The Met Gala 2018
Yesterday marked the first Monday in May, which to us fashion worshippers (pun intended) means, the night of the annual Met Gala. The Costume Institute Gala at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met Gala for short) is the biggest fund raising event of the fashion calendar and looks to the most talented in fashion, film, music and art to come together and raise money for the Met’s Costume Institute. Centred on the grand opening of the Met’s latest exhibition, the theme this year was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, focusing on the influence and relationship between religion and fashion. We’ve looked at some of biggest power plays from some of the most thematic brands at the Gala, as well as some of the best dresses worn.
Versace arguably stole the show on Monday; not only did they sponsor the event, their outfits, donned by many A-List celebrities, were also the talk of the night. Taking the ‘heavenly’ part of the theme very literally, Katy Perry arrived in a giant pair of gold feathered wings, combined with a gold chainmail Versace dress and thigh high boots. Donatella herself, co-chairmen of the Gala, wore an embroidered navy and gold mini dress topped with a sweeping navy overskirt and matching embellished boots. Gigi Hadid came in an extensive asymmetrical gown with gold embellishing and Kim Kardashian-West donned a liquid-gold style gown featuring an iconographic cross. Original supermodel, Cindy Crawford, wore a red latex-like dress.
Also keeping to this year’s theme was Italian brand Gucci who supplied us with the Holy Trio of the Met Gala, as it was docked on social media. Making up the trio was musician Lana Del Rey, famous actor Jared Leto and Creative Director, Alessandro Michele. Lana Del Ray came as a Guccified depiction of Our Lady of Sorrows; seven daggers pierced a golden heart at the centre of her chest and a halo and wings hovered above her whilst she wore a white frock with golden embellishments. Michele wore a white suit with gold embellishments and crimson cowboy boots whilst Leto opted for a baby blue suit with a black lapel, gold iconographic stitching and black loafers. Both of the Christ-looking figures finished the look with a golden headpiece.
Maintaining a subtle theme, many guests came decked out in Louis Vuitton this year. Sienna Miller captured the angelic allure via sporting a gold sequined skirt with a high slit, a long-sleeve white top, and gold and silver heels with accessories including a belt, statement necklace and a whimsical headpiece. Brand muse Emma Stone looked elegant in a plunging navy long-sleeved dress, draping gold tassels and a gold and silver purse box. Michelle Williams dazzled on the red carpet wearing silver, glittering gown with black studded sleeves and a round gold embellished purse.
We cannot talk about ensembles at the Gala, without talking about signer and designer, Rihanna. Gathering a reputation for being amongst the best dressed every year, the co-host of this year’s show wore a silvery white beaded Maison Margiela corset mini dress under a floor sweeping embellished skirt. The outfit was accessorised with a pearl anklet, a bejewelled crucifix necklace and a jewel encrusted bishop’s hat that left the entire party in ore. Fashion’s newest darling, Cardi B, made her debut at the popular event and it’s definitely one we will all remember. Attending with fashion designer Jeremy Scott, the pregnant hip-hop star was dressed in a pearl embellished and gem-encrusted gown, a long, golden overskirt and a pearl chocker. The showstopper; a flawless jewel decorated headpiece making up the perfect combination of religion and regal. Although it was her first Gala, it definitely won’t be her last. And finally, what would the Met Gala be with out a high-fashion statement from Blake Lively. Wearing a custom Versace golden bejewelled bodice with royal embroidery, the actress walked the red carpet with a majestic overskirt and over $2 million worth of Lorraine Schwarz jewellery. Marking the ninth time Lively had been to the event, she said to Vogue that her 2018 look is her ‘favourite dress ever’ and that the Versace team had spent over 600-hours on designing it.