After a COVID-19-induced hiatus and a gala in September, the Met Gala was finally back to its regular schedule. This year’s Met theme was the continuation of a two-part series. The first part being “America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and the second “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. Participants were invited to follow the theme “Gilded Glamor and White Tie”. The first part of the theme is a modern version of the golden age.
The Golden Age saw rapid economic growth through industrialization and an incredible wealth disparity. Aside from the theme’s abysmal timing and taste given the state of the US economy, the Gilded Age is also known for its jewel tones, long corsets, silks, and eye-catching silhouettes. pay attention to the chest / hips.
Although another Met Gala has come and gone, many of these looks will be remembered with affection or disdain for years to come.
The worst of the worst
“Worst of the Worst” is the same complaint launched on social media every year every time the Met Gala rolls around, with “No one followed the theme” coming in second place.
While these reviews are valid, it’s vital to note that many attendees are brand ambassadors. In other words, they have very little say in what they wear, which is why so many celebrities seem to ignore the theme altogether.
As for the rest of the lot, well, no excuses can be made. Here are some of the worst looks from the Met Gala 2022.
Awkwafina Fit Line: Awkwafina wears custom Gucci. Photo: Getty Images via vogue.
Awkwafina showed up wearing a personalized peach Gucci. It is more or less that. Despite being a custom dress, the set looks clunky on Awkwafina. Almost as if the clothes carried her.
Emily Ratajowski Cut Line: Emily Ratajkowski wearing vintage Versace. Photo: Getty Images via vogue.
Next on the worst-dressed list is model and former “iCarly” Emily Ratajkowski. Ratajkowski is no stranger to the Met Gala, and she’s certainly no stranger to wowing the internet. Unfortunately, Ratajkowski failed to impress this time around. Despite wearing vintage Versace and staying somewhat on theme, the bottom half of her ensemble read muddled mess rather than glamor to the most trained eyes.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
Jonas/Turner cut line: Joe Jonas and Sophia Turner wearing Louis Vuitton. Photo: Getty Images via vogue.
The couple Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner arrive together at Louis Vuitton. Both disappointed. While Turner’s look is just painfully dull and off-topic, Jonas’ look looks confused. Although Jonas took a risk by do not Dressed in a black tuxedo, the odd shearling finish on the hem and white lace cosplaying as a beach cover-up left many scratching their heads.
Camila Cabello Cutline: Camila Cabello wearing Altier Prabal Gurung. Photo: Getty Images via vogue.
No glitz or glamor could be seen on Camila Cabello at the Met Gala this year. While designer Prabal Gurung is no stranger to glitz and glamour, this dress is clearly lacking in both departments.
Kylie Jenner’s Cut Line: Kylie Jenner wears custom Off-White. Photo: Getty Images via vogue.
If there’s one thing that could bring peace to the world, it’s the public’s opinion of Kylie Jenner’s Met Gala look. Given the theme of this year’s gala, Jenner’s Off-White bridal look seemed even more out of place. While the construction and execution of the dress is gorgeous, the same cannot be said for the mesh undershirt and the upside-down baseball veil.
While it’s touching that Kylie chose to pay homage to the late Off-White founder and creative director of Louis Vuitton, the look still leaves a lot to be desired, at least when it comes to theme.
The best of the best
Despite many fashion faux pas popping up on the red carpet, there were a ton of guests who managed to wow the crowd. The best of the best not only followed the theme, but took it a step further. Whether through symbolism or playing the flute on the Met Gala stage, these celebs have put the “gold” in Gilded Glamour.
Quannah Chasinghorse Cutline: Quannah Chasinghorse wearing custom Prabal Gurung and jewelry by Lenise Omeasoo. Photo: Getty Images via People.
Despite model and indigenous activist Quannah Chasinghorse expressing his discomfort with the Met Gala last year, she decided to attend the event again, much to the delight of people. Dressed by Prabal Gurung and complete with traditional jewelry created by Lenise Omeasoo, Chasinghorse’s look is a nice reminder that the Anglo-Saxons weren’t the only ones who lived in the Golden Age.
Blake Lively Fit Line: Blake Lively wears a custom Versace. Photo: Getty Images via Good morning! Magazine.
If there’s one thing to know about Blake Lively, it’s that she never disappoints at the Met Gala. This year was no different. Sporting a personalized Versace, Lively pays homage to the Big Apple. Her transformative dress references New York’s iconic architecture, including the Statue of Liberty, which began and ended during the Golden Era.
Nicola Coughlan’s Cut Line: Nicola Coughlan wearing custom Richard Quinn. Photo: Getty Images via vogue.
Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan makes the transition from the Regency period to the Gilded Era easy. This look is the perfect combination of historic and camp. During the Golden Era, feathers were all the rage, mostly worn on hats. This Richard Quinn dress, full dance feathers and rhinestone details make a sometimes stuffy event like the Met Gala feel more playful.
Billie Eilish caption: Billie Eilish wearing personalized Gucci. Photo: Getty Images via vogue.
America’s former favorite e-girl is back on the Met Gala stage, but this time in an eco-friendly and historically accurate dress. Although jewel tones were much more popular at the time, muted colors and ivory tones were still popular.
Lizzo caption: Lizzo wearing Thom Browne. Photographed by Evan Agnositi.
Last but not least, Lizzo’s Met Gala look for this year is phenomenal. Not only did she nail the theme with a design by Thom Browne, complete with a historically accurate long corset, but she performed. Nope, really, she played the golden flute on the Met Gala red carpet. Needless to say, Lizzo killed it.
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