Yas, Queen: Iconoclasts of the 2016 Met Gala
Amid the 500-odd attendees of the 2016 Met Gala, many of them sheathed in liquid silver Balmain and Altuzarra, or baroque Dolce & Gabbana and Marchesa, there were a handful of women who dared to go as all-out as the event demands. Still fewer went the distance — and succeeded. But where they worked, these unconventional looks offered a counterpoint to the robotics-inspired trend of the night (does technology really just mean cyborgs?), envisioning an alternate Met Gala scenario rife with originality and eccentricity. It was Grimes, not Taylor Swift, who set the standard for Louis Vuitton for the evening; Katy Perry, not Zoe Saldana, who ruled the 50-yard train. Madonna, in Givenchy, arrived in typical dramatic style, Riccardo Tisci by her side, and accessorized with a large pendant dangling from her forehead. FKA Twigs and Zoe Kravitz, too, opted for unconventional hair — and face — accessories, while the Olsens' best accessories were their matching expressions of disdain-slash-exhaustion. Halsey (in DKNY! with sneakers!), Miuccia Prada, Edie Campbell, Alexa Chung, and Amandla Stenberg paired menswear-inspired suiting with a take-no-prisoners attitude. Chloë Sevigny, Amy Schumer, and Jamie Bochert matched perfectly with designers already known for being iconoclasts themselves: Simone Rocha, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander Wang. Here, the 15 women of the Met Gala who chose the adventurous route — and nailed it. To them, all we can add is a heartfelt: Yaaaas, kween.