Over the past couple months, there hasn’t been a lot to look forward to. Basically every event is canceled, so whether you’re into sports, live theatre and concerts, or just like, drinking somewhere that’s not your house, things have been bleak. And amidst all the disappointment, today is especially depressing. Normally, the Met Gala, held on the first Monday in May, is the most exciting time in the world of fashion (and making fun of fashion), but sadly, this year’s event is indefinitely postponed. But that doesn’t mean we can’t entertain ourselves by looking back at some of the most tragic Met Gala looks from years past.
Remember, the Met Gala is not just about who wore the cutest dress. Every year, there’s a theme, and it is the time to be creative, fashion-forward, and over-the-top. When considering what makes a Met Gala look bad, some of these celebs’ outfits were just fugly, but others fundamentally misunderstood the assignment. Here are the worst Met Gala outfits of all time.
Kris Jenner, 2019
The 2019 theme was Camp, which basically begged people to make bizarre choices. But Kris Jenner managed to look weird even given this theme, which is kind of impressive. I know we all joke that she works harder than the devil, but nobody was working hard on this outfit. But maybe that was the problem. Was she so tired of everyone calling her the devil that she decided to dress as Glinda the Good Witch? This is truly upsetting. She looked like a cross between the Tooth Fairy and the Fairy Godmother, which I guess would make her the Fairy Godmomager. Also who did her spray tan, Tan Mom?
Ashley Graham, 2019
Remember, the theme was CAMP. Do something crazy. This was not the time to come in a Gucci logo dress, lookin’ like your grandma’s strawberry sucking candy. Ashley looked gorgeous, and her body is obviously to die for, but that’s not the point. Where is the DRAMA? I’ve been wearing a top with no pants for the last 55 days, it’s called quarantine chic. This was a swing and a miss.
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, 2018
The 2018 theme was Heavenly Bodies, and the Olsen twins didn’t fully miss the memo. But they’ve been dressing in mysterious cloaks and capes for like, what, a decade now? So I was kind of hoping to see a little more from them. Instead, they’re both serving middle school pottery teacher realness. I’m willing to bet on my most-liked Instagram photo that at least one of them was wearing Birkenstocks underneath all of that. Also, why is one twin aging exponentially faster than the other??
Shailene Woodley, 2018
I actually could warm up to this look if someone could please confirm that Shailene Woodley purposefully showed up to the 2018 Met Gala in a Sexy Lord Farquaad costume. Like, go off sis, I love Shrek too! Sadly, I don’t think that’s what she was going for, which makes this outfit totally inexcusable. The more I look at it, the more uncomfortable I get, and from the look in her eyes, I think she knew it was bad, too.
Jennifer Lopez, 2017
Jennifer Lopez is always one of the most stunning people at the Met Gala, but dressing to the theme is not her strong suit. In 2017, the Met Gala celebrated the work of Rei Kawakubo, one of the most influential avant-garde designers. And you know what’s pretty much the opposite of avant-garde? This beautiful flowing blue caftan. J.Lo is basically dressed like Patricia from Southern Charm, and while Patricia is chic AF, she couldn’t be further from the theme.
Madonna always puts in effort at the Met Gala, and for that I am grateful. But I’m sorry, I f*cking hate this dress she wore in 2017. The camo material? Hate. The literal plastic buckle on her belt? Nope. All of the jewelry? Absolutely not. The cape/shawl made out of a different, even worse camo material? The matching CANTEEN that she carried on the carpet?? I’m done. Maybe this worked for the theme, but it didn’t work for my eyes.
Kanye West, 2016
Say what you will about Kim’s outfit, but she looks glam as f*ck, and she’s dressed to theme. Kanye West, however, showed up to perhaps the fanciest even in the world wearing RIPPED JEANS AND A T-SHIRT. His jacket is totally sick, and I think the outfit is cool, but this was at the MET GALA. Fashion’s biggest night! It’s a disgrace.
Emma Stone, 2016
The 2016 theme was about the relationship of fashion and technology, which for most people, just meant wearing metallic dresses. Emma Stone, however, came dressed as an extra from any movie set in Ancient Rome, except I guess the corset is metal? Idk, it’s not anything special, and this look sits at the tragic intersection of basic and ugly. That’s about the worst place to be when Rihanna is a few feet away, shutting down the red carpet.
Donatella Versace, 2015
I have many questions about this outfit. This year’s theme was “China: Through The Looking Glass”, and I have no idea what that has to do with this dress. There’s just so much going on. Why are there 18 kinds of netting material? What are those glittery symbols all over? Why does her hair look like that? I really want to jump through the computer screen and trim her bangs. Donatella is iconic, but this look is a total mess.
