One way to be called “the cat’s meow” is to show up as a literal cat at the Met Gala. That’s exactly what Doja Cat, Jared Leto, and Lil Nas X did on Monday night (May 1). The stars’ looks may have had viewers wondering why they showed up as felines, but it was actually a tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld, whom the event’s theme was modeled after.
When the designer died at the age of 85 in 2019 due to pancreatic cancer, he left much of his estate to his beloved white Burmese cat, Choupette. The cat even has its own social media accounts and has become a social media sensation. Though the cat didn’t make a guest appearance at the 2023 Met Gala, there were plenty of shoutouts to her on the red carpet.
Jared Leto came out in a full 6-foot-tall fursuit with hyperrealistic blue eyes, terrifying Lizzo on the red carpet. No one knew it was him until he tore off the head. Then, Doja Cat arrived in an Oscar de la Renta dress with diamond hooded cat ears and cat face prosthetics, giving a whole new meaning to her name. She even replied only in “meows” when interviewed by Emma Chamberlain. Finally, Lil Nas X went avante-garde in a full-body crystallized cat look created by legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath. His bejeweled mask and long, razor-sharp claws added to his fiercely feline look. He also replied in “meows” when asked about his Met Gala look.
2023 Met Gala Red Carpet Disasters and Triumphs
Fashion’s hottest night of the year is back. The 2023 Met Gala took place Monday night (May 1). This year’s event pays tribute to the late designer Karl Lagerfeld, who was the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel. The exclusive event is intended to honor the iconic fashion designer, who passed away in 2019 from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Lagerfeld helmed some of the most recognizable fashion houses in the world (Chloé and Fendi) in his 65 years in fashion. Attendees are required to honor Karl’s fashion influence, which is wide open to interpretation, given his long and varied career that spans various luxury brands and eras of fashion (from the 1950s to his last collection in 2019).
The lineup includes longtime Chanel collaborator Penélope Cruz, actress and writer Michaela Coel, singer Dua Lipa and tennis legend Roger Federer. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who had a close friendship with the designer, was there as always.
“Karl was so much more than our greatest and most prolific designer,” Anna said in a statement after Karl’s passing. “His creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was an exceptional gift. Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind. I will miss him so very much.”
See below which stars honored Karl’s legacy and the ones who have him rolling in his grave from their bad fashion choices.
The tennis legend's wife added one feather too many to this baby pink ensemble and looks like a plucked chicken.
The internet personality's sequined undershirt and white calf socks turn this powder blue look to be a cheesy one.
The model's silver hair looks completely fried, her top looks like a tablecloth, and we don't understand the reason for the thigh-high leg sleeves...
Known for doing something unnecessarily dramatic at each Met Gala, the actor wore a giant catsuit. Just goofy.
It's a sad day when Emily Blunt is not one of our best dressed. This Marc Jacobs look is busy, boring, and does nothing for her figure.
Though the citrine color is lovely on her complexion, the utility-style fur-trimmed jacket is so busy and doesn't match the elegance of her fishtail skirt.
The designers looked chaotic despite wearing only black and white.
Unfortunately for the actor, we can easily mistake him for being someone's butler at the fashion event.
The actor also looked like the help, but fabulous with chain detailing.
The 'Wednesday' star's outfit is just too busy. Her hair being down does not help trying to figure out what is going on: from her oxford heels, to her shin socks, layered tweed gown and collared bow.
The actress went for a sweet style, but it is so boring and the black bow at her knee doesn't make it look any better.
Kendall's collared, sequined bodysuit proves that being a model doesn't guarantee good fashion choices. She looked like she was attending a superhero film's red carpet.
The rapper looks like he got dressed in the dark and accidentally grabbed RihRih's skirt. Not sure what he was thinking here, but sometimes more is just too much.
In all-white as per usual, the eccentric singer-songwriter accessorized with a bright pair of sneakers and a bike!
Serena's top half of her gown is too structured and boxy that it doesn't flatter her figure.
James' blue blazer makes it look like he's attending a gender reveal party. His wife Julia does look stunning though.
Though the actress' hair and face are gorgeous, we don't like the bow on her very rigid silver gown.
