Zendaya & Jessica Chastain: Best & Worst Belles of the MET Gala

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 2, 2017 04:30:14 May 2, 2017 04:30:14

Is it possible to ignore the theme of the MET Gala and still somehow honour it? Of course. Rei Kawakubo is a fashion contrarian. To the extreme. So, if you are going to be contrary, in the spirit of Rei Kawakubo, you must go all the way. Which is exactly what we got from Zendaya.

Comme Des Garcons, in many ways, is the antithesis of Belle and Beauty And The Beast. Zendaya wore a Belle gown (by Dolce&Gabbana). A Belle gown on steroids. A giant full skirt. A dramatic train. And a Belle gown patterned by parrots, like all the birds fluttering around Belle when she sings. With her curly hair pushed out as big as it will go. And a lip colour to match the exact shade of coral on the material. You know why this look works? Because it’s DEFIANT. What she’s saying here is, yeah, I know what your theme is, and I’m taking it in the opposite direction, I’m gonna be the f-cking princess BECAUSE your theme is anti-princess, so take your theme and shove it up your ass. Which is EXACTLY the Rei Kawakubo attitude.

Jessica Chastain, on the other hand…

I love Jessica Chastain. I really, really do. But I can’t love Jessica Chastain’s style. Jessica Chastain dressed like she was auditioning for Belle in Beauty And The Beast. There is no rebellion in Jessica’s Belle. There is nothing here that seeks to challenge. This look is only meant to please and appease. Her Belle is the true Disney Belle – sweet and pretty and innocent and …earnest. Rei Kawakubo can be described a lot of ways. Earnest? Never.  

Kevin Mazur/ Theo Wargo/ Taylor Hill/ Dimitrios Kambouris/ George Pimentel/ Dia Dipasupil/ Getty Images

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