The dress was beautiful, but, when you put 50,000 freshwater pearls and 16,000 crystal pearls on a gown, there is at least a bit of a chance for calamity—and that’s what happened when Kim Kardashian’s stunning Schiaparelli gown experienced a wardrobe malfunction as Kardashian headed to the Met Gala red carpet last night. Thankfully, none other than Kardashian’s daughter North West was there to save the day, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Kardashian told Vogue on the red carpet “I wanted pearls. I thought, what is more Karl? The iconic Chanel pearls is what I always thought of, so we wanted to just be dripping in pearls,” she said. “Some popped on the way, and I told my daughter to grab them all. They’re real pearls, and she was putting them in her purse.”
North joined her mom at the event but didn’t walk the red carpet with her because of its 18-and-older age restriction.
Entertainment Tonight reports that Kardashian’s gown “continued to prove problematic throughout the evening. She was photographed returning to her New York City hotel with strands of the pearls ripping off and scattering on the ground as empty strands hung loose.” Ahhh, the things we do for fashion.
And the wardrobe malfunction may not have even been the most interesting part of the night for Kardashian—as People reports, she had a (seemingly very friendly) run-in with ex Pete Davidson, nine months after their split. If you’ll remember, at last year’s Met, Kardashian and Davidson walked the carpet together, Kardashian clad in Marilyn Monroe’s one-of-a-kind champagne rhinestone gown. A photographer snapped a photo of Kardashian and Davidson chatting with Usher, who made headlines of his own with Kardashian recently—he serenaded her last month during his Las Vegas residency. Photos show Davidson smiling at Kardashian as she looks at Usher; People reports “she even appeared to reach for Davidson’s hand at one point while addressing the comedian.”
This year’s Met Gala—held annually the first Monday in May—paid homage to legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld through its theme, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” Kardashian’s custom haute couture Schiaparelli gown was designed by Daniel Roseberry and took 12 artisans 1,000 hours to craft.
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