Just like every year, my invitation to the annual Met Gala must have gotten lost in the mail. This year, living so close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I had this strong desire to crash the one of the most fashionable events of the year. Instead, I just streamed the red carpet arrivals on my laptop and vigorously took notes on this year’s theme and how the stars interpreted the theme when it came to their style choices.
It has been a tradition here on LivForStyle to share my opinions on which celebrities owned the red carpet at some of the most popular award shows and of course fundraisers like The Met Gala. Although, award shows like The Academy Awards and The Grammy’s are fun to watch and the stars always bring their A game when it comes to the red carpet, for me The Met Gala is one of my favorite red carpets to cover here on my blog.
Each year, the Met Gala celebrates the opening of the special fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so every year the Met Gala follows the theme of the fashion exhibit. Each year’s theme is always spectacular and I always try to visit the fashion exhibit each year, which is also just as interesting and impressive. However, this year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” is quite different and some may say controversial, because it focuses on religion and more specifically how Catholicism has impacted fashion.
I applaud this choice in theme because I always feel like religion is such a taboo topic, but The Met Gala has certainly allowed conversations to spark around religion and how religion has played a major role in the creativity process of major fashion designers.
Having the time to reflect on this theme, I recall all the times I sit in church and see the priest decked out in beautiful and ornate vestments, depending on the time of year during the liturgical calendar. Even in religion, fashion is still a form of expression and can symbolize different meanings in the Catholic faith or in any faith. Even the Pope can agree, considering The Vatican has donated tons of garments and accessories to display in the exhibit.
Since, this year’s theme was focused on religion, I knew the celebrities would choose outfits that embodied some sort of holy look, think veils, lace, white, capes, etc. And not to my surprise, I was right, most of my favorite looks featured veils, embellished crosses, jeweled crowns, lace, and so on. So without further adieu, here are my top choices for the best dressed at this year’s Met Gala.
This is the look I had pictured in my head when hearing about the religious centered theme. Bella Hadid’s look is very gothic, with the lace and cape by Chrome Hearts Official, and you can’t forget about that statement gold cross necklace. She also adds leather too, which is totally not what you think when the word Catholicsm comes to mind, but hey that is what this year’s theme was all about, showing others how religion can influence design choices.
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Another celebrity who stole the look I would go for if I was invited to this year’s gala is Lily Collins. Her look by Givenchy is also very gothic, yet nun like with her head to toe black look, silver halo crown, and rosary beads. Her off the shoulder black gown with a sheer bottom is simple but certainly has a message behind it as well as the red tear drop by her eye.
I feel like someone should walk her down the aisle because Kate Bosworth looks like she is ready for the altar in her head to toe ivory and gold gown with the most beautiful and subtle sparkly lace pattern by Oscar de la Renta. Not to mention that gorgeous lace veil. Hands down, this look is breathtaking.
Hailee’s look is so innocent and pure, which totally captures the whole religious feel. However, her simple white dress by Prabal Gurung is anything but innocent with that super high slit and all the gorgeous diamonds wrapped around her neck. Hailee brings her edge and sexiness to the red carpet finishing her look with a diamond crown.
The Met Gala and pretty much all red carpets, just prove that the Hadid sisters can do no wrong. Just like her sister, Gigi glistens in this Atelier Versace gown. Some may say that the rich, jewel toned colors make her look like a peacock, but her dress actually resembles a beautiful stain glass window you would find in any church.
Now this is what I’m talking about, Cara Delevingne’s look gives me vibes of a very traditional confessional (the place where you would reveal your sins to the priest). All the black panels throughout her Dior dress, gives me that eerie vibe. Also, the jeweled head piece and veil that shields her face is so mysterious and leaves you asking why?
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Amber Heard’s head to toe red, skin tight dress by Carolina Herrera is beyond beautiful and instantly makes me think of the time during the season of Lent in the Catholic Church when the priest will wear a red vestment to honor Jesus’ blood shed on the cross. The red color certainly makes a statement, as well as the spiked gold crown.
I would never have thought feathers and religion would go together, but Jennifer Lopez dazzled in this beaded Balmain gown with a feather train. The big, detailed cross front and center drew together the whole look and perfectly played on the theme of the event.
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Blake Lively can do no wrong. She will forever be Serana Van Der Woodsen on Gossip Girl; however, at The Met Gala she channeled a new side and showed the world how religion plays a role in fashion by wearing this gold-and-ruby brocade and beaded gown by Atelier Versace with a matching gold, halo head piece. All the beautiful jeweled toned colors made her look like a statue you would find in any place of worship.
Save the best for last…Rihanna in custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano. She always knows how to make a statement at the Met Gala and this year like every other year she dazzled on the red carpet and truly embodied that Catholic feel with this fancy papal inspired hat and her embellished mini dress with matching coat.
And just for fun, I also included three of my worst dressed picks from the night:
I am just not sure what is going on with her outfit. I was expecting more from Amal Clooney. Although, choosing to wear a pant suit instead of a traditional dress certainly makes a statement, I just feel like colors and specific floral pattern doesn’t fit with the theme. But, then again this year’s theme was to display how religion influences fashion, so maybe there’s a secret meaning behind her choice in look. But for now, it just wasn’t my favorite.
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Ariana Grande certainly embodies the whole religious theme with her ball gown that features a detailed angelic scene. However, I like when the celebs choose a look that has more of a subtle message behind it instead of bluntly depicting the religious theme.
Similar to Ariana Grande, Stella Maxwell chose a dress that featured tons of religious icons, which again was a smart choice for the religious theme; however, I just feel like all the images were a bit too distracting.
So that will do it for another one of my red carpet style recaps. If you end up going to the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibit at The Met, let me know how it is. I plan on visiting the exhibit really soon and will let you know my thoughts. Keep this discussion going by letting me know who was your best dressed or worst dressed at the 2018 Met Gala.