All the Best, Worst & Most WTF Moments from This Year’s Met Gala

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So, last night was the Met Gala. What used to be just an event to celebrate the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, has become one the biggest night’s in fashion. That means lots of amazing gowns, horrible looks and tons of WTF moments. This year, we put together a list of all three.

 

First, for the night’s best moments:

 

SZA in Versace and Chris Habana head piece and jewelry

 

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For her first Met Gala, SZA paired pastel Versace with BlackBook favorite Chris Habana head wear and jewelry. Literally heavenly.

 

Nicki Minaj in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

 

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Coming off of her double feature “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” video premiere last week, we had high hopes for Nicki. Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint. In a red and black Oscar de la Renta gown, the rapper told photographers she interpreted the theme by dressing as “the devil.” If Lucifer looks like this good, consider us Satanist.

 

Rihanna in custom Maison Martin Margiela by John Galliano and Maria Tash and Cartier jewelry

 

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Seriously, bow down. Rihanna’s custom Margiela by John Galliano ‘fit wasn’t just a look — it was a moment. And after last night, Queen Rih has just become The Pope.

 

Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta and Tacori jewelry

 

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I usually find Kate Bosworth pretty boring — and I’m not just talking about her acting. But this Oscar de la Renta look was practically perfect. The gold, white, train and veil combo makes me not want to fight with my boyfriend long enough to actually get married.

 

Cardi B in Moschino

 

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Sorry Bey, there’s a new queen in town and her name is Cardi B. The “Bartier Cardi” singer looked like The Virgin Mary in her Moshino gown and headpiece, baby bump and all.

 

Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung, Tasaki jewelry and a Philip Treacy x Tasaki headpiece

 

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Diane Kruger gets our vote for best dressed for the night. Her Prabal Gurun gown may not have been totally on-theme, but the entire look was a religious experience.

 

Solange in Iris Van Herpen and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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Solange’s Iris Van Herpen dress was our other favorite look of the night. The total opposite of Diane Kruger’s sweet blue dress and train, this look was like a sexy bondage Medusa moment that made me a full believer. Okay, that was the last religious pun, I promise.

 

Lily Collins in Givenchy Haute Couture

 

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To be honest, I don’t really know who Lily Collins is. I think she’s a model-turned-actress. But really, aren’t they all? Either way, I don’t really care who she is, because her Givenchy Haute Couture dress and avant-garde makeup were absolutely stunning.

 

Lana Del Rey in Gucci

 

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Jared Leto looked absolutely ridiculous in his overdone Gucci look, but Lana Del Rey pulled her’s off perfectly. Though, that’s partly because she always kind of looks like she’s in costume.

 

Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren

 

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I didn’t see Priyanka Chopra on enough “Best Dressed” lists today. Her velvet Ralph Lauren look gave me serious Joan of Arc vibes — in a good way.

 

And now for the worst. It’s actually kind of sad when celebrities get it this wrong. For one thing, they’re paying stylists a ton of money to fuck them onto the “Worst Dressed List.” But also, you can tell when they’re posing on the red carpet that they think they totally nailed it. Sorry, guys. Better luck next time.

 

Mary J. Blige in Versace

 

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Let me start this by saying I really do love Mary J. Blige. But the girl’s a serious fashion victim. I honestly can’t remember one time I thought she didn’t look ridiculous. I mean, Mary J. loves herself a fedora. And remember the “Family Affair” video? Just tragic. Last night, she tried to amp things up with a Versace gown, but just looked like a kind of sloppy Greek goddess.

 

The Olsen Twins in vintage Paco Rabanne

 

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It honestly baffles me how I spent so many years worshiping the Olsen Twins. I used to seriously — and I mean this in a literal way — take notes during their shows and straight-to-VHS movies, trying to outline how to dress as cool as them. Of course, Mary-Kate spawned the whole bohobo thing, which I readily adopted for a few seconds. But that was like, 2006, and now, the whole oversized thing with way too much jewelry is just kind of depressing.

