Kim Kardashian and Paloma Faith sport glove sleeves at the 2013 Met Gala.
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A funny thing happened on the 2013 Met Gala red carpet. No, not the thing where Beyonce paid homage to Katniss Everdeen. It was the thing where Kim Kardashian and Paloma Faith both implemented a styling choice we have no better term for at 1 AM than "glove sleeves." The rare fashion phenomenon of gloves sleeves, as you've probably already deduced, happens when a garment's sleeve does not end with a hem or a cuff and instead, extends and splinters into fingers. It's definitely a look and one that caught us by surprise tonight, especially because not one but TWO ladies sported the look down the "Punk: Chaos to Couture" step-and-repeat. And what's more punk than unabashedly wearing something almost no one understands?
Alright, we're not saying the attitudes of anti-establishment and anti-bare palms are one in the same, but there's an air of bucking convention to it that feels right in-step with the movement. The point of us calling out these glove sleeves is not to debate their punky merits, but rather to plant a deluge of questions in your head to the point where you won't be able to stop thinking about for the rest of the week. If you look closely, you'll see Kim's floral Givenchy gown features rows of laced up grommets joining the sleeve and glove parts together. HOWEVER, we still can't tell for sure whether that's functional, allowing Kim the option of REMOVING the gloves if ever she wanted to, or if it's purely decorative. If she can't take off the gloves, how does she wash her hands? Scratch her nose? USE ANY TOUCHSCREEN?? Also, how clammy are her hands getting in there? All very important queries.
Paloma Faith, on the other hand, is definitely working with a fluid sleeve-to-glove situation, but at least the fabric is a lighter, more breathable sheer. The flimsier fabric may have temperature benefits, but it also has its own host of issues, chief among those is susceptibility to snags. No pointy or un-filed nails for you if this is the look you're going for! And yet, Paloma still risks wearing a precariously spikey headpiece with her outfit. Because you know what? Runs fit the theme, too, right?