The highly esteemed 2023 Met Gala was held on Monday, May 1st at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
This year’s theme was In Honor of Karl [Lagerfeld] to pay homage to the work and life of the German fashion designer, while marking the opening of the new exhibit, Karl Lagerfeld: A line of Beauty.
Although this year’s theme garnered mixed reviews, the hairstyles, fashion and makeup seen on the red carpet lived up to the night’s expectations of delivering attention-grabbing, high-fashion looks.
Here are a few of our favourites from the night.
Channelling ’70s retro glam, actress Amanda Seyfried was a golden goddess on the Met Gala carpet. With a look inspired by Lagerfeld’s 1970s designs for Chloé, Seyfried rocked voluminous waves created by celebrity hairstylist Renato Campora, who brushed out the curls for a more dramatic effect. The voluminous hair was the perfect complement to Seyfried’s custom Oscar de la Renta metallic beaded mini dress that was topped off with a smoky eye and deep lip. — Veronica Boodhan, editorial director
Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish went for a gothic vibe at this year’s Met Gala with a textured black gown by Simone Rocha. Hairstylist Benjamin Mohapi mimicked the texture from her gown and created a long-braided look that featured black ribbons and sparkly barrettes. Makeup artist Emily Cheng also kept up Eilish’s dark aesthetic with black eyeliner. — Lauren Farrugia, sales and editorial coordinator
Celebrity hairstylist Alexander Armand created an eccentric and sculptural Afro-textured updo for actress Quinta Brunson. Her hair consisted of three textured buns adorned with braids and feather hair accessories, complete with swirling, slicked-down baby hairs. The unique mix of texture in Brunson’s hair paired perfectly with her Prabal Gurung black and lilac tulle gown. Celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls tied everything together with a glamorous smoky eye. —Shanice Romelus, digital specialist
Editorial hairstylist Bobby Eliot worked with Matrix to create Julia Garner’s curly textured platinum blonde bixie, which was combed back, and side swept. Paired with the actress’ dramatic custom gown and cape by Gucci, the look was the perfect mix between modern and timeless. — Veronica Boodhan, editorial director
Actress Kerry Washington rocked a chic updo created by celebrity hairstylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, who finished the look with pearl clips. Washington’s glamorous black lace Michael Kors gown featured a hint of sparkle, so makeup artist Carola Gonzalez created a dark smoky eye that paired perfectly with it. Nail artist Kim Truong tied the entire look together with nude nails (created with OPI nail polish) that were also adorned with pearls. — Lauren Farrugia, sales and editorial coordinator
Just before Ashley Graham stepped out on the Met Gala carpet, celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan cut the model’s hair and used Great Lengths extensions to take the retro-inspired bob to the next level by adding a finger-wave design, which paired perfectly with her minimalistic cat-eye makeup by Ivan Nunez. Both the hair and makeup worked perfectly with Graham’s pink and black structured gown by Harris Reed. —Shanice Romelus, digital specialist
Actress and Met Gala co-chair Michaela Coel dazzled on the carpet while maintaining her edgy, fashion-forward aesthetic. Editorial hairstylist Antoinette Hill created 12 cornrows that were pinned back with a cascading gold hair accessory. The gemstones in the accessory paired well with Coel’s bejeweled chocolate brown custom Schiaparelli gown that featured 130,000 crystals and took nearly 4,000 hours to make! Her makeup featured a metallic shadow and black cat-eye, finished with a peachy lip. — Veronica Boodhan, editorial director
Singer and actress Olivia Rodrigo was elegant and graceful on the Met Gala carpet as she wore a textured black and white Thom Browne gown. Celebrity hairstylist Clayton Hawkins created a simple slicked-back bun that featured on-trend micro bangs, while makeup artist Nina Park matched the simplicity with Rodrigo’s soft, feminine makeup. — Lauren Farrugia, sales and editorial coordinator
As a previous ambassador for Chanel, Kristen Stewart wanted to honour her relationship with Lagerfeld and chose to embrace a more androgynous red-carpet look. Celebrity hairstylist and creative director for Virtue Labs, Adir Abergel cut and styled the actress’ hair in a choppy and tousled style for a more effortless look. Complete with minimal makeup, Stewart sported a high-contrast Chanel men’s suit from Lagerfeld’s 2016 spring collection with the brand. —Shanice Romelus, digital specialist
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