Fashion’s biggest night out is in the books. The 2023 Met Gala did not disappoint as celebrities and influencers took over The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Costume Institutes major fundraiser of the year.
This year's theme was “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” in celebration of the late designer’s work. The dress code was simply “In Honor of Karl.” Lagerfeld died in 2019 from pancreatic cancer.
Oscar winner Jessica Chastain was decked out in Karlesque shades and shared the inspiration for her wardrobe.
“Well, this is all Gucci. The jewelry. Yeah, so it’s Gucci. And they got the memo that Karl was the inspiration,” said Chastain.
Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor and hostess with the mostest of the Met Ball, arrived with actor Bill Nighy.
She said people come to support the Met and Andrew Bolton, who curated the Karl Lagerfeld exhibition inside.
“I have incredible support from so many people. Everybody loves the Met and everybody turns out to support the amazing work that Andrew Bolton does,” Winter said.
Penelope Cruz said Karl Lagerfeld’s imagination was endless.
“One of the big biggest influences from the last century and it will keep influencing people forever. He was a total genius revolutionary, so modern, so cool,” Cruz said. “Somebody with an incredible culture and knowledge of everything. And you could see that in every one of his collections. It was an endless imagination.”
Other attendees included co-host Dua Lipa and Nicole Kidman, who arrived with husband Keith Urban.
“It’s fun to just be able come and celebrate fashion and also I think, for me, haven't been in so many years, but I wanted to come,” said Kidman.
Designer Diane Von Furstenberg was in attendance. She knew Lagerfeld and mentioned his love of books.
“Karl was the most intelligent man really and he loved books. He had more books than anyone in the world. And and so it's just that intelligence that drove everything and also he drew really well,” Furstenberg said.
Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon was at the Met Gala.
He’s been to a lot of parties but he said nothing compares to this night.
“There’s nothing like this. Hats off to Vogue and Anna, they know how to throw a party. It is top notch top to bottom. Just a beautiful, fun evening and it's gorgeous in there,” Fallon said.