Met Gala 2022: My Favorite Looks

The Met Gala is back. In the fashion world its like the super bowl of fashion! This year’s theme was an extension of the theme in September America a Fashion Anthology. This years theme was the Gilded Age. For context the Gilded Age was a period of American history roughly from 1865, post civil war to around 1914 pre WWI. The main focus of fashion is usually in the 1870s-1890s. The Gilded age was called this because of the wealth and prosperity and wealthy families like the Vanderbilt’s and Rockefellers gaining prominence. On the surface everything seemed great but in reality there was a large wealth gap, poverty, and corruption in government. But enough history. For reference think movies like The Age of Innocence, show like The Gilded Age or about 60 years later than Bridgeton. The dress code was gilded glamour and white tie. White tie is a step above beck tie in formality, so very formal. Think Downton Abbey. See the photos below for references.

My Favorite Looks

Janelle Monáe in custom Ralph Lauren and Nikos Koulis jewelry

I mean she was one of the hosts so she had better dress on theme and she slayed! Also that transition!!! I love the statue of liberty inspiration!

Vanessa Hudgens in Moschino
Hamish Bowles in Ralph Lauren and a golden tiara designed for former daughter-in-law of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Betsey Whitney, last worn at a ball at Buckingham Palace in 1957.
Sydney Sweeney in custom Tory Burch
Emma Chamberlain in Louis Vuitton
Tom Ford in Tom Ford
Cardi B in Moschino
Henry Golding & Liv Golding
Lin Manuel Miranda in Paul Tazewell

Lin Manuel Miranda also hosted, he was definitely on theme and I loved it! I was not a fan of what his wife Vanessa Nadal wore which is why I didn’t include the designer of her dress.

Jon Batiste in Ralph Lauren
Maude Apatow in Miu Miu and Cartier jewelry
Joe Jonas in Louis Vuitton and Fred Leighton jewelry

I liked that Joe Jonas was on theme but I’m not a fan of Sophie Turner’s look. But she’s pregnant so she gets a pass.

Mayor Eric Adams & Tracey Collins
Victor Glemaud in H&M 
Laura Harrier in H&M

How is it that people who wore H&M look amazing and better than the celebrities who wore high end designers?!

Sarah Jessica Parker in Christopher John Rogers, Phillip Tracy Headpiece, & Fred Leighton jewelry
Adrien Brody in Thom Browne& Georgina Chapman in Marchesa
Ansel Elgort Fendi
Jessie Buckley in Schiaparelli
James Corden & Julia Carey
Ben Platt
Regé-Jean Page in Giorgio Armani and Graziela jewelry
Jared Leto & Alessandro Michele in Gucci

I like these looks and that men are getting more creative with suits, but Jared Leto’s twin gimmick is getting old.

Simone Ashley in Moschino and De Beers jewelry
Hugh Jackman & Deborra Lee-Furness in Tom Ford

Love Hugh Jackman, not a fan of his wife’s look.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Thom Browne
Miranda Kerr
Lily Allen & David Harbour

Another case of loving the husband but not the wife’s look! The accessories are a great touch.

Lizzo in Thom Browne

Love this look and how she played the flute on the red carpet!

Ariana DeBose in Moschino
J Balvin in Ralph Lauren
Kid Cudi in Kenzo
Jacob Elordi in Burberry
Kerry Washington in Tory Burch
Rosalía in Givenchy
Thomas Doherty in Dior Men
Jimmy Fallon

Honorable Mentions

My honorable mentions are looks that did not quite make my favorites. However they are worth mentioning but either not on theme, or on theme but not that great.

On theme… but not that great

Anitta in Moschino

I actually love this look but I am not a fan of the big hips.

Madelaine Petsch in Moschino and REZA jewelry

This is very on theme I’m just not a fan of the print.

Nicola Coughlan in Richard Quinn & Swarovski Jewelry

I loved this look as well I just think the feathers are too much.

Billie Eilish in Gucci and Fred Leighton jewelry

Billie Eilish is perfectly on theme! I love this dress but I don’t like the green sleeves. It would be better without the flower in the middle and if the sleeves were the same neutral color as the dress.

