Shailene Woodley in silver Ralph Lauren at the Met Gala: knight cosplay or cute?

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As Kaiser mentioned earlier, the theme of last night’s Met Gala was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” This was the best Met Gala that I can remember as so many women brought the drama. It’s hard to know where to start as everyone seemed to be topping one another. The beauty of this theme is that Catholicism has so much pomp and pageantry which can be interpreted so many ways. There are colors specific to Catholicism, there are of course saints galore and they had the Crusades! Shailene Woodley’s short silver Ralph Lauren was referencing Joan of Arc. She looks like she asked her grandma to quilt her an outfit for the Renaissance Faire. There’s something kind of cool and coplay-like about it, and while the dress is a bit too puffy she’s dealing with it and it looks authentic to the costume. Plus I like how committed she is with her styling. It’s thought that her awful bangs are some kind of makeover for her Big Little Lies character, Jane. I think they’re real as we’ve seen her with them for a few months now.

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Kerry Washington was also in Ralph Lauren, in a long sleeve full length gown that looked like it was made of liquid gold. She twirled and floated along the carpet. I was raised Catholic and there are so many gold chalices, thrones and adornments. It’s easy to forget how much wealth and garishness the Catholic Church has now that Pope Francis is in power, but remember Pope Benedict XVI and his red shoes? (Apparently they weren’t Prada, but still.) He was the epitome of Catholic showiness.

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Everyone on E! was buzzing about how Priyanka Chopra was going to the royal wedding and I have to admit I’m so jealous of that. She’s of course going because she’s besties with Meghan Markle. Priyanka was in this deep crimson strapless Ralph Lauren velvet column gown with a train that was understated compared to some of the huge gowns last night. The star was her incredible gold jeweled headpiece and collar. There were so many veil-like cowls.

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Lily Aldridge was amazing in this marigold Ralph Lauren with a deep v-neck, cap sleeves and impossibly long train. I love how this is just a fancy shirt dress which is even cinched with a braided skinny belt. That’s so Ralph Lauren. On E! they kept calling this color “Vatican yellow,” and it’s the yellow which is the color in the Vatican flag.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley killed it in a beige Ralph Lauren gown with silver beads, a flowing sheer cape and a simple round halo headpiece. Look at her face she’s perfection.

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  1. Léna says:

    Seems like models actually wore something in the theme for once? I like it, and for once I like the yellow

  2. edith says:

    a lot of people went with a knight theme and it reminds me of joan of arc, which I think could have been shailenes inspiration as well…. I like it but there were women who did it better, it seems too big on her body

  3. A says:

    The standouts here are definitely Priyanka Chopra and Rosie Huntingdon Whitely. I did feel that the whole halo thing was over done by the time Rosie got on the carpet but Priyanka looked AMAZING. I love that she really brought it this year. Good for her.

    • HeyThere! says:

      These two looked amazing, I agree! I thought the beaded headpiece was epic and the halo ring was sweet and a beautiful touch.

  4. Hoping says:

    Chopra, for me, is the absolute winner of this Met. Special mention for Frances McDormand.

    • Pandakeeper says:

      Me too. In that pic with all the people she easily pulled attention. I do like Woodley’s take on Joan of Arc, but Zendaya did it better.

  5. C. Remm says:

    I think Shailene Woodley dress was a reference to Jeanne d’Arc.

  6. C. Remm says:

    When I saw Priyanka Chopra last night I thought what if Meghan would wear a head and shoulder piece like that for heir wedding?

  7. Jess... says:

    Rosie looks amazing. One of my favorites of the night

  8. Adrien says:

    If Vanelope Von Schweets was martyred then we get Shailene’s look. I like that she didn’t go for safe though.

  9. minx says:

    Love all of these looks, actually.

  10. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    Nice to see that Shailene Woodley is as much of a Galaxy Quest fan as I am.

    • Mia4s says:

      OMG! I see it!

      I get what she was going for but unfortunately at least two women did it better.

    • Pandakeeper says:

      I really like Woodley’s make up too! She rarely does dramatic eyes and she pulls this off beautifully. She’s very pretty without much make-up too. Those are the type of characters she seems to play; not glamourous types.

  11. Lucy2 says:

    Priyanka looks gorgeous! What of my favorites for sure.
    Shailene’s is different, I strangely kind of like it.
    I also kind of love Kerry’s look, I love her but usually hate her fashion choices, this is one I can get on board with.

  12. MousieBrown says:

    Rosie’s is gorgeous and she conveys the “angel” theme without the cartoonish Katy Perry version.

    I thought Shailene was Kelly Osborne in the face closeup picture.

  13. Anguishedcorn says:

    The close in photo of Shailene made me think she was a villain from an Austin Powers movie. Only when I saw the whole look did I get the armor reference.

  14. SM says:

    Ugh. I thought we should associate Joan of Arc with heroism not depressed teenage goth.

  15. Bridget says:

    Law Roach has said that when he dresses Zendaya, it doesn’t matter if she wears something that another woman has worn already, because everything looks amazing on her – and he’s so right. That stinks for Shailene, being the ‘other’ Joan of Arc.

  16. Spikey says:

    Kerry was my personal favourite, hands down. She looks *so* magnificent in this dress!

    • Lightpurple says:

      She was the best of all the solid gold dresses

    • Carmen says:

      Kerry usually looks an absolute fright on the red carpet but that dress was perfection and she was wearing the hell out of it. I think it would have been even more effective if she had worn her hair in an updo with long dangly earrings.

      Priyanka OMG — gimme gimme gimme! I loved the whole look, head to toe.

  17. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    Kerry looked beautiful – I love that she didn’t go literal but was still on theme. Priyanka looked AMAZING. That dress is stunning. Shailene went for the Joan of Arc theme like Zendaya did but Zendaya’s was executed a thousand times better and with more style.

  18. Lala says:

    OMG…KERRY’S HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Goals…GOALS!!! And her dress looked like it was poured on her! She was a #1 STUNNA!!! Rosie and Priyanka were absolutely LOVELY and so on theme! In fact…I loved EVERY outfit in this entry!

  19. what's inside says:

    Rosie looked like an angel (Katy Perry eat your heart out), Prindaya looked wonderful, but Zendaya for the win.

  20. Pandy says:

    Love the Joan of Arc reference! LOVED Kerry’s hair but not feeling the dress. Rosie looked drab to me.

  21. No Doubtful says:

    Kerry is so beautiful!

  22. AuroraBorealis says:

    Priyanka and Rosie lookes absolutely divine and en pointe!! Gorgeous and amazing!!

  23. Ellie71 says:

    Thought Shailene Woodley looked like Sean Young’s character Rachel from the original Blade Runner.

  24. Amaria says:

    Holy cr*p. I thought it was Rachel Dolezal at first.