The first Monday in May is, and will forever be, Met Gala day (aka fashion’s Oscars) to the fashionable and fashion-obsessed. Year on year, the Gala awes and inspires as we watch fashion, music, film and business elite play the ultimate game of over-the-top dress up, always to a particular theme that sets the tone for the Costume Institute’s headline exhibition (and serves as the Institute’s major source of fundraising).
Last night was no exception. The 2018 Met Gala Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination reigned over the city of New York (not to mention our TV, mobile phone & computer screens), and if we are being honest, it may have been one of the best ever. Hosted by the ultimate fashion dream team – Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace – the Gala showcased the Catholic Church’s influence throughout the history of fashion. Just the theme itself promised visions of grandeur and unapologetic in-your-face opulence, and we were not disappointed. Robes reminiscent of 18th century Rococo; Middle Ages chainmail, hairnets and halos; Renaissance velvet, pearls, gold and jewels (oh my!); and romantic ruching and pleating. You name it, we saw it and it had our eyes misting and our hearts speeding.
From Frances McDormand, to Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker to Amal Clooney, Cardi B & Jeremy Scott’s matching ensembles, and Michael B Jordan in his suave half belted pinstripe suit, it was a near-impossible task to narrow down to some faves (because we basically swooned over just about all of it), but here are 6 that we felt deserved an honourable mention.
Zendaya: Joan of Arc and our knight in shining armour
Zendaya slayed last night and it was in none other than Versace. Showing up with her blunt cut fresh red bob ‘do, chainmail armoured dress and that fabulous train, she channeled her inner Joan of Arc. Shoulder cutouts, cinched-in waist, and a train that is so perfectly balanced with the rest of the dress, Zendaya had us wanting us to run to Versace and get one in our size, if only just to feel that kind of next level strong.
Ariana Grande and the Sistine Chapel
Ariana may be young and petite, but it is no secret that her bigger than life personality carries her tall, and those booming vocals are that of holy divination. Ariana was quite literally wearing Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement hand painted on a corset and bustle Vera Wang gown that had our jaws dropping. Matched with a tulle bowed-veil and train, Ariana embodied the angelic fantasy of the Vatican and all its art has to offer.
Madonna. Enough said.
Madonna has never shied away from the influence of religion and (costume) fashion, and the Met Gala 2018 was no exception. Madonna showed up in a Jean Paul Gaultier gown (natch!), a black net veil with jeweled crosses and matching rosaries, and her golden hair placed in perfect braids framing her face. In true Madonna fashion (pun intended). Later in the evening she did a more performance-friendly wardrobe change and performed her hit “Like A Prayer” that transitioned into her rendition of “Hallelujah”. Well Madonna, we say hallelujah to you and the justice you did to this year’s theme.
Sean Combs, aka P. Diddy, aka Puff Daddy, aka Angel in White
As a former Catholic school student, P. Diddy channeled the Pope’s signature robe in this all-white bespoke Musika Frère suit with no lapel and three-quarter length jacket. Paired with all white shoes, a Michael Jackson-esque little white glove, and a blinged out-chained cross necklace, this look has us loving this modern twist on a statement only Diddy could rock.
Blake Lively is red carpet royalty
Well if Blake Lively didn’t WOW you last night, we don’t know what could have. Rolling up on the red carpet in this Versace crimson-panelled beauty of a dress that – let’s face it- had it all including emeralds, rubies, gold thread weaving and a sweeping train. Oh, and lest we forget that angelic-sun-like halo sitting beautifully on her pulled back bun. Blake epitomized sheer luxe and the influence that the Church’s iconography has had on fashion. All Hail Queen Lively.
The golden rule
Perhaps the biggest fashion note of the night was all that gold- headdresses, halos, chainmail and gobsmacking gold gowns. Gold represents faith, healing and blessing, and we certainly felt its power wash over us.