A week into May, if you're a follower of fashion and Hollywood you know what’s coming—the Met. Held annually on the first Monday of May, 2018's Met Gala 2018 has finally arrived, gathering the most famous faces in fashion, film, music and art to create stunning, envy-inducing looks for the world’s biggest fashion fundraising event. Hosted by Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Amal Clooney and fashion designer Donatella Versace, this year’s Met marks the gala’s 70 anniversary and follows the theme of ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’.
Featuring sacred artefacts that have never left the Vatican's possession alongside fashion vestments, this year's theme is said to be the most controverisal so far. Curator Andrew Bolton, however, argues that the theme reminds us that fashion is a form of self-expression central to all forms of social discussion. So here are 12 looks from this year that we feel made the loudest statement on the Met carpet. Brace yourselves:
A constant eye-catcher on red carpets with her coquettish, petite charms, beloved actress Amanda Seyfried added a touch of Shakespearean romance to the 2018 Met Gala with a gorgeous Prada gown, accessorised with jewels from H Stern. Following the theme of Heavenly Bodies, the flowing gown was designed to be a ‘Vatican yellow’, using the exact shade of yellow found in the flag of Vatican City. Going all the way with the Renaissance goddess vibes, the look was completed with an elegant gold tiara.
When it comes to memorable red carpet looks, no best-dressed list is complete without the Mother of Dragons. Khaleesi Emilia Clarke arrived at the 2018 Met Gala in a regal Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda gown, complete with stylish Christian Louboutin shoes. A true showstopper, the floor-sweeping number was adorned with portraits of cherubs, while a golden crown encasing Emilia's elegant updo assures us that she truly has royal Targaryen blood running through her veins .
Absolutely gorgeous in a bright red Carolina Herrera gown complete with Brian Atwood shoes and a clutch from Tyler Ellis, Amber Heard’s outfit is a reminder that simplicity is sometimes the best stunner. What really won our hearts though was her approach to this year's Met headdress trend. A striking accessory made from Jennifer Meyer jewels, the headdress rendered the star reminiscent of the Virgin Mary and truly made her outfit shine. Also, shoutout to the dramatic exposed back—a cheeky surprise from behind.
Channeling full-on angelic vibes, Gigi Hadid approached the Heavenly Bodies theme with a magnificent stained glass window-inspired Versace gown, complete with jewellery from Lorrain Schwartz, a Tyler Ellis clutch and shoes from Christian Louboutin. Impressively unique, the gown was one-shoulder and boasted a thigh-high leg slit and stunning dark blue train. Wrapped around Gigi’s envy-inducing figure, the supermodel looked like a divine butterfly queen.
Another purveyor of the unfailingly gorgeous Versace gown, Lorraine Schwartz and Christian Louboutin shoe combo was Blake Lively, who enchanted in her custom ruby gown. Gowns with stunning trains are no stranger at The Met, but Blake Lively takes it to the next level, going full out with a massive gown covered in delicate beads and gold thread that took over 600 hours to embroider. Along with a plunging back and regal gold headdress, Blake confirms her throne in the world of high fashion.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need a mile-long train or something equivalent in extravagance to compete for the spotlight on the Met carpet. Having recently been announced as the French luxe fashion house’s latest ambassador, Emma Stone opted for a simple straight navy Louis Vuitton gown highlighted by a plunging V neckline and crisp leg slits. The number was accentuated with intricate gold details including a sleek gold chain resting at the waist. Absolutely ravishing in her own adorable way, Emma Stone completed the look with a compact gold LV clutch and monochrome heels. So beautiful.
When it comes to following the theme, few could compete with Lily Collins. Taking the traditional appearance of a nun and giving it a dramatic, dark twist, Lily Collins arrived at the 2018 Met Gala in a sheer black Givenchy dress, completed with a stunning halo-like crown over her slickback. Leaving not the smallest of detail out, the young actress had a thin silver chain of rosary beads draped delicately over her hand.
A regular show-stopper at the Met Gala, Rihanna was one of the honorary celeb hosts at this year’s event and naturally showed up as the Pope. Yes, what you've heard is true. Dressed in a Margiela by John Galliano look, complete with custom clutch from Judith Leiber, Christian Louboutins at her feet and jewels from a blend of the best brands Cartier, Gilan, Narcisa Pheres and Maria Tash, Badgal Riri was a true eye-grabber this year, arriving in a full Bishop’s mitre.
Jennifer Lopez arrived at the 2018 Met Gala in a fully bejwelled custom-made Balmain dress—a number so spectacular it’s currently being auctioned off. Completely gem-encrusted, the dress’s key feature was a striking cross of blue and red on the chest, along with a stunning feathered black train. Paired with diamond earrings from Tiffany & Co. and stilettos signature to her look, J-Lo was a sight to be remembered until the next Met.
Lana Del Rey
No stranger to the glitzy, dreamy and the ethereal, Gucci-girl Del Rey showed up at the Met this year in a dramatic cream Gucci gown accented with gold and a sacred heart chest plate encrusted with multiple daggers. The look was topped with an ombre blue headpiece sprouting wings for added effect, going full-on Renaissance goddess.
A recognised queen of the catwalk, Rosie Huntington-Whitely didn’t disappoint at fashion’s biggest night out. Dressed in Ralph Lauren, complete with jewels from Anita Ko and Ana Khouri, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel was absolutely breathtaking with her ethereal stained-glass window inspired gown. While the fitted dress and floor-length cape truly showed off her amazing figure, what really has our focus is how she wore an actual halo. We can't stop looking.
When it comes to the most gorgeous and innovative outfit at The Met Gala 2018, however, a special place in our hearts goes to Cara Delevingne, who arrived at the 2018 Met Gala dressed as... the confession booth. Wearing Dior Haute Couture, complete with Dior shoes and jewels from Noudar, Cara sported a fishnet dress, composed of sheer grids in a cross-stitch pattern and black undergarments beneath. Topping her look was a face veil—a reference to the traditional garment worn by Roman Catholic women in church—while the muse added a twist of her bold personality with a touch of punk pink on her pixie (cut).
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