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.

 

Insta-Critic: Hands-Free at Stella McCartney

The look was minimal today at Stella McCartney. The runway was full of drape-y sweaters, classic coats, and asymmetric suiting. The most dramatic looks came in the form of McCartney’s body-covering faux furs. Lots of sleeves covered hands, or hands were tucked into pockets (a sure way to a woman’s heart). Notable touches were added in the form meticulously engineered plays on the off-the-shoulder look and twisting pearl chokers.

Note the necklace.

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The Return of the Blonde Supers + Sasha, Natalia, & Gemma’s Best Campaigns of All Time

Sasha Pivovarova in the Saint Laurent resort 2014 campaign shot by Hedi Slimane

There was, embarrassingly, an actual squawk emitted from this editor when my eyes caught Gemma Ward stomping down the spring 2015 Prada runway in Miuccia‘s socks + high, high heels.

Gemma’s presence had been missed since 2008, when the ethereal, fair-haired beauty with the most delicate bone structure retired from the fashion industry altogether.

It’s easy to remember models in groups; Christy Turlington + Linda Evangelista + Naomi Campbell, Joan Smalls + Karlie Kloss + Cara Delevingne, and then there’s Gemma Ward + Natalia Vodianova + Sasha Pivovarova.

All three of the latter grouping are starring in major campaigns this season. For Gemma, it’s Prada photographed by Steven Meisel. For Sasha, it’s Balenciaga. Most recently announced is Natalia for Stella McCartney.
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Sasha Pivovarova for Alexander Wang‘s Balenciaga, shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Panos Yiapanis, whose work is new to the house.

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Natalia Vodianova shot by new photographed Harley Weir, and styled by Stella McCartney herself.

To celebrate their collective presence on the scene, we’ve rounded up their best campaigns of all time. 

GEMMA WARD

Photographed by David Sims for Balenciaga’s spring 2006 campaign (also featuring Caroline Trentini, Erin Wasson, Lily Donaldson, Raquel Zimmermann, Iselin Steiro, and Hana Soukupova):
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Starring in Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2008 campaign photographed by Steven Klein:
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Ward also modeled for Dolce’s fall 2006 campaign, again lensed by Steven Miesel. Others appearing in the campaign included Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Julia Stegner, and Iselin Steiro:
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NATALIA VODIANOVA

Stella McCartney fall/winter 2010 photographed by Mert & Marcus:
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Givenchy spring/summer 2010 photographed by Mert & Marcus, also featuring Mariacarla Boscono:15446-800w

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YSL spring 2010 styled by Joe McKenna and photographed by Inez & Vinoodh:16210-800w

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SASHA PIVOVAROVA

Giorgio Armani spring 2009 photographed by Mert & Marcus:
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Saint Laurent resort 2014 photographed by Hedi Slimane:170136-800w

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Longchamp spring 2009 also starring Kate Moss photographed by Mert & Marcus:3718-800w

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Fashion, Supermodels, Celebs, and Collectors Love Jeff Koons

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He’s made a name for himself becoming one of the most successful living American artist, selling his shiny works for millions of dollars, and is a discussion for bitter art students and fashion lovers alike. Jeff Koons has had collaboration with H&M — something that is regularly reserved for fashion houses like Alexander Wang or superstars like David Beckham. Jeff sealed the deal when he caught the attention of Lady Gaga’s lil’ monsters after designing her album cover for ArtPop.

The artist’s name is becoming omnipresent in pop culture, so it only makes sense that Koons is nearly a celeb himself. See below to further explore the phenomenon.

1. Jeff with supermodel Naomi Campbell Joe-SchildhornPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

2. Jeff with fashion designer Stella McCartney Joe-SPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

3. Jeff with movie star Drew Barrymore and supermodel Natalia Vodianova AN EVENING HONORING STELLA McCARTNEY PRESENTED BY AMERICAN EXPRESSPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

4. Jeff with supermodel Stephanie Seymour JEFFPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

5. Jeff With his wife Justine, actor Taylor Kinney and mega star Lady Gaga The Worldwide Editors of HARPER'S BAZAAR Celebrate ICONS by CARINE ROITFELDPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

6. Jeff with director Sofia Coppola and supermodel Naomi Campbell PROJECT PERPETUAL Inaugural Dinner & AuctionPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

7. Jeff with actress Ashley Benson H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship EventPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

8. Jeff with American icon Tommy Hilfiger and wife Dee 2014 HIGH LINE ART DINNER sponsored by TOMMY HILFIGER HOMEPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

9. Jeff with journalist and publishing powerhouse Arianna Huffington JEFFPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

10. Jeff with his wife Justine and the legendary Sir Paul McCartney Joe-Schildhorn-3Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Comedians, Models, and Paul McCartney Come Out to Honor Stella McCartney

In what must have been a wonderfully comical night, Stella McCartney was honored at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall last night. McCartney was presented the Women’s Leadership Award in recognition of her social responsibility and philanthropy by the Fund’s Leadership Committee and Women’s Leadership Council. The evening raised $1.6 million the event is one of the most successful fundraisers organized in the fund’s history.

