Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: the Art of the In-Between. 5 Best Dressed. 

The first article I ever wrote for Creme de la Bride as a junior writer was about the Met Gala, affectionately referred to as the “Fashions biggest night out“, and my weakness and tenderness for couture hasn’t even dared to waver since. 

This years gala, intended to fundraise for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume institute, celebrated the theme of this years exhibition; the ‘wearable art’ of Japanese fashion designer and founder of Comme de Garçon Rei Kawakubo.

I’m of the opinion that the more avant-garde the design, the more you can interpret from the design, and the better a homage you can pay to someone like Rei Kawakubo…but whatever I’m being boring. I’m only saying this because I have to be hard on the amount of celebrities that committed to the theme, or who even bothered to deviate from their usual houses of design! 

Anywhoo… enjoy From Karen with Love’s special Couture Tuesday post! 

RIHANNA – Comme de Garçon 

While some on the red carpet squirmed from the avant-garde due to its unwearability, Rihanna obviously listened to Kawakubo when she said “personally, I don’t care about function at all” with this amazing nod to the exhibition. It’s impossibly original, it is instantly recognisable, and it is Comme de Garçon. 

Zendaya- Dolce & Gabbana 

Straying from the theme slightly but with such conviction that I have to applaud her, is Zendaya. With structure, form, and presence, this Alto Moda ball gown with that stunning halo of hair get two thumbs up! 

Solange Knowles- Thom Browne 

I am officially shook. This lady always comes correct, and her wearable sleeping bag not only paid homage to Comme de Garçon with that 4ft train, cartoonish form, experimental nature, but gave a lovely nod to Missy Elliott according to Solange. 

Ruth Negga- Valentino 

Straight from the catwalk, Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga stuns in a mono-structured cape gown with side pleats. Yaaaas wearable art! 

Gigi Hadid- Tommy Hilfiger

Both of their politics and public relations aside, this is a gorgeous collaborative presentation from Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger. Asymmetry? Check. Train? Check. Exploration of presence/absence? Check, check, check. They really have done a good job at paying homage to Comme de Garçon and Rei Kawakubo herself. 

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