With a theme rooted in Catholicism, no invitation for POTUS, and Rihanna co-hosting, the 2018 Met Gala was fully expected to bring the drama … and drama was served, in the form of gold baroque-inspired looks, dreamy headpieces and homages to a few religious figures. VALLEY has compiled our list of best looks from the 2018 Met Gala, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
Kate Bosworth in Oscar de la Renta
Kate Bosworth is perhaps the best example of taking the theme completely literally. Her Virgin Madonna-inspired look fully embodied the innocence of her muse, accessorized with youthful, full brows, natural, rosy cheeks and middle-part.
Lily Collins in Givenchy
Lily Collins is our first example of subversion of the theme. As seen in pop culture like Lady Gaga’s “Judas” music video, Collins paired aspects of religious imagery with details often associated with the exact opposite of religious themes, like an all-black ensemble and gothic makeup.
Rihanna in Maison Margiela
As co-chair of the event this year, the pressure was on for the unrivaled queen of the Met Gala red carpet. In a direct homage, Rihanna did not disappoint, channeling the Pope in a beaded white ensemble with matching embellished mitre, accessorizing with a crucifix necklace and bleached brows.
Ariana Grande in Vera Wang
While several celebrities, like the men of Migos, arrived in familiar silhouettes which adhered to the theme only by addition of a religious-inspired pattern or accessory, Ariana Grande’s dress took the idea of the pattern a step further. In a gown adorned with Michelangelo’s “Last Judgment,” the dress’s filmy top layer paired with her hair bow and glowy blue inner-corner highlight created a dreamy look fit for an angel.
Lana del Rey in Gucci
Arriving alongside Jared Leto and Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Lana del Rey walked the red carpet in a white gown paying a clear homage to the seven sorrows of Mary. She completed the on-theme look with loose waves, a winged halo headpiece and gold-embellished opera glasses.
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren
While the halos and thorny crown-inspired adornments were abundant on the carpet this year, Priyanka Chopra changed up the headpiece game with a dazzling gold and jeweled netted headpiece that flowed into her red velvet gown. Her makeup stayed within the color scheme set by her outfit, as she paired the look with a deep red lip and glittering eyes.
Chadwick Boseman in Versace
Annually, the Met Gala provides an interesting challenge for men specifically, which is often not overcome. This year’s carpet featured menswear which, while technically nodding somewhat to the theme, felt lazy, often characterized by a single mismatched accessory (in the case of Michael B. Jordan) or simple embellishment (in the case of Tom Brady) on a suit fit for a more mundane event. Chadwick Boseman, however, rocked the theme in an all-white suit, complete with cape and gold and red cross embellishments. Paired with gold Christian Louboutin shoes and gold rings, the look was both cohesive and beautifully on-theme.
Zendaya in Versace
One of two celebrities to channel Joan of Arc on the Met Gala carpet, Zendaya’s homage to the saint surpassed Shailene Woodley’s take. With a silver chainmail, knight-inspired dress and red bobbed wig, the look perfectly toed the line between high fashion and costume, encapsulating the very purpose of the event.
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