We all knew the second that the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” theme was announced for this year’s Met Gala, we were in for some outlandish looks. (After all, if there’s one designer who deserves the OTT treatment, it’s Rei Kawakubo.) And certain attendees didn’t disappoint, delivering truly shocking ensembles. Leave it to Rihanna to give the biggest shout-out to Kawakubo by slipping on an elaborate structured floral piece by Comme des Garçons wrapped up with some extremely strappy red heels. Katy Perry turned heads in her veil-covered fiery custom Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano creation. Lily Aldridge also went for the veiled look, while a few daring souls topped off their ensembles with statement head or neck gear.
Even with all the lavish excess a gala like this demands, there were still some stars who played it safe. Though Elizabeth Banks, Diane Kruger and Lupita Nyong’o all looked lovely, we were really expecting a bigger fashion punch on this red carpet, especially since we were hoping that more stars would dare to rock Comme des Garçons’ wares. Nevertheless, there was a strong showing of grand gowns boasting everything from feathered trains to cascading ruffles. Red ruled the night, whether in full-on fashion or in concentrated pops serving as eye-catching accents. And, of course, what would a Met Gala be without a few see-through numbers?
In case you weren’t able to catch all the red carpet action from this year’s “intimate” affair, check out the slideshow above to see the best looks of the night.