Aussies flying the fashion flag at the 2023 Met Gala
Fashion fanatics (like us) were glued to social media all morning as we checked out the most famous and fabulous "red carpet" event on the calendar... the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit (aka the Met Gala).
The annual fundraising event is wildly successful at not only raising $$$ (tickets this year apparently went for around AU$45,000–$75,000), but also attracting the biggest celebs on the planet. On top of that, they wear the most OTT creations that would never see the light of day on other red carpets. No wonder we all go so crazy for it.
All hail Queen RiRi. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images on edition.cnn.com
We're ignoring the fact that some of our fave previous attendees, including Zendaya, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Ariana Grande, Billy Porter, Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet and Lady Gaga were nowhere to be seen this year. *sob* (You might have thought you saw Zendaya, but the shot that went viral was actually a Photoshopped number featuring Rita Ora's body.)
We're also politely side-stepping all the controversy relating to the fact that the dress code this year was "in honour of Karl". ("Karl" being, of course, the late fashion director, Karl Lagerfeld, best known for his decades-long role as creative director of Chanel. And for being openly fat-phobic, calling people “ugly,” repeatedly criticising the MeToo movement and sexual assault survivors, and speaking out against migrants and LGBTQ rights, even though he himself was gay). Yep, we're not mentioning that at all.
Instead, we thought it only right to focus on some of the Aussie fashionistas at this year’s event. There's no controversy here: they all looked incredible.
First up, Nicole Kidman, who donned the actual Lagerfeld-designed dress she wore in an ad for Chanel No5 perfume almost 20 years ago. Props to hubby Keith Urban for keeping things classic and low-key in a tailcoat tuxedo so his wife could shine.
Here's the ad:
Nicole's Chanel No5 ad was directed by none other than Baz Luhrmann, who was also at this year's Met Gala, decked out in Thom Browne. His wife, the Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin wore a Lagerfeld-inspired number by Australian label, Romance Was Born.
Margot Robbie wore a black silk chiffon gown inspired by Chanel’s 1993 spring-summer collection, as worn by Cindy Crawford in 1993. Take a moment to enjoy Ms Robbie in black, because with the movie Barbie being released in July, we're going to be seeing her in pink. A lot.
We're obsessed with 23-year-old South Sudanese-Australian model, Adut Akech, who rocked a gorgeous black-and-white number by Carolina Herrera creative director, Wes Gordon.
Supermodel and beauty mogul Miranda Kerr went for an ethereal look in this custom Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri gown. How is this woman 40?
Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo looked dapper in Thom Browne. (Insert joke about "fast fashion" here.)
And finally, Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee (Elvis, The Power of the Dog) went for a bespoke Prada ensemble featuring lean trousers and an oversized black Panama mohair coat with suuuuper-exaggerated lapels. And blue fuzz detailing. Because, you know, fashion.
Until next year's Met Gala...
Love the #AF team,
See you on the runway!