MET GALA 2018: HOW STARS SPORTED THE “HEAVENLY BODIES,” THEME

Welcome back, Style Kat!

The first Monday in May makes fashion fanatic’s ears perk up around the globe. One of the grandest and most highly-anticipated red carpet events in fashion, is the annual Met Gala in New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts the fundraiser to raise money for the museum’s Costume Institute.

According to Vogue, “the theme this year was Heavenly Bodies, a tribute to Andrew Bolton’s brilliant exhibition, which displays fashion inspired by Catholicism, as well as never-before-seen treasures from the Vatican archives.”

Hosted by the iconic Anna Wintour and co-chairs Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace, each star that strode the red carpet donned their glamorously pious ensembles and extravagant headpieces to complement the theme of the evening.

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1997 Met Gala with Madonna, Donatella Versace and Cher.

Overall, it appeared to me that the vast majority of red carpet arrivals dressed in theme to the event. What makes the Met Gala so exciting to watch, is the anticipation of your favorite star arriving in a show-stopping outfit. When I first found out this year’s theme, the words “fashion” and “Catholic,” instantly made me picture Madonna. Personally, Madonna was someone who I looked forward to seeing the most because of her controversial relationship with the Catholic church.

In addition to Madonna, I was thrilled to see what Rihanna and Katy Perry would be wearing. Katy’s angel wings were 6 feet tall for the gala. The duo are known for following the theme of each Met Ball they’ve attended. I was curious to see how the pair were going to outdo themselves this year.


The Most Heavenly Outfits on the Red Carpet:

  1. Sarah Jessica Parker will always be affectionately known to many as her fashion forward Sex & the City character, Carrie Bradshaw. Wearing custom Dolce & Gabbana and Jennifer Fisher.
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Photo: Getty Images

THIS is how you show up to the Met Gala in theme, people! The gold embellished gown with large, ruby red hearts fit the theme perfectly.

Style Kat, Catisha Joseph (Instagram, @catishaj_)  gushed over her look, saying that “the extreme detailing on [her] oversized gown along with the headpieces. It gave the whole catholic feel with the right amount of boldness.”

2. Rihanna turns necks in a custom Pope inspired look designed by Maison Margiela by John Galliano with a pearl encrusted miter, Christian Louboutin heels.

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Photo: Getty Images

Thou hast “snatcheth” my wig yet again, RiRi!  Not only did my girl bleach her eyebrows and rock her entire Fenty beauty collection to the gala, but she delivered a stunning look that correlates perfectly with the theme. Overall, she knocked it out of the park, but this still doesn’t top her 2015 and 2017 Met Gala looks (in my humble opinion).

3. Zendaya’s look on the red carpet absolutely blew me away. Not only did the multitalented superstar don a new hairstyle, but her custom Atelier Versace gown features the most exquisite details.

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Photo: Getty Images

Zendaya dressed as Joan of Arc, a peasant girl living in medieval France who believed she was called by God to lead her nation to victory in a longtime battle against England. She is the most fabulous warrior I’ve ever seen. If I personally witnessed Zendaya in this ensemble, my jaw would be on the floor.

4. Ariana Grande in this Vera Wang custom is truly a work of art. The songstress and actress was the designer’s date to the venue and looked nothing less than amazing. Perfect dress for the theme of the evening.

Ariana Grande MET Gala 2018
Photo: Getty Images

Ms. Grande brought the Sistine Chapel to the Met Gala. Her grown depicts Michelangelo’s “Last Judgment” painting. The whimsical fabric and the long, off-white colored bow compliments her gown beautifully.

5. Jennifer “JLo” Lopez and her man, Alex Rodriguez made a sexy appearance at the Met Gala. JLo’s body sure looks heavenly in her custom Balmain gown.

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Photo: Getty Images

JLo made a daring statement at the Heavenly Bodies themed event. I adore the colors of this gown. As Anna Wintour says, if you’re going to wear all black, make it exciting.

Here are more of my favorite looks from the gala:

 

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Devious Outfits:

Not every look, was a good look at the Met Ball. There were some celebrities who didn’t even bother trying to dress to the theme. Let’s take a look at some of my least favorite looks of the night and why they didn’t make it to my heavenly best dressed list.

  1. Madonna I was so disappointed with her look. With the theme of the Met Ball, I just knew that she was going to kill it! Wearing custom Jean Paul Gaultier.
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Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier | Photo: Getty Images

One of my Style Katz, Maxine Beck (Instagram, @maxineebeck) expressed her disappointment in Madonna’s look. “In the 1980s she was known for her allusions to Catholicism within her music and imagery. It lacked grandeur and did not stand out amongst the other outfits seen tonight. Instead it envelopes her body completely, making it difficult to really see the dress.”

2. Ashley Graham looks like she’s on her way to prom after the Met is over. I am not feeling this look. It’s so flavorless and bland. Where’s the umph? Where’s the drama, the Catholic theme?

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Ashley Graham in Prabal Gurung | Photo: Getty Images

*deep sigh* I love Ashley Graham, I just don’t love this look on her for the Met. In my opinion, this look could have been worn to a different occasion. I was disappointed because it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me.

3. Selena Gomez wore a custom Coach ensemble to the Met Ball this year.

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Selena Gomez in Coach | Photo: Getty Images

I didn’t like the sheer, tiered layering of her gown because to me, it didn’t flatter her figure as well some of her past red carpet looks. Not a fan of this look.

4. Tracee Ellis Ross… did anyone tell Auntie what the theme was this year? Wearing Michael Kors

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Tracee Ellis Ross | Photo: Getty Images

What I’m not about to do is rip my Auntie Tracee’s (not really my aunt, but I wish!) outfit. HOWEVER, she showed up in the wrong outfit. What about this look reminds you of the Catholic church or religion? *crickets*

5. Lily Aldridge in custom Ralph Lauern. I almost fell asleep.

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Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren | Photo: Getty Images

It’s not that she doesn’t look stunning or that the gown is “unattractive,” I’m just bored with the look. The color is beautiful but the gown doesn’t give me the life I need, sorry!

Here are more looks that didn’t make the heavenly cut:

 

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Who do you think had the best Met Gala style? List your top 5 favorites and least favorites from the gala! Can’t wait to hear from you.

Keep on Stylin’!

XOXO,
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3 thoughts on “MET GALA 2018: HOW STARS SPORTED THE “HEAVENLY BODIES,” THEME

  1. Wow I feel like Kylie and Kendall really missed the mark. In fact, I think Kylie’s look from the last met gala she attended fit this year’s theme better…

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    1. I completely agree. To me, the whole point of attending is to dress according to the theme, then kick it into overdrive. Their looks were too drab for the Met Ball. ‘Twas missing the excitement and thrill.

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  2. Lol!!! This was fun to read. I agree about Madonna cuz I truly saw better on the carpet. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Queen Bey would’ve shut the whole function down if she was there. Do you know why she didn’t make it?

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