Brace yourselves for crowns, halos, velvet, capes, and wings! It’s time for the Met Gala.
The annual event brings the most A-list of celebs to New York for an evening of fantastic fashion. This year’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour organized the benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the help of this year’s co-chairs Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, and Rihanna.
That’s right, RiRi was there, and she brought it.
20. Most Impressive Debut: Cardi B
A very pregnant Cardi B arrived in an elaborately beaded, figure-hugging gown by Moschino’s Jeremy Scott. Her headdress and trailing champagne silk skirts wouldn’t look out of place on the OG Queen Elizabeth, but her hair and other—ahem—assets are pure 21st century gold. Yas Queen!
19. Most Washed Out: Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez worked with Coach to design this droopy, dingy dress that looks like one of Miss Havisham’s nightgowns. Apparently Selena is a devout Christian and struggled with this year’s theme. Still, couldn’t she have put on some lipstick?
18. Most Likely to Trick You into Joining a Cult: Jared Leto & Lana Del Rey
Jared Leto has always liked to experiment with fashion, and if you’re going to try something unusual, the Met Gala is the night to do it. But his Gucci look is too busy—the lion lapels, frilly pink shirt, gold crown, and embroidered stole are all competing with each other for attention.
I would like to know how he still looks so baby-faced at 46 years old, but in this outfit, I’d be afraid it involved ritual sacrifice.
Lana wins a special award this year for having the most birds on her head. Congrats, girl!
17. Biggest Letdown: Miley Cyrus
Miley has been experimenting with her persona for a while, ditching the over-the-top raver antics for something more sedate. But this simple black satin Stella McCartney gown is just plain boring. Now that’s something I would never have expected!
16. Most Likely to Have a Headache: Sarah Jessica Parker
You have to give SJP credit—she never phones it in for the Met Gala. She interpreted the Catholic theme very literally by wearing what looks like a medieval reliquary on her head. How long do you think she made it before she took that thing off?
Her embroidered gold gown is by Dolce & Gabbana, while the headpiece was created by Philip Treacy.
15. Biggest Wasted Opportunity: Amal Clooney
As one of the co-chairs of the event, Amal Clooney had to have known that all eyes would be on her. And while there’s nothing wrong with the idea of a woman wearing pants on the red carpet, these particular pants—and the giant floral train over them—just don’t speak to the theme of the night.
Up-and-coming British designer Richard Quinn had a lot riding on this outfit too, but when you consider what Rihanna wore, this feels even more like a punt.
14. Best Armor: Zendaya
Zendaya almost always knocks it out of the park when it comes to fashion, but her custom chainmail Versace is in a league of its own. Paired with her severe auburn pageboy hairstyle and minimal makeup, she’s rocking some Joan of Arc realness.
10/10, would follow into battle.
13. Most Literal: Katy Perry
Katy Perry isn’t exactly known for subtlety—the woman once wore a bra that shoots whipped cream—but her full-length, double-layered wings are OTT even for her. Her gold Versace minidress and boots are almost an afterthought.
The whole look makes it seem like she’s angling for a role in a Barbarella reboot. Actually, that’s not such a bad idea….
12. Laziest: The Jenndashians
With Kanye’s remarks on slavery dominating the news cycle, perhaps the Kardashian-Jenner clan decided to fly under the radar at this year’s Met Gala.
Kendall’s white pantsuit was a literal drag, with its bizarre pant-trains. Kylie seemed to be trying to go incognito with her jeweled sunglasses, while Kim wore a skin-tight, shiny gold gown with a few crosses tacked on and I Dream of Genie hair. What a snooze!
11. Most On-Brand: Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae famously dresses almost exclusively in black and white out of respect for her working class family, who often wore plain uniforms. But that doesn’t mean her wardrobe is boring. She arrived at the gala in a flowing black-and-white suit, her angelic face framed by a rhinestone-studded cowl. Her broad-brimmed hat mimics a halo, drawing all eyes to her. Keep slayin’, Janelle!
10. Most Awkward Couple: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady
Tom Brady’s expression screams my wife is making me do this. She seems happy enough in her gold Versace—one of many at the gala—although unmemorable. But poor Tom. That turtleneck. The gold embroidery. He’s gonna have a tough time living this one down.