With its outlandish themes and A-list guests, the Met Gala has become the signature event of the year to get brave on the red carpet. But what would bravery be without the risk of failing?
Sadly, for a large number of guests attending this year’s red carpet event held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday, it doesn’t look like their particular risks were worth taking.
With the theme this year being Rei Kawakubo/Comme de Garçon: Art of the In-Between, many stars opted for pieced that spliced together strange and surprising elements – with some cringe-worthy results.
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A lot to carry: Katy Perry lead the way for the worst-dressed at this year’s Met Gala with custom Maison Margiela piece, designed by John Galliano
Over the top: The outfit was complete with a bizzare headpiece, boasting springs and mirrors as well as the word ‘witness’ embroidered over the veil
Weighted down: The red tulle gown was topped with a heavy-looking wool coat covered in adornments like tulle flowers and plenty of beads
While there was plenty of competition, the undoubted queen of this year’s worst-dressed list has to be pop diva Katy Perry, who arrived in her most baffling ensemble yet.
The custom Maison Margiela piece, designed by John Galliano himself, was comprised of a red tulle and chiffon dress, topped with a heavy-looking red embroidered wool coat and even more red silk tulle dragging to the ground from a veil. She also sported large red Tabi boots with split toes appearing like crimson hooves underneath her layers.
The outfit was then topped off by a ludicrous-looking head piece, which included a chrome spring situated on each side of her head next to what appeared to be rear-view mirrors with dangling jewelry.
Pop star Rita Ora, 26, wore an elaborate red ribbon dress with a pink underskirt and a trailing black and white train
Ready for combat: Madonna not only showed up in a camouflage-printed gown, but also dragged along a camo net as a boa
Double trouble: Co-host Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh totally missed the mark in their outfits. Pharrell’s was far too casual, while Helen’s was just totally perplexing
What the…? The mother, who gave birth to triplets earlier this year, had her arms totally trapped in the bizarre outfit
Oh dear: Claire Danes’ white blouse resembled a pile of crumpled paper
Lumped on: Rihanna was typically bombastic in this ensemble, that made her appear as if she had fallen into a pile of fabric swatches – paired with an entire compact of pink highlighter
Take a swig: She even had a survival flask strapped to her outfit, which she slugged from while on the red carpet
Over her eyes on the veil appeared to be the word ‘witness’ embroidered in a strange scrawl along with a wide-open eyeball.
Close behind is Katy’s co-chair for the event, singer Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh. Despite boasting an important role at the event Pharrell appeared to be dressed more for a stroll through Williamsburg than a red carpet event, simply garbed in ribbed jeans, a plaid shirt and a leather jacket.
Yet he was only barely noticeable next to the arm-less, monolithic creation his wife was wearing, which looked like the outline for a costume of one of the Transformers robots before all the limbs were cut free.
Then there was Rihanna, in a gown that looked like thousands of fabric swatches with various floral prints stitched together into an unwieldy mass.
The ultimate accessory? While Jaden Smith’s all-black ensemble failed to make a statement either way, the handful of his own hair which he brought along with him stole the show for all the wrong reasons
Feeling blue: Tracee Ellis Ross (left) and French model Aymeline Valade (right), both failed to impress in blue – though for very different reasons
Ready to salsa: Thandie Newton’s garish gown wouldn’t have been nearly as bad if she had left the over-smoked eye make-up and giant headpiece at home – and ditto on the latter point for Haley Bennett
Leaving everyone white-faced: Model Grace Hartzel was unmissable with her face painted white with exaggerated lashes and pin-thin brows
Crinkling up: Sofia Richie looked like she could have used an iron for this ill-fitting gold and silver gown
Yet, despite the sheer amount of material on the dress, it still managed to show copious amounts of leg as well as some underboob – enough to display in full her tattoo of the goddess Isis.
Then there was Madonna, who somehow managed to top her cringe-worthy effort from last year with an eye-wateringly terrible military-inspired outfit.
Aside from a tacky camouflage gown, the veteran singer was dragging along a camo net – which soldiers use to drape over them to hide in brush – and had survival supplies strapped to her person, including a padded water bottle.
Claire Danes appeared to be channeling Adam Ant with a pirate blouse that was bizarrely chopped to bits all over except for a train draping down with ruffles halfway down one side.
Tip to toe terrible: While Dakota Johnson looked red carpet ready in a black gown adorned with fabric flowers and bands, her date was decked in everything but the kitchen sink, including studded shoes, a skirt, pants, a pink blazer and blue blouse
Snowed under: Solange Knowles dress might have been perfect if the Met Gala were held on the ski slopes in this puffy coat -inspired gown
It’s a mystery: Priyanka Chopra’s gown looked like a cartoon detective’s idea of a red carpet look
Bursting out: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs aka Puff Daddy was draped in an embroidered jacket over an embroidered jacket, both boasting the same pattern for a headache-inducing effect
Everything but the… Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen sported so many clashing garments it was difficult to keep track
Suited and booted: Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge looked like even she might not have enough leg for the insane red boots she wore with her slashed white gown, topped off with a purple mesh face veil
She then paired the look with a set of flood pants with ties turned up at the bottom with simple black pointed heels.
The title for worst accessory has to go to Jaden Smith, who decide to celebrate the recent close-cropping of his hair by parading down the carpet clutching what appeared to be his newly removed dreadlocks, which he proudly showed off with a grill-decked grin.
Solange Knowles was a cross between a pool float and a puffy winter coat in her gown, which appeared to be so inflated that it puckered at the button clasping it together.
Rita Ora and Ashley Graham went for over-the-top shoulder adornments, while Nicki Minaj showed up in a gown lined with black PVC flowers and a giant face attached to her midsection.
Twinning: Lena Dunham opted not to show off her slimmer figure by wearing a giant gingham gown as she posed next to her similarly maroon-garbed friend Jenni Konner
More misses: Sofia de Betak looked like she had taken a tumble into Queen Amidala’s cast-offs, while Keltie Knight did her figure no favors in oddly placed ruffles
Coming up: The creative mind behind and wife of designer Rick Owens, Michele Lamy, truly lived up to her eccentric nature in this layered and cutaway gown
More crimson cuts: Both Ashley Graham (left) and Rita Ora (right) went for garish adornments going over the shoulder, but only Rita looked like a river of ribbons
An homage? Nicki Minaj forewent pants, but did go for a train covered in PVC flowers and a waist belt bearing a face
Pulling an SJP: Celine Dion seemed to be channeling Sarah Jessica Parker – and not in a good way – with this spiky headpiece
Unique… Business woman Julie Macklowe (left) wore what looked like a giant kilt, while Girls star Jemima Kerke’s bizarre tulle skirt left little to be desired
That’s… interesting? Caroline Kennedy chose to keep her arms concealed in this bulbous floral number