This year’s Met Gala, happening this evening, is about to take us to church—and Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh will be assigned the specific role of listening to your fashion sins.
Tell it all to the dark gods of fashion, who you’ll be able to reach via hotlines created by “contemporary” vintage fashion site Byronesque. In coordination with this year’s Met Gala theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, callers can dial separate lines for Owens and Pugh, where they’ll be greeted with a recording of the designers reciting Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” in addition to recordings from cult worships.
“There are a lot of fashion sins committed on the Gala red carpet every year and this year’s theme was literally a gift from God,” Byronesque founder Gill Linton explained to Dazed. “We have a personal shopping service, which is a bit like being the priest taking confession for all the deadly sins.” Whether it’s your not-so-secret love of crocs or the Abercrombie & Fitch skirt you find yourself wearing years later, Owens and Pugh will hear it all.
To reach Rick Owens, call +1 800 666 2498, and for Gareth Pugh, dial +1 800 666 9524. Tonight’s Met Gala will take us to church in more ways than one. As a reminder, Rihanna, Amal Clooney, and Donatella Versace will host this year’s Gala, a truly stellar trio. That being said, it’s been coming out this past week that the Met Gala (perhaps not surprisingly) isn’t as fun as it may look.
Amy Schumer once referred to it as “punishment” in a 2016 interview with Howard Stern, also saying that everyone was “dressed up like a bunch of fucking assholes”. A Hollywood insider also told Page Six that “she has four A-list clients who declined their invites this year. “They want to take a year or two off. It’s the same thing. It’s long, drawn out and boring.”
But if there’s anyone who can make this year’s Gala more interesting (and way more fun) it’s Rihanna. In the meantime, we’ll just be waiting with our cigarettes in the bathroom.