Kris Jenner, 2015
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— LADbible (@ladbible) May 5, 2015
We started this list with Kris Jenner, so why not bring things full-circle? Her 2015 Met Gala look was basically just a red silk robe with shoulder pads, complete with a chunky gold belt and some of the largest earrings I’ve ever seen. She looked a little ridiculous, honestly, but it’s probably not as bad as last year’s Tooth Fairy couture. But most importantly, this look was the source of all the “pull the lever, Kronk” memes, because Kris’ botox situation looked absolutely insane. I’m sure a lot of stars get a little, um, touch-up before the Met Gala, but Kris may have gone a little overboard.
Obviously, fashion and taste are subjective, but I feel pretty comfortable sh*tting on these outfits. And if you liked them, sorry, but it’s really not that big of a deal. Sadly, we won’t get a new crop of outfits to roast tonight, but hopefully Miss Rona hurries the f*ck up out of here, so we can still have a Met Gala at some point this year. After all that’s been taken away from us, we deserve to see some Rihanna glam.
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Heads up, ladies, it’s Anna Wintour’s favorite time of the year! Set to take place on Monday, May 6th, the highly-anticipated 2019 Met Gala is fast approaching. This year’s theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion. We’re predicting over-exaggerated styles and over-the-top accessories. Hopefully, Pharell leaves his hat at home.
The Met Gala was established over 50 years ago, so needless to say there have been countless incredible fashion moments since then. Let’s take a walk down memory lane before we see the insane costumes from this year’s event and promptly forget all about the old ones. Read on as we review some of the most iconic Met Gala outfits and explore the designers behind the ~lewks~.
Rihanna and Guo Pei in 2015
Before Rihanna stepped onto the Met Gala red carpet wearing that iconic yellow
omelet cape, Chinese designer Guo Pei had been creating couture for more than 30 years. In fact, this exact masterpiece had been designed for a 2012 show in China and it had been at in Guo’s studio until it was snapped up by Rihanna for the big event.
Weighing about 55lbs with a 16ft train, this look wasn’t an easy one to pull off—literally. In fact, when it was first presented in China, the model made it only halfway down the catwalk before the show had to be paused so she could remove the garment and head backstage. At least it probably counted as her cardio for the week?
Fitting for the China: Through The Looking Glass theme, the fur-trimmed cape featured over 50,000 hours’ worth of hand embroidery and took two whole years to make. Let me repeat. Two. Whole. Years. Describing her inspiration behind the design, Pei said, “When I had this design in mind, I a woman that can carry weight on her arms. It’s a dress she has to lift, like she can lift the whole world. I always have a woman like that in mind.” Sooooo… Rihanna? Rihanna.
Blake Lively and Atelier Versace in 2018
Blake Lively’s dress was so long that she literally had to take a party bus to the 2018 ball. First stop senior prom, next stop Met Gala? Inspired by royalty and the renaissance to match the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination theme, Lively and her gown captivated audiences. Her long train was carefully embroidered, and her jeweled corset reportedly took 600 hours to create. I did the math, and you could watch all seven seasons of Game of Thrones 12 times in the time it took to make this corset. The look was complete with sheer panels on either side of her legs and a custom halo that featured 100 carats of champagne diamonds.
In case you didn’t know that Blake Lively is better than you, this piece was custom made for her by Atelier Versace. In case you didn’t know that Blake Lively is better than you part two, she wore $2 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry to complement her look—this included the custom headpiece, bangles, earrings, and her Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring. Schwartz’s pieces are often worn by celebrities on the red carpet, and her jewels have been spotted on people like Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Angelina Jolie. Very casual, no big deal or anything.
Kim Kardashian and Balmain in 2016
Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology was the theme for the 2016 Met Gala, and Kim Kardashian didn’t disappoint. Kim and Kanye rolled up to the red carpet in coordinating Balmain—Kim in a futuristic silver dress and Kanye sporting a silver jacket, icy blue contact lenses, and ripped jeans. The Balmain pieces were beautiful, but tbh I feel like the boldest fashion move might have been wearing jeans to the Met Gala.
Kim’s garment was created by Olivier Rousteing, a French designer who became the youngest Creative Director of Balmain in 2011 at age 25. Since his takeover, he’s brought a fresh eye (and some insane cheekbones) to the luxury brand.
As anyone who’s seen KUWTK might expect, this look wasn’t the only outfit that was considered. Speaking about the evening before the Gala, Kim said, “When I landed in New York at midnight, I immediately went to see Olivier for a 1am fitting, and we literally cut skirts in half, created tops from dresses, and stayed up until 4am to get the perfect option that we felt fit the theme.” Who knew Kim K was such a DIY queen? I would say that’s relatable, but I can barely turn a regular T-shirt into a crop top without f*cking up. Other potential looks included a gown with jeweled shoulders and sleeves and another that was embellished with pearls and a giant gem in the center of the bodice. In total, Kim received four custom-made dresses from Rousteing before the event.
