Ah, the Met Gala. This fundraising event on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is a gala for celebrities, young creatives, and industry paragons held annually on the first Monday in May. Over the years it has turned into a star-studded red carpet, with some dubbing it as “the Oscars of the East Coast”. This year, the theme of the gala as well as the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. The grand opening of the exhibition is May 10, 2018.
At the red carpet of the Met Gala, attendees have gone all out with plenty of head turning attire, and this year is unlike the previous years. This time around, the head pieces are really taking the stage. Some just looked incredibly regal with their crowns, like Emilia Clarke, Hailee Steinfeld, Sienna Miller, Jared Leto, Amanda Seyfried, and Lynda Carter.
And then there were some who took crowns to another level. Mindy Kaling looked like a literal Queen with her massive gold crown featuring giant light blue gems, while Sarah Jessica Parker’s towering gilded crown is actually a nativity scene to scale. Cardi B wore an elaborately bejeweled crown that matches her elaborately bejeweled Moschino dress.
With a religious theme, one may expect to see plenty of halos at the soiree. Rosie Huntington –Whiteley wore a literal round halo at her head, while Amber Heard, Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively took inspiration from a mandorla, a metallic starburst that seemed to emanate light. Blake Lively’s piece was made by Lorraine Schwartz and features over 100 carats of nude champagne diamonds. Solange Knowles combined her spindly halo with a black du-rag, while Lily Collins’ look for the evening is a nod to painting of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Still on the subject of halos and spindles, Winnie Harlow looked like an angel in white with her floral crown and a full burst of spikes, while Rita Ora who wore a similar headpiece of but in black, exuded gothic princess vibes.
Head coverings or veils were eye-catching accessories for the gala. Priyanka Chopra wore a Ralph Lauren gold beaded hood crafted with Swarovski crystals and beading that took over 250 hours of handywork. Underneath the silky emerald green Zac Posen hood that resembles a veil, Kate Upton added a jewel-encrusted crown. Nicki Minaj’s veil/necklace was adorned with tiny red crosses. Olivia Munn wore a warrior-like gold chainmail veil to match her gold dress, while Kate Bosworth donned a sheer white veil with teardrop mother-of-pearl trim with her gold Oscar De La Renta dress.
Also making the rounds: face-covering head pieces . Cara Delevigne’s black lattice Dior dress was nearly overshadowed by her matching bejeweled black crown and beaded face curtain by Marianna Harutunian. Diane Kruger wore a silver Philip Treacy fascinator with pearls and jewels. Going for a similar look, Madonna wore a cross-laden Rinaldy Yunardi crown (YES, THE INDONESIAN DESIGNER, EEEEP!) with a black mesh covering her face.
Several other looks were harder to categorize, because they’re truly one of a kind! These fashionistas are not afraid to break barriers. They are EXTRA. Janelle Monae wore a hand-beaded, crystallised head wrap and a wide-brim hat. That is definitely the coolest wide brim hat we’ve ever seen on the red carpet.
Lana Del Ray channeled Mother Mary and the seven sorrows. Her Gucci ensemble featured a sacred heart chest plate with tiny daggers, and to complete the look, an ombré blue headpiece with wings.WINGS! WITH FEATHERS!
Frances McDormand is already dominating the headlines with her massive blue headpiece. The Philip Treacy headpiece is color-coordinated with her a turquoise Valentino cape and chartreuse Pierpaolo Piccioli dress.
And the ultimate scene stealer. Talk of the town. That person is none other than Rihanna, who is no stranger to serving us epic theme-complying looks from previous attendance at the Met Gala. Reigning on the carpet with a white beaded Margiela corset mini dress under a full skirt, Rihanna took this year’s Met Gala theme to heart with a mitre-inspired, or shall we say Pope-style, headpiece.
*sigh* Cant wait for next year’s Met Gala and see what everyone comes up with!