The Met Gala or Met Ball, formally called the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit, is an annual fundraising gala held for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City..
The theme for the 2023 Met Gala was all about honoring the late designer Karl Lagerfeld, who is known for his work across the industry but especially for his time at Chanel.
While there were some amazing fashions that night, not all of them MET the expectations of the theme.
Here are some examples that I feel nailed it when it came to honoring Karl.
The first being Jeremy Pope. He wore Karl Lagerfeld on His Train, making one of the more dramatic looks of the night. Pope took over the entire space of the carpet thanks to the oversized train of his featuring Lagerfeld’s visage, designed by Balmain.
Camellias are a Chanel signature, and several chose the flower in Karl’s memory.
Classic black and white, high collars, fingerless gloves and Karl’s signature white button up shirt made their presence.
Let’s not forget Tweed and pearls!
A few paid homage to Largerfeld’s beloved cat Choupette.
But none did it as PURRfectly as Doja Cat.
By far, my absolute favorites were Rihanna and Cardi B.
The theme was established, and these attendees MET those expectations.
We all remember that iconic line from Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, making us forever uncomfortable wearing florals in springtime.
The Spanish Luxury House Loewe went toe to toe with the devil herself on the runway of their Spring ‘23 show.
The show centred around the Anthurium flower and was dubbed “Natural Fake”.
Jonathan Anderson, creative director for Loewe, said after the show “I like this idea of something in nature that looks fake but is real.”
Shoes also played a big part in the show.
From life sized anthurium flower and leaf to deflated balloons, Anderson had his models stepping out to battle Miranda Priestly in style.
“I kind of like that they could be petals or shells. There’s an interesting movement to them. All the shoes were engineered in a way that they are not as they seem, or they have incredible function” he said.
I think it’s safe to say in the battle of the florals between Miranda Priestly and Loewe, Jonathan Anderson made sure Loewe came out on top!