Met Gala 2018: Pope Rihanna the First in Maison Margiela

Posted on May 08, 2018

Brew yourselves a pot of something, girlfriends, because we have a TON of eye-popping Met Gala looks upon which to bestow our loving and incisive opinions! But before we get started, it’s time for our annual tradition.

Ahem.

THE MET GALA IS NOT A COSTUME BALL AND THERE IS NO DRESS CODE OTHER THAN A FORMAL ONE. THERE IS A THEME TO THE PARTY THAT REFERS TO THE ACCOMPANYING EXHIBIT IN THE COSTUME INSTITUTE AND IT’S ALWAYS NICE TO SEE GUESTS ATTEMPT TO INTERPRET THAT THEME, BUT IT’S NOT A REQUIREMENT. OKAY WE’RE DONE YELLING NOW SO WE’RE GONNA STOP.

Having established that point once again, we will now spend the rest of the day watching it get dismantled over and over again. For reasons we’ll get into as our coverage progresses, the celebrity set found this particular theme (“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination) remarkably easy to interpret and adhere to. In our decade of covering the Met Gala, we’ve never seen so many of its celebrity attendees dive head first into the theme.

And while there were the expected variations on the Pope look to be found on last night’s red carpet, no one went in as hard on that one as the evening’s co-chair, Rihanna:

Behold your opulent, pearl-encrusted, sexy, body-positive pontiff, peasants.

This is ridiculously fabulous, of course. We had a slight issue with how literal some of the looks got and this is definitely among the more literal looks of the night, but there are several aspects that set it apart for us. For one, there are no overt religious motifs to be found here. No crosses or halos. It’s about the shape and the style and how it calls back to papal vestments without outright mimicking them. The pearl beading (not typically found on papal vestments) is another winning aspect. It keeps the look incredibly rich, but more chic because it’s rendered almost monochromatically. And finally, instead of a gown or robe, she opted to show her body, which has received more than its share of critical opinions of late. It’s an act of sexy, opulent, irreverent defiance and she looks incredible.

 

 

Style Credits:
Maison Margiela by John Galiano Embellished Mini Dress and Matching Jacket
Stephen Jones Hat
Gilan Diamond Ring
Narcisa Pheres Diamond Ring
Konstantino Jewelry
Kentshire Jewelry
Camilla Dietz Bergeron Jewelry
Cartier Jewelry
Maria Tash White Gold Diamond Double Sided Apsara Clicker Earrings and a White Gold Diamond Marquise Scalloped Eternity Earring
Judith Leiber Clutch
Christian Louboutin Pump

Styled by Mel Ottenberg | Hair by Yusef Williams | Makeup by Priscilla Ono

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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