Rihanna and Comme des Garçons in 2017
Rihanna is the queen of the Met Gala. This is a fact, and anyone who disagrees can fight me. The theme of the 2017 ball was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, and in true Rihanna fashion (ha), the singer stepped out onto the red carpet in an attention-grabbing piece. She wore a textured garment that was cut from jacquard florals which made her dress three-dimensional. The piece was designed with an asymmetric hemline and cut-outs, and was first featured in the Comme des Garçons Fall 2016 collection.
It reportedly took Rihanna an hour to get into the strappy Dsquared2 red heels she wore to the gala, and I can’t even imagine how long it took to get them off. Her hair was styled into a top bun, and her makeup complemented the pink shades of the dress with rosy eyeshadow and blush that blended together. On anyone else, that makeup would’ve looked like a 5-year-old discovered their mom’s blush and went to town, but it worked on her.
The 2017 gala was quite the tribute to Rei Kawakubo, who rarely agrees to shows or interviews. Goals, pretty much. She established Commes des Garçons in Tokyo in 1973 and has developed the brand into what it is today—an inventive and stand-out establishment.
Stay tuned for a recap of all the iconic looks we’ll see this year! Until then, feel free to look at pictures of old Met Galas and feel poor.
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You know how basic bitches always say the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is their Super Bowl? Well, if that’s true, then the Met Gala is a meme-loving betch’s Super Bowl. Except, like, O.J. Simpson returns and makes the game winning touchdown at 70 years old, then confesses to murder, and the halftime show is just John Legend singing show tunes while Chrissy Teigen eats a bucket of fried chicken on top of the piano. It’s that ridiculous, and the 2018 Met Gala didn’t disappoint.
As I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for (probably?), here’s a recap of the 2018 Met Gala. This year’s theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. If the classroom I took one year of CCD classes before making my First Communion didn’t have a very distracting pet guinea pig in it, I might have paid more attention and would currently be able to provide more insight into that theme, or at least know what to do with my hands on the off chance I get roped into attending a church service. However, I can’t (sorry, Grandma), so instead, I’m going to talk shit about celebrities wearing outfits that require teams of people who make more money than me to help them walk around. Here are the celebrities who inspired the best memes with their god-awful outfits, and those who looked so good that we’ll actually give them a break for once.
The Ensembley Challenged
Lana Del Rey
At best, Lana looks like the hottest girl at a cosplay convention in the Midwest. While I can appreciate the dramatic implications of wearing a dress that makes it look like you’ve been stabbed in the heart a bunch of times, I can’t get behind the creepy wizard bird lady vibe, or the Weird Al Yankovic hair. I am truly disturbed.
I actually could warm up to this look if someone could please confirm that Shailene Woodley purposefully showed up to the Met Gala in a Sexy Lord Farquad costume. If I were Shailene Woodley, I would have shown up, taken one look at Zendaya’s outfit, and promptly left.
I would do anything to hear an unedited clip of the noise this shit makes when you walk. But all joking aside, I’m going to try to be positive here. Solange could probably buy all the Getty Images of herself in this outfit and sell them as Rorschach Tests to therapists in hipster neighborhoods. If you think I’m bitter, I am—Solange totally stole my “sexy Ursula” costume idea for Halloween.
Mary Kate And Ashley Olsen
The Olsen Twins have been dressing in mysterious cloaks and capes for like, what, a decade now? So I was kind of hoping to see a little more from them. Instead, they’re both serving middle school pottery teacher realness. I’m willing to bet on my most-liked Instagram photo that at least one of them is wearing Birkenstocks underneath all of that. Also, why is one twin aging exponentially faster than the other??
Guys, is Selena Gomez ok? She came to the fucking Met Gala rocking a spray tan by Tan Mom and a nightgown. This dress looks about three sizes too big on her, and I’m 1000% sure her boobs are not actually that big/saggy. Coupled with the hairstyle that closely resembles a tangled up mop, I’m going to put out a theory that she literally just rolled out of bed and onto the red carpet.
Forgive me father, for I have sinned: one time I watched the Katy Perry movie, and I cried. Ugh, Katy. Didn’t you hear? This is not the auditions for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! I know the Met Gala is all about being extra, but every single thing about this outfit makes me want to scream. Serious question: Do I hate Katy Perry because she’s tacky, or is she tacky because I hate her?
It was really nice of Ceelo Green to lend the dress he wore to the 2017 Grammy Awards to Lena Dunham. All jokes aside, Lena looks like a washed-out extra from Shakespeare in Love. At least that hood/collar/creature around her neck looks like it would make an excellent pillow. Oh, did I say “all jokes aside”? Oops.
