The Best & The Pious of The 2018 Met Gala Red Carpet
The Met Gala, the most exclusive red carpet of them all, hit the religious side of celebrity and icons.
Every year, the Met Gala red carpet has a theme to it, matching the current exhibition being held by the Costume Institute at the Met, which holds the fundraising event. Some year, the theme is easy, like last year “Bohemian” exhibit. This year, the exhibition which just opened is entitled “Heavenly Bodies” and explores the relationship between the Catholic Church and the fashions of the centuries during the time of its dominance over society.
Yes, you heard that right. Anna Wintour, the grand dame of Vogue, the chair of the Costume Institute, who rumored to be stepping down by the end of the year, ask for what may be her last Met Ball for her guests to come dressed to honor the Catholic Church.
The results were…mixed. The usual suspects went all out, with Dolce & Gabbana couture straight from the runway (D&G are known to be inspired by their Italian Catholic upbringings.) Others attempted to interpret this is “Middle Ages” and dressed as if attending a Renn Faire, and of course, some ignored the theme altogether. (It is not mandatory, for the record, just a suggestion.)
So who wore it best? And who should have stayed home? Let’s run it down.
Zendaya won this round. She didn’t Pope it out or Cross it up. Instead, she wore custom Versace inspired by Joan of Arc. The new hairdo really helped the overall look.
Here’s Rihanna, sporting “Best Pope.” Her outfit was also a custom job, by Maison Margiela.
For “Best Rennaisance,” the answer was Blake Lively. (She has to do something to keep up with her husband Ryan Reynolds after all.) This was also a custom design by Versace.
Biggest Outfit goes to Katy Perry. I think I might like the dress (Versace again) sans wings, but the way she’s standing in order to support the giant prop on her back does the base outfit no favors.
There were a lot of the halo headbands running around last night, but SZA’s pink and jeweled take on a rock and roll angel was the best of the bunch. (This was also designed by Versace. Are you sensing a theme?)
Kate Bosworth recreated her wedding day look, via Oscar de la Renta. In any other setting, we would laugh. Here it was on theme, on point and a standout. (After all, who gets to wear their wedding dress twice?)
Jennifer Lopez wins for most divaesque use of the cross in Balmain.
Gigi Hadid went for “Stained Glass Church Window” but ended up closer to “Stained Glass Peacock.” Still a beautiful Versace gown.
Emilia Clarke made the Top Ten everyone! The is the best of the straight from the runways Dolce & Gabbana designs worn last night. The dragons would be proud.
And then this happened. Lena Waithe asked to give her version of honoring the Catholic Church, wore a custom suit with the LGBT rainbow flag cape sewn into the jacket.
Y’all, the sky fell last night. Pigs flew, cats and dogs lived together in harmony and Kim Kardashian wore something that actually flattered her to the Met Gala Red carpet.
Personally, I think this is because she refused to let Kanye get involved.
It was Ariana Grande’s first Met Gala, and she managed to both hit the theme in a lovely way (the print on this dress is taken from the Sistine Chapel) while still being utterly on brand for her, down to the goddamn ponytail.
Mindy Kaling, after five years of attending the Met Gala finally dressed for the theme. The dress itself is still modest and pretty, but the gloves and crown are spectacular.
Priyanka Chopra, surprising no one, was an honorable mention without being over the top enough to be in the Top Ten.
The other Hadid sister, in Evil Queen mode.
Janelle Monae, as she always is.
Irina Shayk, in the best of the golden beaded gowns.
Amanda Seyfried, in an outfit from an alternate universe Game of Thrones where nobody dies and everyone is happy.
Wonder Woman, as Royalty.
And Kerry Washington in Liquid Gold.
IS THIS YOUR POPE?
(No, personally, I prefer Rihanna as pope.)
Donald Glover is so weirdly twee in this photo it hurts my brain.
Darren Criss gets points for the jacket, but the too short pants and lack of socks is distressing. It’s like he needs to be wearing a dressing gown.
Andr3ew Garfield doesn’t need a theme, just a red velvet jacket.
I love Michael B. Jordan’s pinstriped suit, but the belt is bothering me.
If the Catholic Church is being honored, Stephen Colbert is there.
Jared Leto, looking ridiculous as always.
The Migos, repping for loud jackets.
Shaun White, previewing his retired-in-Hugh-Hefner-style.
For god’s sake, will someone save Daniel Kaluyya from the stylist that keeps dressing him this way?
Ladies and gentlemen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Her Hat.
Madonna, wearing whatever was in the clean laundry basket.
Cara Delevingne in something her stylist promised would work.
Frances McDormand in something her stylist couldn’t argue her out of.
Solange In couture, because she could. (From all reports Beyonce was supposed to attend, but Jay-Z apparently surprised her with some out of town vacation this weekend.)
Cardi B, the Pregnant Pope.
Nicki Minaj in a bad attempt at Evil Queening it up.
Evan Rachel Wood in what I can only assume is a Westworld spoiler of some sort.
Shailene Woodley tried for Joan of Arc and wound up with Tin-Man Of Oz.
Lily Collins in a Wynona Ryder Mermaids-era outfit.
And Amber Heard, assuming a halo was all she needed to be considered “on theme.”
Positively Medieval Themed
I’ve worn Amal Clooney’s outfit before. it’s what happens when you go to Renn Faire in jeans and then buy one of those corsets with the trains and put it on over your street clothes and run around drunk all day.
Olivia Munn in chains.
Lili Reinhart in “Fairy princess forgot her skirt”
The Olson twins modeling outfits from the “Cersei Lannister Season 8” collection.
And Scarlett Johansson in the first recorded wearing of a Marchesa dress since last October.
Fuck Your Theme
Anne Hathaway is here to promote Ocean’s 8, not dress in silly religious clothing.
Cynthia Erivo is here to wow, not honor a church.
Selena Gomez is here to show off her tan. Also, her dress is terrible.
Michelle Williams only wears metallics anyway.
Mary J. Blige honored you with her presence. That’s enough.
What IS Rooney Mara wearing other than a straight jacket gown?
The lines on Letitia Wright’s gown would look terrible on anyone, even her.
The irony that Versace had all those Top Ten looks and left herself with nothing.
You didn’t try. And no one is looking at you right now and you know it because Lena Waithe stole the show.
And finally, Tracee Ellis Ross in a Diana Ross bubble gum special.