The models had their moment at the 2017 Met Gala on Monday (May 1) in New York City. Here, a look at how they made the night’s blue carpet their catwalk.
Bella Hadid: We’ve heard of the naked dress, but Bella had the naked jumpsuit of the evening in this sheer mesh Alexander Wang number that left precious little to the imagination.
Gigi Hadid: Her sister may have opted for the naked look, but Gigi just went plain nude in this sweeping Tommy Hilfiger gown—her version of a princess dress—that combined architectural tailoring with romantic femininity. To add an edge, Wolford fishnets did the trick for her leg jut that was likewise accessorised by Christian Louboutin heels.
Lily Aldridge: I loved the simple, sweeping beauty of this white Ralph Lauren gown, which was spliced through diagonally for additional skin-baring allure. The red Balenciaga thigh-high boots put it firmly within theme, as did the clashing fuchsia mesh piece tied around her head.
Kendall Jenner: Lest you think the naked dress was put to rest for the night, Kendall resurrected her own skin-is-in version with this La Perla crystal-embellished mesh gown. Tonight’s mantra among the models was clearly, ‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it.’
Behati Prinsloo: Taking a high-street approach, Behati still looked like a million bucks in a Topshop gown that oozed with sophistication.
Daria Strokous: The night’s flurry of tulle and feathery accoutrement was trotted out again in Daria’s Christian Dior Couture gown.
Liu Wen: Although the glitzy and glamorous top half and the distressed denim bottom half of this Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh gown were completely at odds, I was fascinated by its experimental edge.
Ashley Graham: You likely would have never guessed that this was an H&M design. The fanciful explosion of ruffles, not to mention the crimson hue, was perfect for the night. I just wish the bodice had also been finished in the tonal red colour. As presented, it feels disjointed.
Aymeline Valade: A round of applause is in order for Aymeline who showed that even all-covered-up looks can be equally attention-grabbing. While the magpie in me gravitated towards the mega embellishment of this Marni jacket and pants, I would have skipped the green shirt underneath.
Karlie Kloss: Donning a version of a tuxedo dress, this Carolina Herrera number was rather tame. I always find myself wishing Karlie would push the envelope just a bit further. That said, I loved her platinum ’do, which was perfect to honour designer Rei Kawakubo. She finished the look with Christian Louboutin heels and Forevermark jewels.
Joan Smalls: Flashing skin but in a more refined way, Joan was the picture of edgy elegance in this Topshop gown topped off with a lip ring.
Candice Swanepoel: Topshop again proved its Met Gala moxie with this voluminous black gown that made Candice the belle of the ball. It wasn’t the most avant-garde of gowns, but she used her exaggerated cat-eye makeup and swept-up ’do to add a mod finish.
Natalia Vodianova: The pale pink and yellow notes of this Diane von Furstenberg gown weren’t the most flattering on Natalia, as they created a washed-out effect. She accessorised with a Paula Cademartori clutch and Repossi jewels.
Sofia Richie: This Topshop look didn’t really hide its less expensive side as well as the others, as the fit was off and the fabric offered a cheap sheen. Her sparkling Messika jewels were lovely, though.
Hailey Baldwin: We normally associate Hailey with an edgier style sensibility, but she walked on the sweeter side in this sugary Carolina Herrera two-piece gown featuring tulle layers in soft shades of petal pink. It all made for quite the ballerina-princess confection.
Adriana Lima: I was actually expecting more of Adriana than this simple Alberta Ferretti bodysuit and ball skirt, which she styled with Giuseppe Zanotti heels and Chopard jewels. Not that she didn’t look beautiful.
Karen Elson: Unfortunately, this Lanvin dress was just a bit of a mess for me. I didn’t like the mix of satin, lace, and tulle, and it all strangely clashed with her fiery locks and equally hot coral lip.
Naomi Campbell: Also donning a relatively safe ensemble by her supermodel standards, Naomi (and her bob) still fiercely worked this Alaia gown that put her pins on display. However, something about it seemed a bit dated.
Freja Beha Erichsson: Light and fluttery, this was a lovely Valentino Spring 2017 Couture ruffle gown for the model. It would have been an even stronger statement had she defined a distinct beauty look rather than gone the au naturel route.
Natasha Poly: Red came out to play again in this glittery Michael Kors Collection cutout gown. But, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, and those black heels wouldn’t have been my first choice.
Doutzen Kroes: I couldn’t get past the sensation that this Brock Collection Fall 2017 gown was falling off her shoulders. It almost looked as if she had just unzipped the back of her gown to take it off for the night.
Jourdan Dunn: This H&M look had strong potential, as the criss-cross ribbons of pinstripe fabric made for an interestingly sculptural skirt. However, the white shimmer blouse I couldn’t get behind, so I will admire the look from the waist down.