Honestly, I’ve been staring at this photo for like, 10 minutes and I’ve got nothing. I haven’t been this lost since I tried to spell Cara’s last name without the help of Google (aka about 30 seconds ago). Wait, I got it: This is the outfit you wear to the funeral when your sugar daddy dies. Right?
The Heavenly Bodies
Fucking duh. Has there ever been an event where Rihanna wasn’t the best dressed? No. Robyn Fenty is the Pope of everything important, and we shouldn’t have expected anything else. Should we just rename the Met Gala to the Rihanna Gala? I’ll draft up a petition.
The only thing wrong with this look is that it’s almost impossible to make a meme out of it. Hailee stuck to the theme, but still looks effing amazing. With every passing award show, red carpet, and lack of nude photo scandal or age-inappropriate boyfriend, Hailee Steinfeld continues to impress me with how well she’s handling fame at a young age.
SZA looks PERFECT. Like, her dress is angelic and her boots are slaying. Plus, her hair and makeup is so insanely flawless that she literally looks like a Bratz doll that got her shit together and became super successful. I feel like a proud mom.
Cardi B can do no wrong in Fashion Nova, so obv the entire world is dying over this Moschino look. I can’t wait to buy a candle with a photo of Cardi from this year’s Met Gala on it at some dingy store on Canal Street. Shit, maybe I shouldn’t have said that before I got the chance to launch my new Etsy store.
How did Zendaya wear her hair in a weird little ginger bob with bangs and still look amazing? Not sure. She’s officially the eighth wonder of the world. Cue the Zendaya vs. Shailene Woodley “what you order online vs. what comes in the mail” memes. I haven’t watched Game of Thrones since like 2014, but I have a feeling Zendaya is going to show up and kill everyone next season.
Wow, Serena van der Woodsen has come so far from eating yogurt on the steps of the Met. (I know I’m the 400th person to make that joke today, leave me alone.) Blake just looks stunning as fuck, and I love her so much. Also, I feel like all these bejeweled halos/crowns/tiaras were made by one old gay man who definitely has carpal tunnel syndrome now.
As we all know, the Met Gala is fashion prom. But unlike the real prom where they begrudgingly let the nerds attend and, like, breathe, that is not the case here. This prom is strictly for the in-crowd. That’s right teens, it doesn’t get better, only more exclusive. But on the bright side, I do get to judge the outfits of pretentious celebrities from the comfort of my bed, so who’s really the winner? Naturally every year we have the regulars that show up—Rihanna, Katy Perry, Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, The Olsen Twins, etc. You know, super famous people. But there are always a few randos that slip into the party like they’re me in Taylor Kitsch’s DMs and make us wonder, what the fuck are you doing here? So, without further ado, here are the attendees I can only assume snuck in to the Met Gala 2018 with the caterers.
1. Rita Ora
Can anyone tell me with great authority who Rita Ora is and why she is famous? Like I’ve been trying to figure out for years why anyone gives a shit about her when we could better spend our time talking about, like, Nicolas Cage. And don’t you dare say it’s because she’s in the 50 Shades of Grey movies unless you want me to slap you.
2. Kate Bosworth
Kate Bosworth has literally done nothing relevant since Blue Crush. Which I love, don’t get me wrong, but does that really merit an invite to fashion’s biggest party 15 years later? I know she likes to think herself a real fashionista, but just because you wear leather pants and a poncho to the airport doesn’t mean you are a visionary. TBH I think she must have donated a vital organ to Anna Wintour or something because she is almost always on this list. That, or she has some sort of elaborate blackmail plot.
3. Amber Heard
Hi, Amber! While your performance in Magic Mike XXL was RIVETING and INSPIRED, I’m not really sure what else you have going on? I can only assume Amber got this invite for putting up with that dickwad Johnny Depp for the last few years. She didn’t even get to marry him while he was still hot, just abusive. Anyone would need some fun and approximately 7,000 showers after that.
4. Kate Upton
Normally I wouldn’t think much of a model on the Met Gala stairs—they’re a dime a dozen—but I take particular issue with Kate Upton being there. Kate has had her chance to go to the Met Gala before, and she brought nothing interesting to the table. In fact, she once wore a different ugly green dress that kind of looks like this year’s dress without a hood. It surprises me Anna Wintour gave her another chance, but it doesn’t surprise me she squandered it.
5. Kris Jenner
I was confused by Kris’s appearance only briefly, and then I had a revelation. At a party where the theme was Heavenly Bodies, of course the devil herself would show up.
And there you have it! Was there anyone else there you all were surprised to see? Hit me up in the comments, I most likely won’t answer, but if you’re funny I’ll give a nod of appreciation at my desk.