For fashion’s biggest night of the year, celebrities descended on the Met Gala red carpet last night in their glitziest attire. However, some celebrities opted to ignore the Karl Lagerfeld theme and pay tribute to the late designer’s beloved cat, Choupette.
The exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from which the Met Gala theme is chosen, this year honours the late French designer and Chanel creative director with the title “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” in memory of his passing in 2019.
The carpet thus served as a genuine career retrospective, spanning his time at the fashion company as well as his tenures at Fendi, Chloé, and his own eponymous brand.
However, famous faces from Jared Leto to Doja Cat channelled feline-inspired outfits at the star-studded New York event, in apparent tribute to the blue-cream tortie Birman cat owned by the late German designer.
Leto by far went with the most literal approach, arriving on the famous Met Museum steps in a full-on cat costume, similar to that of a sporting mascot, with a removable head.
The 51-year-old actor and musician entertained photographers and onlookers with several poses before announcing, muffled and through the giant head, “I’m Choupette!” to the crowd.
Doja Cat on the other hand, in true Doja Cat style, went for a more subtle, but no less impactful take on Choupette, by turning to prosthetics.
Wearing a backless embellished custom Oscar de la Renta gown, which featured a hood with incorporated cat ears, Doja Cat – Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini – leaned into the theme with a prosthetic feline-inspired nose. She completed the look with a cat-eye liner and extremely thin eyebrows.
Committing 110% to her role, Doja Cat later baffled a red carpet interviewer by speaking only by meowing when asked about her outfit.
Elsewhere, rapper and musician Lil Nas X went all in with a head-to-toe diamanté and pearl encrusted look, which were place atop the artist’s silver-painted body, instead of clothing.
It reportedly took famed makeup artist to the stars, Pat McGrath, nine hours and “thousands of crystals” to complete Lil Nas X’s transformation into a “modern version of a cat,” but the result was a show-stopping look like no other on the Met Gala red carpet.