Every year, the Met Gala has a specific theme, which is supposed to inform the way attendees dress. The 2016 theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which some people (like Katy Perry and Kimye) hit dead on. This year’s theme was focused specifically on one designer’s contribution to modern fashion, “Commes des Garçons/Rei Kawakubo: The Space in Between.”
This theme is a really big deal too. This is only the second time in its history that the Met Gala has celebrated the life of a living designer (last time being Yves St. Laurent). Kawakubo is known for her larger-than-life shapes that have changed fashion over 40 years. Messy structure? Heavily accentuated bodies? Topknot hair? All these now-famous looks were created and perfected by Kawakubo… which is why people are upset at this year’s celeb guests. It’s as if no one got the memo that they were supposed to dress on theme.
While no one looked bad, per se, fans of the gala and Kawakubo are upset that the legendary designer was not represented on the red carpet this year. Or like, barely.
Even just searching the #METGala hashtag on Twitter brings up hundreds of fashion fans angry at the sartorial choices of the night, though there were still plenty of guests who nailed their looks (we’re looking at you, Rihanna and Caroline Kennedy).
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