The Met Gala is one of the biggest nights in fashion, with celebrities, fashion icons, and elite members of society coming together to celebrate the industry’s creativity and innovation. This year’s theme focuses on the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld, the late fashion icon known for his transformative work at Chanel and other fashion houses.
Lagerfeld’s influence on the fashion world cannot be denied. He revolutionized the merger of hip-hop culture and high fashion, dressed and befriended countless celebrities, and transformed once-staid runway shows into masterful, theatrical displays. However, his legacy is also complicated by his often-controversial opinions and remarks on various topics.
Lagerfeld was known for being a self-proclaimed “big mouth,” and his public comments on issues such as fatphobia, gay adoption, migrants, sexual assault survivors, and the #MeToo movement caused outrage and criticism. He was also known for speaking out against what he deemed “ugly” people, without apology.
While some critics have questioned the decision to honor Lagerfeld at the Met Gala, gala visionary and close friend Anna Wintour has been a vocal supporter of the tribute. However, not everyone in the industry is on board with the choice. Actor and activist Jameela Jamil, for example, acknowledged Lagerfeld’s fashion genius but denounced his “distinctly hateful” remarks, particularly toward women.
Despite the controversy, Lagerfeld’s impact on the fashion world cannot be denied. His contributions to the industry continue to be celebrated and remembered, even as his legacy remains complex and multifaceted.
In addition to the Met Gala itself, a group of internet friends has decided to democratize the event with a Twitter companion that’s open to creators who submit digital fashion in line with the real thing’s annual theme. This move speaks to the importance of inclusivity and creativity in the fashion world, while also acknowledging the need to evolve and adapt to changing times.