Many more stars were at the 2017 Met Gala on Monday (May 1) in New York City.
Hailee Steinfeld: I love the deconstructed kimono edge of this Vera Wang design that was both playful and progressive. Hailee’s twisted top knot and winged eye liner likewise sold the look to me.
Dasha Zhukova: Dasha softly echoed the theme with this red floral Proenza Schouler keyhole gown.
Olivia Cooke: Also wearing the colour of the night, Olivia donned a seductive red Burberry gown with boudoir lace that got creative in its asymmetry.
Paris Jackson: In a sea of statement-making gowns, this Calvin Klein Collection dress registered as a bit forgettable. That said, Paris has never looked more sophisticated despite the slight suggestion of underboob.
Margaret Qualley: I was completely in love with the sculptural pristineness of this Atelier Prabal Gurung masterpiece that maintained the night’s theme in the most classically refined of ways.
Sarah Paulson: Sarah is never afraid to push the envelope, but this Prada gown isn’t all that ground-breaking for her. In fact, it was a rather plain design only saved by the tufts of plumage at the sleeves and hem. However, I’m not sure I’m on board with the feather-duster design.
Isabelle Huppert: With a signature French twist, she brought Parisian chic to the proceedings in this Christian Dior Couture look styled with Repossi jewels. It may not have all the bells and whistles, but the ensemble’s balance of structure and softness was surprisingly in tune with the night.
Ruth Negga: Her Valentino Spring 2017 Couture gown may not have photographed well, but that will do nothing to lessen my affection for the stunning, cape-like robe design. With a painterly, stamped motif throughout and exuding subtle architectural drama in spades, this was a lesson in how to work a theme in all the right ways.
Catherine Deneuve: This floral-patterned Louis Vuitton frock just seemed so misplaced for the night—no matter how many silver accessories she added.
Mary J Blige: While her figure looks phenomenal, her La Perla corset slip was more in line with something we’d see at a Victoria’s Secret after party than the Met Gala—that is, unless the theme was lingerie.
Mandy Moore: I was in awe of Mandy’s Michael Kors Collection cold-shouldergown, which favoured a sense of provocative, experimental allure over her signature ladylike style. The mismatched earrings and lavender eye shadow only intensified the powerful effect of the look. Who knew black could be so multi-dimensional.
Sasha Lane: Effervescently youthful; fancifully fun; and voluminously on-theme—what’s not to like about Sasha’s H&M frock?
Stacy Martin: Stacy took a more sombre approach in a Miu Miu embellished dressing gown that flirted with a darker, girly sensibility.
Laura Dern: Laura was striking in this Gabriela Hearst cutout gown that also happened to be highly practical. My favourite part of the dress—the dotted train in the back—was removable, making it a shoo-in for the dance floor.
Rila Fukushima: The ruffles came out to play in this Louis Vuitton frock that put the girly in avant-garde, especially when styled with the over-the-knee loafer boots.
Grimes: With her black blunt cut, Grimes fully embraced the spirit of the night in a custom Proenza Schouler gown.
Monica Bellucci: Monica’s looks have the tendency to verge into vampy territory for me, and this Valentino Couture sheer gown was no different. Her goth makeup didn’t help matters.
Madonna: Madge never met a theme she didn’t love, but this Moschino camo gown with its tangle of a leafy foliage train, piles of necklaces and jewels, and black opera gloves just looked lost in the woods.
Frances Bean Cobain: Sheer hit the red carpet again in this Marc Jacobs gown.
Coco Brandolini D’Adda: We saw Kerry Washington in a patchwork gown, but this Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda dress took patterns and patchwork to another level. But, it was just too much material.
Róisín Murphy: I’m afraid all I saw in this Marni outfit was an amateur mess. The oversized paillettes were just comical.
Lauren Santo Domingo: Feathers proved to be a trend of the night, and this custom Proenza Schouler gown made use of the plumage for a textural effect on the monochromatic gown. Chandelier earrings and a statement choker necklace elevated the dramatic glamour of the look.