The 2018 Met Gala's Most Heavenly (and Most Hellish) Looks
I must admit I found myself rather disappointed with the results of my frantic Met Gala searches last night. I was ready for the stuff of fashion legends. Rihanna in Guo Pei's masterpiece (which took two years to make, mind you). Beyonce in that translucent Givenchy dress. The annual fundraising extravaganza has set itself a high bar. And this year, it seems to me that many of the guests (or contestants you might say) fell short.
Now before I start to rip a number of people to shreds, I ought to acknowledge that this year's theme was admittedly challenging. It's hard to dress for 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' without either causing offense or looking like you're going to a Halloween party (or both). That being said, the invitees to this year's Gala had both the time and the money to prepare–and they should not be let off the hook.
Flicking through the collages of images, the outfits that in fact pissed me off the most–ones that don't even deserve to be featured here–are the ones that did nothing at all. Kylie Jenner in a boring black Alexander Wang. Cindy Crawford in simple red Versace. Not trying is far worse than trying and failing. Dissapointing stuff.
Now, to start us off, I've got to jump to the look that made me laugh out loud.
I get it, Mindy Kaling is a queen. But really? She looks like she just stepped out of Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus. What on earth was she thinking? Let's leave it to the Royals to pull of crowns.
Up next we have the sexy, devilish nun. Taylor looks as though she were going to a frat Halloween party. I wouldn't necessarily expect more from her, but I must admit I'm disappointed in Diane. What an embarrassment.
Sarah is sporting the entire nativity on her head and boy can you tell. It looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I hope she has someone on hand to catch it when it falls. The Dolce & Gabbana designer pair are famously devout Catholics, but this getup feels distinctly sacrilegious.
Can you breathe Shailene? Do you need some help? Because this ensemble looks suffocating. And the harsh haircut really isn't doing you any favors. I know people say fashion repeats itself, but that doesn't mean we should be bringing back the middle ages.
I'm not the least bit surprised that Katy chose to wear this fit, but come on Donatella, you can do better. This belongs not at an elegant, stylish fundraiser, but on a Pride Parade party bus. Fly, fly away as fast as you can Katy.
I'm a little nervous to take this look apart too much for fear of being cursed. Madonna looks like the Wicked Witch of the West in this gown. And the black roses ensure the look is cemented as a big no-no.
Moschi-NO. Cardi looks like the sceptre held at coronations. There are simply so many things going wrong here, I trust I don't need to walk you through it all. It's her first year, so I suppose the silver lining is that from here she can only go up!
So, it's clear that there were quite a few fashion faux pas. But I'd be remiss to not mention some of the highlights, as there certainly were a couple.
This was my favorite look of the night. There were very few trousers on the women of the carpet (unlike most other star-studded events we've seen this year), so it was refreshing to see such a beautiful pair. The patterning was also really pretty, and I love that the outfit felt simultanously understated and over the top.
This look from Priyanka really impressed me. It was put-together, bold, and really seemed to tie into her Bollywood roots. I loved that it took the theme and went in a slightly different direction. I didn't vibe with her trench-dress last year, and was nervous about what Ralph Lauren would go for this time around. But the ateliers reportedly spent over 250 hours on the embroidery of this piece and boy did all that work pay off!
Wow! Janelle truly shines in this - an impressive feat given how high my bar was for this on-trend dresser. The halo-hat was a far more interesting way to approach headwear than the thorny crowns we saw littered across the carpet. The dress itself seemed contemporary and modern. A kind of cool, sainted Cruella–I love!
This was a surprise love for me. The color itself is eye-catching and unusual to see. It matched Diane's skin in a wonderful way, and came together beautifully. I love the veil and jewelery, and the embroidery is impressive. The choice to go for a long train with a short dress was a cool one, and it shook up this look for the better.
Last but not least, my oh my! Blake is a vision in practically anything, but this gown, which took over 600 hours to make, went above and beyond. It's sumptuous, fairytale-esque, and the transparency at the trousers adds a modernity and intensity that I find captivating.
And there you have it! Fashion's angels and the devils of the 2018 Met Gala. To see all of the red carpet looks from last night, check out Vogue's gallery here. For some stunning and candid shots from inside the venue, click here.