Nicki Minaj Pays Homage to Rei Kawakubo at Met Gala in Versace ‘Medusa’ Sandals

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Nicki Minaj brought her crazy, sexy, cool edge to this year’s Metropolitan Costume Institute Benefit Gala. Her decision to attend the fashion event in H&M raised eyebrows, but we think her dramatic look was one for the books.

The 34-year-old rapper enlisted the help of stylist Maher Jridi to put together a tribute to Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, resulting in an arresting look that struck the perfect balance between the night’s theme and Nicki’s signature style.

Nicki stepped out in a black bodysuit with a duchesse satin kimono top and asymmetric details. She styled it with a black oversized obi belt that featured an iconic image of the Japanese designer. The most striking element of Nicki’s ensemble was the contrasting red cape that continued into a striped sweeping train embellished with Swarovski crystal embellishments and black vinyl roses.

Nicki opted for a bold red pout and sleek, center-parted hair. She accessorized with an assortment of diamond jewels, including the Hearts on Fire “Copley” tassel diamond bracelet, and completed her dramatic ensemble with Versace’s “Medusa” platform sandals.

Nicki Minaj wearing a custom H&M gown and Versace "Medusa" platform sandals at the 2017 Met Gala

Nicki Minaj wearing a custom H&M gown and Versace "Medusa" platform sandals at the 2017 Met GalaNicki Minaj at the 2017 Metropolitan Costume Institute Benefit Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, on May 1, 2017.

The “Medusa” sandals feature a platform style and gold-toned Medusa Head buckle closures. These shoes also have round open toes, triple elasticized straps and high heels. You can get your own pair for $1,695 at Neiman Marcus.

Versace “Medusa” Tri-Strap Platform Sandals

Versace “Medusa” Tri-Strap Platform Sandals

Versace “Medusa” Tri-Strap Platform SandalsVersace “Medusa” Tri-Strap Platform Sandals, $1,695

What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s 2017 Met Gala look?

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