Met Gala red carpets are about as luxurious as red carpets can get, but this year’s theme inspired a heightened level of opulence in the style choices. But certain bold and committed fashionistas aside, celebrities will always tend toward the easy route in their style choices. So rather than looks mimicking the intense gilded grandeur of a basilica, you basically just had a bunch of ladies opt for gold dresses and call it good.
Emily Ratajkowski in Marc Jacobs
This is pretty enough, but it’s the Met Gala, honey.
Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra
This gave us some of the grandeur we were hoping to see with all of these gold looks, but the pants and the footwear are making sad trombone sounds. And her head styling isn’t really up to the level of that cape, which begs for major drama in the styling.
Jasmine Sanders in H&M
Again: pretty enough, but underwhelming. And that skirt gives her diaper realness.
Kerry Washington in Ralph Lauren Collection
This underwhelmed us in the context of the setting, but we’d almost certainly fall all over this with praise if it showed up on a different red carpet than this one. It’s underwhelming for the Met Gala, but it’s still a pretty fierce look on its own.
Kiersey Clemons in H&M
Once again: It’s the Met Gala, honey. This is generic. You don’t go generic for the Met Gala.
Kim Kardashian in Atelier Versace
Naomi Watts in Michael Kors Collection
A subtle take on ecclesiastic shapes and styles, rendered in an opulent gilded wallpaper of a textile. It’s a surprisingly strong and on point design from Kors, but the styling wasn’t up to the drama.
Rosie Huttington-Whiteley in Ralph Lauren Collection
It’s dramatic enough, but what can we say? We wanted our gilded divas to come a little more goddess-like and a little less Oscars night.
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