The Met Gala is the most prestigious fashion event of the year. Its exclusive guest list is filled with "IT" models, designers and industry big-hitters, all personally approved by Vogue Editor-in-Chef Anna Wintour.
While the entire point of the gala is to raise funds for the Met's Costume Institute (it raised an impressive $12 million last year), it's the attendees' outfits which take center-stage. In recent years, a post-Lemonade Beyonce turned up looking like she'd skinned "Becky with the good hair" (in the best way possible), Jaden Smith carried his dreadlocks as an accessory, while a host of other celebrities have worn outfits that were crying out to become memes.
While this year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” certainly played a large part in driving the conversation, we were blessed with a variety of whacky moments. Jaden Smith brought his own gold record as an accessory, opting to keep his dreads at home this time, while Elon Musk and Grimes are apparently a couple – made abundantly clear by the fact that Grimes was wearing a Tesla choker.
Without further ado, here are the biggest talking points from the 2018 Met Gala for you to scroll through below.
Donald Glover was on point
Fresh off of dominating the news cycle with his music video for “This Is America,” Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, was among the best dressed, while adhering to the theme. The Atlanta star wore white Gucci loafers and a tuxedo featuring an immaculate Illuminati embroidery on its back.
Kanye West did not attend
Kim Kardashian West showed up in all gold Versace but her husband, Kanye West, probably the most controversial man alive right now, did not attend. He did, however, show his support for his wife with a bunch of flaming emoji on Twitter. Kim responded saying she wished he was there but “you’re only finishing up 5 albums.”
2 Chainz proposed although he might already be married
2 Chainz pulled a Donald Trump and proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kesha Ward, at this year’s Met Gala. According to reports, the rapper is putting a ring on it for the second time having previously proposed at a BET awards show in 2013. However, it’s unclear if 2 Chainz and Ward ever actually got married after the first proposal – maybe the second time’s the charm.
Donald Trump famously proposed to Melania Trump at the Met Gala in 2004. Trump and Melania, regulars at the ball from 2003 to 2012, were not present this year, after Anna Wintour, the event’s host and editor-in-chief of Vogue, revealed in October that Trump was blacklisted.
Virgil Abloh debuted a new Louis Vuitton suit alongside Kendall Jenner
Virgil Abloh debuted an all-white suit, one of the first pieces he’s unveiled from Louis Vuitton since being appointed menswear artistic director of the house. In line with this year’s theme, the all-white two-piece was decorated in the style of Catholic stained glass pieces. Fitting for a designer who’s on top of the world right now, Abloh turned up to the Gala with none other than Kendall Jenner as his date.
In addition, Abloh took to the red carpet (which was cream and kind of ruined Virgil’s detailing) in the “UNC” OFF–WHITE x Air Jordan 1s, which are rumored to be dropping at some point this year.
Lena Waithe stood for equality and won
Lena Waithe stood up for equality at an event that was themed around an institution, the Catholic church, whose teachings officially oppose same-sex marriage. Waithe could not have picked a bigger stage to make her feelings heard and we applaud her for it.
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner looked all grown up
The kids are alright. Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner, newly minted parents to one Stormi Webster, turned up and showed out during Kylie’s red carpet return. The couple opted for all-black outfits designed by Alexander Wang.
Elon Musk and Grimes are apparently dating
So Elon Musk and Grimes are apparently dating – which was highlighted by the fact that the Canadian singer wore a Tesla logo choker on the red carpet. We’re getting flashbacks to Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s blood vial necklaces. Anyone else?
And so are Jared Leto and Lana del Rey?
Jared Leto, predictably, went full Jesus Christ at the 2018 Met Gala alongside Lana del Rey. The duo’s public appearance together had everyone wondering if they were more than friends. While that’s still up for debate, Leto’s commitment to this year’s theme is definitely not.
Jaden Smith had the accessory of the night
Jaden Smith has a penchant for the absurd – especially when he’s on the red carpet. He’s rocked everything from dresses to that red Supreme x Louis Vuitton side bag to his own bleach blond dreads. His latest accessory, his gold record, tops all of that. Jaden Smith truly is an icon living.
Migos murdered it
Migos did their thing, turning up in sequinned Versace suits and rocking an entire ice tray each. Cosmopolitan called them the best-dressed men at the gala and honestly, we can’t really contradict that. While their style isn’t for everyone, it was most certainly on-brand.
And so did Riri
Rihanna didn’t have on the most practical outfit at last night’s Met Gala. Keeping the hat on her head looked like a real balancing act. But then again, neither does the Pope when he steps out in his garb. That’s why we’re convinced Rihanna is the obvious choice for the top job in the Vatican. The singer truly looked mythical in her Maison Margiela dress.
Michael B. Jordan in custom OFF–WHITE
Michael B. Jordan took to the red carpet in a custom OFF–WHITE suit, which he expertly complemented with the brand’s industrial belt in black. The Creed star has built a reputation as one of the best-dressed men in Hollywood and certainly proved that at this year’s Met Gala, although the cross pinned to his lapel was definitely a lackluster attempt to dress according to the theme.
If you’re still hazy on what the Met Gala is or why it’s happening, continue reading below for some background information on the glamorous event.
What is the Met Gala?
The Met Gala is the annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. The invite-only event is helmed by Vogue's Anna Wintour who controls the extremely-exclusive guest list. (Only 600 people were invited to last year's gala — and given the chance to purchase tickets for $30,000.)
When is the Met Gala?
The Met Gala is always on the first Monday in May; this year the event fell on May 7.
Where did the Met Gala happen?
Like its name suggests, the Met Gala takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, otherwise known as the Met. The outside of the venue is closed off to the public and is transformed entirely, with stars posing for photos on the carpet.
Met Gala 2018 theme
This year's Met Gala theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The exhibition will explore fashion's relationship with the Catholic church and features designs from Coco Chanel, John Galliano, and Cristóbal Balenciaga, alongside 40 pieces on loan from the Vatican.
Met Gala 2018 Hosts
Each year, the Met Gala invites celebrities to serve as honorary hosts for the event alongside Anna Wintour. Previous hosts have included Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady.
This year's hosts are Donatella Versace, Amal Clooney and Rihanna. We already knew Rihanna would be the stand-out celebrity at the event, but now she's been promoted to co-host status, we predict that her outfit will rise to mark the occasion.
Met Gala 2018 Guests
Thanks to its exclusive guest list, which is hand-selected by co-chair, Anna Wintour, the Met Gala is almost entirely populated by A-Listers. Last year, for example, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Zendaya and Priyanka Chopra were all in attendance.
However, it’s safe to say that one celebrity in particular will not be coming back this year. On an episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden asked Wintour whose name, out of all her previous guests, would not be on this years clipboard. Her answer? Donald Trump.
What did you think of this year’s its? Did you think the theme was crazier than ever? Let us know in the comments.
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