Case in point? Ortega’s goth-inflected look for tonight’s Met Gala. The high-fashion design not only nodded to Wednesday’s style codes with its schoolgirl bow detail at the neck, but also paid homage to a number of the design signatures of Karl Lagerfeld—whose work is being honored in this year’s exhibition, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”—with its black and white palette and preponderance of gold chains and pearls.
Ortega’s high-fashion Victoriana look was designed by Thom Browne, who also folded in a few of his own favorite design tropes. Namely, the waist-cinching lace-up corset that fitted the actor like a glove, as well as the preppy details of knee-high sheer black socks, black-and-white patent heeled brogues, and the dramatic silhouette of the skirt, which erupted into ruffles that swept behind her along the cream-colored carpet.