If you’ve ever read Cinderella, you’ve probably imagined yourself wearing a beautiful gown with a handsome prince as you rub shoulders with beautiful people all over the kingdom. The Met Gala is kind of like that, except that the ball is thrown by Anna Wintour and no amount of magic will ever get you in.
This year’s theme is Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: The Art of the In-Between, and while some celebs brought their fashion A-game to the event, some will definitely have their invite revoked next year (we’ll leave that for you to guess). For the latest edition of Slay or Nay, here are some of the most noteworthy looks at this year’s Met that shook us to the core:
Rihanna in Comme des Garçons vs. Katy Perry in Maison Margiela
Where to even begin??? These two are easily two of the most head-turning outfits at this year’s Met, and you should feel personally blessed to spend two minutes of your life looking at these elaborate creations. Rihanna’s petal dress is from Comme des Garçons’ 2016 fall collection while Katy’s scarlet tulle gown was designed by John Galliano himself. Legend has it if you light a candle in a dark room and recite “Prism was a flop” in the mirror three times, Katy Perry will come and steal your wig in your sleep.
Our verdict: If you’re going to show up to the Met wearing something Rei Kawakubo designed herself, you are ~obligated~ to steal the show. We’re calling it: Rihanna OWNED this year’s Met Gala. We can all forget she wore a scrambled egg to the Met 2 years ago.
Nick Jonas in Ralph Lauren vs. Joe Jonas in H&M
If I were on a lifeboat and could only choose one Jonas brother to save, I’d probably throw myself overboard. Ever the stylish sibs, Nick sported a geometric patterned suit while Joe showed off in a maroon double-silk suit, both a fresh break from the sea of black and are tailored to a tee. I hereby declare Nick absolved from his snoozefest of a Coachella outfit.
Our verdict: Why pick one when you can have both? SLAY.
Blake Lively in Versace vs. Kylie Jenner in Versace
For this year’s gala, Blake wore an Atelier Versace gown that featured stunning gold beading and a gorgeous feather trail while Kylie wore a sheer netted custom Versace dress with seashell embellishments and I have to say both are GORGEOUS (although Kylie’s dress lowkey reminds me of Bey’s). It’s safe to say these are the dresses I want to be buried in when I die.
Our verdict: SLAYYY ALL THE WAYYY. Plus points for Blake because she brought Ryan Reynolds.
Ansel Elgort in Tom Ford vs. Wiz Khalifa in Thom Browne
One color, two very different looks. I might mistakenly end up giving Ansel Elgort my coat if I ever ran into him at a hotel while staring at Wiz’s boots wondering if his stylist kinda hates him. It really all boils down to whether you prefer classic or atypical.
Our verdict: Our vote’s with the former, but only because wearing white boots should be a sin.
Zendaya in Dolce and Gabbana vs. Madonna in Moschino
Madonna declared a war on fashion today as she sported a floor-length camouflage Moschino dress while Zendaya sauntered through the red carpet in a billowing tropical ball gown. I’m grouping these two together since 1) they both go by a mononym and 2) they both showed up in bold prints that made heads turn for the same reason: both were out of theme.
Our verdict: Madge looks great for her age, but we’re giving Zendaya this round.
Rami Malek in Dior Homme vs. Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton
There are two ways to make a grand entrance at the Met Gala. You either show up in a color that Rei Kawakubo herself noted in her 1988 fall collection, or you can go an entirely different route by walking around in a Louis Vuitton suit more expensive than my entire life while holding a bunch of your chopped off hair.
Our verdict: While we love Jaden’s get up, the hair is a little bit much. Besides, Rami Malek gives the perfect nod to Rei in his scarlet suit. ~That~ is how you do show-stopping men’s wear at the Met.
Kendall Jenner in La Perla vs. Bella Hadid in Alexander Wang
It was a battle of the butts at the Met carpet as models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid opted for sexier looks at this year’s gathering. While they both looked hot as usual, the outfits were too safe for the theme and ended up being meh, which coincidentally mirrors their presence on the runway. If you put your head against your computer screen and listen hard enough, you can almost hear Naomi Campbell cackling in the background.
Our verdict: Whatever’s less itchier to wear, I guess. Kendall wins.
Which outfits did you love at this year’s Met Gala? Tell us in the comments!