If you were tasked with paying homage to a designer as epic as Rei Kawakubo for the red carpet, do you think you'd be up for the challenge? The reclusive Japanese designer commands as much attention with her anti-celebrity persona as does for the anti-fashion clothing art that she creates, which logically made her the perfect subject for this year's Costume Institute exhibit. For the Met Gala's red carpet (which is actually off-white with blue trim this year), how were celebrities and designers to pay homage to a single designer's work, considering that the talent in question has deliberately tried to ruffle feathers throughout her career? Some were up for the challenge. And some, as you'll see, gave it their best shot.
From co-chair Katy Perry to Met Gala queen Rihanna, attendees celebrated the spirit of Kawakubo's extraordinary vision in a few different ways. Some decided to give it their all, with the most grand, theatrical Comme des Garcons archival pieces, straight from the runway. And others hat-tipped her motifs, including polka dots, red velvet, workwear separates, and moto jackets. For a theme that's this much of a departure from your standard-issue red carpet, the results were definitely unconventional, to say the least.
That said, we were just as excited to see what they came up this year as any other Met Gala. If there's one place, one over-the-top, sacred carpet where we don't mind when things get weird, it's on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ahead, you'll find our favorite looks of the night.