The dress code for this year’s Met Gala was avant-garde—in homage to conceptual fashion designer Rei Kawakubo and her legendary Comme des Garçons collection, the subjects of the Met’s latest exhibition.
And celebrities in attendance, all carefully vetted by event chair Anna Wintour, tried their very best to play the part of beautiful oddballs.
Event cochair Katy Perry walked the famous Met staircase shrouded in a complicated, blood red shroud of a dress by Maison Margiela, while Rihanna affected a beautiful butterfly crossed with a well-used fabric-cutting table in an arty Comme des Garçons design.
Rihanna and Katy Perry (Image: @bellgunst)
The most profoundly avant-garde look of the night was arguably worn by Helen Lasichanh, Pharrell Williams’ wife, who donned a Comme des Garçons getup that looked more like a giant red armchair than a dress.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Ruth Negga both displayed the perfect amount of weirdo glam, both in loose-fitting, high-collar architectural gowns from Comme des Garçons and Valentino, respectively.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Ruth Negga (Image: @christosgarkinos)
Not every interpretation of the theme soared: Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner both mistook “avant-garde” for “naked.” Hadid wore a confusing, sheer ’80s-style bodysuit with heels, while Jenner showed her entire bum in a see-through black gown with a huge slit up the front.
A few ignored the theme altogether. Giselle Bundchen showed up in her usual, slinky-tight, metallic backless gown, while Kim Kardashian chose a snow-white Vivienne Westwood gown that was pretty but snoozy.
Compared to all the out-there fashion on display last night, the jewelry choices felt relatively quiet—and seemed to coalesce around a few looks: shoulder-grazing diamond earrings, chokers/short necklaces, cool brooches, and fingers full of statement rings.
Here’s who wore what in the jewelry department:
Model Behati Prinsloo in a Topshop dress and major diamonds (Image: @beauty.fashion.wellness)
Frances Bean Cobain in a Lydia Courteille ring and celestial earrings (Image courtesy of Lydia Courteille)
Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger gown and a tangle of jewelry by Jacquie Aiche: a black rhodium, 6-onyx, trillion-cut drop stud; a black rhodium Ice Pick earring; a black rhodium, onyx round, trillion-cut drop stud; and pave diamond midi rings (courtesy of Jacquie Aiche)
Lupita Nyong’o in a Prada dress and Tiffany & Co. earrings (Image: @micaelaerlanger)
CHOKERS / SHORT NECKLACES
Kerry Washington in Michael Kors with a bejeweled choker, also by Michael Kors (Image: @he_magnificent)
Supermodel Liu Wen in short diamond strands (Image: @vietnamfeminist)
Katie Holmes in a Zac Posen dress and a vintage diamond necklace (Image: @katieholmes212)
Rihanna in Comme des Garçons gown and rings from Le Vian and DVANI—also in pieces from her new Rihanna♥︎ Chopard collection (Top image: @melzy917; below: Le Vian)
Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley in Nirav Modi jewelry—shown above in detail (Image courtesy of Nirav Modi)
Lily Collins in Tiffany & Co. diamond rings and earrings (Image: @like_the_seasons)
Model Karlie Kloss in Carolina Herrera wearing four Forevermark Exceptional Diamond rings stacked on one finger—totaling 33 cts. of bling (Image courtesy of Just Jared)
Keri Russell with Matthew Rhys in David Webb Heraldic Brooch and pink tourmaline ring, shown above in detail (Image courtesy of David Webb; also at top of story)
The Weekend, with girlfriend Selena Gomez (in Tiffany & Co.), in a diamond brooch (Image: @selenagomez)
Jenna Lyons in an edgy “tackle” vest covered in brooches (Image courtesy of Vogue)
Model Rila Fukushima in Repossi’s Berbere Irregular earrings (Image: @repossi)
Elle Fanning in a circa-1920s Fred Leighton Art Deco aquamarine and diamond bandeau (worn in her hair) and diamond studs totaling 6.0 cts. (Image: @samanthamcmillen_stylist)
Rose Byrne in Ralph Lauren and a very cool bracelet by Dauphin (Image: @marqueza_makeup)
Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton and Serti sur Vide earrings in pink gold with diamonds by Repossi (Image: @beauty.fashion.wellness)
Supermodel Cara Delavigne with a shaved head painted silver and dotted with tiny crystals—because in a sea of luscious supermodel locks, bald is truly bold (Image: @fashion.beauty.wellness)