Outrageously handsome. The stars took to the 2023 Met Gala for fashion’s biggest night on May 1, and the over-the-top makeup and hair was as memorable as the elaborate ensembles.
Indeed, it’s the first Monday in May, and the luminaries of film, television, music, modeling, sports, art and culture have mingled to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The members dressed to impress while honoring the late designer Karl Leijerfeld.
This year’s theme reflects the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, which opens to members the day after the gala and to the public on May 5: “Karl Lagerfeld: The Beauty Line”. The show pays homage to the entire oeuvre of the German fashion icon, most notably his commitment to clean lines and simple elegance, as well as his collections for Chanel, Fendi, Chloe, Balmain, Patou and of course his eponymous line from the 1950s to his death in 2019.
Perhaps best known for his tenure at Chanel, where he has directed design since 1983, the fashion juggernaut has played an integral role in the selection of the French fashion house’s iconic models, including Nicole Kidman as the face of Chanel No.5 fragrance in 2004 and Kristin Stewart in Chanel Gabrielle fragrance in 2017.
Actors co-chair this year’s event Mikaela Coel And Penelope Cruz, tennis Roger Federersinging sensation Dua Lipa and, of course, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintourwhich is integral to pairing designers with celebrities for the ultimate red carpet experience.
While stars are well-acquainted with the glitz and glamor of big parties in front of the cameras, the annual Met Gala is perhaps most notable for its truly extravagant spectacles, including intricate hair and makeup moments.
Outstanding this year Emily Ratajkowski in Tory Burch with a glitter pattern inspired by the quilting on Chanel bags, Kidman wearing the exact same blush dress she wore in her 2004 Chanel No. 5 ad campaign, and, of course, Penélope Cruz in an archive Chanel gown reminiscent of Lagerfeld’s beloved “Couture Bride,” the model who closed every show and signaled about his latest muse.
While past Met Gala dress codes have offered wild interpretations when it comes to beauty (see: Camp: Notes on Fashion and Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination), this year’s theme is a bit more straightforward, featuring tons of black and white. bows and chains.
The biggest hair trend of the evening was long strands. Cascading curls on Rita Orasmooth hair with a parting in the middle and wet strands on Kidman and pigtails to the hips Ariana Debose emphasized the trend
As for the makeup, it was on the eyes. Exaggeratedly bold eyebrows (seen in EmRata And Wintourdaughter Bee Shaffer) and red-rimmed eyes were everywhere. All kinds of beige lips (like plump Quinta Bransen And Cruz) looked incredibly chic and had a moment too.
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