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.

 

Björk Releases Virtual Reality ‘Stonemilker’ App

Earlier this year, Björk shared the visual for her heart-wrenching Vulnicura cut “Stonemilker,” offering viewers an immersive 360-degree glimpse into the singer’s Iceland native. The video, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, strengthened Björk’s career-long expedition to build a bridge between music and technology, establishing a new standard for her pop contemporaries.

Today, the 50-year-old visionary pushed “Stonemilker” even further into the future, releasing a new app for iOS that allows you to explore the clip through a virtual reality headset. Leave it to Björk to add balance to a Monday struck with the horrifying news of a Kim Kardashian “Kimoji” app.

Watch the original video, below, and purchase Björk’s progressive “Stonemilker” app, here.

 

Kanye West’s Son Will Be Wearing Custom Baby Yeezys Straight Out of the Womb

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While you may not be able to get your hands on a pair of Yeezys—despite their hefty price tag, they sold out almost instantly—there’s one person who still can: Kanye West’s unborn son.

Yes, what’s sure to be America’s most famous spawn (Sorry North, Kanye’s male heir is about to dethrone you) just got his very own pair of custom baby Yeezys and he hasn’t even entered the world yet.

Kim Kardashian, who of course is carrying the golden child in her ever-expanding belly, Instagrammed the pint-sized kicks with the caption “Baby Ye, #1of1.” So not only does this kid get baby Yeezys, they’re the only pair on the planet. Go figure.

And in case you were worrying about little North getting jealous, don’t—she’s already got two toddler-sized pairs to go with all her custom baby Balmain.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Avatar to Appear on Kim Kardashian’s App

Karl Lagerfeld’s image over the years has become deeply embedded in the pop culture landscape, lending his trademark white ponytail and jet black sunglasses to everything from The Simpsons to Tokidoki figurines.

In a time when fashion’s future seems uncertain, Lagerfeld’s been one of the strongest examples of a designer capitalizing on his celebrity status to keep his brands at the forefront. Therefore, his decision to appear in Kim Kardashian’s mobile game, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” comes as no surprise, since submitting to the Kardashian empire has proven time after time to be an unstoppable means for success in the digital era.

Starting tomorrow, Lagerfeld’s avatar will come to life in Kardashian’s virtual world, joining a strong lineup of fashion editors who’ve also gone this route, including André Leon Talley and Anna Dello Russo. The Glu Mobile game, which currently boasts more than 30 million downloads, will feature a Karl Lagerfeld boutique fully stocked with a selection of the designer’s latest collection where players’ “aspiring celebrities” can shop and style ready-t0-wear bags and shoes.

The fashion industry is speculating a major social media boost for the Chanel Creative Director as a result of this A-list collaboration. Falling just behind @Instagram and @TaylorSwift, Kardashian’s Instagram account boasts an impressive 50.2 million followers to Lagerfeld’s much slimmer 1.7 million—a discrepancy that’s likely to reduce over the next few days.

“Kim’s contribution to beauty and fashion—and what made her such an icon—is the fact that you don’t have to be super slim and very tall to be beautiful,” Lagerfeld said to Vogue. “Others tried, but she succeeded in giving other girls like herself confidence. And I admire her for that.”

 

7 Times Kim Kardashian’s Energy Drink Commercial Confused the Hell Out of Us

Believe the hype—Kim Kardashian’s new energy drink commercial is über-weird.

Mother-to-be, reality star and poster girl for pygophilia Kim Kardashian is the new spokeswoman for Hype energy drinks, and they just dropped the weirdest commercial we’ve seen for a while. Weirder than Harmony Korine’s short film for Proenza Schouler. Okay, maybe that’s pushing it, but the spot—which follows Kim going from Audrey Hepburn to Marie Antoinette to ferocious fashun cyborg—doesn’t make us want to sample this pink elixir as much as wonder if her batch was laced a super “special” ingredient. (Drugs, we’re talking about drugs.)

Below, we picked out the seven most bizarre moments from the two minute spot:

 

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Oh. Oh, honey. No. You can’t pull off Audrey Hepburn drag. 

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See? The fashion gods have punished you. Let that be a lesson.

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Isn’t Kim Kardashian really our generation’s Marie Antoinette? Let them eat gluten-free cake.

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Gratuitous.

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We wouldn’t expect Marie—or Kim, tbh—to drink a bright pink energy drink any other way than in a crystal goblet.

kim6Gratuitous. And now we’re in the future? Or something? 

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Okay, that hair style is definitely good for you. At least something good came out of this bizarre commercial. 

Watch the full clip below and prepare to be confused:

The Best Belfies: Bieber + 7 Other Celebrities Pushing Instagram’s Nudity Limits

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Butts continue to break the internet. In the latest battle of the bums, Chrissy Teigen pits John Legend cheek-to-cheek with Justin Bieber in arguably the most popular Instagram posts of the week (John Legend’s butt is at 172K likes, which pales in comparison to Justin’s [very pale] butt at 2 million). All of this, of course, is coming off the heels of Marc Jacobs’ accidental belfie (which he reacted to in the best possible way).