Though her camera prop is cute, the rapper played it safe with a white gown with nude stripings.
Olivia wore this remake of an 80s Chanel dress and this Cleopatra look and arm bands make everything look too costume-y.
Never would we have ever thought Idris would make out worst dressed list, yet here we are, and his wife is there to join him. We don't like the shape of his long blazer, and his wife joins him with her puffed skirt.
Kim's outfit feels incomplete with what looks to be shapewear covered by pearls.
The all-white suit and rose train was quite boring coming from the rapper, who we usually anticipate bright and bold looks.
Though we love the actress' purse, her gown is looking a little too much like the Tin Man from 'The Wizard of Oz.'
The bows on her gown and the shoes the actress wore were very boring and not memorable. We wish she took a bigger risk with her look tonight.
Though the gown is so gorgeous and dainty, Quinta's small stature gets swallowed with the long gown and train.
Though we appreciate a fresh face, Margot's red carpet look was lackluster. We were expecting more pizzazz from the 'Barbie' star, and this black gown with a clear corset was pretty boring.
Though she looks stunning, the actress' white gown and veil is too much like a wedding dress.
Unrecognizable as a blonde, the actress shed away her unique look for something much more boring.
The singer elevated his simple suit with pops of white and jewels in his shoes and undershirt. Also, that giant rock on his pinky sticks out even more with his leather gloves.
The singer didn't take any risks this time around, but we love the pearl-adorned gown she wore to the event.
Wearing Chanel couture from 2010, Naomi stuns in this soft pink asymmetrical dress with that pop of sequins.
The actress well all out for this masculine look, with this structured suit, square purse, and buzzed cut.
The rapper's blue and black rose suit set him apart from the rest of the attendees.
We are loving Trevor's new hairstyle and his velvet blazer with bedazzled black polka-dot detailing.
We were surprised to the see the iconic producer at the fashion event, and we love how chic he looked with this black and blue patterned shirt and tie!
The actor looked so edgy with the patent leather gloves and glimmering accessories.
The singer rocked a sleeveless grey suit with a white scarf, showing off his sexy tattooed arms.
The Clippers' point guard rocked a white tweed jacket with a pearl necklace and funky-patterned pants.
Surprisingly, the comedian's Met Gala look is really cool! We love how he paired his long jacket with a bucket hat and added a pop of color with hie tie-dye shirt.
The actress kept things light: from her hair color, to her dusty teal train. She looks elegant and can still keep up with the train trends, showing that style does not age.
We love the incorporation of the flower bouquet with her lace gown and matching flower hairpiece.
We'll call this look "sleepy chic" with white satin pants and a silk grey overcoat with black and pearl trimmings.
The actress went full flapper mode with this draped gold and nude dress.
The rapper kept things funky with his alternating patterns on his suit and pants.
The singer's intricate, beaded corset is both edgy and glam. We love how the straps drape onto her arms.
The supermodel wore a blunt bang with her nude and black gown. The criss-crossing on her torso looks stunning on her.
The actor looked snazzy channeling his inner Lagerfeld with the iconic fingerless gloves and a really cool brooch on his tie.
This black dress incorporates many different fabrics and we love how she matched her choker to the floral applique on her shoulder.
The actress perfectly layered black and white in this structured gown with billowing sleeves.
The actress looked adorable in this glittering pink gown, black rose detailing at the bust.
As her first red carpet event as a single woman, the supermodel looked stunning in this vertical-striped gown and feathered cape, reminiscent of her Victoria's Secret days.
We love the gradient sequin collared gown the actress paired with a chic, black and white makeup look.
The singer brought ALL the drama with these platform, glittering black and silver booties and matching color scheme of her gown.
Giving us a much-needed break from white and black outfits, the actor paired a muted teal frilled top with a satin brown overcoat.
With the exception of her embroidered breasts, the actress' simple look accentuates her figure beautifully.
The gorgeous actress knows how to pull off sexy and elegant, being a fashion icon at any event she attends. The lace and tulle mermaid skirt is enchanting in contrast to her sleek hairstyle and blazer.
Daddy took a fashion risk and it paid off, as he showed his legs off with black shorts, he paired the top half of his body with a bold red coat.
