As she has in years past, Rihanna ruled the Met Gala's red carpet. Always on topic—this year's exhibit is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination—she wore a Maison Margiela gown and coat, with matching bishop's hat by Stephen Jones.
The performer/fashion designer/make-up entrepreneur was also a co-chair of this year's event, along with Anna Wintour (who wore Chanel), Donatella Versace (in Versace), and Amal Clooney (in Richard Quinn, accessorized with her arm candy, George Clooney). As always, the annual spectacle brought out an exhaustive list of bold-faced names to Fifth Avenue—from fashion, film, music and television: Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sarah Jessica Parker, SZA, Blake Lively, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Donald Glover, Michelle Williams, Chadwick Boseman... you get the picture!
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) May 8, 2018
In translating the Metropolitan Museum of Art's ecclesiastical theme, some attendees wore veils (Cara Delevigne, Kate Bosworth, Priyanka Chopra, Madonna) or halos (Solange, Amber Heard, SZA), headdresses, or hats of some sort (Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Lana Del Ray, Diane Kruger, Janelle Monae, Sarah Jessica Parker).
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) May 8, 2018
@LanaDelRey brought drama, and custom accessories, to the European paintings room with her Renaissance @Gucci look. Directed by @bardiazeinali DP @kellyjeffrey Movement @mettenarrative Steadicam @yoshisteadiop Production @prodn_artandcommerce Edit & Post Production @modern.post @modern.post Music @th3oryhazit
Many of the women had dramatic trains (Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora) clearly taking cues from Rihanna's iconic 2015 Met Gala dress by Guo Pei. Katy Perry dressed as an actual angel.
Some opted for a Joan of Arc theme (Michelle Williams, Shailene Woodly, Zendaya) with metallic elements. Some went baroque (Blake Lively, Migos) while Ariana Grande just wore the Sistine Chapel by way of Vera Wang:
— @Booth (@Booth) May 7, 2018
Lena Waithe offered some (welcome) commentary on the Catholic church:
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) May 7, 2018
Tiffany Haddish, though, did not wear her beloved Alexander McQueen:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 8, 2018
Some people were sorta on theme:
Documentary VO: Unfortunately, Falco was never able to replicate the success of "Rock Me, Amadeus." pic.twitter.com/EzPIamJS9C
— Maggie Serota (@maggieserota) May 8, 2018
Cardi B caused a stir when she arrived in Moschino, with designer Jeremy Scott:
In case you wondered what Chanel x Catholicism looks like, here's Anna Wintour, with daughter Bee Shaffer:
— The Met (@metmuseum) May 7, 2018
In a Met Gala red carpet first, 2 Chainz proposed to his girlfriend:
— The Met (@metmuseum) May 7, 2018
It's possible that Frances McDormand was having the most fun, in Valentino:
everything frances mcdormand does is subversive and terrifying and iconic pic.twitter.com/qrGVgQu1PM
— hattie (@hattiesoykan) May 7, 2018
Frances Mcdormand got funky with Pierpaolo Piccioli in an out-of-this-world Valentino look, like a celestial body herself in her showstopping headpiece. Directed by @bardiazeinali DP @kellyjeffrey Movement @mettenarrative Steadicam @yoshisteadiop Production @prodn_artandcommerce Edit & Post Production @modern.post @modern.post Music @basement_jaxx
And we've got to agree with Tom & Lorenzo—Zendaya nailed her Met Gala look:
— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) May 8, 2018
But we will take 100 seasons of Rihanna as The Young Pope:
Who else but Rihanna could pair a custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano mitre and a minidress? She strutted among the statues of the Greek and Roman galleries. Directed by @bardiazeinali DP @kellyjeffrey Movement @mettenarrative Steadicam @yoshisteadiop Production @prodn_artandcommerce Edit & Post Production @modern.post @modern.post Music @depechemode