Met Gala 2017: Best Dressed




The Bajan bombshell never fails to "shut down" the Met Gala red carpet, as our American colleagues like to say. She did not disappoint for 2017, donning a wildly sculptural bonded laser-cut satin jacquard piece from the autumn/winter 2016 collection originally inspired by 18th Century punks. This was the most faithful take on the "avant-garde" dress code that threw all those plissé pastels into the shade - but the lace-up shoes, Rihanna loves Chopard rocks, diamond-encrusted watch and fierce nails made this textbook Rihanna. Encore!



Lily-Rose Depp

Last year's Chanel couture look propelled Lily-Rose into the big leagues; for 2017 she went one better and sported a knock-out fuchsia Chanel ball gown embellished with silver camellias. Pink, the colour of shock theatre, is one of Kawakubo's favourite colours. Consider this a stunning take on the theme.



Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson's Gucci gown at first glance is a classically seductive red carpet exemplar. Look a little closer, though, and the dress has the rigorous hue, the endless ruffles and the alluringly "off" details (a cape neckline, a fabulous semi-train) that characterise Kawakubo's work. Full marks too for the make-up - a soft blush suits Johnson.Credit rex



Diane Kruger

Disregarding the more fertile interpretations of the theme (camouflage for Madonna, undulating rolls of wet-look, down-filled puffa jacket fashioned into a gown for Solange Knowles) Diane chose a white cady Prada dress sprinkled with gold sequins and crystals. Why mess with a failsafe formula?



Lily Aldridge

Pity the Victoria's Secret models, stuck between the weekly style conundrum of "sexy black cut-out dress" versus "sexy black cut-out dress". Then look to Aldridge for a masterclass in breaking out of that svelte, conventionally sultry box. On the one hand this is a common-or-garden red carpet hit - a white, silky, slinky Ralph Lauren dress that clothes Aldridge's lithe form. On the other, it features a dramatic cape, a thigh slit that exposes red Latex Balenciaga boots, plus she's paired it with a tulle face-mask. The best part? Aldridge's train was so long, three people were required to hold it as she stood on the "party bus" from The Carlyle Hotel to The Met.Credit rex



Maggie Gyllenhaal

Ever worn a crystal-encrusted, all-over-sequin tabard with matching trousers? Me neither, but Maggie makes it look like the first thing in easy-chic. The tomboy slouch also suggests an easy affinity with Rei Kawakubo's "hike up your crinolines and get climbing trees" approach to off-kilter femininity. Extra marks for that jaunty pose.



Cara Delevingne

Forget dresses constructed out of thousands of bonded black straws (Cassie Ventura) or handfuls of freshly severed dread locks in place of a clutch bag (Jaden Smith). Who else could make avant-garde look as appealing as Cara Delevingne in a silver Chanel suit?



Julianne Moore

Raf Simons' intensely feminine ostrich feather confection has been begging for an actress to do it justice since it debuted on the Calvin Klein autumn/winter 2017 runway in February. Oscar-winning Julianne Moore is the woman to take it on - and win.Credit Rex




Oh, to be twenty, possessed of a naturally captivating halo of hair and a face so beautifully deadpan it can make a five-metre-wide Dolce & Gabbana alta moda dress covered in parrots look nonchalant. I'm loathe to use "slays" in a context that's anything other than medieval - but if anyone has deployed couture to "slaying" effect, it's this girl.



Anna Cleveland

Cleveland is a veteran Comme des Garçons clotheshorse, often closing shows with her spooky interpretative dance style of catwalking. She rose to the avant-garde challenge in Comme and a pair of pearl-studded Manolos - check out her getting-ready routine on On Events's Instagram Stories now.



Ruth Negga

Few women have the ability to inject swagger into hyper-classic Valentino, but Negga? She manages to make a monastic silhouette (another Comme leitmotif) look like the first thing in sovereign rebellion. Loving the cornrows, too.



Kim Kardashian West

Jewellery-free on account of that robbery, but no less ravishing, Kim went relatively simple in off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood and straight hair. Who'd have thought this woman was once banned from attending the annual blockbuster?Credit Getty Images


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