Kylie's asymmetrical cutout red gown was fun to see on the red carpet, giving us more pops of color with peekaboo blue underneath her jacket.
The new mom looked glamorous and voluptuous in this tweed strapless gown. She picked the blue out of her dress and wore a matching train.
The couple was one of the best-dressed and looked so in love at the red carpet. Suki wore this ethereal floral gown, while Robert wore a subtle navy suit.
The 'Game of Thrones' alum looked like a goddess in this soft peach tiered mesh gown.
Keith Urban, who?! Nicole Kidman absolutely took all the shine from her husband in this gorgeous, feathered nude gown.
The singer looked like Poseidon scorned in this jewel-encrusted look. His commitment to his Met Gala looks always blow us away, though it's not for the light-hearted.
The actress was all smiles, rocking a very fashionable structured look, dripping in jewels in this three-piece suit/skirt set.
The actor brought out all the extravagance with this multi-layered look of fabrics and pearls.
We love how the producer layered a motorcycle jacket with this puffy floor-length rose cape.
We love all the texture coming out of the actress' cape and dress, keeping the rest of her all-white look simple with white tights and a kitten heel.
The singer looked like Chanel royalty in this tweed ballgown -- with pockets!
Only Rihanna can make this incubated rose egg look high fashion. You can do no wrong, queen!
The fashionable couple matched in red and black tailored leather outfits. They never fail to wow us on the red carpet and this 'Matrix'-inspired look is one for the books.
Doja went full-on cat, with prosthetic makeup turning her into a femme feline. Complete with cat-ear hooded head that blends down into a feathery train.
In a sea of black and white, Salma commands your attention in this fire engine red gown that incorporates leather, lace, pearls, and tulle beautifully.
Now THIS is how you do menswear. The actress paired baggy dress pants, a cropped white blazer, and perfect bed-head.
Kate's ethereal look was complete with this champagne-colored satin gown and billowing, light pink arm sleeves.
The actress looked so edgy in this mermaid seashell and sea-star-encrusted gown!
The singer evoked a classic look with a dramatic collar and contrasting white opera gloves.
The actress took her fashion to the next level once again. From the bust shape, to the black bow, to the sky-high feather headpiece, and a shaved head, Florence constantly pushes her fashion to the limits.
Julia looked like the Hollywood superstar she is in this elegant collared satin gown. The black cape provides a nice contrast, and when she opens it up, reveals sparkling pink.
The singer won us over just with her extravagant tulled robe. Her matching white lace gown is stunning on her figure.
Mindy's style has evolved throughout the years and we love how elegant she looks, with this strapless, layered gown.
The actress' choice of accessories take her simple strapless gown from elegant to stunning.
We love how J-Lo's skirt has a thick black band, giving the illusion that it starts lower than it actually does. She added drama with her hat and veil combo.
Wearing her tribute on her sleeve -- or her train, the actress wore a classically elegant black and white gown.
Cardi looks like Chanel Barbie with this black and white rose ballgown and silver 50s style hair.
The model looked stunning in this black and pink dress, which is so pleasing to the eye.
OKC Thunder's point guard was hands-down the best dressed man at the Met Gala, and this comes as no surprise as he always wows us with his fashionable fits.
In her sexiest red carpet look to date, the singer rocked this black vintage-style tulle gown.
The actress looked like a diva superstar with this bright fuchsia gown.
Looking like she had the most fun with her outfit out of all of the guests, the singer played with her caged skirt to show off her edgy look.
Offering a mix of grunge and elegance, the model's Met Gala look is our favorite of hers, with her zippered corset being the main attraction.
The actress looked like a siren of the sea in this ethereal white and black-splattered gown.
We love how the singer's stringing gown gives the illusion of trippy movement!
The singer looks white-hot as a fashionable cousin It. We love the layering and the fringed gown with matching fringe headpiece.
The singer looked like fashion royalty at the Met Gala, with this stunning pearl overlay and headpiece.
The actress made a triumphant return to the Met Gala after a five-year absence. She stunned in this strapless, white tweed Versace gown with pearls and cutouts secured with gilded pins.
The model looked like a literal golden lampshade in this beautifully constructed gown. She added an air of mystery with the brown eye mask.