The who’s who of fashion has hit the Met Gala in their interpretation of Gilded Glamour. Here Vogue Scandinavia editors cast their votes on who best understood the assignment
For the Met Gala 2022, attendees found six important words on their invitations: Dress code: Gilded Glamour, white tie. This was a call to action for the gala goers to embody the grandeur of Gilded Age New York, a period coined by Mark Twain, between 1870 to 1890 that saw unprecedented prosperity, cultural change, and industrialisation in America.
Designers, predictably, interpreted the trend in unpredictable ways making the red carpet a lively display of ruffles, opulence, and OTT looks. Billie Eilish nailed the era in Gucci, Kaia Gerber brought our midsummer dreams to life, while Kim Kardashian took Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress out for a spin.
Here, Vogue Scandinavia’s editors weigh in on their best-dressed look. Scroll below to see if you agree with the choices.
Allyson Shiffman, print editor
Sarah Jessica Parker in Christopher John Rogers.
"Carrie Bradshaw... I mean, Sarah Jessica Parker in Christopher John Rogers. Both historically relevant – the look pays homage to Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, the first black female fashion designer at the White House – and straight up iconic. Never not understanding the assignment."
Eliza Sörman Nilsson, digital editor
Simone Ashley in Moschino.
"I'm up to the season finale of Bridgerton so Miss Kate Sharma is currently on my mind. The look is equally as intoxicating as her character. The dramatic black satin opera coat and the gold embroidered bustier are equal parts regal and rebel. The true diamond of the season."
Josefin Forsberg, expert editor
Blake Lively in Versace.
"As the co-chair of this year's Met Gala, I foresaw great things from Blake Lively. However, she still managed to exceed expectations. Wearing an Atelier Versace gown inspired by neoclassical New York, the design transformed as she ascended the steps of the Met. As someone who adores both a good theme party and fashion history, I especially appreciated how The Gilded Age permeated every aspect of the dress. While the more literal takes, like the bustle (pre transformation) and opera gloves, were excellently done, it was the references to the Big Apple's classic architecture that really stuck with me. For example, the statuesque gown mimicked the Statue of Liberty – a landmark raised during the era – in its draped sash waist and seven-tiered crown (the statue of liberty sports seven rays). The colourway was also derived from the corroded sculpture, shifting from bronze to green— a feat in referential fashion and just what the Met Gala calls for. "
Esteban G Villanueva, beauty editor
Kaia Gerber in Alexander McQueen.
"Ethereal, mystical, and magical. The combination of the flowy, glistening, golden Alexander McQueen dress, the pearl hair clips, and the over-the-top, longer-than-life, curled-out middle part is giving me life. In my mind, this is what the Nordic goddesses would look like celebrating midsummer in the forest. Simply perfect."
Mona M. Ali, diversity and inclusion editor
Paloma Elsesser in Coach.
“Paloma’s one-tone look couldn’t have complimented her skin any better. From the perfect brown bob to her beige and brown tone makeup to her pearly rose gown. She really mastered this colour. My favourite was the sheer details holding up her corset, allowing the pearl choker to have its moment to shine.”
Amelie Langenskiöld, fashion assistant
Lily Aldridge in Khaite.
"If I ever were to attend the Met Gala, I'd wear something sparkling. Despite the theme, I would find a way to add a few Swarovski crystals or sequins to my look - but in a subtle way, just like Lily Aldridge did with this gorgeous custom Khaite look. The balance between the long veil and low cut neckline revealing the chest is perfection. And as always, a gala look is simply not fulfilled without diamonds. Looking closer, you can glance the stunning Bvlgari necklace sparkling around Lily's neck."
Rebecka Thorén, assistant to the editor-in-chief
Hailey Bieber in Saint Laurent.
"This feather dream by Saint Laurent immediately caught my eye on the red carpet. Together with the minimalistic hair and makeup that Hailey Bieber went for, the dress created a look I definitely would have wanted to wear if attending the gala (or any fancy occasion)."
Doris Daga, music expert
Billie Eilish in Gucci.
"Billie Eilish killed it. She is the theme and her look is sustainable."
Linnea Pesonen, freelance writer
"My favourite look was Lily James, wearing Versace. She was giving the opulence and glamour of the Gilded Age, but with a modern twist."
Benjamin Tarp, picture editor
"I loved this artfully oversized suit in pearly white, with its long button-up shirt. The soft yet sharp details on the jacket were perfectly fitted, along with the pleated trousers. It felt like 'Gilded glamour' in its most simple form. Annie, as always, is iconic."
Jennifer Nilsson, social media editor
Laura Harrier in H&M.
"Laura Harrier’s look feels so simple, yet elegant: the shape of the dress, the fabric, the pearl necklace - and of course, the opera gloves. Also, Swedish fashion giant H&M was behind Harrier’s dress, which makes all the more sense as to why this look was my favourite - we love to see Scandi represented."