Do you ever find yourself looking at fashion events and thinking “What?”
I have those feelings on the Met Gala.
I love fashion. Shit. I’ve made it part of my livelihood. But I do not love what comes out of some of these fashion events.
I get that designers and the famous people in attendance are trying to create something unique. Something that challenges them and makes them think (or step) outside of their comfort zone. But a lot of times I just feel confused looking at these creations.
Who am I to judge? I am in no place at all.
That being said, I still have an opinion. My opinion is this. Why all the bondage?
I get that exploring design with different materials is a fun take on this year’s theme “Fashion in the age of technology”. But there was so. much. bondage.
I don’t understand why technology influence was interrupted as plastic cling or body pieces being exposed. Why were there so many cold looks? Technology doesn’t have to mean lack of embellishment.
My favorite looks were when something wearable AND feminine AND beautiful were created out of unexpected materials.
I think my favorite for the night was Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler. The second I saw that dress I was stunned. In a good way. Her dress looked like draped metal. It wasn’t, but it gave that feel. To give the illusion of what is considered to be a hard, unyielding material a look that is flirty and feminine is quite incredible. It felt futuristic and modern, while still classic and attainable.
The other jaw dropping stunner of the night was Clare Danes in Zac Posen. I’ll let it be known that he is one of my all time favorite designers, and he just killed it with this design. I saw the dress and thought it was a beautiful ballgown. But when I realized that it lit up and then saw the way that it lit up, my goodness! GENIUS. That is genius. He hands down wins the award for the night for merging the theme with desirable fashion. That is a ballgown that Grace Kelly would have worn and jaws would have dropped for. But he reimagined it for the technological age. Perfection.
My other favorites for the night included Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa (also a light up dress), Adriana Lima in Giambattista Vali Haute Couture, Stacy Martin in Mui Mui, and Kate Mara in Paco Rabanne by Julien Dossena.
Notice they all achieved a wearable feel while paying homage to the theme of the evening. No bondage. No skin tight slits cut up to their eyeballs. Just really good design that accentuated the woman wearing the dress, not the other way around.
What are your thoughts on these fashion events?