It’s almost been a week, but in case you hadn’t figured it out – the ‘First Monday in May’; aka the Met Gala aka fashion’s biggest night out aka the Oscars of Fashion – is a really huge deal globally.
Not familiar with the rules of the star-studded event? Well, guests are required to dress in tandem with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit – this year, showcasing over 40 pieces on loan from the Vatican as well as archival pieces by Coco Chanel, Christian Lacroix, John Galliano and Cristóbal Balenciaga as well as designers who are known for heavily mining their Catholic backgrounds and religious leanings like show sponsor Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier, effectively spotlighting the influence Catholic iconography has had on the fashion industry in the least century.
Hosted this year by Anna Wintour and 2018 co-hosts Amal Clooney, Rihanna, and Donatella Versace, themed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination – the 2018 event is one of the best Met Gala red carpets we have seen in a while and the A-List brought their A game and then some. From interpretations of Our Lady of Sorrows (Lilly Collins), Weeping Madonna (SZA) and iconic figures in Catholic History like Joan of Arc (Zendaya, Michelle Williams & Shailene Woodley) and Saint Huron (Solange Knowles) it was a red carpet to remember.
And while some looks weren’t as strong on the fashion front – their beauty looks more than made up for it. If there’s ever a time to be #TeamTooMuch and go all the way with your hair and makeup, it’s at the Met Gala and this year there was really an emphasis on creativity, giving us a veritable plethora of regal headpieces, crowns, and cosplay worthy beauty looks. – Scroll to see some of our very favourite looks this year.
in Oscar De La Renta and Tiffany&Co.
Hair by Kim Kimble; Makeup by Sheika Daley; Nails by Naomi Yasuda.
in Prada & Lorraine Schwartz, styled By Jason Rembert
Hair by Brent Lawler; Makeup by Kathy Jeung; Nails by Naomi Yasuda.
in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, styled By Petra Flannery
Hair by Ben Skervin, Makeup by Jillian Dempsey
in Carolina Herrera by Wes Gordon & Beladora Jewelry, styled By Karla Welch
Hair by Robert Vetica, Makeup by Mélanie Inglessis, Hairpiece by Megan Bishop for Apatico
in Tommy Hilfiger
Hair by Makeba; Makeup by Rebekah Aladdin, Hairpiece by OddCommoditiesNY by B.Wood.
in Ralph Lauren, Anita Ko & Ana Khouri Jewelry, styled By Cher Coulter.
Hair by Christian Wood for Wella Professionals and GHD; Makeup by Kate Synnott for Tom Ford Beauty and Kate Somerville.
in Givenchy Haute Couture by Clare Waight Keller & Cartier Jewelry, styled By Rob Zangardi
Hair by Gregory Russell for Marc Anthony Hair Care; Makeup by Fiona Stiles for Lancôme.
in custom Versace, Christian Louboutin, Judith Lieber & Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry.
Hair by Rod Ortega for Rene Furterer; Makeup by Kristofer Buckle.
in Tommy Hilfiger & Bulgari Jewelry, styled by Eric McNeal
Hair by Kayla MiChele; Makeup by Sir John; Nails by Naomi Yasuda ; Hairpiece by Philip Treacy.
in Iris van Herpen Couture, Ofira Jewels & Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry
Hair by Jawara & Shani Crowe; Makeup by Dana Delaney.
in Atelier Versace, styled By Dianne Garcia
Hair by Randy Stodghill; Makeup by Samuel Paul for Pat McGrath Labs; Headpiece by Chris Habana.
Crowns, Cowls & Veils
in Marc Jacobs, Stephen Jones Millinery & Jennifer Fisher Jewelry, styled By Alexandra Mandelkorn
Makeup by Jessica Smalls; Hair by Nikki Nelms.
in Oscar de La Renta, Manolo Blahnik & Tacori Jewelry, styled By Solange Franklin Reed
Hair by Michael Silva; Makeup by Beau Nelson for Chantecaille; Nails by Elizabeth Castillo.
in Ralph Lauren, Manolo Blahnik & Cartier Jewelry, styled By Cristina Ehrlich
Hair by Bok-Hee; Makeup by Pati Dubroff for Chanel; Nails by Pattie Yankee.
