We can’t help ourselves, we still want to talk about the epic Met Gala that kickstarted this month in true couture style. A night of corsets, diamonds, and white collar shirts made up the annual affair celebrating Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. On top of his personal line, the late designer fashioned collections for style powerhouses such as Chanel, Chloé, and Fendi. From Emily Ratajkowski to Jennifer Lopez to Bad Bunny, scroll on to see what we think were the best red carpet looks of this year and their daring after party counterparts.
The self-made billionaire ascended Met Gala steps in a sweeping Valentino gown and customized jewelry by Bulgari and Belperron. Perfect choice for her growing baby #2 bump. Keeping an all white theme, the Grammy winner opted for a sultry, slit maxi skirt after hours and layered on accessories like layered necklaces and square sunnies. For us, her after party look wins.
Coel arrived “dripping in gold” thanks to a statement Schiaparelli number and a bronzed eye moment. Gold was still the main theme for Coel at her exclusive Lower East Side after party. The actress-director-writer danced the night away in a silver and gold blazer layered over a cheeky body print leotard. I don’t know about you, but were daring to try the no pants look very soon.
The Puerto Rican artist swapped a statement, backless Jacquemus suit for rugged country glam as the night unfolded. We loved the drama of his look as it went up the stairs, but his monochromatic after party look is the Bad Bunny vibe we prefer.
Jenny from the block oozed elegance and femininity in a silk and velvet Ralph Lauren halter gown. The music icon and rom-com queen kept her carpet look going by choosing to stick with the evening gloves and towering pumps for an after party. JLO chose an elevated and feminine suit with a hint of purple and a raised collar. But got to say, her pink and black high collared halter was our favorite look of the night.
Robbie honored the late Karl Lagerfeld by paying homage to his 1993 Chanel design worn originally by supermodel Cindy Crawford. The Barbie star’s Met Gala look centers on a see-through corset with gold accents which was a striking difference from her black and white sequined mini worn post red carpet. As much as we loved that throwback gown, her comfy mini dress is what we were obsessing over.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs
The rapper-actor-producer did something very rare in the history of the Met Gala. He featured his very first piece of Sean John couture. Yup, the artist took inspirations from his personal clothing line to design his very own Met Gala look. Diddy was covered in camellias and the elaborate cape served as an ode to Lagerfeld’s Chanel line. For his own star-studded after party, the musical entrepreneur kept the shades, but swapped the “very heavy” cape for a flowy open-chest party shirt. Party Diddy is always fun to look at, but Mr. Sean John was the epitome of fashion on the carpet.
Sensuality never looked so effortless according to the singer-dancer’s Met Gala look. Taylor donned a Thom Browne tweed gown with custom hip cut-outs. The suit inspiration made a comeback in her after party look. She was dressed in a leather trench that wad elevated with pearls and she carried over the fishnet veil. Yeah, look #2 was our favorite.
The pop star channeled her inner princess with a ballgown inspired by the 1992 Chanel fall collection. But the real star of the show is her $10 million diamond necklace designed by Tiffany & Co. And this pretty princess went for the “good girl gone bad” vibes with an edgy Chanel body chain over a black biker shorts set. A lot happening in her after party choice, so the ballgown wins our best look award for Ms. Lipa.
According to mother-rapper-entrepreneur Cardi B, fashion’s biggest night calls for not one, not two, not three, but four stunning looks. When leaving her hotel, the musician is first spotted in a Miss Sohee pink tulle gown with a plunging diamond studded corset. On the red carpet, Cardi pays homage to Lagerfeld’s signature look with a black Chenpeng ball gown over a sleeveless white collar top and black tie.
But inside the event, she is photographed wearing a custom pink and black Richard Quinn tweed gown. To finish off the night, Cardi pays a final tribute to Lagerfeld by flaunting a form-fitting dress featuring Women’s Wear Daily news articles about Lagerfeld’s work at Chanel. Cardi, you are officially queen of the Met.
Twinning with Margaret Zhang, the Don’t Worry Darling director took inspo from Lagerfeld’s 1983 design for her red carpet look. But as the night commenced, Wilde unleashed her inner party girl with a Chloé netted maxi dress layered over a cheeky black thong. We loved Olivia’s second look. Spirited, wild, and gave us some inspiration for summer.
Like fellow artist Cardi B, Janelle Monáe didn’t stick to just one look. The singer teamed up with designer Thom Browne to design a sparkling two-piece set that transformed into an oversized coat dress. And in true after hours style, Monáe ditched the dress and owned the night in her sparkly two-piece bikini, platform sneakers, and fluffy cat-shaped purse.
With her show-stopping blue silver do, model and actress Cara Delevingne recreated her Chanel Cruise 2013 shoot which featured various pastel pixie hairstyles. Styled in Dior couture, Delevingne summoned her inner Lagerfeld and rocked an edgy, punk look with a plunging neckline leather leg covers, and threw a nod to Lagerfeld with some signature black gloves. The supermodel also dedicated her after party look to Lagerfeld’s signature ensemble that featured a white collar and bold slit. We honestly can’t pick which is our favorite, so we’ll let you be the judge.
EmRata wore a nude colored Tory Burch gown with quilted details to supposedly mimic the texture of a Chanel bag. Love it! For the after party, Ratajkowski slipped into a sheer black lace dress accessorized with layers of pearl jewelry and body chains, and kept her same beauty and hair look (hello micro bangs). Emily killed it in both of these dresses. But the elegance of her Tory Burch dress is something we will remember for the ages.
La La Anthony
Reality star La La Anthony arrived in a one-shouldered Sergio Hudson gown and brought back 60s nostalgia with retro white cat-eye sunglasses and a high ponytail. Her after party look takes on the same vintage vibes minus the black lace dress, of course. But got to say, we loved her day to night, black and white fashion story.
Ok. We saved the best for last. Miss Wednesday brought gothic school girl glam in a Thom Browne corset dress to the carpet. As an ode to Lagerfeld, she paired this with a white collar long sleeve and a stringy black bow tie. Towards the end of the night, the actress ditched the ruffled skirt and matching bolero to reveal her FULL black corset. We obsessed majorly over these fits. Just proof Jenna is a fashion star on the rise.
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