This year’s Costume Institute exhibition showcased the esteemed career and life of Karl Lagerfeld, titled “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” The theme and dress code paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld’s prolific contributions to several fashion houses, such as Patou, Balmain, Chloé, Fendi, and Chanel, as well as his own eponymous fashion label, providing attendees with an abundance of creative inspiration.
While attendees at the Met Gala paid tribute to Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic style, which often featured Chanel tweeds and his iconic black-and-white uniform, this year’s event also integrated some current trends that could be easily incorporated into everyday wear.
Let’s dive into a few of the night’s hottest looks and trends that might influence shopping behaviors over the coming weeks.
Strings of Pearls
Pearls were a popular feature at this year’s event. Various attendees opted for pearl-encrusted dresses, adding a classic yet stunning detail to their ensemble. The use of the pearls was a nod to consumers that the usage could go beyond simple pearl earrings or a necklace and could make its way into tops and bottoms.
- Lizzo in Chanel
- Phoebe Bridgers in Custom Tory Burch
- Kim Kardashian in Schiaparelli
Attendees at this year’s event looked to add a touch of elegance and sensuality to their outfits through the use of transparent and semi-transparent fabrics like tulle, chiffon, and lace with intricate details.
- Gigi Hadid in Givenchy
- Billie Eilish in Simone Rocha
- Emily Ratajkowski in Tory Burch
- Rachel Brosnahan In Sergio Hudson
- Elle Fanning in Vivienne Westwood
One of the most stunning trends spotted at the 2023 Met Gala was dreamy rosettes, which added a romantic and ethereal touch. The trend paid homage to Chanel’s iconic Camellia and was featured through delicate, three-dimensional flower embellishments that were intricately woven into dresses, skirts, and tops.
- Vanessa Hudgens in Custom Michael Kors
- Olivia Rodrigo in Custom Thom Browne
- Emily Blunt in Custom Michael Kors
- Cardi B in Chenpeng Studio
- Rita Ora in Prabal Gurung
- Liu Wen in Tory Burch
- Rihanna in Valentino
While the Met Gala is known for featuring extravagant and avant-garde fashion looks that may not be practical for everyday consumers, this year’s looks interestingly showcased several consumer-friendly styles and elements. Consumers may not go as far as opting for head-to-toe couture or jumping to dye their hair platinum blonde, yet they might now be inspired to add a little rosette, pearl, or sheer lace to their Spring wardrobe!