Met Gala: Red Carpet Misses

This year’s Met Gala circulated on the theme “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” paying homage to fashion’s iconic creative who died in 2019.

Every year, those who were fortunate enough to get invited — or were not taken off of the guest list — make an effort to embody the theme in support of the Met’s Costume Institute.

The beige carpet with red and blue swirls was adorned with looks reminiscent of the fashion icon — camellias, cats, pearls, wedding gowns, black and white suits.

While many personified Lagerfeld’s legacy with verve, there were some who did not quite make the cut.

Kylie Jenner

Effortless is a word that can describe the beauty mogul’s choice of outfit this year, but it’s not in the most positive sense of the word. It essentially lacked effort and its dramatic effect popped instantly like a bubble. While her bright red gown by Haider Ackermann for Jean Paul Gaultier stood out and turned heads, she could have done more. Still, when compared to her sisters Kim and Kendall, she was the ace in the team.

Florence Pugh 

Florence Pugh, who shaved her head for an upcoming film, chose Valentino for her Met Gala piece. Escorted by her creative director beau Pierpaolo Piccioli, Pugh arrived in a strapless gown with a long train and low neckline. The Dune: Part Two actress is known for out-of-the-box headturner looks which she did again this time with a plant feather over her head. It would have been perfect without the towering headdress.

Mike Coppola/Agence France-Presse | Florence Pugh in Valentino.

Suki Waterhouse

Suki Waterhouse stepped out on the Met Gala carpet in a floral embroidered sheer tulle dress by Fendi to honor the line of beauty of the late designer. But should she really have gone to the fashion soiree at all in that dress? Fendi and Lagerfeld had the longest designer-fashion house relationship and by donning the dress, Waterhouse wanted to exhibit what Lagerfeld was known for — reinterpreting and redesigning. We get the intention, but the look wasn’t Met Gala-worthy.

JAMIE MCCARTHY/Agence France-Presse | Suki Waterhouse in Fendi.

Ariana DeBose

Arianna DeBose brightened up the Met Gala red carpet when she arrived in an off-shoulder bright yellow gown with black panels and a puff coat by Joseph Altuzarra. The designer explained: “It was a mix of utilitarian and 1920s.” This only made fashion critics confused specifically with the style and color.

ANGELA WEISS/Agence France-Presse | Arianna DeBose in Joseph Altuzarra.

Emma Chamberlain 

As a host, Emma Chamberlain did not stun with her simplicity and drama. She posed for photographers in a vintage pastel blue Miu Miu piece — blue cropped blazer and floor-length skirt with a thigh-high slit. It’s not something that’s worth elaborating. It didn’t make a statement. Kudos on her hosting skills though.

DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/Agence France-Presse | Emma Chamberlain in Miu Miu.