For the previous 72 years, Vogue journal has drawn the who’s-who of New York – together with high actors, musicians, athletes, and these days, TikTookay royalty – to the stately steps of the Metropolitan Museum for the opening of an exhibit that raises thousands and thousands of {dollars} for the Met. With a bunch and visitor record rigorously chosen by Anna Wintour herself, the Met Gala is probably essentially the most anticipated style occasion of the yr. Taking place on the primary Monday in May – aside from the 71st gala final yr, which unfolded in September as a result of pandemic – is such an formidable effort that Wintour and the occasion committee usually begin planning the next yr’s occasion the day after one concludes.

This yr’s theme, “Gilded Glamour and White Tie,” was a continuation of 2021’s exploration of American model, in line with the Costume institute’s accompanying two-part exhibition “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”

Each spring, I sit up for seeing how designers interpret the theme with their very own creativity, identification, and twist. This yr was no exception. I all the time say the Met Gala is all about having an open thoughts and pondering outdoors the field, which can hopefully encourage the lots. With its mixture of excessive style and mainstream attraction, the Met Gala has change into a very distinctive pink carpet event.

I do suppose there’s a effective line between customized couture and an precise costume, which has been making headlines main as much as tonight’s gala. It’s change into a bit trendy in insider conversations to opine that the Met Gala could also be shedding its pink carpet style attraction, to the purpose the place Tom Ford, who has served as co-chair of the gala previously, declared: “It’s turned into a costume party.”

Lamenting the present state of Met Gala appears to be like, he went on to say: “It used to just be very chic people wearing beautiful clothing going to an exhibition about the 18th century. You didn’t have to look like the 18th century, you didn’t have to dress like a hamburger.”

All of the pre-show headlines in regards to the state of The Met Gala’s pink carpet undoubtedly put heightened anticipation of the appears to be like, and I’m certain stress on the designers, stylists and their muses who they’re dressing. Of course, dressing effectively is one of the best revenge and Wintour’s esteemed friends didn’t disappoint.

So whose appears to be like anointed them greatest dressed at this yr’s gala? Here are some I believe even Ford himself may approve of:

Met Gala 2022 greatest dressed

Blake Lively in Versace

Blake Lively, who’s a co-chair for the star-studded gala, wore a customized robe from Versace. The dynamic duo of Lively and Versace have by no means failed, and tonight was proof – and as Lively was the primary to reach, she kicked off the thrill for the evening. Lively’s princess-style Versace gown was adorned with a big bow, which was “unwrapped” by assistants to rework the gown from rose gold to aqua blue earlier than the press’s eyes.

Lively stated that her inspiration got here from New York City structure and the traditional buildings. About the prepare of her gown, Lively went on to say, “this is the constellation of Grand Central Station.” Her bodice, in the meantime, was a nod to the Empire State Building whereas the draping and crown recalled the Statue of Liberty – her crown’s had seven tiers, similar to the Statue of Liberty has seven rays.

Sydney Sweeney in Tory Burch

Euphoria star Sydney Sweeney wore a white customized Tory Burch strapless robe, and remodeled her look by eradicating the taffeta ball skirt to disclose a corseted mini skirt beneath. I used to be very excited to see this quantity on the pink carpet, particularly worn by a younger Hollywood luminary. Sweeney’s ensemble married traditional glamour with youth attraction. This look will certainly be a tear sheet for brides, particularly brides who’re adventurous sufficient to rock two appears to be like in a single.

Hailey Bieber in Saint Laurent

Hailey Bieber’s white halter-neck slip robe by Saint Laurent featured stylish ethereal feather particulars on a dramatic, magical scarf. She paired the cream look with a glossy high knot, black pantyhose, and strappy peep-toe stilettos. To my guess Bieber informed Vogue she was channelling her supermodel predecessor, the enduring Jerry Hall, and the period of extra is extra: disco and glamour-flowing clothes, and stellar gildings.

I believe Bieber’s look – traditional American night put on within the type of the halter-style gown paired with Gilded glamour within the type of the scarf – was good for the theme. Bieber’s model is one many ladies want to emulate – she’s one of many high inspiration references that my purchasers present me. I believe this look will even encourage the bridal market and hopefully the blacktie attendees – maybe minus the feathers on the scarf, however I do know we shall be seeing extra white satin halter clothes.

Kerry Washington in Tory Burch

Kerry Washington wore a customized Tory Burch black silk chiffon robe with sheer tulle corset and tulle draping on the shoulder – a sultry look, which isn’t typical for Tory Burch. Although many celebrities wore related sheer black robes, Washington’s was my favorite as a result of it embodied glamour with its corset and tulle drape and stored it from being confused with high-end intimate attire, in contrast to some others.

Engie Hassan is a royal and superstar stylist, costume designer and Vogue Alum. For pink carpets Engie has styled Priyanka Chopra, Jeremy Piven, Joshua Henry, Taryn Manning, Rizwan Manji (Schitt’s Creek), comedienne Maysoon Zayid, Antoinique Smith and lots of others.

Her Cannes styling for Indian actress and activist Fagun Thakar secured greatest dressed lists together with Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, The CUT and extra.

For private styling and different occasions she has labored with Orlando Bloom, Kanye West, Miranda Kerr, Lady Gaga, Andre Holland, Amir Arison and extra.

Hassan is a dressing up designer and wardrobe stylist for over a dozen movie and tv tasks together with three movies premiering this yr.