Everything That Happened On the Met Gala Red Carpet

3:33 PM 5/1/2017

by Sam Reed

Fashion's biggest night is officially underway.

Anna Wintour at the 2017 Met Gala
Anna Wintour at the 2017 Met Gala
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The biggest night in fashion is officially underway. 

This year's theme is "avant garde" in celebration of the work of Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo, who has been challenging fashion conventions with over-the-top creations since she debuted her first collection in 1981 in Paris. 

Anna Wintour is hosting the annual gala along with co-chairs Katy Perry, Pharrell, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. 

  • Anna Wintour Has Arrived

    The woman of the hour — Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour — has arrived at the party. 

    Wintour appeared to be in good spirits as she hit the red carpet in a gold Chanel gown with feather detailing. "That's as avant-garde as I get at my age," she said of her look as it pertains to theme.

    As for the work of the evening's honoree, Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo, she said, "It's not that [Rei] thinks outside the box; she doesn't even acknowledge the box." 

  • Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Get Handsy

    Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, longtime Met Gala attendees and two of this year's co-chairs, were not afraid of a little PDA on the red carpet. 

    Gisele donned a sustainable silver backless gown by Stella McCartney, while her hubby arrived in a steel gray tuxedo. From the looks of their red carpet demeanor, Brady was a big fan of Gisele's dress — he kept his hand glued to her posterior while they strutted up the steps. 

  • Katy Perry Embraces the Theme

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    Katy Perry did not shy away from this year's theme. 

    The singer, styled by Jamie Mizrahi, arrived in a bright red ensemble by John Galliano for Maison Margiela which included a bedazzled coat and a sweeping red veil. She paired the daring look with massive Lorraine Schwartz rings and intricate nail art for an overall look that is definitely avant garde.  


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  • Rei Kawakubo Hand Picked Pharrell's Wife's Outfit

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    Pharrell and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, were both outfitted in head-to-toe Comme des Garcons as they arrived at the Gala, but Lasichanh had the approval of the one woman who matters most this evening. 

    Pharrell tells THR that Rei Kawakubo herself picked out her bright red, structured jumpsuit. Lasichanh, who gave birth to her triplets in January, styled the look with a tight top knot. 

  • Rose Byrne Wears the Sexiest Ralph Lauren Dress We've Ever Seen

    Australian actress Rose Byrne was red hot as she arrived at the Gala in what's possibly the sexiest Ralph Lauren dress we've ever seen. 

    Styled by Penny Lovell, Byne stepped out in a plunging red gown by the American designer, which she styled with wild, frizzy curls, an Edie Parker clutch and Dauphin jewels.

    Generally known for his all-American, tailored looks, the skin-baring dress is a refreshing departure for Lauren. 


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  • Jaden Smith Carries Own Hair as An Accessory

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    We knew there was a reason we loved the Met Gala. 

    Jaden Smith, high-fashion risk-taker, carried an unusual accessory with him as he hit the red carpet: His own hair. He held the bleached locks in his hand while posing for photos in his all black ensemble.

    Will Smith recently cut his son's hair for Jaden's upcoming role in the film Life In a Year, in which he will star opposite Cara Delevingne (who also cut her hair for the film). 

    Carrying your own shorn locks for a black tie event? Definitely avant garde. 

  • Priyanka Chopra Is Wearing the Most Chic Trench Coat

    A trench coat as evening wear? Why not? 

    Priyanka Chopra arrived on the carpet in a chic-twist on the classic camel trench coat. The Baywatch star, styled by Cristina Ehrlich, stunned in a Ralph Lauren gown with a long, sweeping train reminiscent of Rihanna's massive Guo Pei train from 2015's Gala.

    The structured, Dracula-esque collar and thigh-high slit gave the look a sexy twist that would make Inspector Gadget blush.  

  • Donatella Versace Matches Her Hair to Her Dress

    Donatella Versace is all about color coordination.

    The designer, who arrived with Kylie Jenner on her arm, made sure that her signature bleach blonde mane matched the gold color or her single-shoulder sequin gown by dying them a blinding shade of highlighter yellow. 

    Though neither Jenner nor Versace's ensembles were very adventurous, the designer gets points for her hair game (though not as many as Jaden, who arrived with his hair literally in hand). 

  • Solange Arrives In a Cutting Edge Accessory: Ice Skates

    Solange has delivered once again. 

    The singer wore an off-the-runway look from Thom Browne's fall 2017 collection, complete with ice skates. The long puffer coat was part of Browne's anti-dress collection, which saw models trekking down the runway in tuxedo-style puffer coats and veils. 

    We just hope that no one gets hit with one of those skates this year... could be dangerous. 

  • Kendall Jenner Proves the Naked Dress Is Alive and Well

    Naked never goes out of style, apparently. 

    Kendall Jenner proved that the look is alive and well when she arrived in a barely there gown by La Perla. The look featured a hip-grazing high slit, as well as a flesh-baring slash through the front that revealed her taut abs. The parts of her that were covered in material were still visible thanks to the uber-sheer fabric.

    Move over, J. Lo, you've got naked dress competition.

  • Claire Danes Rocks the Brand of the Moment

    Sarah Jessica Parker was the first to don the 2-year-old label Monse at the Met Gala red carpet last year, wearing a divisive look that was compared to the Hamilton costumes. 

    This year, Claire Danes tried the brand on for size, stepping out in a ruffled white shirt and black pants. She paired the look with simple heels and bleached eyebrows that added an extra punch for the avant garde theme. 

  • Diddy Reclines on the Met Gala Steps Mid Red Carpet Walk

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    In case you hadn't noticed, there are a lot of steps leading up the Met Museum — and they can tucker you out, apparently.

    Diddy fell victim to the stair-climbing exhaustion, and decided to take a break by reclining in the middle of the carpet. He could be seen in the background of Cassie's photos, chilling out max and relaxing all cool. 

    The rapper was wearing a cape and Louboutin shoes while he posed on the steps, tweeting of his pose, "I was getting tired so I laid down on the stairs!!!" 

    Never change, Diddy.

  • Kerry Washington, Lily Collins Pay Homage to Rei Kawkubo's Signature 'Do

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    Lily Collins' and Kerry Washington's short, black 'dos weren't just the finishing touch to their avant garde-themed looks. The bobs were also a nod to the evening's honoree, Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo, who has rocked her signature black chop for years.

    Collins stepped out in a Giambattista Valli number, while Washington arrived on the arm of Michael Kors in a gown the designer described as "Park Avenue punk." 

  • Rihanna Rushes Down the Carpet

    The Met Gala queen has arrived.

    The Internet's favorite fashion icon, the one-and-only Rihanna, hit the red carpet just as it was winding down (wearing Comme des Garcons, of course), and reportedly barely stopped to pose for photos. 

    The singer topped off her petal-covered ensemble with a top knot, bright pink makeup and super strappy heels. 

  • Cara Delevingne Resurrects Foil Hair Look from Comme des Garcons Runway

    After shaving her head for her role in the upcoming film, Life in a Year, Cara Delevingne arrived at the Met Gala with a metallic 'do reminiscent of the foil looks from Comme des Garcons' fall 1993 show. 

    The model-turned-actress paired the metallic look with a shimmering, deep-v Chanel suit and metallic pumps. 

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