Forget The Gala, The Met’s New Fashion Exhibit Understood The Assignment

This year’s Met Gala was the site of some major sartorial wins and losses. Celebrities and designers interpreted the night’s theme, “American Independence,” rather inconsistently. From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s statement-making gown (a win, in our opinion) to Justin Bieber’s sloppy suit, the night peaked at thrilling highs and dropped to concerning lows. On Monday night, each celebrity appearance was gauged by a phrase oft thrown around the Twittersphere: They understood the assignment. A Balenciaga and ERL-clad Rihanna and A$AP Rocky understood the assignment. In a shocking fall from grace, Jennifer Lopez did not. But beyond the buzz of the Gala’s red (or rather, beige) carpet, the exhibit executed the assignment with aplomb. Read more at Highsnobiety.