The evening’s program, and tribute to McCartney included a conversation with Jerry Seinfeld, and the night was emceed by Chelsea Handler. Other hilarious attendees included Amy Poehler, Lorne Michaels, and Seth Meyers. Of course, that doesn’t even account for the rest of the fab crew who turned out to support Stella. Other guests included Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kate Upton, Reese Witherspoon, Bono, and Gwen Stefani…to name a few. Stella’s father, one Paul McCartney, was the surprise award presenter. After the program, guests enjoyed a vegetarian dinner–only appropriate for the queen of animal friendly fashion.

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Faux for Show: What is Ethical Fashion Really All About?

Fashion is energizing. It is extravagant and engaging and sometimes exclusive. But can it truly be ethical and ecological? If your favorite label decided to start using ecological materials, would you roll your eyes, or applaud? Whilst some designers still believe in using the sprightliest goat for their emblazoned arm candy, or parade models down the catwalk, pelts of various unidentifiable protected species draped across their shoulders, who is making a point of the efficiency and encompassing factors that surround sustainable fashion?

Stella McCartney brought luxury ethical and eco fashion to the mainstream eye. After father Paul, a singer apparently, and mother Linda, the poster girl for eco warriors across the changing landscape of celebrity at the time, decided to focus more on the sustainability of life and the impact we have, it seemed only a natural fit when daughter Stella decided to swing into view with her range of non-leather, 100% polyester bags, made and engineered to feel as supple as possible, and lining made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. The “leather” didn’t stop there, later came shoes and jackets, her subtle nod to eco fashion has been a constant undercurrent from every collection, her natural and simplistic modern aesthetic complements this, but when a 100% Plastic bag is the same price as a leather one from a matching brand, you have to either be truly dedicated to her aesthetic, or truly against the use of skins in design. The only other issue is, when vegetarians shape their food into shapes synonymous with meat products, it surely defeats the point, if you are making the point at using Polyester, why try so hard to make it identical in touch to leather?

In March 2010, Karl Lagerfeld, a man whose motorcycle gloved finger is so on the straddling pulse of life, made Cara and Gisele stage a semi-feminist protest last month, hit the headlines with the presentation of his Fall/Winter 2010 collection in Paris for Chanel. After a 265 tonne iceberg was transported to the Grand Palais, a trio of models emerges, trudging through the pooling ice water that surrounded the berg. Although none of this completely out of the ordinary for a Chanel Show so far, alas, the models were just three of many to be completely covered in fur, apparently sliced from any and every animal that made it onto the ark. Some were intrigued by the brash statement, some were outraged, and as the images spread across the world, outcries of obscene cruelty and unnecessary slaughter for a 15minute spectacle were heard. As the final model, Freja Beja Erichsen dragged her off white, feathered tulle and stripped fur mullet hem through the icy residue and the fash-pack ran for the usual scrum after a Chanel show, Karl let out his secret that he has been playing the media for the entire time. All the fur in the show was faux. Expertly crafted to resemble panoply of animals, he decided to test the consumer and the buyer in one, however the clothes still had the real fur price tag.

As more designers, mainstream and luxury are heading into a new era of consumerism, it will be interesting to see who rides the eco-wave, especially the icy one after Karl’s 2010 extravaganza. If fake fur can now be manufactured to an extreme quality and life-like texture, how long will we need to carry on with pelts and skins? With high-street stores launching eco-collections, H&M’s Conscious being a major player, you have to wonder how “Unconscious’ the manufacture of other clothes are. But will eco-conscious clothing, across the board, ever lose its ‘Hippy, hemp-t-shirt, earth warrior’ label? Well with Stella McCartney following in her mother’s footsteps, the 21st Century Eco Warrior may be swapping Birkenstocks for PU Stilettos sometime in the near future.

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Be in a Kate Moss Dream

Kate Moss photographed by Mert and Marcus for Stella McCartney FW14. All images courtesy of Stella McCartney.

She’s the girl of our dreams, and now Stella McCartney has tapped into hers — Kate Moss fronts the latest Stella campaign lensed by Mert and Marcus, also appearing in a dreamlike campaign video called Kate Dreams, set to the sounds of Fred Gibson.

Watch the film here — better than getting caught napping at your desk.

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Stella McCartney’s Spring Campaign Makes Perfect Desktop Wallpaper

We always get really excited when a new Stella McCartney campaign unveils because we know that it will involve model Natalia Vodianova, photographers Mert & Marcus, and really pretty graphics. For spring 2012, McCartney paired her perfectly printed designs with a colorful collage of botanicals that we can stare at for hours on end.

Until McCartney produces an actual wallpaper collection for home (which we highly suggest she does), we’re taking the old right-click-save route to switch up our computer desktop pictures. Check out the rest of the campaign images here to do the same.