Since its beginnings in 1948, the annual Met Gala event that descends onto New York City each year has ushered in the spectacular and often the plain bizarre. The display of luxury fashion stops enthusiasts across the globe, but when it came to Jaden Smith’s 2017 look, I wasn’t sure whether to applaud or look on in horror. The theme for the Costume Institute Exhibition was “Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons” and so abstract ideas were brought to life.
“Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Andrew Bolton commented to Vogue.com. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”
Hitting the red carpet, Jaden Smith so excellently donned a Louis Vuitton, long-line suit and square-toe boots. Making a strong case for the man-heel, the then 18-year-old thought he’d up his accessory game with an unexpected style move; that being carrying his own dreadlocks in one hand. Practical? Probably not.
Talking to the legendary André Leon Talley on the carpet, while he he said his look was Matrix-inspired, his reasoning for the fistful of hair was peculiar. “Since I couldn’t bring my sister as a date, I brought my old hair.”
Stay tuned as we look back at the most outrageous looks from past Met Gala events.