Actress-of-the-moment Zoe Kravitz's pink-and-black Oscar de la Renta Met Gala dress may not have seemed like the most avant-garde of the night; but when we later found out the black flowers were actually real dyed roses, that definitely kicked things up a notch.
The dress marked an important moment not only for Kravitz, but also for Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, as Monday marked their first Met Gala since joining Oscar de la Renta as co-creative directors (though they both worked at the brand, under Oscar, for years). And they were spread pretty thin: They also dressed Miranda Kerr and Daisy Ridley in Oscar de la Renta, and Claire Danes and Thandie Newton in their own label Monse. But they still wanted to do something special.
"We spoke to Andrew [Mukamel], Zoe's stylist, who was very open to having us pitch him any ideas," explained Garcia, who oversees the bulk of the brand's red carpet work at Oscar de la Renta, at The Colleagues' annual spring luncheon in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. "Zoe's favorite was a look from the runway that had flowers on the bust and it was actually Andrew’s idea to work with somebody who does preserve flowers here in LA and so they shipped them to us."
Garcia wanted the look to feel like an homage to Audrey Hepburn, first because Kravitz's character Bonnie was dressed as Hepburn during what was indisputably the most memorable scene from the (amazing) HBO series "Big Little Lies," which of course took place at the oddly themed "Audrey and Elvis" fundraiser. And second because of de la Renta's relationship with Hepburn, who wore his designs on numerous occasions. "I thought it would be beautiful for her to do it for us because Audrey and Oscar have a history, and it's very much a look of the house," said Garcia. Kravitz's new pixie cut likely helped as well. They decided to use black flowers to add a little edge — it is Zoe Kravitz after all — and counteract the "prettiness" of the pink duchess satin.
Garcia explained that, for them, the point of creating looks for the Met Gala is to be able to "express our point of view in an unexpected way." And perhaps most importantly, as Kim added: "reinforcing our idea for the brand."
And why not include a subtle TV reference as well? Given that these are the same designers who soundtracked their spring 2017 Monse finale with the "Stranger Things" theme song, we imagine (and hope) this won't be the last time they do that either.