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Met Gala 2023 - live: Karl Lagerfeld theme blamed for ‘boring’ best dressed list as cockroach steals show

Rihanna arrived fashionably late, preceded by a cockroach that nearly stole the show

Met Gala: Stars walk the red carpet

The 2023 Met Gala has come to a close.

This year’s theme was “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”, which aimed to “examine the life” of the late designer’s fashion legacy.

But while many celebrities showed off their best Lagerfeld-inspired looks, viewers have branded fashion’s biggest night as “boring” due to the black-and-white ensembles that ruled the evening.

However, an unexpected guest went viral for its red carpet appearance. A cockroach was spotted on the red carpet and photographed before being “stepped on”, leading to viewers mourning its death.

The decision to feature the German designer so prominently has also attracted criticism given his history of controversial remarks.

Models protested ahead of the event, with Jameela Jamil among those who condemned the choice. Concerns were also raised about his past fatphobic and body-shaming comments.

In line with the theme, guests were informed that the “most authentic approach” for the Met Gala 2023 dress code would be “to wear an archival look from one of the labels Lagerfeld led”.

Kim Kardashian, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Campbell, and Jennifer Lopez all walked the red carpet in line with the theme, while some stars took more creative liberties in their Met Gala looks. Doja Cat and Jared Leto, for example, arrived dressed as Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, Choupette.

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The best dressed stars from the 2022 Met Gala

Celebrities attended the annual fashion event in their most iconic looks for the theme: ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’

Here’s a look at some of the best looks:

The best dressed stars from the 2022 Met Gala

Celebrities attended the annual fashion event in their most iconic looks for the theme: ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 01:01
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Who’s attending the Met Gala this year?

Fans might be disappointed to learn that Blake Lively won’t be attending the Met Gala this year, but there’ll still be ample opportunity for some A-list celebrity-spotting tonight.

Among the stars to have confirmed their attendance are Elle Fanning, Rita Ora and Ice Spice.

We’re also expecting to see Megan Thee Stallion, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Kristen Stewart, Priyanka Chopra, Kaia Gerber and many more.

Anna Wintour’s four co-chairs, Roger Federer, Dua Lipa, Michaela Coel and Penelope Cruz, will all be attending, of course.

The Great star Elle Fanning told Variety that she is “excited” about her look.

“I sort of sketch everything out so I did a little sketch — an homage to Karl Lagerfeld, of course,” she told the magazine. “I am truly going on theme. I have a good story behind the look that is special to me.”

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 02:00
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5 weird rules guests must follow at the Met Gala

Whenever the Met Gala is held, there are certain guidelines that guests will be expected to follow should they want to stay in Wintour’s good books.

From an age restriction to a ban on selfies, here are five of the unexpected rules put in place at the Met Gala.

5 unexpected rules guests must follow at the Met Gala

5 unexpected rules guests must follow at the Met Gala

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 03:00
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The fashion world prepares for tonight’s Met Gala 2023

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog of the 2023 Met Gala.

Legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is preparing to welcome some of the biggest names across fashion, TV, music, sport and film in what is widely regarded as fashion’s biggest night.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event:

Everything to know about this year’s Met Gala: When is it and what is the theme?

This year’s gala will be in honour of the late Karl Lagerfeld

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 10:38
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Karl Lagerfeld’s most controversial comments

The decision to have the 2023 Met Gala serve as an homage to late designer Karl Lagerfeld has proven controversial to many.

The widely celebrated German designer, who died in 2019 at the age of 85, was best known for his work as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, a position he held from 1983 until his death. Lagerfeld was also the creative director of Fendi and his eponymous Karl Lagerfeld label.

While his legacy and contributions to the fashion industry live on, the designer’s highly controversial opinions and beliefs have also resurfaced in light of the museum and Vogue’s upcoming tribute.

Here are some of his most infamous remarks:

A history of Karl Lagerfeld’s controversial comments

The 2023 Met Gala theme will centre around the Costume Institute’s exhibit: ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 10:57
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How to watch the Met Gala tonight

For those of you not lucky enough to receive an invitation to the main event, there are plenty of other ways you can feel involved.

Here’s how to watch the Met Gala from home:

When is the 2023 Met Gala and how can you watch it?

The fashion extravaganza will take place on the first Monday of May

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 11:01
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Are the Kardashians invited?

The Met Gala 2023 is almost here. As fashion lovers everywhere prepare for the star-studded event, there is one question that many people are asking about this year’s guest list: Are the Kardashians invited?

Members of the Kardashian-Jenner family have been a mainstay at the Met Gala for the last 10 years. Just last year, six members of the famous clan attended the red carpet event together. However, a report from Page Six in March claimed that the reality stars have not received an invitation to the 2023 Met Gala, whose theme this year is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”.

The reason why the Kardashians supposedly didn’t make the cut? Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who is in charge of the guest list, was allegedly “cracking down” on who can attend the exclusive event. However, another source close to the Kardashian family told the outlet that the rumours weren’t true.

Meredith Clark reports:

Are the Kardashians invited to the Met Gala?

Members of the Kardashian family have been attending the annual fashion event for nearly a decade

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It comes as no surprise that Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is one of the most prominent figures in fashion, considering she comes from a journalism background and has been working in fashion since she was 15 years old.

Yet she’s managed to maintain a huge aura of mystery when it comes to her personal life, and even how she operates in her role at Vogue.

Here are five surprising things you might not know about her:

5 surprising things you might not know about Anna Wintour

Fashion icon has carefully presided over the Met Gala for nearly 30 years

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 12:01
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The most controversial Met Gala themes of all time

Tonight’s Karl Lagerfeld tribute is controversial, sure, but this is far from the first time the Met Gala theme has caused a stir.

Here’s a look at some of the other memorable (not neccessarily in a good way) Met Gala themes:

The most controversial Met Gala themes of all time

Met Gala 2021: The most controversial themes

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 12:31
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5 weird rules guests must follow at the Met Gala

Whenever the Met Gala is held, there are certain guidelines that guests will be expected to follow should they want to stay in Anna Wintour’s good books.

From an age restriction to a ban on selfies, here are five of the unexpected rules put in place at the Met Gala.

5 unexpected rules guests must follow at the Met Gala

5 unexpected rules guests must follow at the Met Gala

Roisin O'Connor1 May 2023 13:00

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