Cynthia Erivo in Louis Vuitton

I chose this look because not many know the story behind it. I love the headwrap. It is meant to pay homage to the head wraps women wore in Louisiana during the 1860s. Other than that I’m not in love with the dress.

Stephen Jones & Amy Fine Collins

I definitely see the Gilded age inspiration but to me it looks cheap and thrown together.

Jessica Chastain in Gucci

This does give Gilded Glamour but its more of a 1920s look. Also it would look better if it was more tailored and with shorter sleeves.

Great….but not on theme

Kim Kardashian in Vintage Jean Louis & Pete Davidson in Dior Men 

I love Kim’s dress. It’s the same dress Marylin Monroe wore hen she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy. This dress would have been perfect for September’s Met Gala. it

It also would have been better if she had done her hair in Marylin Monroe’s signature style. I also have a problem with the process of wearing this dress. Kim Kardashian basic starved herself to loose weight to wear this dress. What kind of message does that send to her followers? As seen in videos online, when helping her into this dress Kim’s stylists did not handle the dress with care (as one should with vintage dresses.)

Lucy Boynton in Chanel

I think this dress is beautiful but I wish it looked more like the gilded age period fashion.

Kris Jenner in Oscar De La Renta

Kris’ dress is also beautiful. She looks like Jackie Kennedy but it would have been better for September’s Met Gala as well.

Venus Williams in Chloé

This look is very cool but not something you wear to a white tie formal themed Met Gala.

Shawn Mendes in Tommy Hilfiger

Ok. Dr. Strange! I like this look but I’m not sure if it really says “Gilded Glamour.

Gwen Stefani in Vera Wang

I like this look as well and I’m a big fan of the crop top gown. But the color is to bright and its not on theme.

Cole Sprouse in Versace

This look would fit better for the Manus × Machina (technology in fashion) theme from 2016.

Mindy Kaling in Prabal Gurung and De Beers jewelry

Again, this us a beautiful dress but I does not fit thr gilded age theme.

Quannah Chasinghorse

I love this look and how in both Met Galas she shows off her indigenous heritage. I’m just not sure how it fits into the gilded age theme. Maybe there is a story behind it that I haven’t heard?

Alicia Keys in Ralph Lauren

I hate that I had to put Alicia Keys in this category! I love this look and the cape is amazing buy I don’t see gilded age!

Sabrina Carpenter in Paco Rabanne

I’m really loving the crop top gown trend but again I wish it was more period accurate.

Teyana Taylor in Iris van Herpen

This dress is beautiful and I love the water colors but again not fitting the gilded age theme.

Lori Harvey in Michael Kors Collection

For me this dress is very cool but not formal enough for white tie.

Iris van Herpen & Dove Cameron in Iris van Herpen and Brillant Earth earrings

I think Dove Cameron’s look very Avant Garde and interesting but not fitting for white tie glamor.

Lily Aldridge in custom KHAITE

Lily looks beautiful but I don’t like the headscarf. It looks like she tried to dress in the gilded age period but failed.

Irina Shayk in Burberry

This look is so cool and edgy and would work anywhere else but a white tie formal event.

Hailey Bieber in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

For me this look says Gatsby theme rather than gilded age.

Kendall Jenner in Prada

I don’t love the color on this one, the black looks to funereal.

Karlie Kloss in Givenchy
Eiza González in Michael Kors Collection
Khloé Kardashian in Moschino 
Olivia Rodrigo in Versace
Normani in Christian Siriano
Lena Waithe in Versace

This is very different and colorful but not on theme or formal enough.

Ashton Sanders

I like that this suit is unique and I am all for formal denim but it looks more 1980s than gilded age.

Phoeb Dynover in Louis Vuitton

I mean she is on Bridgerton! She could have done so much better!

Honestly I was disappointed with this year’s Met Gala. The Gala is one of the easiest events to dress for. I mean Anna Wintour gives everyone a theme, they have all this money and designers at their disposal and Vogue literally wrote a style guide for this year’s theme! I guess I just have high expectations after themes like Camp, China and the Catholic imagination. But the question is how can I get an invite to the Met Gala so that I can turn looks! What are your favorite Met Gala looks? Let me know!



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