This year’s Met Gala red carpet could easily have been mistaken for a scene out of a Dan Brown novel.
Admittedly, not everyone went so far as to attach full-size angel wings to their outfits. Though that is in fact exactly what Katy Perry did.
Her Versace costume certainly made the most dramatic impression of the night, but she wasn’t the only one who interpreted this year’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” with divinely inspired feathers. Similarly uplifting embellishments decorated dresses worn by Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, and more attendees.
Others like Ariana Grande swathed themselves in prints modeled after classical Italian frescoes. Less overt but no less angelic, many stars donned ivory satin and other shimmery, creamy materials for an ethereal result.
As part of the angel camp, Kate Bosworth was a standout in voluminous tulle from Oscar de la Renta topped by a demure veil dripping pearls.
But it wasn’t all light, airy and innocent. Those who put a darker interpretation on the evening included Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, and Cara Delevingne. All three showed up in pure black ensembles with risqué sheer detailing. Lily Collins sent shivers down the spines of onlookers, holding a rosary, wearing a metallic crown, and with a blood red tear painted on her cheek.
Most mischievous of all were celebs who opted for impish red. Amber Heard and Anne Hathaway arrived in remarkably similar ensembles of scintillating cardinal topped by spiky gold crowns. Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, explained that she represented “temptation” in her magisterial Oscar de la Renta masterpiece.
So, which side won the night? Those on the side of the angels, or those who went for a walk on the dark side? — jas