Firstly, let me explain what the Met Gala is exactly. The Costume Institute Gala in New York is the biggest event on the fashion fundraising calendar. First held in 1948 to encourage donations from New York’s high society. Nowadays, the most famous faces from fashion, film, music and art come together to raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of its latest exhibition. The Met Gala takes place on the first Monday of May, which this year fell on the 7th of May. The night is centred on the theme of the new exhibition, and this year’s was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
Since 1995, the event has been chaired by US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Witour, who enlists public figures to serve as the event’s co-chairs. The Met Gala 2018, which marks the event’s 70th anniversary, was co-chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihana and Donatella Versace (which explains the different Versace looks several attendees went for I reckon). A surprise performace was made by non other than Madonna, who very aptly sang a rendition of her hit: Like A Prayer.
Here are a few of the interesting (or not so interesting) looks in my opinion:
Least favourite looks:
The Met Gala is one of the few places where you can go all out with the interesting dress code they set every year. To me, Kendall Jenner just wore the simplest outfit out there that was both boring and had nothing to do with the theme (ok it’s white, but that’s not enough of a statement).
Cara delevigne’s look was not so interesting either. I mean, it started off promising with the crown, but the gown looks unfinished and boring. Adwoa Aoboah’s entire look made her very old and as if she were attending an old people get-together in a garden. Not interesting in the slightest bit.
Nicki Minaj’s dress was too plain for her, and the headpiece made it too costume-esque if you know what I mean. I expected way too much from her I suppose.
Tracee Ellis Ross is used to slay red carpets so I don’t know what happened here. I know the pink refers to something or another that has to do with the theme, but the dress in itself did nothing for her beautiful shape, and the hair made it look too outdated. Again, boring.
Alicia Vikander is just not doing it for me. Not the hair, not the makeup and especially not the dress. I mean, that looks like camo print and too robot-esque, which is a look she almost always goes for that doesn’t suit her.
Selena Gomez’s makeup and hair looked actually beautiful and angelic, but the dress made her look chubby (not that there is anything wrong with that but I’m sure that’s not a look she was going for), and did nothing for her breasts. She looked like a new, stunning, young mother enjoying a night out. What the saginess is going on?
JLo, before you throw tomatoes at me, let me just say that she looked beautiful and absolutely gorgeous as she always does. However, her look was too predictable in my opinion. I wish she would’ve gone for something more risqué and unexpected.
Despite the gorgeousness of these three women, I don’t think they’ve put a shread of thought into their outfits. Apart from being very out of theme, they’re too plain, too cocktail-y, in the case of Kate Moss, and way too boring.
Looks That Slayed:
It’s safe to say that we’ve been waiting all year long for her highness Rihanna to bless us with her killer looks every single Met Gala, and this year is no different. She absolutely killed it with her headpiece, her jaw-dropping outfit and accessories. She was utter perfection. I cannot imagine how heavy everything was but she worked it like no other. Drop down gorgeous!
It’s not always that I like what Prianka wears, but this Met Gala she actually nailed it. Apart from the fact that velvet burgundy is one of my absolute favourite fabric for evening wear, but she looked subtle yet very on-theme and chic with that stunning headpiece that tied everything together. Her makeup and dark lip looked royal giving her the perfect finishing touch.
Katy Perry deserves an entire photo and blog post for her and her majestic wings! I love her dedication to the theme (she doesn’t always nail it as she tends to be an over-achiever in not such a good way). She was an absolute vision from head to toe.
Kim was a vision in her stunning Versace dress, channeling 90s super models to absolute perfection. The hair was subtle yet chic, the makeup was a bit more than we’re used to from her during the last couple of years but it was so needed, especially that brown lip, to balance out the gold and over-the-top dress. It’s safe to say that she let her curves do the talking.
I’m an extremely big fan of Blake Lively’s style whether it’s for the red carpet, press tour or just casual day wear. She stuck to the theme and made sure to turn heads with that rich and gorgeous dress. The embelished bodice was everything, as was that beautiful train. Her makeup was flawless, and the headpiece along with her updo were just utter perfection. She killed it.
Sarah Jessica Parker is an og when it comes to landing on the best-dressed list of the Met Gala. She’s always had a gigantic and artistic headpiece to flaunt, as well as a dress that channeled the night’s theme. This year was no exception.
I thought Ariana Grande looked cutestie and beautiful with her bow and appropriate Vera Wang dress. There is something about celebrities that are too predictable despite looking beautiful that I’m just not a fan of.
Cardi B showing up in a heavy as hell Jeremy Scott creation whilst being heavily pregnant deserves a standing ovation. She was very out of breath during her Vogue interview on top of the stairs and we all know why. The detailing on the dress was beautiful, but I wasn’t a fan of its design and the hair and makeup really.
Zendaya is a cameleon when it comes to red carpets and I love her for that. She’s very innovative and creative with her looks that keeps everything fresh and modern. I didn’t like the whole ancient army vibe she was giving off but I liked the creativity of the dress as well as her wig.
Kate Bosworth can do no wrong in the fashion department. Her look was very, very on-theme, maybe a bit too much though. She literally looked like a painting from ancient history coming to life. She was very beautiful and angelic.