 

Cara Delevingne in Dior Haute Couture and Bulgari jewelry

 

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We have to forgive Cara Delevingne for this look, because she clearly couldn’t see herself in the mirror with that headdress. The Dior Haute Couture gown looked like a giant fishnet stocking.

 

Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier

 

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Oh, and about those fishnet stockings — apparently, Madonna also got the memo. The sad part is, this look actually could’ve been good if it weren’t for its entire top half. Though, she gets some points for her crown — it was epic.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana and Jennifer Fischer jewelry

 

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At least no can ever say that Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t go for it. Out of every celebrity, she always leans fully in to the Met Gala’s theme. Unfortunately, this year, it didn’t do her any favors.

 

But of course, for all the good and bad looks this year, there were also a few WTF moments. I mean, what’s a celebrity event without a nip slip or some self-aggrandizing? I’m looking at you, Jaden.

 

Frances McDormand in Valentino

 

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I actually wanted to like Frances McDormand’s Valentino look, if only for the fact that when a reporter asked her about the religious theme, she replied, “I’m a pagan.” But alas, it wasn’t enough to make up for this trainwreck. I will say, though, if I had to imagine what a pagan high fashion look would be, it wouldn’t be too far from this.

Katy Perry in Versace

 

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I’m not sure if this is a real WTF moment, it’s just bad — and really big.

 

Kim Kardashian in custom Versace and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

 

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This one’s a WTF for a different reason. See, I actually liked Kim Kardashian’s Versace dress, but I feel like it was kind of understated — at least, for the Kardashian-West clan. With the religious theme and everything, I figured Kimye would show up decked out in t-shirts with their faces screenprinted on them. “No, you’re brilliant Kanye,” “No you are Kim.” Ah, what a love story.

 

Grimes in who cares because she’s dating Elon Musk?

 

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I know. What? Grimes showed up in a sloppy dress and those platform Marc Jacobs shoes we’ve already seen everywhere for like, two seasons. But for someone who prides herself on being weird, the weirdest thing she’s ever done was show up to the Met Gala with Elon Musk, only to reveal that they two are actually dating.

 

Last but not least: Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton and carrying his own gold record

 

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I really didn’t think Jaden Smith would go this far. Oh wait, yes I did. The singer showed up wearing Louis Vuitton and holding his own gold record. We get it, bro. You’re super smart and way too philosophical for the rest of us pesky humans. But even Kanye isn’t this blatant.

Oh well, at least we have awhile until we have to see what Jaden Smith will wear next year.

 

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.

 

Jaden Smith Gave James Corden, Jason Segel & Seth Rogen His Old Dreadlocks

 

Remember hearing stories about the weird kid who hoarded their locks of hair after haircuts? Jaden Smith is officially that kid. The rapper, space-time disruptor, and boxed water entrepreneur stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden last night to give out pieces of his dreadlocks. You know, those same ones he carried as an accessory to this year’s Met Gala…which was in May.

In the interview, Corden talks about that fateful gala as the night they met and, naturally, Smith took the moment to bring out those same dreadlocks in what we can only was some magic, moondust coating for preservation. From there, he bonded with Corden and the other two guests, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, over the bundle and let them all take a strand like some demented tchotchke.

Oh, and he also performed one of his new songs “Watch Me,” off the forthcoming album SYRE, if you’re into that sort of thing. Watch both videos below.

 

Ezra Koenig Made an Anime Show Starring Jaden Smith

 

Who could’ve guessed that in 2017, two alumni of Vampire Weekend would go in two wildly different directions? While Rostam Batmanglij split off from the band to release his solo album Half-Life last week, lead singer Ezra Koenig is…releasing an anime show starring Jaden Smith on Netflix.

Neo Yokio is a new, six-episode series premiering this week that Koenig created, wrote and executive produced, alongside Nick Weidenfeld. It will follow Kaz Kaan, the youngest child in a family of “magistocrats,” or pink-haired demon slayers, that liberated the city of Neo Yokio back in the day. Oh, and Neo Yokio is a futuristic version of New York by way of Tokyo.

