Met Gala 2023 Red Carpet Review | EP 142

The 2023 Met Gala red carpet was back again last Sunday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This year, the annual affair celebrated the exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.

Now, before y’all decide that the Met Gala may not be your cup of tea, listen long enough to indulge as Holly and our LADY ABOUT TOWN, Nolan, give us their rundown of the best and worst dressed candidates, and of course, some hilarious (and possibly inappropriate) commentary. 

This gala honored the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld—the late designer who helmed fashion houses such as Chanel, Fendi, Chloé, and his own eponymous line—and raised funds for The Met’s Costume Institute. 

Just as important as the exhibition, of course, is the star-studded red-carpet spectacle that took place as guests made their way up the famous Met steps.

After all, the Met Gala—often dubbed the “Super Bowl of fashion”—has created some of the most memorable (and viral) celebrity red carpet looks from the past decade.


This year’s theme lent itself to all things Karl Lagerfeld, which in most cases focused on his years as the Creative Director at Chanel.   

Translation: we saw a lot of black-and-white dressing, as well as Chanel’s trademark tweed, quilting, pearls…lots of pearls, golden chains, and fabric Camellia flowers.

By the way, the craziest part of the night was the 3, count them, THREE people who dressed as Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, Choupette.


Not that your favorite personal stylists always agree, but here were the top outfits: 

  • Dua Lupa (in vintage FW92 Chanel wedding couture, and a Tiffany diamond the size of the Moon)

  • Giselle in vintage Chanel SS07 wedding couture

  • Maude Apatow in Chloé

  • Vanessa Hudgens in Michael Kors

  • Florence Pugh in Valentino (but not the head-dress…um, no.)

  • Kim Kardashian in custom Schiaparelli (in 50,000 freshwater pearls-I wonder what that’s like?)

  • Kylie Jenner in Jean Paul Guiltier

  • Paris Hilton in Marc Jacobs

  • Kerry Washington in Michael Kors

  • Jenne Ortega in custom Thom Browne

  • Jessica Chastain in Gucci
  • Halle Bailey in Gucci
  • Ashley Graham by designer Harris Reed (YYYAASSSS)

  • Viola Davis custom hot pink Valentino

  • Jennifer Lopez in custom Ralph Lauren

  • Sidney Sweeney in custom Miu Miu

  • Anne Hathaway in white tweed Atelier Versace gown

  • Amanda Seyfried in Oscar De La Renta gorgeous dress, but dressed as a Taylor Swift wanna-be, so, Nolan said MEH.)

  • Lea Michele in Michael Kors

  • Anok Yai in Prabal Gurung

  • Bad Bunny in Jacquemus (best Male according to Nolan)

  • Rihanna in custom Valentino

  • Lily Collins in Vera Wang

  • Olivia WIld in custom Chloe


Again, not always in agreement, but chosen with passion: 

  • Cardi B in a grey wig and Richard Quinn pink and grey outfit (after party look)

  • Gigi Hadid with her entire ass was out in Givenchy

  • Kendall Jenner in Marc Jacobs (how ’bout some pants? Hated the boots that made her 6’4″.)

  • Lizzo in a custom black silk crêpe Chanel dress with a glass pearls harness, inspired by a look from the 1991/92 ready-to-wear collection-Solid effort but eeehhhhh?

  • Mary J Blige in custom Burberry a plunging floral dress & matching thigh-high boots

  • Margo Robbie in a black silk chiffon gown with plastic and gold chain detailing at the waist, first worn by Cindy Crawford as part of Chanel’s haute couture spring 1993

  • Doja Kat was lovely in Oscar, if you cut her head off

  • Erykah Badu in Marni-Looked like a puppet from Sesame Street
  • Kristen Stewart in Chanel – Don’t understand

For our besties of the podcast, we bring you this commentary on the Met Gala not because you are going to dress as Karl Lagerfeld’s cat at a $300,000-per-person event in NYC, but because fashion is fun, whimsical, and always keeps us guessing.

This late designer is iconic in every sense of the word, from his stint at Chloé to his long-standing tenures at Fendi, Chanel, and his eponymous brand to his unmissable uniform comprised of a white button-down shirt, black sunglasses, and a tailored black jacket, making him the perfect fashion figure to be honored at this year’s Met Gala for the accompanying Costume Institute exhibit, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.”

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