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Best Dressed: Met Gala 2018

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2 (KJV)

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Conformity was certainly not the theme of this year’s Met Gala. Though there’s unity in religion – especially Catholicism, Heavenly Bodies Fashion and the Catholic Imagination celebrates the freedom of religion and the fun that some have walking the line. That story was appropriately and daringly told through fashion tonight on a few of New York’s most famous steps.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce and Gabbana

Each year more than a few trends manifest, making them specifically Met Gala staples – two big ones are long trains and headpieces. No one does a hat like Sarah Jessica Parker. Together with GBF (gay best friend) Andy Cohen, she and her train of gold and ivory took to the stairs. In Dolce and Gabbana – a collection that was a sure thing for this theme, she accessorized with a hat that was also a cage.

Each year more than a few trends manifest, making them specifically Met Gala staples – two big ones are long trains and headpieces. No one does a hat like Sarah Jessica Parker. Together with GBF (gay best friend) Andy Cohen, she and her train of gold and ivory took to the stairs. In Dolce and Gabbana – a collection that was a sure thing for this theme, she accessorized with a hat that was also a cage.

Zendaya in Versace

Each of the starlets making this list had teams that thought about the theme and carefully chose garments that sent very clear messages. Such is the case with celebrity super girl Zendaya. In Versace, she gives Joan of Arc vibes and recalls the pain of religion. Gold was a major trend on this year’s red carpet, but Zendaya in silver with a chopped brownish-crimson bob was a standout.

Each of the starlets making this list had teams that thought about the theme and carefully chose garments that sent very clear messages. Such is the case with celebrity super girl Zendaya. In Versace, she gives Joan of Arc vibes and recalls the pain of religion. Gold was a major trend on this year’s red carpet, but Zendaya in silver with a chopped brownish-crimson bob was a standout.

Bella Hadid in Custom Chrome Hearts

Bella Hadid also opted for something different. In black with mixed media, her look by Chrome Hearts (with whom she also has a collection) told a different story about religion. Where darkness and faith meet, there’s a shroud of hope and optimism. Her train was sheer, still black, with detailing along the sides. Perfectly and tastefully done.

Bella Hadid also opted for something different. In black with mixed media, her look by Chrome Hearts (with whom she also has a collection) told a different story about religion. Where darkness and faith meet, there’s a shroud of hope and optimism. Her train was sheer, still black, with detailing along the sides. Perfectly and tastefully done.

Katy Perry in Atelier Versace

The Met Gala (and a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show) is the only place where a full set of wings is appropriate. While the Bible is vague on descriptions of angels with wings, Katy Perry bought religion to Versace because the singer couldn’t have look any more angelic in the atelier creation.

The Met Gala (and a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show) is the only place where a full set of wings is appropriate. While the Bible is vague on descriptions of angels with wings, Katy Perry bought religion to Versace because the singer couldn’t have look any more angelic in the atelier creation.

Rihanna in Maison Margiela

My favorite of the night was Rihanna in Maison Margiela by John Galliano. What’s brilliant about this look is its practicality. Of course, the headpiece isn’t something that would be worn everyday, but the short dress showed the singer’s legs and the intricate detailing makes it a work of art. Because it is a shorter dress, the layering and heavy embellishment is easier to carry. And no one carries better than Rhi-Rhi.

My favorite of the night was Rihanna in Maison Margiela by John Galliano. What’s brilliant about this look is its practicality. Of course, the headpiece isn’t something that would be worn everyday, but the short dress showed the singer’s legs and the intricate detailing makes it a work of art. Because it is a shorter dress, the layering and heavy embellishment is easier to carry. And no one carries better than Rhi-Rhi.

Cardi B in Jeremy Scott

Cardi B is having a moment. Those 6 words keep being printed, and said, because its true. Tonight, pregnant, she looked a vision in Jeremy Scott with the designer himself on her arm. (Off Set was with the rest of the Migos). Big belly, big hair, big future, big deal!

Cardi B is having a moment. Those 6 words keep being printed, and said, because its true. Tonight, pregnant, she looked a vision in Jeremy Scott with the designer himself on her arm. (Off Set was with the rest of the Migos). Big belly, big hair, big future, big deal!

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

For her first Met Gala, I would give her a whopping A+. Ariana Grande in Vera Wang was old school Catholic with an old Hollywood cut and silhouette. The singer/actress went full on glam with this look, playing it safe but not boring.

For her first Met Gala, I would give her a whopping A+. Ariana Grande in Vera Wang was old school Catholic with an old Hollywood cut and silhouette. The singer/actress went full on glam with this look, playing it safe but not boring.

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace

Blake Lively in Versace had all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a Met Gala gown. The religious implications aren’t quite as bold as some of the others. This dress could have worked for the Oscars or even Cannes – but the brilliance was in the construction. It was a work of art, which (in a way) is a tribute to Catholicism which has bred some of the world’s most brilliant art.

Blake Lively in Versace had all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a Met Gala gown. The religious implications aren’t quite as bold as some of the others. This dress could have worked for the Oscars or even Cannes – but the brilliance was in the construction. It was a work of art, which (in a way) is a tribute to Catholicism which has bred some of the world’s most brilliant art.

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