The Met Gala has been and gone once again, and, once again, celebrities and designers did not fail to impress on the red (well, white and blue) carpet.
Held in honour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition, the theme – as revealed last October – for 2017 was ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’.
Japanese designer Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, is known for her eccentric, high-fashion looks and the models, actors, singers and stars gathering in New York took her aesthetic to heart in a range of beautiful, intriguing and artful creations – not to mention many fully embracing the idea of the ‘in-between’ on the steps of the famous museum.
Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lena Dunham, Blake Lively, Serena Williams, Claire Danes, Cara Delevingne and a sprinkling of Kardashians are just a few of the names in our bumper fashion gallery of the night’s looks.
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The singer dons layered Comme des Garçons in honour of the exhibition, adding red custom-made DSQUARED2 lace-up sandals.
Her make-up sticks to the pink-purple hues of the gown.
Delevingne opts for space-age silver Chanel, her plunge suit tailored with a matching belt.
The model sports silver paint and diamante.
It’s a long-sleeved custom Maison Margiela gown by John Galliano for the singer, in striking red complete with veil perhaps reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale?
The intricate embroidered headwear included two mirrors and the word ‘witness’, while Perry kept her make-up underneath as bold as the outfit.
Pure white Vivienne Westwood for Kardashian with an off-the-shoulder style set off by pin-straight hair.
Jenner is in La Perla with a deep slash front and net-effect skirt gathered at the hip.
Sister Kylie Jenner meanwhile is in gold fringed Versace,
Lively joins the Versace showing with this gold gown with feathered train in peacock tones.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Her hair straddled the ‘in-between’ of tidy and undone, with a slicked-back ponytail and intentionally messy hidden band.
The actor melts into the white carpet with her custom white tulle ballgown by Ralph & Russo with black feather collar, white hypertube-paint design bodice and ruffle skirt.
She completes the look with hair gems, Tiffany & Co jewellery and extreme fingerless gloves.
Hadid’s asymmetrical Tommy Hilfiger number in blush tones very much adheres to the theme, being half ballgown and half minidress.
Shiny, fitted fishtail Zac Posen is perfect on Schumer, who keeps her lips bare to ensure her eye make-up stands out.
The embellished floral sleeves add interest to the back of the gown.
The singer’s black and red H&M dress is stunning, pairing a train with a bodysuit front.
The dress really comes into its own on the famed Met stairs.
Dunham goes for a custom one-shoulder Elizabeth Kennedy gown in black and maroon, with a Planned Parenthood pin at the waist.
She completed the look with black boots.
Dunham’s Girls co-star Williams keeps it chic and straightforward in Diane von Furstenberg.
Her hair and make-up matches her classic choice perfectly, evoking old Hollywood with the red lip and blonde curls.
Kirke goes for contrasting footwear, choosing white lace-up booties to go with her black tulle skirt and detailed bodice combo.
Meanwhile, make-up is neon and fashion-forward.
Camo-print Moschino for Madonna, with long gloves. a structured bodice and thin belt.
She accessorises with layered jewellery.
Lopez is old-school glamour in pale blue Valentino and a Sixties-inspired hairstyle showing off Harry Winston diamonds.
Ruffled Zac Posen for the actor, with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a fishtail train.
She keeps her jewellery simple, complementing the Bardot-esque neckline with a heavy-duty choker and slicked-back hair.
Teigen accessorises her detailed white Marchesa with black Stuart Weitzman sandals under the dark gauze skirt.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Husband John Legend’s white wool tuxedo is by Burberry.
The singer wraps up in Marchesa’s red, oversized ribbon-style gown.
She goes almost Twenties with her unusual ‘do.
Solange Knowles nods to schoolday coats with her puffa-esque Thom Browne coat-dress.
Chung sticks to flowy Diane von Furstenberg.
The actor matches her white, one-shoulder Stella McCartney gown to her platinum ‘do.
The actor is in embellished metallic Chanel.
And she extended her outfit vibe to her hair, adding gold leaf.
Claire Danes went high-fashion office with her ensemble, choosing cropped black trousers and a white blouse-style top by Monse,
She covered up her eyebrows for the look, adding a runway-style edge.
Understated white Prada with gold embellishments for Kruger.
She keeps her styling minimal, matching statement bracelets with the gold detail on her gown.
The model’s flamboyant red and white gown is H&M.
The Westworld star’s red ruched gown is set off by the statement headwear and custom Stuart Weitzman sandals.
It’s an off-the-shoulder jumpsuit by Alexander Wang for the model, who pairs the simple yet striking look with equally hefty Bulgari bracelets.
The tennis star is on form in green, custom-made Atelier Versace.
Paltrow throws it back to her Oscar win in this straightforward pale Calvin Klein by Appointment number, paired with slick centre-parted hair.
The model sparkles in Marc Jacobs.
The actor wears embellished Atelier Versace.
Gomez’s Coach gown is a sweet summery look.
She matches it with Tiffany & Co jewellery and statement purple eyeshadow.
Evan Rachel Wood
Westworld’s Wood is all blue in custom Altuzarra, sporting an embellished dress over high-waisted tuxedo trousers, and Fred Leighton jewellery.
The actor dons pale blue Miu Miu for the Met red carpet.
She sets off her princessy look with a jewelled headband.
Roberts matches her red, lace-detail dress with a pink shrug.
Ruby Rose goes for romance in this Burberry number.
Dion wears a wrap-style Atelier Versace gown with Bulgari jewellery.
Negga wears high-necked Valentino with Tiffany & Co jewels.
But the dress’ cape feature really stands out from behind.
The model wears a slinky silver Stella McCartney dress with jewellery from Neil Lane.