Since the show is largely about the problems Kaz faces as one of the city’s most eligible bachelors, and features major first world problems like who he’ll take to a gala at the Met or his heartbreak over getting dumped by his girlfriend, it’s a bit like Gossip Girl but with demons and robot butlers.

The robot butler, by the way, is voiced by Jude Law – as if the premise of the show wasn’t crazy enough. Besides Smith and Law, it also features the voice talents of Susan Sarandon, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Buscemi and Amandla Stenberg.

How this was made we may never know; but it may be the most millennial-focused anime show of all time, right down to the millennial pink title slide. All the Netflix episodes of Neo Yokio drop on Friday, September 22nd.

 

Jaden Smith Shares New, Rock-Heavy Track ‘Watch Me’ and Roc Nation Collab

Watch him. A month after dusting off the all-white Batman suit he usually reserves for casual events like prom or Kim and Kanye’s wedding for his “Batman” music video, Jaden Smith is back at it again with a new single called “Watch Me.” With a guitar-heavy production reminiscent of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” the new track has a chanting hook and a sound fit for arena shows, which he might be headed toward.

To say that the gender-defying young rapper, artist, and water bottle entrepreneur is having a big moment lately is an understatement. Besides the two new singles for his upcoming Syre album, Smith has also been busy teasing the debut of a K-POP single and establishing a partnership between Roc Nation and his art collective MSFTSrep, the art collective he runs with his sister Willow.

As part of the new deal, the Smith siblings and their friend Harry Hudson (currently the only three artists in the collective) will produce music under the Roc Nation name. The news is surprising given that the collective has been intentionally vague since its inception in 2013.

In typical Jaden Smith fashion, the website describes the group as “a creative work force dedicated to supporting and waking up the population of planet earth, through attaining knowledge and personal growth. But even that puts it into a box. Anything that could be put into words puts it in a box, because MSFTSrep is more of an expression rather than an explanation.”

13 Most Amazing Things Willow and Jaden Smith Said in Their Interview with T Magazine

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Celebrity offspring are a matter to be dealt with with a little grain of salt. Take away the press conferences and capitalization on the fame that was already brewed, they are just normal kids. Normal kids that essentially have the strings and means to dabble in making an album in the snap of a finger, or star alongside a parental unit in a Hollywood blockbuster.

In a recent interview in T magazine, siblings Jaden and Willow Smith get honest. You can basically throw away any Sigmund Freud book you dissected in school and study the philosophy of the Smith children. We’ve put together a collection of our favorite aphorisms.

Keep in mind that they are 14 (Willow) and 16 (Jaden).

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1. “I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist.” — Willow Smith

2. “Honestly, we’re just trying to make music that we think is cool. We don’t think a lot of the music out there is that cool. So we make our own music. We don’t have any song that we like to listen to on the P.C.H. by any other artist, you know?” — Jaden Smith

3. “That’s what I do with novels. There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing.” — Willow Smith

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4. “Willow’s been writing her own novels since she was 6.” — Jaden Smith

5. “Me and Jaden just figured out that our voices sound like chocolate together. As good as chocolate tastes, it sounds that good.” — Willow Smith

6. “I like to go to places with my high-fashion things where there are a lot of cameras. So I can just go there and be like, “Yep, yep, I’m looking so sick.” But in my regular life, I put on clothes that I can climb trees in.” — Willow Smith

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7. “That’s another thing: What’s your job, what’s your career? Nah, I am. I’m going to imprint myself on everything in this world.” — Jaden Smith

8. “Breathing is meditation; life is a meditation. You have to breathe in order to live, so breathing is how you get in touch with the sacred space of your heart.” — Willow Smith

9. “Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to.” — Jaden Smith

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10. “I went to school for one year. It was the best experience but the worst experience. The best experience because I was, like, “Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed.” But it was the worst experience because I was depressed.” — Willow Smith

11. “And the feeling of being like, this is a fragment of a holographic reality that a higher consciousness made.” — Willow Smith

12. “I have a goal to be just the most craziest person of all time. And when I say craziest, I mean, like, I want to do like Olympic-level things. I want to be the most durable person on the planet.” — Jaden Smith

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13. “I think by the time we’re 30 or 20, we’re going to be climbing as many mountains as we can possibly climb.” — Willow Smith

Read the full interview here.

