Zoe Kravitz has an advantage. Several, actually. First… you can’t get away from the face. Her face, it’s absurd. Like absurdly exquisite. Like intoxicatingly exquisite. Second though, right now, it’s the hair. Right now, the shock blonde pixie cut is having a moment. But no one is doing it better than she is. And at the MET Gala this year, where the theme was the Art of the In-Between, automatically Zoe Kravitz is the manifestation, even if she were to wear a black t-shirt and some jeans. That said, Zoe’s no slacker. So she took it to the next level with her dress too.
The dress is Oscar De La Renta, ordinarily not thought of as a companion to Comme Des Garcons. But this piece in particular is definitely a tribute. Let’s start with the capelet that becomes a cape that then becomes a train. If you are familiar with CDG you know that Rei Kawakubo has been tweaking the cape forever and that she often, in her designs, builds in a versatility to the components. A cape can be belted and tucked. A sleeve can turn into a pocket. It sounds bananas but that’s the reason why Kawakubo is being honoured – somehow she just makes that sh-t happen. So the cape on Zoe’s Oscar De La Renta, and its adaptability is 100% living the essence of CDG.
As for the pinkness of it, the millennial pinkness they’re calling it, and the princessy ballgown effect, whether or not it’s too classic to truly reflect Kawakuba’s creative insubordination, I read a great essay last night on Rei Kawakuba’s appeal to the art world with this wonderful paragraph:
So much in fashion is about remaking the female form, about celebrating it or sexualizing it or perfecting it. Kawakubo not only avoids those types of cliches, she explodes them. She wants to deform the female form—to obscure it beyond recognition.
Does Zoe’s dress live up to it? To me, yes. It’s the black roses. Real black roses. And all I see is that her breasts are vomiting black roses, heaving them out of her body, and the effect is disturbing, almost grotesque, non? It’s dark and profane spoiling a pretty exterior. And that’s totally the point.