after March 15.

The Four Most Unfortunate Menswear Looks for Fall 2011

As you might have noticed from the caliber of stunts during Fashion Week, we’re a pretty jaded bunch. It takes a lot to get a rise out of us — or the press. Partly, that’s because a surprising number off women are willing to at least try to pull of runways’ most outlandish looks, or at least the bargain-basement knockoff versions thereof. And where women are game, men are just as much, if not more so, willing to dedicate themselves to fashion. Just think Gandolf beards, murses, and, possibly, the entire Thom Browne high-water phenomenon. After the jump, check out the four strangest looks for Fall 2011 menswear.

(Pictured Above) Designing clothes for who-the-hell-knows, Walter Van Beirendonck sent his male models down the catwalk in a rainbow of colors and fabrics, hair-don’ts resembling the alien from Toy Story, and rings of painted-on exposed teeth encircling their eyes. We’re puzzled, to say the least.

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This look by Edun is a subtle attempt to bring back overalls, but I’m not falling for it. Unless you’re baling hay or raising a barn, overalls are not appropriate.

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If we’ve learned anything from the quick-to-die, all-over print trend, it’s that men should not dabble with multiple patterns. Stick with one plaid per outfit, lest you end up like Comme des Garcons’ bewigged, barfed-up brocade disaster.

image From top to bottom, Dsquared’s model went from cowboy to businessman to S&M butcher–good for Halloween, bad for real life.

Latest H&M Collaboration for Lucky Swedes Only

In the never-ending parade of designer collaborations, H&M’s contribution is that of frenzied, sold-out-in-minutes collections from the cream of fashion world crop–Lanvin, Lagerfeld, and Comme des Garcons included. Following last month’s heart-breaking, Europe-only Collection of Style line, it’s doubly painful to read of the newest H&M collaboration, available only in Sweden.

In conjunction with style blogger Elin Kling, the collection is minimal and feminine, with a focus on “silhouette and materials.” Featuring white wide-leg trousers with an unfinished hem, a shiny silver (yet work-appropriate) pants suit, and a nude draped wrap dress, the line is sure to be very successful when it hits stores February 3rd. We’ll be prowling eBay shortly after in the hopes that a kind Swede might like to spread the love.

Accessory Aficionados, This One’s For You

We all know that high-low style is all about investing in the right high-fashion pieces to play up your fast-fashion basics. And more often than not, the item that you cave for is a top-notch accessory. Whether it’s an It-handbag, timeless jewelry, or dreamy footwear, you’d much rather spend your hard-earned cash on something that you can wear everyday instead of a dress or seasonal outerwear (although a butter-soft leather jacket is kind of necessary). As a salute to all you fashion junkies out there, we’ve rounded up some accessory porn from luxury and cult designers that is just too hot to keep to ourselves. Don’t worry; this is totally safe for work.

Clockwise from left: Illesteva Frieda Sunglasses, $185; Comme Des Garcons Patchwork Reptile Zip Wallet, $237; Alejandro Ingelmo Pony Buckle Boot Wedge, $635.80; Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch Lux Leather, $1,230; Alexander McQueen Mini Skull and Cherry Blossom Ring, $259; J. Dauphin Baby Please Don’t Go Cuff, $515; TenOverSix Kat Wooden Wedge, $320; Unearthen Small Prism Ring, $240.