The annual Met Gala returned to its usual date on the first Monday of May this year to celebrate the opening of its second In America exhibit In American: An Anthology of Fashion. The theme for this year’s event was white-tie and “gilded glamour” to match the exhibit which covers the fashion of the 1800s into the early 1900s.
As always deciding whether the glamorous looks were on-theme or a complete miss is something fans and fashionistas love to debate. We’re not so sure the looks below are what Anna Wintour and her co-chairs imagined for a very formal (white tie literally means that guests should wear white bow ties and black tailcoats) event inspired by fashion history.
Kourtney’s first Met Gala appearance has some fashion fans a little annoyed. The A-lister showed up with little nod to the theme beyond her low corset. Kourtney’s outfit is a deconstructed version of Travis Barker’s matching Thome Browne look, but she revealed in a red carpet interview with La La Anthony that she “honestly didn’t really think about it” when asked about how they fit the theme. Whoops.
Dove Cameron and designer Iris van Herpen told Vanity Fair that they wanted to create a “modern and futuristic take on the Gilded Age”. This look definitely has the sharp edges and sci-fi aesthetics of a future look, but we’re not so sure it has a glamor that represents the exhibit.
Eileen Gu arrived on the red carpet in a Louis Vuitton look that gave us more of a 2000s vibe than “Gilded Glamour,” but the Olympic freestyle skier was stunning in high socks and chunky heels nonetheless.
More leather! Irina Shayk walked the steps in an all-black Burberry biker look. It is a whole look, but we think Anna might grade this one an F for getting the assignment.
We’d be lying if we weren’t obsessed with the all-pink looks at this year’s Met Gala, but Sebastian Stan’s WOW pink Valentino look is definitely not on theme. (Where can we get those shoes, though?)
Fredrik Robertsson called said his Met Gala 2022 look felt “like a dream,” and this first-time Met Gala appearance is 100% out of this world, but aside from Fredrik’s diamonds, we think he missed the mark on this year’s theme.
We can’t blame Anderson .Paak for sticking to his signature style, but we would definitely call the singer a rule-breaker. Anderson’s Guccis cardigan definitely has details that remind us of Victorian interiors, but his skinny tie and shiny black pants are definitely giving us 1960s.
8Kylie and Kendall Jenner
Snapbacks and mesh tops aren’t the gilded age glamour Anna Wintour probably had in mind as much as they are Insta baddie staples. Kylie and Kendall did get the memo on ruffles and big skirts, though.
9Odell Beckham Jr.
Is this a rule-breaking look or not? Odell Beckham Jr.’s look is the velvet we were looking forward to with this theme, and we’d be lying if his diamonds weren’t glamor! This silhouette just might be too casual for the time period?
10Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner arrived at the Met Gala in matching Louis Vitton looks with plenty of sparkle, but their fits were decidedly beyond the Gilded Age. Are we the only ones who immediately thought Sonny & Cher?
We’re going to have to pass on this look. David Lauren arrived in a white tie (literally) and coat tails, but he lost us on the lower half of his look with distressed jeans. Denim? At a white-tie event?