 

Will Smith Is Addicted To TED Talks

That heavy clicking you hear is the sound of all the pieces snapping into place. Perpetual sci-fi protagonist Will Smith, according to his son and After Earth co-star Jaden, can’t get enough of the dubious lessons imparted by the ultra-rich at TED conferences: “If I’m with my friends, and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, hey, where’s your dad? Let’s go say hi.’ And I’ll be like, ‘Oh, no. He’s watching hours and hours of TED Talks, just … dude, don’t go in there.’”

With all his denials of being a Scientologist—the same Vulture interview has him claiming he and Jaden are not religious, but rather “students of world religion”—it’s almost shocking that Smith would readily admit to loving a lecture series that really may as well book the ghost of L. Ron Hubbard every time for all the practical value or insight it offers. Maybe he can pitch his own edition: “How to Shed Your Comedic Charm and Start Looking Serious in Post-Apocalyptic Flops.”

I guess he just has a thing for ideas that have been carefully extracted from an ass, which explains why he has the baffling confidence to say things like “at heart, I’m a physicist”—a classic L. Ron line, come to think of it—and “it feels like you can’t write books in progress.” What does that last sentence mean? Who knows! The real trouble will begin when he watches Amanda Palmer’s talk on crowdfunding. Can’t wait to see how the Kickstarter for Seven Degrees of Separation takes off. 

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Smith Kids Collaborate On Spacey New Track, ‘Kite’

When they’re not wearing matching outfits, hanging out with the younger, less important Kardashian siblings, whipping their hair back and forth or wading into film careers, sometimes Willow and Jaden Smith, the children of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, record songs together. Their latest collaborative effort, "Kite," is a moody, space-cadet jam with spare production from Téo that seems to have resulted from Jaden listening to good kid, M.A.A.D. city a lot of times.

After navigating the spacey landscape and talking about landing on Mars, Jaden professes his love for a girl he wants to chill with "after curfew" and promises to respect her, which recalls his dad’s innocuous and parent-friendly rap career. He later goes on to rhyme "you eat a panini, ’cause baby you can" with "I am your genie / ’cause I am your man" and, relating to the genie theme, "Fly as Aladdin / I am so cool, you can call me Alaskan." His sister is an effective counterpart, coming in to emphasize the word "lost" a lot and assure us, confidently, of her presence, repeating, "Lil’ mama got bars." Have a listen below. 

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● Elton John has announced that Queen Monster Lady Gaga will be godmother to his son, confirming what he’d hinted at during his opening monologue on last weekend’s SNL. [PopEater] ● Little Snooki’s got some moves in the wrestling ring. See the way she flips? [NYM] ● Legendary hip-hop DJ Mister Cee fired back against rumors that he was caught receiving oral sex from a transvestite in his car, curating an empowered radio set in his defense. As suggested by Media Take Out, “Now it may be time to have a more OPEN and HONEST discussion about HOMOSEXUALITY in hip hop.” [XXL]

● After jumping ship (adorably!) almost a year and a half ago, Miley Cyrus has returned to Twitter with a questionable motivation. “I’m not gonna lie. I cam back to twitter for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow #charliesheen #winning,” she tweeted. [People] ● Real life father and son Will and Jaden Smith will play an onscreen father-son duo in M. Night Shyamalan’s next movie, while Jada takes her place on the production team! In the hands of M. Night, this could be the weirdest family affair ever. [LA Times] ● Jay-Z has done as rappers these days do, joining the likes of Kanye, Drake, and Odd Future with his newly launched lifestyle blog, Life and Times. One photo from his Bahaman anniversary trip with Beyonce aside, though, there’s not much Jay in the neatly-tiled site. He still “don’t do too much blogging.” [Life and Times]