in custom H&M, Christian Louboutin & Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry, styled By Jessica Paster
Hair by Chad Wood for Kenra Professional; Makeup by Carly Fisher for Buxom Cosmetics; Headpiece by Michael Schmidt Studios.
in Ralph Lauren & Lorraine Schwartz, styled By Joseph Cassell Falconer
Hair by Takisha Sturdivant; Makeup by Carola Gonzalez.
in custom Prabal Gurung and Tasaki Fine Jewelry, styled By Micaela Erlanger
Hair by Bridget Brager ; Hairpiece by Philip Treacy.
in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda
Hair by Amoy Couture ; Makeup by Courtney Gower.
in Chanel & Chanel Fine Jewelry, styled By Jason Bolden
Hair by Nai’vasha Johnson; Makeup by Kristofer Buckle; Nails by Emi Kudo.
in Zac Posen & Chopard
Hair by Hos Hounkpatin; Makeup by Porsche Cooper; Nails by Mary Soul.
in Diane Von Furstenburg & Bulgari
Hair by Lacy Redway; Makeup by Renee Garnes; Nails by Michelle Matthews.
in Valentino, Yeprem and ShiffonCo Jewelry, styled By Sarah Slutsky
Makeup by Giselle Ali ; Hair by Vernon Scott; Nails by Gina Oh
in custom Coach, styled By Ade Samuel
Hair by Ursula Stephen; Makeup by Tasha Brown.
in Tory Burch, styled By Jason Bolden
Hair by Nai’vasha Johnson ; Makeup by Vincent Oquendo for Pat McGrath Labs.
in Michael Kors & Lorraine Schwartz, styled By Jason Rembert.
Hair by Felicia Leatherwood; Makeup by Joanna Simkin; Nails by Eri Ishizu.
in custom H&M & Bulgari
Hair by Renda Attia, Makeup by Hila Karmand, Nails by Mei Kawajiri.
in custom Thom Browne and Tiffany&Co, styled By Wayman + Micah
Hair by Lacy Redway; Makeup by Kirin Bhatty.
Brights & Pixies
in custom H&M, Jimmy Choo & Neil Lane Jewelry, styled By Jamie Mizrahi
Hair by Randy Stodghill, Craig the Barber, Mia Johnson ; Makeup by Samuel Paul for Pat McGrath Labs.
in Marc Jacobs & John Hardy Jewelry
Hair by Tina Outen; Makeup by Celia Burton.
in Christian Siriano & Alexis Bittar Jewelry, styled by Mercedes PSL
Hair by Sheree Lunn; Makeup by Nikki Fontaine.
Keeping It Simple
in Thom Browne and Sarah Jane Wilde & Chopard, styled By LeJenke.
Hair by Jawara; Makeup by Yolonda Frederick.
in Prabal Gurung, Tasaki Fine Jewelry, styled By Thomas Christos
Makeup by Mario; Hair by Larry Sims; Nails by Gina Oh
in custom Balmain, Tiffany&Co Jewelry, styled By Rob Zangardi
Hair by Lorenzo Martin for Matrix; Makeup by Scott Barnes; Nails by Tom Bachik.
in Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière & Bulgari Jewelry
Hair by Teddi Cranford; Makeup by Morgane Martini.
in custom Versace & Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry.
Hair by Chris Appleton; Makeup by Mario; Nails by Tom Bachik.
in Givenchy Haute Couture & Cartier
Hair by Takisha Sturdivant-Drew ; Makeup by Jessica DeBruyne.
in custom Versace, Tiffany&Co Jewelry, styled By Law Roach.
Hair by Ursula Stephen; Makeup by Sheika Daley for Pat McGrath Labs.
in Brandon Maxwell, styled By Law Roach
Hair by Oscar James, Mia Johnson ; Makeup by Dionne Wynn.
Mary J. Blige
in custom Versace and Lˊ Dezen By Payal Shah Jewelry, styled By Law Roach
Hair by Kendra Garvey, Kim Kimble; Makeup by D’Andre Michael; Nails by Lisa Logan.
in Saint Laurent and Jacob&Co jewelry, styled By Andrew Mukamal
Hair by Nikki Nelms ; Makeup by Nina Park.