We’re happy to see the boys getting a little cheeky on Instagram, since typically female celebrities are the queens of the belfie. Here’s a look back at some of the best celebrity butts on Instagram including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and (of course) most of the Kardashians.

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Insta-Critic: Balmain’s 80s Supermodel Lineup

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What is Balmain but a guaranteed spotting of Kanye + Kim + Kris + Kendall (on the runway) etc. Not content to be outdone by Olivier Rousteing’s A-list supermodel casting, Kim brought a surprise to her #frow seat: a new hairstyle so controversial, it captured Instagram’s attention just as much as (and if we’re being real, more than) the new Balmain collection. Since your breath is baited, here it is:

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Kim steals the spotlight.

Now back to the clothes for a sec: Rousteing’s collection was filled with Beetlejuice infused looks and the show read like a who’s who of the models of the moment. We spotted Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Stam, Binx Walton, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, who must have to really train her eyes so as not to be distracted by her fam. The unapologetically maximalist collection was full of 80s brights, micro-pleats, flares, and ruffles. There was lots of lace, lots of boobs, and massive belt buckles. Shoulder volume, again, à la the 80s, no longer needs icky foam pads in 2015, Balmain delivered the look vis-à-vis massive fur sleeves.

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Alessandra opens the show.

Here’s your requisite Kendall pic.

Karlie gets punny.

Exits, Returns, and Debuts: The Fashion News You Need to Know

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1. Peta Protests Men’s Woolmark Prize

While Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow were celebrating another big win for their line Public School, PETA protestors (in the form of three vegan male models, carrying a replica of a bloody sheep carcass and signs, wearing synthetic sweaters,) protested the use of wool, pointing to a study that showed severe mistreatment of the animals in Australia. Woolmark contests these claims.

2. H&M & Coachella Collaborate

Festival attire inspires an Instagram frenzy and countless blog posts each year, so H&M decided to make it official with a collaboration with Coachella inspired by the classic American festival aesthetic.

3. Isabel Marant Casts Natasha Poly

Isabel Marant’s new campaign explores the female’s feline side, with hair inspired by a lioness and a decidedly playful characterization for model Natasha Poly, who, Marant told WWD, has a lot of different characters and we knew she would play the game.” The playful campaign was shot by fashion faves Inez & Vinoodh. 

natasha poly4. Pringle of Scotland Exhibition

Pringle is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary in a deservedly big way. The brand will debut a major exhibition called “Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story” at the Serpentine Gallery during London Fashion Week. In addition, the show will feature new campaign images will be presented, shot by Albert Watson of Scottish figures including Stella Tennant, David Shrigley and Luke Treadaway as well as a collaboration with Michael Clark Dance Company. Finally, Pringle will introduce, Deconstructed, a customizable service allowing shoppers to add a personal touch to their cashmere purchases. 

5. Frida Giannini’s Left Gucci Earlier Than Expected
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We knew Frida Giannini was leaving Gucci, we just didn’t know how soon that would be. Apparently, Giannini left last week, a full month earlier than anticipated. According to WWD, sources say Giannini was asked to leave the company last Friday, rather than after her Fall women’s show on February 25th, as originally planned. It is believed this is a result of efforts to speed up the company’s process for upcoming decisions regarding creative direction for the company.

6. Viviane Sassen for 3.1 Phillip Lim

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First of all, 3.1 Phillip Lim is verging on it’s 10-year-anniversary, which is insane! To celebrate, the brand returned to ideas Lim views as essential to its DNA, bucking convention by eschewing hair and makeup, and heading to Morocco with art photographer Viviane Sassen for a shoot based around the theme “Romancing Reality.”

7. Kim Kardashian Lands Vogue Australia Solo Cover

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Though we can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever land the U.S. cover spot on her own, this cover adds more fuel to Kim’s fashion fire. We know we have her coming up soon clad in Prada on the cover of LOVE, and her ad campaign for Balmain just launched. When Kim sets out to become a fashion icon, you better believe she’s gonna get it done.

8. Cathy Horyn is Back


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It turns out her exit from The New York Times after 15 years was not a final bow. The famed critic will join The Cut as critic-at-large, starting with the fast-approaching February shows.

9. Adidas Questions the Meaning of “Superstar”

Rita Ora, Pharrell Williams, David Beckham, and basketball player Damian Lillard come together in this video to make probing and skeptical claims about what it means to be a superstar (“If you think a superstar is people wanting to know where you are, who you’re with, and reading about what you had for breakfast, or caring about what you wear to an event…”) –while wearing the athletic brand’s classic 1969 sneaker of the same name.

Casting Surprise (to No One): Kim and Kanye for Balmain

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Well this is…unsurprising.

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Now that the infamous Vogue cover is in the bag, anything is possible. Not to mention that Kim and Kanye are established frow-sitters now.

Perhaps if it were any other brand than the Olivier Rousteing-helmed Balmain, this ad debut might have been more notable. But as avid media consumers, I think we’ve already established that Rousteing is firmly team Kimye. The sexed up ad is nothing short of what we’ve come to expect from Kardashian (and West’s) meticulous self-branding.

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Regardless. Congrats Kimye, you are officially fashion A-listers. Then again–so is this guy.