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.

 

Louis Vuitton Launches Tropical Pop-Up Menswear Stores

 

In a fit of perfect timing, Louis Vuitton have launched tropically-themed pop-up shops across the country, to warm us up during this these particularly bitter winter months.

The shops, which come complete with a colorful retro van parked outside each locale, travel from Florida to Los Angeles to Hawaii over the course of January and February, beginning today in Miami’s Design District. In addition, a pop-up location on Madison Avenue in New York City will run from January 19 through mid March. Each store will display and sell items selected from the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 18 collection.

Florally printed jackets and shirts, leather goods, bombers, shirts, blazers, and trenches are just some of the exclusive goods offered in the temporary shops. Customers will also receive complimentary limited edition stickers designed especially for the pop-ups.

Check out the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 18 runway show in its entirety here.

 

Pop-Up Store Locations

Miami Design District (January 10th through January 22nd)

140 NE 39th Street
Miami, Florida 33137

Los Angeles Rodeo Drive (January 26th through February 5th)

295 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Hawaii Ala Moana (February 15th through February 22nd)

Ala Moana Center, Level 2
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814

New York City (January 19th through March 15th)

655 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10128

TONIGHT: Watch Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton Livestream #LVCRUISE

The Bob and Dolores Hope estate, location for tonight’s #LVCRUISE show. Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton’s latest, streaming direct to your device. Just check in here tonight at 6:15 p.m. PST for a livestream of the #LVCRUISE show taking place tonight in Palm Springs.

Since we can’t all be in Palm Springs this evening taking in the Louis Vuitton 2016 Cruise Collection in person, we’ll settle for second best watching the Louis Vuitton livestream right here, below.

If that’s still not enough LV for you, follow along on Instagram, @Louisvuitton.

Everyone Was on Digital Drugs at the Whitney Studio Party

Yana Balan, Dustin Yellin, and Polina Proshkina. Photo: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

Last night marked the final uptown event for the Whitney Museum of American Art — come May, the museum moves from the Madison Avenue Breuer building to the new Renzo Piano designed, downtown location, opening to the public on Friday, May 1, 2015.

To celebrate the museum one just one more time before the move (and raise a little cash, $4.3 million to be exact) Louis Vuitton helped the Whitney throw a gala and studio party where everyone was “hallucinating”. The art was gone off the walls, but there was a new piece, and all you needed was your phone and the right app to get in on the experience.

Being that we’re all looking at our phones constantly anyway, artist Will Pappenheimer’s Proxy, 5-WM2A made perfect sense — guests like Chuck Close, Claire Distenfeld, Kyle DeWoody, and Dustin Yellin who were looking at the museum through this new lens saw a new, augmented reality.

Check out photos from the evening, and a look at Proxy, below:

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Sara Moss and Chuck Close

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Riley Keough in Louis Vuitton

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Julian Schabel and Jeff Koons

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Cristen and Nigel Barker

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Julie Macklowe

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Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs

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Claire Distenfeld

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Kara Ross

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All photos courtesy of BFAnyc.com

Watch LIVE: Louis Vuitton Cruise 2015 Livestream Right Here

The view from Monaco’s Palace Square

This Saturday, May 17, Nicolas Ghesquière will present Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2015 collection, his second for the house (and his first pre collection for LV). In attendance, expect a slew of LV-friendly celebs alongside HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco. It’s in Monaco’s Palace Square that the show will take place at 7 p.m. CET — 1 p.m. for New York and the east coast. Without an invite? No problem at all. Stay tuned here for the livestream of the show. (Just click to view in full screen.)

Hot Lips, Sexy Hair, Long Legs, Bikes + Bags On Michelle Williams For Louis Vuitton’s Latest Campaign

We love a good campaign image, like a really good one — the kind that stops you in your tracks and send you into a daydream of the life inside the ad. After the first gorgeous campaign featuring the actress, Louis Vuitton brought Michelle Williams back for another round, this time to highlight three bags: the Lockit, the Capucines (both new), and the classic Alma.

Peter Lindbergh again took his place behind the camera, with Sam McKnight and Stéphane Marais on hair and makeup duty, respectfully. Carine Roitfeld styled the shoot. And can we just say how perfect the pink lip and now-iconic hair are? And the bags. They’re pretty great, too.

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STYLE SCOOP: Fighting Words from Roberto Cavalli, New from A.L.C. and Eddie Borgo

Breaking: Effective immediately, Matthew Singer resigns from his post as men’s fashion director of Neiman Marcus, a title he held since 2012 when he made the move to Neiman’s from Bloomingdale’s.

Them’s Fighting Words: Italian designer Roberto Cavalli made it clear on this recent New York trip that he doesn’t care for American fashion in the slightest. According to the Italian, we’re sadly, “negatively” wearing black to look thinner. He also asks Michael Kors to please stop copying him. But I can’t remember the last time a Michael Kors put a slinky (to put it nicely), thigh-high slitted, multi-animal-printed dress on the runway. You know?

HBD Eddie Borgo: The jewelry designer’s collection turns five, and in celebration, he’s unveiled a revamped website. The website will be Eddie Borgo exclusive inclusive.

A.L.C. is Launching Bags: and they are pretty! Six styles will be offered, beginning in January.

Jewels for LV: Louis Vuitton is bringing jewelry designer Camille Miceli back into the fold after a few years at Christian Dior, where she focused on costume jewelry. She’ll operate in a similar capacity with Louis Vuitton beginning after the couture collections.

Agency for Sale: IMG will be bought by Silver Lake and William Morris Endeavors, bringing a whole lotta models (like Karlie Kloss) and athletes into WME’s entertainment fold. IMG is going for about $2.4 billion.

MacGil: Gillis MacGil, a supermodel before the term extisted, has died. She was 85.

Style Scoop: Christian Dior Shoes, Insider Shopping at Capsule, Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton

Catch up on the latest happenings in fashion and style:

Giambattista Valli is set to open its first store in Milan, to be unveiled during the city’s February fashion week.

Designer Francesco Russo heads to Christian Dior as the house’s new women’s footwear designer.

Ralph Lauren International’s (previous) president has tapped out. Daniel Lalonde had submitted his resignation in September.

Capsule Market Square is happening – this will be the tradeshow’s first open-to-the-consumer event. It’ll be open on December 14-15 at 82 Mercer Street, featuring goods from Creatures of Comfort, Want les Essentiels de la Vie, Mark McNairy, Nudie Jeans, Billy Reid, Maison Kitsuné, and others.

Condé Nast is getting into e-commerce, setting up a new online retail division within the company.

Marc Jacobs admitted to being nervous about leaving Louis Vuitton behind.