Last night’s Met Gala provided no shortage of drama or divine inspiration, but on what has become the most daring red carpet of the year, why didn’t anyone push the beauty envelope just a little further? Were they afraid of being relegated to fashion purgatory (i.e., a standing ticket at next season’s wave of runway shows)? Sure, Lynda Carter snuck in a bedazzled Star of David barrette and a Hebrew tiara, but is that the best we can do in a city that boasts the largest population of Jews outside of Israel? Hell, even Sarah Jessica Parker—a nice Jewish girl escorted by none other than Andy Cohen—sported a Neapolitan nativity altar made to scale by Dolce & Gabbana. Was it gorgeous and on theme? Absolutely. But as evidenced by SJP’s live interview with Vogue, Anna Wintour might just have more power than Pope Francis (or Rihanna, who acted as his ravishing replacement for the evening): When the editrix calls, you come—and you dress, as the invitation stated, in your “Sunday Best” so long as it’s considered PC. Here, six blasphemous runway looks we wish celebs borrowed from the runway:
1. Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 1993
Just as it did in the ’90s, this collection would undoubtedly ruffle a few feathers on the red carpet, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a pair of payot interspersed amongst all the Virgin Mary-esque waves.
2. Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2007 Couture
If a Chanukah bush had an angel on top, I’d want it to look just like Jessica Stam in 2007. While I spotted a few twinkling tears that the museum last night, none quite compared to JPG’s catwalk.
3. Meadham Kirchoff Fall 2014
There were plenty of angelic A-listers in white (hello Kate Bosworth), but there wasn’t a single celeb who went full-on First Communion…which seems like a missed opportunity.
4. Gareth Pugh Fall 2015
The red carpet runneth over with red lipstick, but this iconic look by makeup artist Alex Box didn’t appear to cross anyone’s mind.
5. Guo Pei Spring 2017 Couture
If there was ever a time for Lady Gaga to be resurrected from a couture egg, last night was it.
6. Dilara Findikoglu Spring 2018
The devil doesn’t wear Prada…she obviously wears Dilara Findikoglu.