Jaden Smith, always one for statement-making with his style (let’s not forget the time he wore an all-white Batman costume to Kim and Kanye’s wedding), showed up on Monday night’s Met Gala red carpet clutching a handful of his own hair.
The actor shaved off his bleached dreadlocks and decided to use them as a handheld accessory to go with his black-on-black suit and metallic tooth jewelry. According to a tweet from @VogueMagazine, who hosted the event, Smith was also carrying a speaker and blasting his own music as he walked in. They say real heroes don’t wear capes, but maybe they do carry their own dreadlocks.
The Met Gala, which is hosted by Anna Wintour as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, is one of the most fashion-focused red carpets of the year. Because of this, many celebrities try to do something new, different, and unexpected with their look—take Katy Perry's LED-covered dress from 2010, or Beyoncé's full latex look, for example—as a means of standing out from the otherwise boring sea of gowns and tuxes. This year’s Comme des Garçons theme lends itself well to major fashion statements, and Smith’s decision to carry his hair in his hands may very well land him a spot on the best-dressed list.
The internet, which tends to be fashion’s harshest critic, has applauded Smith for his avant-garde approach to the evening, which is on-theme with the museum’s Comme des Garçons–inspired exhibit.
When he hits the dance floor later tonight, one thing is for sure: He’ll be able to give an entirely new meaning to his sister’s lyrics of “I whip my hair back and forth.”
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