The biggest surprise of the evening was the performance of Like A Prayer by Madonna. In fact, she made quite an entrance in an all-black Jean Paul Gaultier bodysuit with a sheer cross cutout and a voluminous ball gown skirt.
The main spotlight, however, was on her accessories. They featured a gold and diamond crown with various-sized crosses by Indonesian designer Rinaldy Yunardi. They are onyx and diamond earrings by Narcisa Pheres; diamond rosaries (also by Yunardi); and mesh gloves from Jacob & Co.In addition, another star who took a literal approach to the religious theme was none other than Rihanna. A co-chair of the gala, she made a showstopping arrival on the red carpet in what is being currently dubbed on social media as “the Pope Dress.” Designed by John Galliano for Maison Margiela Artisinal, her look had a jacket, an overskirt, and a strapless mini dress. This is all fully embellished with pearls, gemstones, and beads, and was complemented with a papal-inspired headpiece.
The Jewelry HighlightThe highlight of her jewelry included two vintage Cartier Collection pendants worn as a necklace, with one pendant being a crucifix from 1934. It is made of gold, silver, diamonds, sapphires, round faceted rubies, button pearls, opal and round faceted topazes. The ‘Dove of the Holy Spirit’ pendant c.1949, made of gold, diamonds, a 17.20-carat star sapphire, sapphires, rubies, emerald, pearl, moonstones and opal. She also wore diamond rings by Narcisa Pheres and gold hoop earrings by Konstantino Jewelry.
A Glamorous BalanceNot to be outshined for the evening’s best dressed was Zendaya, a glamorous balance of masculine and feminine in a custom gunmetal-hued armor and chainmail-like creation by Versace. Looking every bit the contemporary version of Joan of Arc, she kept her jewelry minimal and feminine in Tiffany & Co. pieces. Zendaya wore pieces such as a diamond necklace set in platinum, Tiffany HardWear earrings and rings, as well as pieces from the brand’s new Paper Flowers collection. She wore the Firefly ring with diamond clusters, and the Firefly platinum ring with yellow and white diamonds. Selena Gomez, ethereal and exquisite in a custom tiered gown by Coach, also wore Tiffany & Co. platinum jewelry. This included a Tiffany Victoria mixed cluster drop earrings with diamonds, Tiffany Victoria bracelet with diamonds, and a Tiffany Victoria mixed cluster bracelet with diamonds.
Stacking Bracelets TrendStacking bracelets not only gives you some serious arm candy, but it’s also a great way to show off your individual style. Whether you prefer mixing vintage with modern styles or prefer minimal and streamlined designs, here are stunning pieces inspired by Minaj’s stack from Diamonds by Raymond Lee:
All the Models
If Nicki Miniaj exuded pure wickedness, her antithesis would be Kendall Jenner, who radiated angelic sophistication in her all-white ensemble by Off-White. She kept her accessories to a bare minimum. She opted for platinum pieces by Tiffany & Co.’s Paper Flowers collection, including the open diamond flower ring and diamond earrings.
Equally, glowing with beauty was Hailey Baldwin, who paired her off-the-shoulder chiffon gown by Tommy Hilfiger Atelier with platinum jewelry from Tiffany & Co. They are cluster drop earrings with diamonds, Tiffany Enchant scroll band ring with diamonds, Tiffany Jazz three-row ring with diamonds. Baldwin wore Tiffany Cobblestone band ring with diamonds, and two Tiffany Victoria alternating rings with diamonds.
Bulgari JewelsWinnie Harlow, dressed in a white corset silk gown by Tommy Hilfiger Atelier, perfected her look with dazzling Bulgari jewels. These included a High Jewelry white gold and diamond bracelet; a High Jewelry white gold and diamond ring; two platinum and diamond rings. Harlow wore a High Jewelry ring with tanzanite and diamonds; a Diva’s Dream bracelet in white gold and diamond; two platinum and diamond Griffe rings; and a High Jewelry diamond necklace in white gold.
The Hadids LookSupermodel siblings Gigi and Bella Hadid looked equally striking on the red carpet. Gigi wore a custom Versace gown reminiscent of stained glass art, opted for Lorraine Schwartz’s champagne and pink diamond earrings. Bella, known for her edgier style, wore a Gareth Pugh creation of a patent leather bustier with exaggerated shoulders. Gigi sported a gold-edged chiffon veil, and fingerless gloves. Chrome Hearts was her pick for jewelry, which showcased 22-carat gold filigree crosses. Take notes from the Hadid sisters’ flawless styles with this striking piece from Diamonds by Raymond Lee:
The Big and Small ScreenThe Met Gala has been referred to as the East Coast’s version of the Oscars, and this year’s turnout definitely corroborated that. Stealing the show in custom Versace was Blake Lively, which featured a jeweled corset that took over 600 hours to make. It included a dramatic embroidered train that was so enormous. She arrived to the event in a party bus. She finished off her look with $2M worth of jewels by Lorraine Schwartz, including three gold bracelets; three diamond and ruby rings; 30-carat Colombian emerald and diamond dagger earrings in 18l gold, her own Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring, and a custom halo featuring 100 carats of champagne diamonds.
Intricate DetailOther gowns took hours of detailed and intricate embroidery include Uma Thurman’s white silk wool gown by Gabriela Hurst, with over 2500 sweet water pearls beaded on its train. In addition, she paired it with earrings and a white gold necklace with various crucifixes made from Colombian emeralds, Ceylon sapphires, diamonds, and pink sapphires from Madagascar. Another noteworthy dress is by Altuzarra, who designed a gown for Salma Hayek made entirely from sequin paillettes. Glenn Shapiro’s Cascade Set complemented her look, which comprised of an earring and bangle set in blue titanium and diamonds. The bangle weighed a total of 66.27 carats.
Saunt Laurent ChicBig Littles Lies actress Zoe Kravitz was the epitome of chic in her black lace Saint Laurent mini dress. She paired it with standout pieces from Jacob & Co.: drop earrings featuring 100 carats of pear shaped Morganite. Kravitz wore a 7-carat vivid pink emerald cut diamond ring set with pink and white diamonds. Newcomer Katherine Langford, from the hit series Thirteen Reasons Why, made her Met Gala debut looking very regal. In addition, she boasted a red silk Prada gown and a cape embroidered with colored crystal motifs. Langford wore an eclectic mix of jewelry was a well-curated selection of antique Etruscan Revival bracelets. She had on a Victorian garnet bracelet, a yellow gold and diamond bombe ring from the ’70s, a blue enamel ring and a yellow gold and blue enamel diamond bangle. Langford may be new to the scene, but she definitely made a fashionable impression during her first Met Gala. Like Minaj, she proved that the bracelet stacking trend is here to stay. Channel your inner Langford with this gorgeous piece from Diamonds by Raymond Lee:
While most of the attention centered on the haute couture gowns, the dapper figures seen on the red carpet deserve their own mentions. Big Little Lies actor Alexander Skarsgard looked sharp in a black and white Brioni tux and David Yurman cufflinks. What caught everyone’s eye was a green and silver pin designed by Cartier in 1927. The pin is embellished with diamonds, cabochon-cut emeralds, and black onyx.Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman made his Met Gala debut in a crucifix-adorned cape and suit by Versace. Notably, he paired it with Bulgari B.zero1 yellow gold rings. His fellow co-star Michael B. Jordan wore an Off-White navy pinstripe suit and a David Yurman diamond cross pin.