The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit has long been an outstanding reflection on fashion and it's place in our lives. They call it the Oscars of the East Coast. If this year's gala was any indication, it's innovative and fearless approach to designers and their work is only on the rise. This year's co-chairs were the likes of Anna Wintour (who is somewhat of a gatekeeper every year), Pharrell Williams, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.
The exhibition is titled "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between", a tribute to the Japanese designer who has been hailed as "the nearly silent oracle of fashion." Her avant-garde designs are honored most of all because of their intricate nature - as Matthew Schneier of the New York Times writes, "Many designers work with the goal of making women look good. Ms. Kawakubo seems to work with the goal of making women look again."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates Rei Kawakubo and the fashion label she started in 1969 on her own accord. However, the red carpet was filled with stars who did not seem to honor the theme at all - with exceptions, of course. A beacon of fashion and all it encompasses, Rihanna made sure everyone remembered she's not one to disappoint in a Fall 2016 Comme Des Garçons creation straight off the runway. Solange is another such star who paid homage to the fashion label with a puffer jacket train ensemble that was reportedly inspired by Missy Elliot.
In my personal favorite of the night, Lily Aldridge turned heads in a Ralph Lauren collection number that made headlines for it's daring and classic interpretation of "Art of the In-Between." The cut-out white gown with circular cape and fuchsia mesh veil are some of my favorite Met gala pieces to date - and how did Aldridge arrive? In a party bus, of course. "Because the fabric was heavy silk that could wrinkle quite easily and the train was so long, three of us held up her train while she stood on the party bus from The Carlyle Hotel to The Met," stylist Meredith Melling of styling duo La Marque told Hollywood Reporter.
Check out some of our favorite and most inspired looks of the 2017 MET Gala below: