This year’s Met Gala theme centered on its exhibit, ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’. Honoring 74 year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, the 2017 Met Gala brought out an explosion of fashions and beauty trends that walk the line between classic sensibilities and avant-garde art.
The juxtaposition of dark, moody colors against pops of bright rainbow hues on the Red Carpet is just the sort of duality that Kawakubo’s work is known for. Outfits with structural cuts, sharp lines, bold graphics and dramatic volume found themselves paired against feminine, classic makeup trends, which were then topped off with electric, edgy hair trends.
Allison Williams’ Met Gala 2017 is at-once strikingly modern and deliciously retro. The vintage glam waves and volume get a major update with the side-parted, shoulder-skimming lob. The height at the crown adds a ton of movement and body to the hairdo, really making it come alive. The best part about this hairstyle is that Allison looked completely at home on the red carpet for an event known to invite unpredictable, eccentric fashion trends and yet you could just as easily wear this hairstyle to work or a wedding.
Cara Delevingne recently shaved her head for her role in the upcoming movie Life in a Year and most people expected her to walk the ‘bald and beautiful’ route, especially seeing as to how in-sync the aesthetic is with the event. However, Cara went a step further and surprised –and delighted– everyone by painting on some silver hair! Cara invented the new ‘alien chic’ trend with frosty platinum skull-kissing faux-crop complete with a side-parted, asymmetrical hairline and sequins placed along the front like the most glorious meteor shower.
Every year, the Met Gala and the Oscars yield a hair trend or two in the form of spectacular hair accessories. As a stylist, you learn to love both the craft itself as well as these complimentary accents that are sometimes all you need to kick a look up to the next level. Claire’s updo gets an edgy kick with the pouf-accent at the front, but the real star of the show is that Fred Leighton arrow-shaped brooch. Everything, from the distinctly vintage style to the steely finish, lends a sleek, tough ‘warrior princess’ air to the hairdo, and contrasts beautifully with the princess-y volume of Claire’s outfit.
Lily Collins wore a Flapper-era inspired wig to the 2017 Met Gala and everything about the hairdo –the softly graduating super-short bangs, the blunt bowl cut, the longer ends at the back, the mahogany-hued inky black base– screamed Met Magnificence. The hairdo was super vampy, with strong gothic influences, and the undeniable Twenties-vibe also lends an air of soft femininity to the look.
Rose Byrne’s dramatic curly-do was hands-down one of the most talked about looks from the 2017 Met Gala. To recreate the Studio 54-esque hair, you need to work with tightly wound curls and brush them out to create the texture. Remember to keep some of the crown slicked-down and flat, about 2 inches from the side part on either side, to create a sharp contrast with the curls and stay true to the retro vibe. The hairdo really plays up Rose’s hair color as well: the gradient from the brunette roots to the strawberry blonde tips really comes through in the hairstyle.
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Sofia Sanchez’s braided hairdo is sheer perfection. The tightly coiled fishtail braid snaking its way around the crown and down the side and one shoulder is a spectacular work of art. There’s something so fluid about the braid it seems almost alive. The tightly slicked-down crown and straight, loose ends at the bottom create a vivid contrast with the braid in all its serpentine glory.
In a sea of stunning hairstyles and beautiful outfits, Zendaya left everyone breathless with her beyond-voluminous Afro. If textured hairstyles are your thing, it doesn’t get better than Zendaya’s look from last night. To recreate the base, you need to begin with tightly curled ringlets and then work to breathe life and body into them. A great way to ‘comb out’ tightly wound hair is to lift sections and pull them apart with your fingers and backcomb in small pieces, moving against the natural grain to really get that cloud of curls. Zendaya’s look is both iconic and wearable, helped by the fact that the bangs, the soft-U shape of her hair and the downward-pull of gravity (in a time when the dominant hair trend is to go ‘up, up, up’ with futuristic hairdos) are all so natural. It’s no wonder that Zendaya’s Met Gala 2017 hairstyle is being hailed as the ultimate in real girl style.
Truly an unforgettable night: the 2017 Met Gala did not disappoint!