The 2017 Met Gala has been and gone and no doubt your social media timeline is filled with images of celebrities who either nailed, or completely missed this year’s Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons theme. One interesting thing about the annual Met Gala, aside from it being the most anticipated night out in the fashion calendar, is that it’s often the time that a celebrity unveils a radical new look.
I’m not talking bold fashion steps with a Rihanna-esque train, or an avant garde head piece a la Sarah Jessica Parker, I mean a brand spanking new image. Dressing to the met Gala’s pre-assigned theme each year takes some serious commitment (for those who adhere to the dress code it does anyway). Take Gigi Hadid who this year dyed her hair to match the cooler nude tones in her Met Gala dress, Kylie Jenner wore a platinum Rei Kawakubo tribute wig and Rihanna’s dress and beauty look were the perfect embodiment of the 2017 Met Gala theme.
The transformation that I’m most interested in however, is one that’s restored a certain someone to her rightful place, a turnaround that demonstrates the power of a simple haircut, a shake up that can elevate someone to the top of their game. Step forward Karlie Kloss, I’m talking about you.
If there was ever anyone to demonstrate that a great haircut can open doors, Kloss is that person. Sure she’s beautiful, but with that long, boring hair, she faded into the background in her early modelling career and went relatively unnoticed. Until that is, one day she burst on to the scene with THAT haircut. A short, sharp, raggedy bob with sweeping bangs. Suddenly Kloss was sexy and less girl down the road. In fact, you probably don’t even remember her before THAT haircut do you?
Some transformation right? Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. Well she let that super cute bob grow out, bleached it up a bit and went back to looking pretty generic, albeit super pretty, but we all know that’s not enough in the world of high fashion modelling.
Fast forward to the 2017 Met Gala and as I was sat at my iPad all night long reporting the red carpet arrivals on social media, I let out an audible gasp when Kloss arrived. Not because her Carolina Herrera tuxedo dress was super boring and a mile wide of the theme, but because that gorgeous bob that elevated her star status was back. Total high five moment right here, seriously, feel free to take a moment to fist bump the person next to you.
This time Kloss is blonde; it’s The Bob 2.0 and man is it strong. Minus the bangs and sleek than ever, Kloss has taken the look that propelled her into the spotlight all those years ago and updated it for 2017. Voyeurs, I’m ecstatic. They say it’s the little things that please us greatly, and this does please me, immensely. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve silently willed Kloss to bring back the bob, how many times I’ve actually dreamed of cutting her hair myself (too far?) and last night, the sight of this bob made me happy enough to wake up Bo at 1.40am so that he could also revel in this glorious news.
Klossy, you’ve begun your re-ascension, and just look at that face, she knows how awesome she looks. Kudos Karlie, you look freaking amazes. Now would it be too much to ask for the bangs to make a return??
DISCLAIMER: If this turns out to be a wig I’m going to need some counselling and a short recovery programme