Celebrities strutted along the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala with some of the most creative and eye-catching looks. The Spring 2023 exhibition theme was “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” to honor the late German designer and his signature black-and-white fashion trend.
Vogue’s Anna Wintour served as one of the co-chairs for the event and requested stars to follow the dress code “In honor of Karl” for the opening of The Costume Institute’s spring collection. According to the magazine, the display will be available from May 5 to July 16. Other co-chairs for the event include Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, Roger Federer and Dua Lipa.
Here’s a list of the most unforgettable looks from the annual fundraising event.
1. Doja Cat
The “Kiss Me More” artist is known for making fashion statements at public events. She walked the red carpet dressed in a silver gown that featured 350,000 glass beads. Doja also wore facial prosthetics in honor of Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, Bossip reported.
2. Janelle Monáe
The singer and actress arrived at the event and debuted a black and white Thom Browne oversized coat. She later surprised attendees, transitioned into a shimmering Black and silver Chanel bikini, and she paired the outfit with space boots.
3. Lil Nas X
The Grammy Award-winning musician wore a silver thong and shimmering body paint, and his face was adorned with Swarovski crystals and pearls, according to Harper’s Bazaar.
4. Ice Spice
The “Princess Diana” rapper attended her first Met Gala red carpet dressed in a white Balmain gown.
5. Yung Miami
The City Girls rapper made her Met Gala debut with Diddy as her date for the occasion. She wore a dress with long, sheer sleeves, a sizeable black neckline, white pearls draped across her body and a see-through skirt.
The music mogul collaborated with iconic designer June Ambrose to design a custom black Sean John ensemble influenced by Lagerfeld.
7. Brian Tyree Henry
The actor paid tribute to Lagerfeld and wore a black, loose-fitting cape, a black satin suit with white ruffled sleeves, and black-and-white pearls draped around his neck.
8. Cardi B
The “WAP” rapper surprised everyone at the event and wore two outfits to the Met Gala. Her first look was a pink chiffon gown paired with pearls to complete the outfit. She later changed into the second outfit, designed by Chenpeng Studios, with a nod to Lagerfeld’s classic black suit. The gown featured black roses on the skirt and was worn over a white sleeveless collared top with a matching black tie. In addition, Cardi wore a silver wig to match the German designer’s signature gray hair, per Bossip.
According to Vanity Fair, the Savage Fenty CEO arrived fashionably late to the event. She was accompanied by her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky, and she was dressed in a white Valentino gown featuring sculptural white flowers that completed the unique look.
10. Yara Shahidi
The black-ish alum wore a Jean Paul Gaultier dress that turned heads at the event. Shahidi told Extra‘s Adam Glassman she was inspired by ’90s fashion for the look.
“This comes from their archive … 2008 mermaid collection, which has the kind of clear corseting of my favorite ’90s Chanel collection, and then half of it is custom,” she said.
11. Halle Bailey
The star of The Little Mermaid arrived at the Met Gala and wore a stunning white halter Gucci gown with a matching ruffled cape.
12. Brittney Griner
The WNBA player and her wife, Cherelle Griner, attended their first Met Gala event. Brittney wore a tan custom Calvin Klein suit, per Essence.
Page Six reported the “About Damn Time” singer showed off her curvy body in a black, high-slit Chanel dress and paired the ensemble with white pearls.
14. Quinta Brunson
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Abbott Elementary star wore a pink gown overlaid with black silk tulle designed by Atelier Prabal Gurung.
15. Bad Bunny
The Puerto Rican musician wore an all-white suit with an open-back double-breasted suit jacket and completed the look with a white ruffled shawl draped around his back, per WWD.