Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra and Katy Perry were also at Anna Wintour’s swanky party
For a fast fashion brand, H&M goes places.
The budget retailer dressed Nicki Minaj in a custom thigh-high custom sheer organza gown, with a flowing cape train made from silk taffeta and black vinyl roses for tonight’s Met Gala, the annual fundraising event for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The gown’s train came with rays of black and red, with one red Swarovski crystal ray reaching to the front of the gown. The 34-year-old rapper, who will reportedly be the face of an upcoming H&M campaign, went high-low. She paired the streetwear brand’s apparel with what looked to be the strappy pair of platform sandals from Versace that she also wore in her “No Frauds” music video.
This is not the first time that H&M has dressed celebs for an event that’s been called the Oscars of the East. Plus size model Ashley Graham—who famously couldn’t find a designer to dress her last year—is making her Met Gala debut in an H&M dress comprised of a cream white corset bodice and ruffles of cherry red organza. Model Jourdan Dunn wore a deconstructed outfit made from an off-white silk taffeta top and an asymmetrically cut navy pinstripe skirt, while Stella Maxwell was decked out in a sheer organic chiffon dress. Last year, H&M also outfitted Ciara, Jennifer Hudson and Amber Valletta.
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Minaj of course was not the only celebrity who captured the attention of flash bulbs. Sofia Richie wore a shimmery champagne silver gown from Topshop that attracted the barbs of some fashion critics, while “Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra looked stunning in a camel Ralph Lauren “cathedral length” trench.
Gala co-chair Katy Perry appeared in an Maison Margiela Artisanal gown with an enshrouding half-opaque veil that led the New York Times to ponder if she’d shaved her head (she didn’t.) Megyn Kelly marked the end of her first day of work at NBC News in a flowery red Rei Kawakubo gown.
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But perhaps the most hyped look went again to Rihanna, who stole the show last year in a Guo Pei creation. This year, the singer appeared in a jaw dropping flowery design from a Kawakubo 2016 collection.
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The most exclusive event on the year’s fashion calendar, held the first Monday in May, is also a highly lucrative evening for the cash strapped Met. Anna Wintour, the Condé Nast artistic director and Vogue editor-in-chief who hosts the event famously turns down many willing to pony up $30,000 for a ticket or $275,000 for a table.
This year, a little under 2016’s 600 plus participants are expected to attended. The comparable evening last year netted about $13 million in proceeds.
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