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Each year, the Met Gala red carpet is flooded with bespoke designs from the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela among many others. Despite such emphasis on couture fashion, high street retailer H&M tapped their own crew to debut a gold and shimmering collection at this year’s event.

In fact, 2018 marks the fourth year the Swedish conglomerate has sponsored a table at the benefit event.  Previous galas have seen the brand outfit the likes of Nicki Minaj, Ashley Graham, Odell Beckham Jr and Janelle Monáe. This year, the brand invited six guests to wear its custom gowns and suits, including fashion influencer Luka Sabbat, model Jasmine Sanders and Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart.

To date, the apparel company is known for its affordable prices and limited edition drops with the likes of Balmain and KENZO with a newly annonced drop with Moschino on the way. While competitors such as Topshop have decided to sit this event out, H&M doubled up on its efforts,  launching its first ever Gala collection.

In a take on this year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” the retailer opted for pieces that err on the side of glamor with plenty of ruffles, shimmer, and detail on display. The Met Gala-inspired collection will arrive online and at H&M’s 5th Avenue flagship store on May 9 and will be priced between $100 – $500.

“Our customers really get inspired to see that we are part of the fashion world,” said H&M creative advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson.

Below are the looks of the evening alongside H&M’s original sketches. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Luka Sabbat

Alek Wek

Jasmine Sanders

Olivia Munn

Kiersey Clemons

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Lili Reinhart

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