This year’s theme, “In honor of Karl,” pays homage to the life and career of Karl Lagerfeld, the formidable and frequently contentious designer who transformed some of fashion’s most illustrious houses. In contrast to last year’s theme, which leaned into the opulence of the Gilded Era. When Lagerfeld passed away in 2019 at the age of 85, he was still in charge of Chanel and Fendi, where he headed design for more than 50 years, as well as his own namesake label.
During the decades he worked as a creative director, Lagerfeld became identified with Chanel.
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Penélope Cruz, who made her Chanel runway debut shortly after Lagerfeld’s passing, Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel, Roger Federer, and Penélope Cruz are the co-chairs of this year’s event alongside Vogue’s global editorial director Anna Wintour.
The first Monday in May of 2023 was the date of the Met Gala. At the event honoring the late, great Karl Lagerfeld, celebrities paid homage to the designer in a variety of ways. Some wore vintage pieces created by the man himself, while others wore pieces inspired by his aesthetic as rival fashion houses reinterpreted some of his most well-known pieces.
There were many monochromatic outfits on the red carpet, with black and white dominating. We also saw numerous references to the camellia, loads of pearls, a hint of tweed, and hundreds upon thousands of crystal embellishments.
1. Naomi Campbell in vintage Chanel
The night called for a little vintage Chanel, and Naomi Campbell, along with many other Nineties supermodels, gave Karl Lagerfeld a wink by going out in one of his designs. She selected a sophisticated, exquisite pink satin dress from Chanel’s spring/summer 2010 couture line with embellished accents.
2. Anok Yai in Prabal Gurung
One of the night’s best outfits came from Anok Yai and Prabal Gurung, who played with tulle, crystals, and the most beautiful silhouette. She accessorized her tiny dress with edgy sunglasses and silky opera gloves that reached her elbows.
3. Michaela Coel in Schiaparelli
Michaela Coel had a huge night because she was one of the hosts of the event. Because of this, she needed to look amazing on the red carpet, which she most surely did. For the occasion, the actress and director wore a Schiaparelli gown embellished with 130,000 crystals.
4. Rihanna in Valentino haute couture
Rihanna consistently ranks among the Met Gala attendees with the best outfits, and she did not let us down in 2023. The singer went for a stunning white haute couture ballgown by Valentino that came with a flowery headpiece that referred to the Camellia, the emblematic Chanel flower.
5. Lily Collins wearing Vera Wang
We also had the chance to witness how different designers interpreted Karl Lagerfeld’s creations, and we particularly liked Vera Wang’s interpretation. Actress Lily Collins donned a beautiful Karl Lagerfeld dress, which had a white bodice and a flowing black skirt with the word “Karl” embroidered on the train.
6. Nicole Kidman in vintage Chanel
The Met Gala is about more than simply looking amazing; it’s also about using your ensemble to tell a story, and Nicole Kidman may have had the best one of the evening.
The actress wore the same Chanel couture dress that she had debuted in 2004 for the renowned Baz Luhrmann-directed Chanel No. 5 fragrance commercial.
7. Camilla Morrone in Rodarte
On the Met Gala red carpet, there were many monochrome outfits, but one of our favorites was actress Camilla Morrone’s stunning Rodarte dress. The dress had a dramatic train and cape element, and it was constructed of white lace and black velvet. In a very Rodarte sense, it brilliantly nods to Lagerfeld’s aesthetic.
8. Anne Hathaway in Versace
It’s always wonderful to watch fashion houses show respect to one another, and this topic provided many examples. The outfit worn by Anne Hathaway, which was the ideal mash-up of Versace and Chanel, was one of our favorite interpretations of this.
The actress donned a floor-length, tweed gown with safety pins by Versace that was made in one color.
9. Lily Aldridge in Oscar de la Renta
Lily Aldridge consistently pulls off easy chic. Her 2023 Met Gala ensemble reflected exactly that, with Oscar de la Renta designers adding their own flair to Karl Lagerfeld’s creations. The pink train and eye-catching shoulder bows on the black gown stood out.
10. Allison Williams in Patou
Allison Williams chose to wear a Patou creation as a reference to some of Karl’s earlier moments.
She accessorized the dramatic and elegant bright orange satin dress with black opera gloves and a complementary hairband. It had a large bow on the shoulder and a statement belt.
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