Ashley Graham in H&M at the Met Gala: flamenco fug or on theme?

Out of all the H&M dresses at the Met Gala, Jourdan Dunn’s was my favorite but I’m leading with Ashley here because we don’t have enlargeable photos of Jourdan yet. According to H&M’s press release Ashley was in “a corset dress influenced by Kawakubo’s interest in revealing the inner workings of garments.” Her corset is described as “subtly deconstructed” and her “long red silk skirt was boned and fastened by hook-and-eyes, both decorated with exuberant ruffles of dark red silk organza.” I would not be so exuberant in describing this gown, which has a simple formula – corset dress with ruffled poofs along the side and down the skirt. It’s not bad though and at least they tried to go with the theme. Plus she looks hot in it, although it seems like we see her everywhere lately, doesn’t it? Also, really great makeup and understated hair, which is what this dress called for.


Here’s Jourdan Dunn, absolutely slaying it in what looks like a dress shirt and pinstripe pants turned into a Kawakubo homage with ruffles, straps, cutouts, straps and layers of fabric. I love this. They posed her with Future on the red carpet as he’s also in H&M but I don’t think they’re dating from what I could find in three minutes of google research. We heard earlier this year that he might be with Nicki Minaj, but that was just a rumor.

Look at it in motion!

Speaking of Nicki Minaj, I saw some disappointment at her outfit last night because it’s basically a bodice with a long train, but I actually like it. H&M says that the train is “decorated with rays of black and red, with one red Swarovski crystal ray extending to the front” and it has floral ruffles underneath. There are several interesting features to this gown which work together without being predictable or overwhelming. It’s got a superhero vibe too. Remember that theme in 2008?

Here’s Stella Maxwell in white H&M silk chiffon with pearls. This just looks like a fancy flapper dress although I like that the pearls aren’t arranged in perfectly straight lines. Maybe that’s just the way they fall on the body and it wasn’t intentional. The result is cool though.



Photos credit: WENN and Getty

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  1. Lizzie says:

    Her corset dress influenced by Kawakubo’s interest in revealing the inner workings of garments…and the fact that she is not content without wearing lingerie as clothing no matter the occasion.

  2. Chelly says:

    Wasn’t she like the unofficial “spokesperson” for average/overweight women? Not that she doesn’t look amazing, silly woman always does…….but ijs, is it me or did she lose A LOT of weight? Or am I just late? And yes, I see corset dress but I’ve seen plus side gals w corsets who were still spilling in other areas. She seems quite proportional

    • Goldie says:

      Ashley may have lost weight but her body has always been well-proportioned. She’s just one of those lucky ladies who carries her weight really well.

    • Alp says:

      Right? I thought I recognised her name as being the one of the few plus-sized models and then I thought she looked skinny in her dress with a flat stomach so thought I was wrong there.

      • lala says:

        Her stomach has always been super flat, no matter what she weighs it’s always looking flat and toned.

  3. Pumpkin Pie says:

    Flamenco fug

  4. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    I agree that Jourdan’s outfit is the best of the bunch. Nicki’s outfit is not bad but I don’t really care for the material used; it looks a little cheap to me.

  5. QQ says:

    Ashley and Jourdan Look AMAZING.. Shit, so Does Future for that matter, he can really wear anything. a lot of men came to play and they deserve a Post!

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. I think these are some of the best looks of the night. H&M killed it.

    • Tata says:

      Agree w QQ! Mens need a post, ashley and jourdan met the theme and look killer.

  6. Alp says:

    I love Ashley’s dress. Love love love!

  7. serena says:

    Honestly love Nicki Minaj’s outfit, it’s stunning!

  8. Beth says:

    Stella Maxwells dress looks like it would be uncomfortable to sit down on all those pearls.

  9. Lipreng says:

    Did Ashley do something to her face? The skin around her foreheads and eyes looks weird.

  10. ichsi says:

    Well thanks to H&M we now know that Future dresses to the right.
    Also, sorry, I know that a lot of people on here are obsessed with Jourdan but this woman really needs a few extra pounds stat. Doesn’t matter how pretty the face is when all I can see are the bones of her shoulders.

  11. Ange says:

    I know the Met Gala is notorious for being hot but are those ladies sweaty or is it just that horrible over highlighted makeup trend?

  12. Susie says:

    Having been a fashion crazy kid back in the Comme des Garçons days, I think Jourdan’s really represents the style of the label well.

  13. bella says:

    I love Jourdan’s and Stella Maxwell dresses. The others are ok. Future looks hot!