The 2023 Met Gala: The Best Looks from the Red Carpet


Lalitha Chandanam , Reporter

The annual Met Gala is one of the most highly anticipated events in the world of fashion. This year’s theme ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’ invited celebrities, designers, and fashionistas to pay homage to the late designer, by showcasing all things Karl Lagerfeld. The event took place May 1 and captivated the eyes of many.

A few celebrities decided to take a different approach and chose Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette as their inspiration. At Doja Cat’s very first Met Gala, she took her last name to a whole new level, by wearing a bedazzled feline hand-beaded gown designed by Oscar de la Renta. Her gown consisted of face-framing hood-complete with cat ears and also featured a white feathered train. 

“[Doja Cat] and I were very clear that we didn’t want it to feel like a costume, and when you’re adding that element of prosthetics, you’re riding a very fine line,” said Brett Alan Nelson, Doja Cat’s creative director and stylist. 

Jared Leto, on the other hand, took a very different approach and wore a giant cat suit that resembled a life-sized version of Choupette. The costume was designed by the production studio SCPS, whose clientele includes Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. However, underneath the catsuit,  Leto wore an all-black ensemble with a cape. 

Lil Nas X also paid homage to the late designer’s cat by wearing a cat inspired look. He was seen to be dripping in silver paint, Swarovski crystals and a cat-like mask with large pearls. He also wore claws to further amplify the feline persona he took on that night.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky also made an appearance at the fashion event. The world famous beauty mogul and singer was seen wearing a custom Valentino Haute Couture silk dress with a beautiful cape that was covered in large camellia flowers-an ode to the iconic Chanel camellia. She also accessorized with oversized white sunglasses. 

“I really loved Rihanna’s Met Gala outfit, and I thought it was really beautiful, and I really liked the cape, and how it was covered in flowers,” said a sophomore at Briar Woods.

A$AP Rocky wore an outfit inspired by one of Lagerfeld’s many looks. Lagerfeld, known for his love of Scotland, once wore a Scottish kilt in 2004, A$AP Rocky decided to give that outfit an updated look, by incorporating stacked Gucci belts, and diamond studded jeans. 

Cardi B truly wowed the crowds with three separate Met Gala looks. The rapper left her hotel wearing a baby pink look with a feathered headpiece by Miss Sohee, a London based womenswear fashion designer. Then, she changed into a beautiful black and white gown, designed by Chen Peng. The skirt of the gown featured black camellias that covered the entire skirt. The bodice of the gown was an ode to Lagerfeld’s time at Chanel and was inspired by the iconic Chanel boy bag, which gave the illusion of a collared shirt and tie. Later, inside at the celebration, Cardi B wore a tweed ensemble by Richard Quinn with a floor length veil.

Overall the Met Gala of 2023 was an exciting fashion event, with many exquisite outfits. 

“I think this Met Gala had one of the best outfits and looks ever, and I feel like everyone had really put together outfits that worked really well with the theme,” says Anya Gudjar, a 9th grade student from Boston, Massachusetts.