I am normally confident that I already own the right ensemble for most occasions — even the occasions to which I’m not invited! While we regular people don’t get to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit like we used to, that’s the outing I fantasize about the most because it’s an opportunity for over-the-top, themed, costume-y fashion. However, this year’s Met Gala had me stumped for a while. The 2017 event celebrates the museum’s new exhibit on Rei Kawakubo, who designs the avant-garde Comme des Garçons label. I don’t own any Comme des Garçons. I don’t even own any non-Kawakubo clothes featuring stuffed humps and no sleeves.
Then I remembered my Steve J & Yoni P jacket with padded sleeves. I wore it to a 2010 Lady Gaga concert with latex-look leggings, platform boots, and stylized makeup. I think that whole look could have gone straight to the Met!
The makeup on actual Met Gala guest Grace Hartzel gives off a similar vibe, right?
Lily Collins also went for a distinctive beauty style …
… as did Rila Fukushima. (Actually, I love Rila’s look from head to toe.)
Back to my imaginary outfit: I could put the Steve J & Yoni P jacket over a more formal dress, the way I wore my cropped blue Junya Watanabe moto jacket with a pink strapless Zang Toi gown to Vanity Fair’s 2013 Oscar party.
But now that I look at it again, I like the leggings better. For an avant-garde party, if I can’t wear a gown with humps, I don’t want to wear a gown at all. So there!
Stay tuned for my Best Dressed/Wear What You Want award for tonight’s event.