The Met Gala got underway with a march of celebrities down the cream-coloured carpet. This year's theme is Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, which seeks to celebrate the life and work of the controversial German fashion designer.
Read here why the 2023 Met Gala theme celebrating Karl Lagerfeld attracted controversy. The late designer helmed several high fashion houses like Chanel, Balmain, Fendi and his own eponymous brand.
why is the met gala carpet literally toothpaste pic.twitter.com/XnQ5mtYoJ2— dom⭐️SAW TAYLOR (@ev3rhaze) May 1, 2023
Every year fans and fashion enthusiasts await the Met Gala to see how celebrities and artists dress up to the theme and wow the audience. The stairs leading up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City have seen some awe-inspiring and over-the-top outfits over several years, from Katy Perry's chandelier gown to Kim Kardashian straight up wearing Marilyn Monroe's dress that was sitting in a museum.
Rihanna has come to be known as the queen of the Met Gala costume, managing to awe the audience every year. And this time seems to be no different. In fact, Rihanna and her partner A$AP Rocky turned up fashionably late to the event as usual (save the best for the last?).
Rihanna did not disappoint as any Met Gala-related news on social media is filled with the singer's moment on the cream carpet. Honouring Lagerfeld, Rihanna turned up at the museum wearing a dramatic white Maison Valentino gown with a sweeping train. She also added a cape covered in the Camellia flower (Chanel's flower) that engulfed her torso and head.
The pair of sunglasses with faux eyelashes attached to them became the internet's favourite thing of the night.
Right before stepping onto the cream carpet, en route to the destination, Rihanna pulled off another look in an opulent Fendi fur coat from 1997.
Did Rihanna nail the theme? Rihanna did honour Lagerfeld's by dressing up as a bride in white, one of his bridal looks from the 90s, while also incorporating the brands he famously worked for - from Chanel to Valentino.
A$AP Rocky on the other hand wore a Gucci ensemble, with a high-low plaid pleated kilt over his baggy jeans. The look is in reference to an outfit Lagerfeld wore to close the Chanel runway in 2004.
It seems Met Gala is never complete without the Kardashians and the Jenners walking up the cream carpet. Turns out the rumours of the beauty moguls not being invited this year are all false.
kim kardashian’s met gala look reminds me of her playboy photoshoot from 2007 pic.twitter.com/kyivYNxnSL— High End Homo (@highendhomo) May 2, 2023
Among those who made their first-ever Met Gala appearance was the hotel heiress Paris Hilton. Hilton wore a leather mermaid gown with rhinestone bustier and gloved sleeves. It's a surprise that this is the first Met Gala that the socialite and the OG influencer is attending.
Among the celebs who served the most jaw-dropping looks were Jared Leto, Doja Cat and Lil Nas X. All three of them paid homage to Karl Lagerfeld by turning into his pet cat Choupette one way or the other.
It took nine hours for Pat McGrath to turn @lilnasx into a sparkling cat for the 2023 #MetGala and it involved quarter-of-a-century-old couture lace, Austrian crystals, and “Choupette-inspired” glamour, of course. https://t.co/iptmmSvgMY pic.twitter.com/q6Tf9BSyqy— Vogue Runway (@VogueRunway) May 2, 2023
A lot of celebrities wore black and white ensembles to Met Gala, keeping in check with this year's theme of honouring Karl Lagerfeld. Black and white colour combination was Lagerfeld's signature look. Though, some celebrities did show up some colours, mostly red, like Kylie Jenner and Pedro Pascal.