The annual event’s Catholic theme brought out a lot of metallic looks
As you're likely aware, a pretty fancy party took place in NYC last night. The 2018 Met Gala was themed around the historical aesthetic of the Catholic church and the ways its iconography has seeped into secular culture, and yes, Madonna was there, why do you ask?
Madonna didn't carry a bag, though, which means she's beside the point for us. Instead, we zoomed in super-close on as many event images as we could find, spotting as many bags as possible. If you're familiar with the Vatican, it may not surprise you that many of them were gold, in whole or in part. Check out our findings below and help us fill in some of the blanks.
Alexa recently launched her own clothing line—aptly named ALEXACHUNG—and both her dress and the embellished bag she carried are bespoke pieces from it.
We couldn't find a designer claiming credit for this bag, but it looks a lot like a Judith Leiber classic that was embellished to be super-appropriate for the occasion. UPDATE: Bee carried a custom Hunting Season clutch.
On the other hand, we know exactly who made Claire Danes's bag: it's a Marni Monile Triangle Frame Bag. Marni also made her dress. Shop the Marni Monile Bag via Moda Operandi ($4,750)
Louis Vuitton dressed a whole contingent of actresses for the gala, and first up is Emma Stone with a Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag. Shop the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag via Louis Vuitton ($5,500)
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel's dress is by Altuzarra, so her bag may be too, but we don't know for sure.
By far, the most popular bag last night was the anonymous gold clutch, which probably found favor because of the Catholic church's gilded aesthetic history. We wish that the makers of these clutches, like the one seen here on Gisele Bundchen, had sent us dressing releases.
Thankfully, some bags were distinctive enough to spot without hearing from PR, like this Hunting Season Compact Clutch. Shop the Hunting Season Compact Clutch via Moda Operandi ($895)
Jennifer Connelly carried a new version of the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag, but personally I'm more interested in how her hair is always so impossibly shiny. Shop the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag via Louis Vuitton ($7,650)
Jennifer Lopez is the kind of woman who attends enough super-glam events that she has her go-to accouterments down pat, and the Jimmy Choo Cosma clutch is among her faves. Shop Jimmy Choo Bags via Net-a-Porter
Keri Russell's gown is Chanel, but her clutch doesn't appear to be. Who's responsible for it, we don't know.
The original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, pulled off a feat of coordination: having her Judith Leiber clutch exactly match her Zac Posen gown. Shop Judith Leiber Bags via Neiman Marcus
Mary J. Blige
Gather 'round, kids: another gold clutch, provinence unknown. Mary J. Blige's dress is Versace.
Louis Vuitton muse Michelle Williams brought one of the biggest bags of the evening, a Louis Vuitton Petite Boite Chapeau Bag. Shop the Louis Vuitton Petite Boite Chapeau Bag via Louis Vuitton ($4,250)
The Kotur Breen Clutch is no longer made, as far as I can tell, but it's been a longtime favorite in stylists' arsenals, so it's no surprise that it still pops up on the red carpet.
As you can see, Sarah Paulson was also on the anonymous gold clutch bandwagon. Her dress is also Prada, but I don't believe her bag is—the brand uses a different kind of closure on its similarly shaped evening bags.
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