The first Monday in May is always a highlight on the sartorial calendar – it’s Met Gala time!
We’re always looking out for bridal inspiration on the red carpet, and we loved that this year’s theme-Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination-was likely to bring some heavenly gowns to the forefront.
Hollywood’s A-List didn’t disappoint, and we saw an array of gorgeous dresses and suave suits, from event mainstays like the Kardashians to current Queen-of-everything Cardi B.
Take a look at Team SWD’s hot picks from 2018’s Met Gala event…
Features Writer Rachel picked…
“For me, Gigi can’t really do any style wrong anyway, but I think she looked exceptionally good for last night’s Met Gala. With the split, the one-shoulder and the woven panels, this stained glass Versace gown ticked all the right boxes. All hail, Gigi!”
“Stepping away from her hot pants, I loved Ariana’s Vera Wang look for her very first Met Gala. With a nod to the Sistine Chapel’s altar wall, Ariana updated her famous high ponytail with an OTT bow – and I think she got it just right. Extra style points for posing up a storm with Vera Wang herself on the night!”
Editor Natasha picked…
“Jared Leto is extremely on theme looking exactly like Jesus (not actual Jesus, who I’m fairly certain was a brown-skinned man, but religious imagery Jesus).”
“I wouldn’t have expected any less than this jewel-and-pearl-encrusted Moschino number from Cardi B for her first ever Met Gala. Total pro.”
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“Comparatively a pretty boring dress, but I’m singling out Livia Firth for wearing a Giambattista Valli gown that I would actually love to wear IRL.”
Features writer Patricia-Ann picked…
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“I really loved Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s look because it stuck to the theme but was really simple and beautiful. My favourite part is the halo headpiece!”
“Zendaya always kills it at the Met Gala, but this is definitely my favourite look from her of all time – Joan of Arc chic! I also love that it fit the theme without riffing from the robes of the Catholic clergy, I don’t think a lot of people did that at the Gala!”
Features writer Claire picked…
“Blake is definitely my top pick, and not just because she looks flawless in everything! I’m also a fan of the way she actually acknowledged this year’s theme in the heavy embroidered detailing on this gown – the sheer panels are also just a typical example of how well Blake dresses for her curves.”
Digital editor Steph picked…
“For me, top marks go to Rihanna for her Pope-inspired ensemble. She took that theme to town (THANK YOU) and stormed the red carpet in a custom-made Margiela corset mini dress under a full skirt and a beaded Bishop’s hat.”
“Beyonce let us all down again this year by not showing up, but I’m not too mad, because the Knowles sisters were well represented by cooler sibling Solange, who let her Twitter followers choose her 2018 Gala look from a selection of five. The people chose this striking black latex Iris Van Herpen dress paired with a black do-rag and halo-style headpiece.”
“I feel like Madonna may have been overlooked because this theme is pretty much her default setting. It was made for her. Her all-black Jean Paul Gaultier ballgown was a hit, finished off with a black veil, layered crosses around her neck and rosary beads. I’d bet that she already had that getup in her wardrobe. Gala guests were treated to a performance of Like a Prayer and it was EPIC.”