The 2023 Met Gala fashion trends: visible underwear, camellias, pearls and more
And just like that, the 2023 Met Gala came and went, and the famous and fashionable truly showed up and showed out for this year's theme: "In honor of Karl Lagerfeld."
From extravagant bows and oversized flowers to bridal-inspired gowns and pearl detailing: Here are the standout trends from fashion's biggest night.
Here come the brides
Many of this year's attendees seemed to draw inspiration from bridal couture for their looks, opting for all-white ensembles that could seamlessly make the transition from Met Gala stairs to the nearest chapel. This is a fitting tribute to Lagerfeld, who was known for his couture shows that always closed out with a "Chanel bride."
Mothers of pearl
It was also a big night for pearls at this year's gala. The gem served as an homage to the late designer who displayed a penchant for the biological wonders throughout his career. Lizzo, Michaela Coel and Phoebe Bridges all incorporated them into their outfits for the evening. Kim Kardashian's highly-anticipated look was also a nod to Lagerfeld's use of pearls. But in true Kardashian fashion, she took it a step further with a custom Schiaparelli look made from over 50,000 pearls that took over 1,000 hours to create.
Like tweed and the double-C logo, camellias are a hallmark of the Chanel brand, which Lagerfeld worked with from 1983 until his death in 2019. As such, it is no surprise that the small flower — a mainstay of the brand's designs and packaging — was on full display at the night's event. Liu Wen, Quinta Brunson and Emily Blunt all incorporated the iconic flower into their looks for the evening.
Rihanna, a late arrival, was possibly the most white-hot of them all though with her custom Valentino gown and cape.
Tied with a bow
Bows, a mainstay of Chanel runways, were another source of inspiration for this year's attendees. Starlets such as Nicole Kidman, Emily Ratajkowski, Sydney Sweeney and Emily Blunt all incorporated bows into their looks, fashioning them in both their hair and clothes. Actress Daisy Edgar Jones took a more symbolic approach, opting for a two-piece set with bows enmeshed on the top and bottom.
Pink was the color of the night
Lagerfeld once said, "Think pink but don't wear it." However the light hue was still present in many of Lagerfeld's designs as well as the Met Gala carpet. Stars like Ashley Graham, Naomi Campbell, Grace Elizabeth and Kate Moss all rocked various hues of the Barbie-esque shade.
Black and white
Perhaps one of the most common associations between The House of Chanel and Lagerfeld himself: a black-and-white color palette. Beyond being an integral part of the brand's style, Lagerfeld was known to almost exclusively follow a uniform of a white button-down, black tie and fingerless gloves.
Olivia Rodrigo, Janelle Monáe and Michelle Yeoh all sported black-and-white looks. But rapper Cardi B took her homage a step further, opting for a gray hair look, likely inspired by the late designer's powdered ponytail.
Underwear was the go-to after-party look
After the Met Gala, there are the afterparties — and these require outfit changes. Unlike the over-the-top red carpet looks, less was definitely more for many of the late-night looks. Emily Ratajkowski, Kendall Jenner, Olivia Wilde and Rita Ora all had their underwear on display for their post-gala festivities. Lea Michele, Yara Shahidi, Keke Palmer and Priyanka Chopra also changed into more dance-friendly clothes — see them all here via People.
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