The Met Gala is always a spectacle, whether the theme is punk, technology, China, Old Hollywood, or the slightly controversial ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination’, with its “Sunday Best” dress code. Of course, this year was extra exciting as one of the co-chairs is Rihanna, and she always knows how to work a theme, the other is Donatella Versace, which means Atelier Versace will certainly be making a statement.
There were lots of different takes on the ‘Catholic Imagination’ theme, of course, crosses galore, clergy and nun references, as well as medieval art, the Crusades, Joan of Arc, and even the Pope got a fashion update.
What I always love about the Met Gala is how you see so many amazing designers producing couture looks, they always look exquisitely crafted, you can tell the hours that went into the looks, and it really allows the designers to shine, outside of the confines of the core collections. My only wish is that they displayed all these gorgeous Met Gala owns afterwards so we can all marvel at the creations.
Now wouldn’t that be a spectacle, just imagine seeing Claire Danes’s custom made fibre optic woven organza Zac Posen gown from 2016, or basically any of the over-the-top looks that Sarah Jessica Parker has worn, the Barbie pink Stella McCartney gown that Reese Witherspoon wore in 2014, or Rihanna’s yellow Guo Pei look, seriously there are just so many I would love to see again, it would make a great exhibition and I would certainly hop on a plane to New York to see that!
OK, back to this year’s Met Gala – here’s my favourite looks:
There’s only one person who could get away with being a sexy Pope and that’s Rihanna in this Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano creation. The detail is exquisite, with the dress and cropped jacket being ornately embellished with pearls and jewels, and the there is the papal mitre – seriously how does she make this bold outfit look high fashion, while also still making it religious and Pope-like?
Another singer who fully embraced the theme was Katy Perry who looked incredible in this custom-made, Atelier Versace look, yep, this isn’t her audition to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel. If her gold chainmail mini-dress with antique bronze netted overlay with Swarovski crystals and thigh-high gold chainmail boots weren’t enough, the singer that added larger-than-life angel wings made of hand-brushed feathers, painted in a degradee gold. Come on, who wouldn’t want to be an Angel for the night.
Joining Katy as part of the Atelier Versace squad was Blake Lively who looked regal in her custom deep red silk velvet gown. Blake is always gorgeous, but this Atelier Versace gown is on another level – first off, yes to that dramatic train, made to be shot on the Met steps. Secondly, the colour is stunning and has a renaissance vibe to it with the gold detailing, while the sheer panelling and encrusted bustier adds a modern touch.
One of my new girl crushes is Zendaya, this girl knows her fashion, and I love her Joan of Arc inspired look, she looks so ready to lead an army in this custom moulded Atelier Versace armoured gown. This is one of my favourite Versace gowns I’ve seen, the chainmail is already a statement, but with the added Swarovski crystal embellishments and then that fully beaded silk chiffon skirt, I love how they’ve added an unexpected feminine touch to the look.
To balance out all the fierce, Diane Kruger opted for saintly-blue in her Atelier Prabal Gurung creation featuring gold filigree detailing and an elaborate train, which was perfectly teamed with a Philip Treacy fleur-de-lis netted headpiece that was hand embroidered with Tasaki South Sea pearls, designed to honour the doctrine of the holy trinity. Diane’s look is finished off with the Tasaki Atelier white gold buoy ear bud with diamond accent to fully create her angelic look.
You guys all know I’m a Diane groupie, she can do no wrong when it comes to fashion, and this is another gorgeous look, the colour looks incredible on her and that crystal net headpiece was great styling.
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Other saintly inspired looks came from Rosie Huntington Whiteley, who wowed in this custom caped Ralph Lauren Collection gown with lace and Swarovski crystals. This look features more than 300,000 crystals on the chantilly lace, which took 150 hours of sewing and 40 hours of hand-finishing – now that’s dedication to fashion. The halo finishing off her look just took it to another level – stunning.
Doing her best Virgin Mary, Kate Bosworth look incredible in her custom Oscar de la Renta crinkled gold foil-painted spiral draped tulle gown and embroidered crystal star and teardrop mother-of-pearl headpiece to the 2018 Met Gala. On camera this dress really wowed, the gold foil was a genius idea, but for me it was the veil, it really made me gasp she looked so beautiful.
Another heavenly look came from Ariana Grande who looked amazing in her custom strapless Vera Wang ball gown, which featured hand draped printed silk organza depicting Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement” fresco found on the alter wall of the Sistine Chapel. Her gorgeous gown was styled with a hand draped horsehair headpiece based on a modern interpretation of catholic iconography, which really made this look so in keeping with the singers style and I loved it.
Sarah Jessica Parker is always one to fully embrace the Met Gala and she didn’t disappoint in this Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda corset gown with cathedral train embroidered with gold baroque embellishments and sacred hearts. It the dress wasn’t enough of a bold statement the Sex and the City actress also wore an intricate nativity-scene headdress in gold filigree. I can’t think of anyone else who could have pulled off this look.
If there is one person who can work a theme as well as sticking to her recognisable style it is Jennifer Lopez and she does that with this custom Balmain gown embellished with a cross. This look kind of gives me superhero vibes and seems very fitting for J-Lo and I love the extravagant black ostrich feather train and the super-high slit. I also love that Jennifer’s custom Balmain is auctioned off on www.Ifonly.com/RED to support (RED)’s fight against AIDS – so if you fancy getting your hands on Jennifer’s size 10 one-of-a-kind dress get bidding.
My final favourite had to be Eiza Gonzalez in this Atelier Prabal Gurung onyx silk chiffon hand embroidered cross motif column gown featuring 250,000 crystals with a white cape. I love the design of this gown, marries the purity of the theme with the white cape train with the sexiness of the black gown and gloves. But what I truly adore with this look is the jewellery, her Tasaki jewels really complement this look perfectly, with the Tasaki Japan Atelier white gold and South Sea pearl twisted Aurora choker with sapphire and diamond accent layered with the Tasaki high jewellery diamond and tanzanite necklace and matching earrings.
To finish her already gorgeous look – just take a look at those shimmering tears – now that’s sacred make-up for a heavenly face.