Rossum’s monochrome Carolina Herrera number is the embodiment of ‘in-between’ with its trouser-slash-ballgown style.
Erivo sticks to white accessories, including her manicure, for this pale, one-shoulder look.
Steinfeld wears structured Vera Wang, reminiscent of a collapsed suit jacket with its oversized sleeves and pocket-detail train.
She opts for a knotted-up top knot and cat-eye make-up.
Baldwin’s pale pink Carolina Herrera tiered skirt and crop top combo will no doubt inspire many a bride this season.
She stays with the wedding theme, adding a jewelled veil.
Connelly keeps it chic in a high-necked minidress.
Hair is swept back to let the statement earrings do their thing.
Dunn takes inspiration from the office with her pinstripe H&M ensemble, worn with black suede Stuart Weitzman sandals.
The supermodel wears black Alaïa with winged shoulders and a split skirt streaked with silver.
Star Wars’ Ridley dons monochrome Oscar de la Renta with a ballerina-style neckline and ruffled, printed skirt.
Witherspoon wears a custom Mugler gown with royal blue detail and thigh split, accessorised with Tiffany & Co jewels.
Orange ruffled Prada for the actor, plus Tiffany & Co jewellery.
Bosworth wears dark, floor-length, custom-made Tory Burch with puff sleeves.
Deep pink Chanel (what else?) for Lily-Rose.
Washington wears patchwork Michael Kors, with sparkling panels and cut-out details,
In contrast to Gwyneth Paltrow’s sleek Clavin Klein by Appointment, Moore’s choice from the designer is delicate and playful.
Jones wears pale blue, buttoned-up Erdem.
Lemon Prada for Chastain, who keeps her hair soft and undone to complement the flowy yellow number.
Kerr keeps it light and summery in this strapless prom-style gown.
The model wears black bespoke Topshop.
Lima sticks to black, with a deep plunge bodysuit and wraparound skirt.
The model is all about the workwear in this suit-inspired outfit.
The actor’s jewel-encrusted tunic and trousers are by Marni.
Aldridge wears a custom white silk charmeuse one-shoulder caped evening dress with cut out details by Ralph Lauren Collection, pairing the clean number with bold red Balenciaga boots and Bulgari jewellery.
Kaling goes for glam in blue, off-the-shoulder sequins and long fringing.
Hayek’s black gown reveals a flash of electric blue courtesy of her Balenciaga boots.
It’s a mix of romance and goth for Collins with this Giambattista Valli gown, showcasing a tulle ball skirt and black bustier top.
She keeps her hair and make-up dark, choosing a super blunt bob, spidery eyelashes, deep berry lips and finishing off with Tiffany & Co earrings.
A red carpet look hooked off a trench coat: Chopra’s custom-made evening gown is Ralph Lauren Collection.
But the back is where it really shines on the famed Met steps.
Intricate black rose detail adorns Big Little Lies star Kravitz’s black and pink Oscar de la Renta with contrast train.
One of the night’s more wearable looks, Jackson wears a cut-out black Calvin Klein by Appointment dress with black suede Stuart Weitzman sandals and Tiffany & Co jewellery.
Mary J Blige
Blige goes for a quiffed hair look to work with her corset-inspired La Perla Haute Couture gown,
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen
The twins go back to boho with flowing hair, crochet gowns, embroidered jackets and plenty of beads.
The model opts for a black Christopher Kane minidress with sheer sleeves and lace detailing.
Love is in black custom Marc Jacobs with keyhole front and cuffed sleeves.
Black Gucci for Johnson, with strappy waist and arm details, and plenty of ruffles ensuring it stays the fashion side of bondage.
Dern wears a custom-made Gabriela Hearst gown in navy blue, sporting a cut-out neckline, polka-dot train and custom-dyed navy Stuart Weitzman sandals.
The Bates Motel actor goes for one-shoulder red with ruffled lace detail and a plunge front.
The Mad Max star wears black and red Louis Vuitton, with zip and chain details that seem to be something of an homage to Michael Jackson (in a good way).
It’s Ralph Lauren Collection for Byrne, who wears a bright red, custom bodysuit with deep v-neck and tulle skirt.
She sticks to simple accessories with a cage bracelet and box clutch.
Frances Bean Cobain
Cobain wears feather-inspired custom Marc Jacobs.
The The People v O.J. Simpson star wears navy blue Prada, punctuated by red ostrich feather cuffs and hem.
Turner’s pale Louis Vuitton is matched with simple, brushed-back hair to let the dress’ gold detail shine.
Zendaya dominates the carpet in sweeping yellow Dolce & Gabbana Couture, printed with parrots.
Keeping her neck bare, she matches her lipstick to the gown’s colour palette and keeps her hair natural,
The director is polished and pristine in floor-length metallic Marc Jacobs.
Tracee Ellis Ross
The actor goes structured in a royal blue creation by Comme des Garçons, paired with studded sandals.
Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh
Lasichanh also wore Comme des Garçons, choosing a sculptural red jumpsuit.
The model wears fringed white H&M.
Smalls’ red bespoke Topshop is a step beyond the high street with its chain trim and puddle train.
Banks wears classically-shaped monochrome Michael Kors.
Brit actor Riseborough wears all-out metal in this one-sleeved Tom Ford gown with Cartier jewels.
True Detective’s Monaghan knows how to do separates: she wears a custom Paco Rabanne mesh top and skirt with Cartier choker and silver clutch.
The model goes for hooded black Dior, matching the unusual style with standout make-up.
Richie offsets the glamour of her bespoke Topshop and diamond necklaces with a slouchy leather jacket.