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.

 

Shop the Hottest Designer Collaborations of All Time

It seems like when our favorites designers release collaborations, the good stuff is swooped up within hours. Everyone wants a piece, and rightfully so — when else are you gonna get a piece of fashion history for pennies on the usual dollar? For all the shoes and jackets we couldn’t buy then, we’ll forever have reverse buyer’s remorse… which is why we’re on a mission to find it all again now. Lucky you.

 

Alexander Wang x H&M

The Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration was one of the most hyped we’ve seen — and totally worth it. City-ready athletic wear you can and will want to wear out at night? Hell yeah, that scuba dress is perfection! Didn’t we see Rihanna in that sports bra? And come fall, you won’t want to be without that cool parka.

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JW Anderson x TOPSHOP

Designer JW Anderson’s stock has risen since this TOPSHOP collab came out in 2013. Now he’s helming Loewe, too, and the fashion world can’t get enough. That’s why this back-to-school argyle skirt and cool leather boots are must-haves. We’re scooping them up if you don’t.

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+J (Jil Sander x UNIQLO)

+J was perfect while it lasted. (We still mourn the loss.) Jil Sander’s then-ongoing collaboration with UNIQLO was everything we wanted for staples in our closet — especially the jackets.

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Missoni for Target

Legit you can’t tell the difference — might as well be real deal, main line Missoni. And this is the perfect dress for summer.

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Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

For its H&M collab, Margiela pulled out the archives and remade the highlights. These Perspex-heeled boots are quintessentially Margiela. You could wear them forever.

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Adidas x Kanye West

These Yeezy kicks are HOT. They might defy that pennies on the dollar rule, but can you put a price on love?

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Raf Simons x Adidas Stan Smiths

Here we have a classic, slightly retooled by one of the chicest designers in the world.

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Marques’Almeida x H&M

Don’t you love it when the collaboration looks just like the designer stuff? The high rise ripped jeans are a staple from May to September (but you could break the rules and wear ‘em whenever). The fray on the denim jacket makes it Marques’Almeida and unique.

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Isabel Marant x H&M

A critically lauded collection full of must-haves. We’re particularly partial to the wear-anywhere chiffon dress and über-chic tuxedo jacket.

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Marni x H&M

Marni is art-mom-chic in the best possible way, and this patent leather jacket and knit has us feeling creative.

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Shop all of these looks in our curated collection on ebay.

 

Radical Eyewear From MYKITA x Margiela

Two fashion brands, two collaborative collections — the joint eyewear efforts between MYKITA x Maison Martin Margiela are here. The duo produced the Essential and Dual collections; simple, functional, monochrome, stainless steel in last century’s shapes, and acetate, contrasting tone pairs , respectively.

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The Dual Collection:
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Watch the sunglasses in action, following clouds, shadow, and light, in a short film below.

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M is Happening

This might be the best Monday pick-me-up, ever: WWD reports that the fast-fashion giants over at H&M have tapped iconic avant-garde label Maison Martin Margiela for their next designer collaboration. Cannot. Contain. Excitement.   

Although H&M’s spokeswoman refuses to "comment on rumors," the fashion trade journal’s trusted "market sources" have confirmed the news, which is why the entire blogosphere is a-buzz. And given that the retailer has been veering toward a more fashion-forward approach to design, (their Sofia Coppola-approved capsule collection with Marni was a major hit and their upcoming accessories range with Anna Dello Russo is sure to sell out), we have no reason not to believe the hype. 
 
As for the new capsule’s designs, we’re hoping to see some wearable spins on classic Margiela eccentricity, like a belted version of the above boxy tuxedo thing from the Belgian fashion house’s spring 2011 collection. Or a watered-down verison of that hair coat from spring 2009—faux, of course.
 
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Kanye West Now Performs Dressed Like A White Werewolf

Yes, that’s Kanye under there. He performed last night at Revel’s Ovation Hall in Atlantic City in a series of frightfully bizarre masks it would make Lady Gaga envious.

MissInfo.tv has videos from the show, but the audio is shit. You’re much better off looking at audience pics from the performance. It looks like ‘ye rocked a white werewolf mask in an all-white ensemble. I’m sorry, but that thing is scary. I do not approve.  

Another mask he wore during the show appears to be bejeweled. Apparently it’s a "flashy diamond encrusted" Maison Martin Margiela Haute Couture mask, which sounds about right. So if you’re wondering who actually buys that kind of stuff … it’s Kanye.

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Here’s Your Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Shopping List

The rumors were true: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M is totally happening. If fact, there was a massive extravaganza at 5 Beekman Street last night to celebrate it, which featured appearances by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Julianne Moore, and more. Now that we know that the capsule collection officially lands in stores on November 15 and there’s a crazy-ton (over 100!) of looks to marvel over, it’s time to streamline your plan of attack. Read on for the six (semi-practical) pieces that are possibly worth pushing and shoving for on launch day.

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Fusion of Two Dresses ($199); Candy Wrapper Clutch ($59.95); Key Ring Necklace ($59.95)

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Glove Clutch ($149); Ladies Trompe L’Oeil High-top Sneaker ($129); Plexi Wedge Ankle Boot ($349)

Behold the MM6 Maison Martin Margiela x Opening Ceremony Collection

As if Opening Ceremony didn’t have enough exciting news to write home about already, today the conceptual retailer has announced that their famed collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela’s sister label, MM6, is now available for purchase in-store and online. The capsule collection first debuted in a presentation during FW11 NYFW. Although MM6 is the Maison’s more casual and less avant-garde diffusion line, the range of apparel and accessories maintains that offbeat edge we know and love from the Belgian design house.

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OC and MM6’s unmatched creativity is apparent in the 3-in-1 approach they’ve adopted for most pieces, transforming them into wearable separates, like the faux fur coat that contains a detachable v-neck shirt and the leather tote with a tear-away clutch. The e-tail styling is pretty clever, too; the strips covering the model’s eyes reminds us of the Terence Koh masks that were created to conceal the identity of the models featured in Alex Wang’s e-shop.

Shop the complete collection, ranging from $174 to $1,420, here.

FashionFeed: CK One Releases a Mix Tape, Maison Martin Margiela Releases a Fragrance

● CK One kicks their multimedia campaign up a notch by releasing a fan-selected Pandora mix tape on April 1st. It’s not too late to submit your song! [Facebook] ● Maison Martin Margiela’s highly-anticipated first fragrance is set to hit US stores in April. [Fashionista]

● We’re completely obsessed with these print-happy shots taken behind the scenes at Proenza Schouler. [Jak & Jil] ● Balmain’s spokesperson confirms that the label’s creative director, Christophe Decarnin, is under treatment for depression—not a nervous breakdown—and is uncertain as to when he’ll return to work. [Fashionologie] ● Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo loved a specific limited-edition MAC lipstick so much, they brought the color back just for her. [ITG] ● Behold a RTW and accessories breakdown of the final John Galliano for Christian Dior collection. [Racked]