Fashion & the Catholic Fantasy: Met Gala 2018 Highlights
It seems like the whole world could stop turning just for the Met Gala. All the celebrities are praying to be invited, editors in fashion magazines waiting to write about the breath-taking gowns, while the rest of the world keeps their eyes in front of their phone screens just to be amazed by this so-called "the biggest fashion night out".
The Met Gala, what? When? How?
First began back in 1948, the Met Gala usually takes place on the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Taken charge by the acclaimed Vogue US editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, each brand designer is assigned to dress celebrities in all kinds of glamorous gowns that match the theme. Despite all the eye-catching red carpet shows, fundraising for the Costume Institute is actually the main purpose of the gala. However, over the decades, what happens on the red carpet has become the most exciting and important part of the event.
70 years later, The Met Gala is so well-known that they decided to film the documentary "The First Monday in May", revealing to the world behind-the-scenes in the making of 2015 Met Gala, "China: Through the Looking Glass". This year, the Costume Institute named "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" as the theme, combining fashion and Catholicism to celebrate the harmony between style and the power of the religion art.
Now, we both know that last year, "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons— Art of the In-Between", turned out to be a disaster. (Well, except for co-hosts bad girl Riri and Katy Perry. Duh!) The theme itself was a challenge to designers, not to mention how weird the celebrities would look in the Kawakubo style. Compared to that, this year most of the celebs successfully stuck to the theme and throw an unforgettable fashion show.
So, since it's important to match with the theme and look gorgeous at the same time, what do we actually expect to see on the red carpet this year? In my opinion, essential elements such as the cross, delicate embroideries, gold tones and silhouettes that reflect Catholic architectural features are for sure a must. Of course, the main point is to take the whole fashion event back to the Renaissance era.
Rihanna always wins Best Dressed of the Met Gala, astonishing the whole world with her mind-blowing costume. This year was no exception. She showed up with the "pope-inspired" Maison Margiela by John Galliano cape. The costume was covered with detailed silver embroideries, and we can't deny that Rihanna owned the event. The mother-to-be Cardi B dressed in Moschino, emphasizing her baby bump in the golden and elegant yet daring gown. Stella Maxwell was also in Moschino, covered with faces of the Virgin Mary. The Victoria's Secret angel pulled-off the body con dress perfectly. (However, a nice set of costumed jewelry would be better.)
Aside from dressing in a sweet and angelic style to express the art of Catholicism, it seemed like designers were also seeking for more powerful, "in your face" dark knight looks. Although Kim Kardashian did not show up in Balmain, J Lo did wear this Balmain royal blue and black gown with a big cross on chest and feather train on the bottom. Nicki Minaj was in a gradient red Oscar de la Renta gown that caught everyone's eyes on the red carpet. I have to mention Lily Collins with her Givenchy Couture black sheer dress. With a few crystal tear drops decorating her eyes, she looked like a fallen angel, winning the Best Beauty of the night.
There is no doubt that all the Best Dressed go to Versace in the Met Gala this year. With over 7 celebrities wearing designs by Versace, Donatella completely took over the red carpet with her Catholic-themed masterpieces. Whether it was the luxurious embroideries on Chadwick Boseman's white blazers, a little twist on Zendaya's Joan of Arc armor suit look, or the simple gold gown that perfectly fits Kim's heavenly body, we could see the fashion legend created by Gianni Versace brought back to life on the red carpet. Gucci gang is out, let's welcome Versace to the game.
I must mention some of my favorite looks in the Met Gala 2018. Katy Perry in the bejeweled and feathered Versace wings brought the whole Met Gala event another moment to remember. When Blake Lively arrived at the entrance, everyone was amazed by the Versace red and gold shimmering gown, with the delicate headpieces peeking out behind her hair, the American actress demonstrated how religious fashion should be done. We all experienced a true Renaissance moment when Gucci creative director, Alessandro Michele, together with Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto showed up in the most heavenly designed sky blue and white costumes.
This year the Met Gala did give the world some Instagram-worthy moments to capture. Thanks to the theme, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic", this year it's easier to style celebrities with their works. The remarkable red carpet fashion show is for sure the highlight of 2018 in fashion.