NEW YORK — The First Monday of May arrived last night in all of its holiness, with fashionistas, artists, and A-listers walking the red carpet for “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
The dress code appropriately read, “Sunday Best.” The stylishly pious looked to Joan of Arc or classic cardinals for chain mail and divine discretion. Ethereal bodies opted for fluttery ruffles, crystals, and full-on Versace wings. And then there was Rihanna, in Margiela, wearing her version of a bishop’s mitre by Stephen Jones millinery.
Without further ado, Timeless Trademark™‘s favourite looks from Fashion’s Biggest Night Out.
Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung
This might be our favourite.
Diane Kruger wore a custom sky-blue Prabal Gurung gown featuring intricate silver stitching, custom Gianvito Rossi shoes, a custom Philip Treacy head piece, Tasaki jewelry, and a Jimmy Choo clutch.
What seemed to be a minimalistic gown in the front was quite the masterpiece from the back. Bunched up along the forearms, the actress sported an incredible long matching train.
Kruger stuck to the theme with a statement veil fascinator that saw jewels and pearls throughout.
Frances McDormand in Valentino Haute Couture
We love this couture look.
Frances McDormand donned a turquoise Valentino cape and chartreuse dress from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Spring 2018 couture show. The look was accompanied by a Philip Treacy headpiece.
Greta Gerwig in The Row
As a guest of Tiffany & Co., Greta Gerwig had more fashion freedom than the average gala guest, many of whom are paired with a designer.
There was never any question about which direction Gerwig would take for this year’s theme. Greta is a leader. She’s a highly intelligent woman, who had an affinity for fashion prior to becoming an actor, writer, producer, and director, but she sees fashion in a cerebral way.
Enter The Row, a brilliant fit for a woman at the peak of her professional career. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen rarely dress someone, let alone create a bespoke look for them.
The Olsens took a silhouette from The Row’s autumn/winter 2018 collection and created the gown in black silk with a white, full-sleeved blouse underneath.
It has a very editorial feel to it. It didn’t need to go down the literal route of putting a crucifix on Gerwig’s head; it has a sophistication and elegance to it that feels priest-liked, but also very high fashion.
Amal Clooney in Richard Quinn
The world is her runway.
Amal Clooney was one of the hosts of the 2018 Met Gala, alongside Anna Wintour, Rihanna, and Donatella Versace.
Clooney appeared in a stunning metallic floral corset gown and pants duo designed by Richard Quinn.
Rihanna in Maison Margiela and Stephen Jones millenery
When it comes to the Met Gala, Rihanna doesn’t mess around. Whether she’s holding court in sumptuous Guo Pei as she did in 2015 or pulling off deconstructed Comme des Garçon like last year, the star always stays on theme.
Rihanna’s look channeled the grandeur of Catholic vestments with a cream bejeweled gown layered beneath a flowing overcoat from Maison Margiela. With designer John Galliano’s extreme design sensibility taking the idea of saintly dressing into artistic territory, the outfit went beyond the literal thanks to exquisitely detailed construction.
The music artist finished things up with a bishop’s hat by Stephen Jones millinery.
Blake Lively in Versace
Blake Lively turned up in a Versace dress so grand, she had to take a party bus to the ball.
The masterpiece was spliced with sheer panels on both sides and covered in so many beads that it took 600 hours to embroider the bodice alone.
To complete the crowning moment, Lively finished off the look with a towering gold headdress.