The MET Gala, the highly anticipated annual event that leaves the world awed with its edgy, never-before-seen fashion, soared to new heights this year with its elaborate decorations, array of colorful gowns on exhibition, and incomparable displays of cultural appropriation. This year’s theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass.” To appreciate the beauty and intricacy of China’s long-established fashion industry, the MET Gala’s red carpet featured white celebrities in gaudy, Chinese-looking garb, made by designers such as Dolce & Gabanna. “What a lovely way to divert attention from the Chinese designers that should be featured tonight,” commented Sarah Jessica Parker, as she adjusted her flamboyant headpiece, “I mean, I don’t even know if this headdress means anything in the Chinese culture! But, it was made from recycled materials. I should be rewarded for wearing something so inventive.” At the sight of these horrors, Guo Pei, the designer who spent two years hand crafting Rihanna’s show-stopping yellow gown, cried into her creation while the popstar still wore it.
— Allison Dunn