Another first Monday of May has passed, and so has another Met Gala. Post Met Gala Tuesday naturally calls for yet another recap and discussion of Met Gala 2018 best dressed, not so best dressed and close, but no cigar. While I’d much rather be recovering from the Met Gala and reminiscing of how good of a time I had, here I am, sitting behind a screen, recapping last night’s fashion highlights. It seems my invite got lost in the mail, yet again. But there’s always next year, right?!
This year’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, essentially the influence of Catholicism in fashion. The Met Gala is the one red carpet event of the year where you should be taking fashion risks. If you’re not taking fashion risks, just go home (cough, Gabrielle Union, cough). Then there’s the flip side, where you just take the theme to full on Halloween costume level (major side eye…Jared Leto and Katy Perry). The Met Gala is not just about the dress itself, however the whole package. My best dressed list is based on how one brought it all together to portray their fashionable interpretation of the theme.
Kicking things off with none other than Rihanna, as this year’s honorary co chair, her outfit was fitting for the theme. She definitely drew inspiration from the Pope, where I felt she channeled his power and influence he has on the religion, much like she does on fashion. It’s one of those outfits where Rihanna and only Rihanna can pull off.
Always a red carpet favourite, Blake Lively didn’t disappoint. While this definitely makes every best dressed list in the world, I must admit, I’m not excited about it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m over Blake Lively or if I would’ve preferred it in a different colour – maybe white in lieu of maroon – crossing off both regal Vatican and heavenly angel vibes in one. Regardless, it’s stunning and it wouldn’t be a Met Gala 2018 Best Dressed List without her on it.
Jasmine Saunder’s rendintion of the theme was the perfect concoction of Heavenly and Catholicism. The combination of golden and deep red hues reminded me of ornate details in cathedrals, while the draping of her gown and intricate hairstyle was sent from above.
Bella Hadid is usually an epic fail on the red carpet for me. She’s either trying too hard, or I’ll love what she’s wearing until I see that some very private body parts are just hanging out (circa Cannes 2016). She however nailed this year’s theme with a combination of latex, leather, lace and gold details – down to her hair!
Zendaya is her own knight in shining armour and I’m here for ALL of it. She did a modern day version of Joan of Arc, complete with a cropped wig, inspired by the heroine’s famous bob.
Arianna Grande took a refreshing spin on the theme, with her overall look focusing on the heavenly part, while still incorporating religious aspects. Her dress and head piece had an ethereal feel, while the print of the dress was inspired by the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
I love how Solange took elements of Catholicism while paying tribute to her African roots. The thigh high latex boots and metal bracelet cuffs completed the look to give it a medieval flair.
I don’t think this look is getting the love it deserves. Her long, flowing, golden blonde hair is exactly what you envision when you think angelic and her dress looked every bit heavenly like on her statuesque figure.
If the Virgin Mary herself were to attend the Met Gala last night, this would be her outfit of choice. Kate Bosworth paired a beautiful, soft, otherwise wearable dress, with a beautiful lace veil with pearl appliqué, nailing the overall look.
You either love her or hate her, but she wasn’t playing this Met Gala with baby bump and all. Her look reminded me of a stained glass painting of Mother Mary.
The 60s called and wants it hair back! The concept of this dress was inspired by stained glass, which in theory is a great idea, but negative points on overall execution. Although she looked beautiful, her hairstyle fell short and failed to make her part of my best dressed list.
A vision in gold…almost. That round thing you see behind her head is a horribly done halo. Had she perhaps opted for a more delicate gold foil leaf tiara, then we’d be talking.
I LOVE Amal. I really do. She’s the epitome of female role model, however her red carpet style falls short. From the back, that long draping floral train was beautiful. That’s until she turned around and you saw ill fitting pants and a what seemed liked someone took some tin foil and wrapped it around her chest to call it a blouse.
JLo is goals any other day of the week, but at the Met Gala, she always plays it too safe. She usually wears the same style of dresses and doesn’t take any fashion risks with her hair or make up to really bring the theme together. She looked smoking as per usual, but it fell flat in creativity.
I was really looking forward to seeing some more angelic, heavenly, soft, pretty, ethereal styles. Talita von Fürstenberg was the only one with the dress that came close, but her lack of accessories and boring hair was a big let down. This outfit needed some sparkly make up and à la Stella Maxwell hair (see above).
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I was really hoping for more of those medieval vibes like Zendaya, but even sexier. Like full on chain mail dresses in a rustic silver or gold colour from head to toe, with metallic catholic symbols woven through out. Perhaps Oliva Munn came the closest, but it just wasn’t quite right.
Who were your faves from last night? Who was the worst? Any other trends or styles you were hoping to see that the Met didn’t deliver last night? Would love to hear your thoughts. Share your comments below!
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