Guests got spiritual for the opening of this year’s Costume Institute exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
With the first Monday of May here, it was time for another Met Ball with this year’s theme dedicated all things holy for the accompanying exhibition – Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. This year it wasn’t just about the #lewks either, 2 Chainz proposed to longterm girlfriend, and Lena Waithe made a stand for LGBTQ+ rights (so famously supported by the Catholic Church, not) in a giant rainbow cape.
Here are some of the highlights of last night’s event.
PEOPLE ACTUALLY FOLLOWED THE THEME
After last year’s poor turnout (seriously, only ten people worn Comme des Garçons) this year’s religious theme was a little easier to interpret. There were some great looks – Cardi B, SZA, and Lana Del Rey looked heavenly in Moschino, Versace, and Gucci respectively. Others were a little more extra, with Katy Perry arriving in a golden Versace look with gigantic wings. And some more interesting interpretations, i.e. Bella Hadid’s gothic sculptural gown, which was created in collaboration with Gareth Pugh.
THERE WERE A LOT OF HEADPIECES
If there was a trend of the night, it was for headpieces – the bigger the better. From crowns to more traditional halos, special shoutouts go to Janelle Monáe for her glittering Marc Jacobs ski mask and gold hat, Cara Delevingne for her Dior Couture black beaded face cage (?), current Dazed cover star Solange Knowles’ halo and durag combo, and Lana Del Rey for carrying a giant bird on her head.
NICKI MINAJ ANNOUNCED HER NEW ALBUM
Hot off the back of two new singles, Nicki Minaj revealed that she would be dropping her latest album soon. Set to be released on June 15, Queen will feature both “Chun-Li”, and “Barbie Tingz”. An appropriate name for the album, with Minaj looking just like one in her beaded headdress and red Oscar de la Renta gown.
GRIMES AND ELON MUSK WENT ON A DATE?
The unlikely pair turned up together, with the SpaceX CEO revealing that he helped design Grimes’ dress. He also dropped that they were attending as a “date night” – something literally no one saw coming. Congrats lovebirds.
JADEN SMITH BROUGHT ANOTHER WEIRD ACCESSORY
After last year’s handful of dreadlocks – that he brought because he couldn’t bring his sister – Jaden Smith decided to bring another unusual accessory to accompany him to this year’s event. The musician and actor brought a gold certification plaque for his 2017 song “Icon”, proving that the best promo is #selfpromo. His look was Vuitton womenswear, showing once again that Smith is one young male celebrity with a refreshingly modern outlook on gender.
VIRGIL TEASED HIS FIRST LOUIS VUITTON COLLECTION
Ahead of his SS19 debut in June, Virgil Abloh gave us a first look at what to expect from him at Louis Vuitton. Arriving with Kendall Jenner who wore Off-White, the designer wore a white suit with stained glass window embroidery, and a shirt covered in ornate beading. Want to know how it was made? Abloh shared a BTS look on Instagram.
KATE MOSS RETURNED AFTER NEARLY A DECADE
After making her last appearance with Marc Jacobs as a co-host all the way back in 2009, Kate Moss attended the Met Ball once again. Looking like a dark angel, the icon chose a feathered-shoulder look from Saint Laurent’s SS18 collection, attending the event with designer Anthony Vaccarello and a host of YSL-clad friends: Amber Valletta, Mica Arganaraz, Anja Rubik, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
AND RIHANNA STOLE THE SHOW ONCE AGAIN
Time and time again, Rihanna has proven that this is her world, and we’re all just living in it. This year, the singer stole the show in a Papal-chic look designed by John Galliano. While the British designer has been at Maison Margiela since 2015, RiRi’s outfit was a reimagined version of the opening look from his AW00 Dior Couture collection. Sure, she didn’t have the thurible accessory, but we’re still ready to worship at her altar.