Last night’s Met Gala 2018 definitely didn’t disappoint. We got a potential new “it couple” on the form of Elon Musk and Grimes, lots of memes, and the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” theme lead to some interesting outfits.
As expected, Rihanna embraced the theme, while Jaden Smith showed up with another questionable accessory. SZA killed her first Met Gala appearance, Solange asked Twitter for help on her ‘fit, and Chadwick Boseman proved that men’s red carpet fashion doesn’t have to be boring.
On the other end of things, Katy Perry stepped out in oversized angel wings, Frances McDormand wore an insane custom Valentino dress, and Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott looked more ready for a Matrix revival than the Met Gala.
Browse the best, worst and most WTF outfits below. Do you like the looks? Let us know your favorite in the comments below.
Solange’s futuristic black outfit
Before the Met Gala, Solange posted a Twitter poll asking fans to help her choose her look. The star ended up wearing a glossy black dress from Iris van Herpen’s Fall 2012 couture collection, complete with a black durag and angelic circular headpiece.
Jaden Smith is an Icon Living
Jaden showed up last year carrying his cut-off dreadlocks as an accessory, so we knew to expect great things from his outfit. Of course, Smith didn’t disappoint, wearing a Louis Vuitton trench coat and bringing along his gold record for “Icon” as his date.
Chadwick Boseman showed everyone how its done
The menswear on the Met Gala is always lacking, but Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman has set the new standard for all future red carpet appearances. Boseman looked regal in an ankle length embroidered cap and matching cream suit. Men, this is how you do the Met Gala.
Rihanna’s Papal dress
Rihanna is the uncontested queen of Met Gala looks, and since the singer was co-hosting this year’s event, we expected even more. Of course, Rihanna brought her A-Game. The singer paid close attention to the theme, stepping out in a Papal-inspired Margiela corset mini dress, finished off with a beaded bishop’s hat and a jeweled crucifix.
As this behind-the-scenes meme shows, even His Holiness himself was shook.
Lana del Ray, Alessandro Michele & Jared Leto
Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Lana del Ray and Jared Leto looked like they stepped out of a classical painting in complementary custom Gucci outfits.
SZA as a weeping Madonna
For SZA’s first Met Gala appearance, the singer wore a light pink Altelier Versace gown with a matching headpiece and teardrops from New York-based jewelry designer Chrishabana.
SZA’s angelic outfit combined with the teardrops could be a reference to the idea of the weeping Madonna — statues and paintings of the Virgin Mary that are believed to have cried.
Jennifer Lopez in Balmain
Jennifer Lopez embraced the theme but still kept it very JLo with a jeweled Balmain dress that featured a large red and blue cross in the center, cutouts, and a feathered black train.
Madonna embraced the Gothic side
With a theme like “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” this year’s Met Gala was practically made for Madonna. The singer wore a gothy Jean Paul Gaultier dress with a full face veil, a crucifix crown, and black roses.
To top it off, she also performed “Like a Prayer” at the event.
Kim Kardashian’s skin-tight gold dress
As usual, Kim Kardashian looked amazing but that’s the exact reason why the star is firmly in the worst-dressed category. As others have proved (aka JLo), its possible to keep your personal style while still considering the theme. That said, some Twitter sleuths have compared it to Jesus’ Holy Grail cup, but either way, it wasn’t one of the standout looks of the night.
Daniel Kaluuya’s grey suit
Daniel Kaluuya’s luxe gold jacket at the Oscar’s was one of our favorite outfits of the night. Unfortunately, his Met Gala grey suit seemed like something that would be more at home at a school dance than an exclusive red (or cream) carpet event.
Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner
The Met Gala is always home to some notable couples outfits — most memorably there was the Kimye cyborg look in 2016 — but Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s double Alexander Wang look missed the mark. The Matrix vibes didn’t fit with the theme, and Scott looked like he was vying to be an extra in an upcoming Star Wars movie.
Nick Jonas’s take on the theme
Not only is his suit ill-fitting (those shoulders look a little too tight to us and were not crazy about the slight shoe overlap), but Jonas’ collar and cross combo looked out of place on the Met Gala red carpet.
That said, unlike others in the worst-dressed list, Nick Jonas gets some points for at least engaging with this year’s theme.
Frances McDormand in custom Valentino
Three Billboards star Frances McDormand stood out on the red carpet in a blue and yellow custom Valentino gown, complete with a matching headpiece. The outfit is most definitely a WTF ‘fit, but to her credit, McDormand carries the hard-to-wear look with ease.
Katy Perry’s giant wings
Katy Perry remembered the theme, but the oversized wings complete with the all-gold outfit missed the mark slightly. If she paired it with a more ethereal gown we could be on board, but the go-go boots and the mini dress felt like an elaborate version of a “sexy angel” Halloween costume.
Grimes’ Tesla choker
Grimes hitting the red carpet with Elon Musk was undoubtedly the weirdest moment of the night, but the singer wearing a Tesla-branded choker made it that much stranger. And, as one Twitter user pointed out, it had echoes of the time Angelina Jolie wore a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck.
Virgil Abloh’s matching moment
Vigil Abloh’s Met Gala outfit was definitely not WTF — the designer wore an all-white Louis Vuitton suit and brand new “UNC” Air Jordan 1s — but Abloh’s “for red carpet only” tag on the sneaker’s sole didn’t quite fit with the unexpectedly cream carpet.
In other Met Gala news, these are the biggest talking points from last night’s event.