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.

 

Solange Turns East River Track Into Stage During NYFW

 

We’ve never been more jealous of not being on a fitness track in our lives. Alright, so we’ve never been jealous of not being on a fitness track but, on Tuesday, that moment happened because of Solange Knowles. The ethereal—and newly blonde—singer stopped by the East River Track to provide live vocals for Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s spring ’18 runway show.

As joggers ran past Solange while she performed “Rise” alongside her seven-person band, a stream of models in neon-green jackets, sheer pink dresses, and metallic trousers walked the track. It was a relaxing, surreal moment in what has become an increasingly hectic New York Fashion Week, which is exactly what Zadeh had wanted.

“We will be doing a bit of a guerrilla show starting promptly at 3 p.m. (If you are late you will miss the show),” Zadeh’s invitation read ahead of the show. The experiment she’d dreamt up clearly worked because, for one day only, a nondescript track on the East River became the stage for Solange’s most intimate show yet. Watch the performance, below:

Solange, Snoop Dogg, And Others Speak on Music’s Connection to Denim Clothing

Levi’s has released a new short film in which various musicians, including everyone from Snoop Dogg to Solange, weigh in on musical expression, artistic communication, and, naturally, how denim fits in to that creative conversation.

Snoop said of the classic Levi’s 501 jean: “It’s so simple you can add to it. It’s like a cake with no icing.”

The video is the fifth installment in Levi’s 501 Jeans: Stories of An Originala docu-series telling stories of denim-wearers and how jeans have become a cultural staple for people of all walks of life. That absolutely includes Snoop.

He continued: “I’m not a politician, I’m Snoop Dogg. What’s going on with the sign of the times, I’m just being me. When it’s beautiful I speak on beauitful events, when it’s ugly I tell you how ugly it is.”

“Throughout musical history, it’s really about the energy you possess, in that denim, or that T-shirt,” Solange told the famous denim brand’s camera crew. “Different artists have aspirations to speak these political and social messages through their music. That’s incredible – whether it be Nina Simone, or Marvin Gaye, or even Earth, Wind, & Fire with their spiritualism – those were all different forms of activism.”

Other artists interviewed include Vince Staples, Kilo Kish, The Shelters, Joyce Manor, and King Tuff.

Take a look below:

Solange Breaks Down Her Hit Song ‘Cranes in the Sky’ (Listen)

In the latest episode of Song Exploder, Solange Knowles breaks down the creation of her gorgeous standout song from A Seat at the Table, “Cranes in the Sky.”

On her headspace while writing the song, she said: “At the time, I was definitely in a transitional place in my life. I was a new mother, had been with my son’s father since I was 13… It felt like: Woah. I’m doing what I love to do and what I’ve always wanted to do – why do things still feel so heavy? What is this weighing on me?”

Solange has long travelled to Miami to seek creative refuge and serenity, but, as she explains on the podcast, the city had fallen into a maze of new construction: “Miami was going through a surge just like a lot of America… there was just so much real estate development at that time. Literally eveywhere I looked around had a crane in the sky. You could not look at a street without dozens and dozens of them. It felt really heavy to me.”

It was that image that helped to inspire the direction and the feeling of the song: “The heaviness and the weightiness and kind of, even, the eyesoreness of seeing all of these cranes be so disruptive in this space that I found peace in, really kind of affected me as well. That related so strongly to the idea of trying to work through, push through, but something interrupting.”

She continues to reflect on writing the song: “Looking back at that girl, I feel so grateful that I’m not in that place. I can still identify with so many of those moments. They’re still a part of me, but I am not them.”

Her interview is incredibly thoughtful and truly fascinating. Take a listen below.

Solange Drops Two Music Videos From ‘Seat at the Table’

There must be something in the water at the Knowles residence in Texas.

Last week, Solange released her first album in four years, A Seat at the Table, to glowing reviews. The record is a gorgeous, calm, quietly powerful collection of beautiful tracks perfect for listening to while, say, throwing a fall wine party, or luxuriating in a bathtub.

