Met Gala Headpieces & Hunches
Are headpieces a Met Gala Thing?
It’s #MetMonday, so you know what that means… only a few hours until we see some of the sickest headpieces the fashion and design world have to offer! Under the theme Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination, headpieces were an absolute thing! It seemed like every girl took up the opportunity to live out their real life princess dreams last year. Although we don’t know what to expect with this year’s theme, we can expect people to be as campy as possible. Besides, what’s more camp than a decadent, unexplained headpiece to pull together a fashionable look?!
If you’re anything like us, you’re hardly able to contain your excitement for fashion’s biggest night. We’ve spent the past few weeks agonizing over who will attend and what they will wear. For some, it may seem a bit oxymoronish that this year’s theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion considering attire for the Met Gala is camp-ish in itself. You may expect Lady GaGa to wear a dress made of one million feathers, for example, and that won’t be surprising to anyone even outside of tonight’s event. When Rihanna wore the yellow Guo Pei masterpiece for the 2015 Met Gala, followed by the floral C.D.G gown in 2017, she was the Met Gala as many people tweeted during both years.
So, how does one turn their look up a few notches? Maybe you add a headpiece or some sort of unexpected facial accessory? That’s our hunch. To commemorate tonight’s event, we reflect on some of the headpieces we loved from last year’s Met Gala.
Last year, the Bollywood crossover actress wore Ralph Lauren with a decadent golden headpiece. Harpers Bazaar wrote that the custom hood is made of red Swarovski crystals and gold beading and took over 250 hours to make. This look gave us damsel with absolutely no (dis)stress, period. 10/10!
Last year was the first time that Winnie Harlow attended the Met Gala. Her look was custom (of course) and designed by Tommy Hilfiger. WWD reports that her headpiece was made of feathers, silk orchards, and lace. Keeping in with last year’s theme, Winnie’s headdress was definitely a crown fit for an angel!
Now, when we think of all the Catholic women of history, we think of saints… angels if you must, right?! Well, Kate Bosworth was every bit of virginal in her custom Oscar de la Renta gown that paid homage to the gown she wore for her real life nuptials. The silk veil with pearls and jewels gave us Mary Mother of Jesus realness and we absolutely love it!
Wearing a custom Versace gown that took 600 hours to make, Blake Lively was considered one of the best dressed of last year’s Met Gala. When it comes to statement jewelry, the go-to jeweler for A-listers is Lorraine Schwartz. Simple yet effective, Blake’s headpiece was on theme and perfect.
Since emerging on the scene over a decade ago, Janelle Monae has been the queen of signature black and white looks. Her crossover, rhinestone encrusted head wrap topped with a wide brim fedora was the perfect headpiece that encapsulated her personal style and the night’s theme. Liturgical 80s ‘hood, but make it fashion? Yes, please.
Alexa, play “Halo” by Beyonce. In another simple yet effective headpiece, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore an actual halo with her caped Ralph Lauren gown. With her hair pulled off her face in a low bun and barely there makeup, Rosie probably embodied the angel you’re likely to meet at the gates of heaven.
Category is: what to wear to your (ex) husband’s funeral, no? Kidding! Supermodel Bella Hadid wore a rocker chic, grungy look by Chrome Hearts for last year’s Met Gala. Her headpiece was simple and screamed rebel. If Rosie is the angel you meet at the gates of heaven, Bella is certainly the devil on your shoulder telling you to take that shot after you’ve already had six too many gin and tonics!