Karl Lagerfeld’s spirit was in the room at the 2023 Met Gala. Celebrities and fashion designers celebrated the yearly Costume Insitute Benefit held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year, attendees all dressed in the theme of “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” to remember the legacy of the iconic fashion designer. Lagerfeld, worked for several fashion houses including Balmain, Patou, and Chlóe. He landed the role of artistic director for Chanel in 1982. He became well-known for his work with the fashion house until his death in 2019. The entire night was filled with fond memories of the beloved creative.
There were stunning outfits, several homages paid to Lagerfeld’s cat as well as some smuggled in Chick-Fil-A. Missed out on the fun? 21Ninety has rounded up some of the top moments of the night.
Met Gala Moments
One of the most anticipated moments of the night happened after the red carpet closed. While all the other stars arrived to walk the red carpet in their amazing looks, one question kept popping up: Where is Rihanna? The singer is known to shut down the red carpet at the Met Gala every year she attends (even the year she didn’t attend). Therefore, naturally, everyone was excited to see her grace the red carpet once again. When the announcement was made that the red carpet was closed, many truly questioned if she would show up. That was until 9:23 pm when the superstar and partner, A$AP Rocky, arrived to close out the carpet in true Badgirl fashion. Of course, both their looks were worth the wait.
Chupette The Cat
There were several mentions of Karl Lagerfeld’s cat last night. Chupette, his Birman cat, was his sidekick at all times. To know Lagerfeld was to know Chupette. Jared Leto, Doja Cat and Lil Nas X each portrayed their own version of the beloved cat with their looks at the Met Gala. Leto dressed in an entire life-sized Chupette costume, with the extra large costume head and all.
Doja Cat wore a beautiful silver gown with a prosthetic cat face over her own, accompanied by sharp claw-like nails. She even committed to the character by doing some interviews only by meowing.
Lil Nas X also stayed in character by meowing in his extravagant take on Chupette. He bared it all with silver body paint and gems all over his body and face. The look was complimented by fangs on his teeth and claws on his nails.
Serena Williams showed up with not one date but two! During Vogue’s red carpet coverage, the tennis star announced that she and her husband Alexis Ohanian are expecting a new baby to add to the family. She then made the announcement on Instagram, captioning her post, “Was so excited when Anna Wintour invited the 3 of us to the Met Gala.” This will be their second child, with their firstborn, Olympia, was born in 2017.
Diddy and Caresha Back Together?
After revealing in an interview that she and Diddy are no longer together, Yung Miami showed up to the Met Gala with the Bad Boy himself. La La Anthony put Diddy in the hot seat when he joined her for an interview for Vogue. When asked if they officially go together “real bad” Diddy was flustered. The fact that the rap mogul was sweating profusely during the line of questioning only added to the apparent discomfort of the moment. At first, it seemed as though he avoided the question but then he got to his answer. “We definitely go together real bad… she’s my date for the night.” Yung Miami then added to his answer by saying, “It’s just a good date night.”
Teyana Taylor’s Chic-Fil-A inside the Met Gala
If you know that the party is not going to have good food, it is always important that you eat beforehand, or in Teyana Taylor’s case, you bring it with you. The artist someway, somehow smuggled Chick-Fil-A nuggets and fries into the Met Gala. Pusha T recorded the evidence and posted it to Instagram saying that she is embarrassing him. He even got footage of Usher trying to convince Taylor that this was not the way to go. All while, she continued to dip her nuggets in Polynesian sauce with the beautiful utensils the Met provided attendees.