Sunday night, Solange dropped two videos for songs on the album: one, for “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and the other for “Cranes In the Sky,” two of the dreamiest singles of the bunch.

Many critics have compared A Seat At the Table to Beyonce’s Lemonade, considering the two companion pieces. Solange told Fader“I’m really proud of my sister and I’m really proud of her record and her work and I’ve always been. As far as I’m concerned, she’s always been an activist from the beginning of her career and she’s always been very, very black. My sister has always been a voice for black people and black empowerment. And I give so much of that credit to my parents.”

A Seat At the Table reached #1 on the iTunes charts over the weekend.

Solange’s Second Collection For Puma Gets Her Rainbow Spin on Style

Solange is known for her bold, colorful style, so it’s no surprise that Puma‘s second collection under her creative direction sings a similar tune. Following up her Spring 2014 Girls of Blaze collection, two more are coming soon.

Solange enlisted her artistic friends to help her design: Gerlan Marcel of GERLAN JEANS; visual artist, musician, and photographer Hisham Bharoocha; and Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, design team for the women’s wear collection William Okpo. Each created their own unique interpretation of the new seasonal themes.

The first three styles, which are grouped under the theme “Wild Wonders” will be released this Friday, the 28th, followed by two called “Behind The Bazaar” on December 13th. Check ’em out:

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SolangeGate Continues: Beyoncé’s Lil Sis Goes Rogue

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All of the sudden I feel sick, a cold sweat and goosebumps included. Details are swarming now with the aftermath of the Solange beatdown on Jay Z. Solange may sing about “Losing You” but apparently little sister may be losing it. Teams for the all parties have remained mum with any details as to what Jay did or didn’t do to provoke the physical outburst. In a shocking twist, Solange has taken to Instagram to send out a silent but deadly threat, deleting nearly ALL photographs of Beyoncé, except one dating back 15 months ago. “Some Things Never Seem to F*****g Work,” and Solange, it seems like this whole family feud is not working for you.

Feeling lost? Catch up on the Bey drama here. 

Backlash from the fight has only continued as Jay and Bey fans are basically attacking Solange’s chic Instagram @SaintRecords with nasty threats and accusations. Solange, it’s time for you and your family members to become “Lovers in the Parking Lot” and get over whatever issues you have, if not just for your own good, than for the wellbeing of the entire world!

I’ve been reading reports claiming that the brawl was sparked due to Jay’s lingering promise to help boost Solange’s music career. The rapper reportedly has not had the time to help make Solange a household name. We refuse to believe any “claim” or “report” and hope to get a text back from our close friend Beyoncé so we can just diffuse this issue that is sticking out like a sore thumb and get back to life as we know it.

Athletes in Lanvin, Sustainable Python Farming, and Shoes: Today’s #StyleScoop

Sustainability and python supply, did you ever think you’d see the day?

Kering plans to research and shed a little light on the shady python trade in South America, which it relies on for many of the precious skin bags in many of its family’s collections. Can you imagine being a python farmer? Would you send your kids out to collect eggs in the morning? It’s all stuff we don’t really want to think about whe picking up an exotic piece, even if it is reality.

If python farmer doesn’t seem like the kind of job you aspire to, consider becomingMichelle Phan. The beauty blogger and YouTube star is set to have raked in $5 million by year’s end. So all those hours spent perfecting eyeliner in front of the mirror could be worth something some day. Stay at it, kids.

If spending money sounds more appealing than putting in hours in front of the webcam, consider Solange‘s new kicks. She’s the new creative consultant to Puma – think color. Lots of it.

Let’s all congratulate Eric Wilson, previously of the New York Times, who is officially In Style‘s new fashion news director. He’s been at it for about 72 hours now.

I know we talked about sports teams upping the wardrobe ante by providing uniform options, but we have even more reason to check out the guys off the field, too: Arsenal picked up Lanvin as their official tailor. They join AC Milan with Dolce & Gabbana on their side, and Real Madrid in Versace. Hot stuff, guys.