Rihanna always has us wondering: “Will she come to the Met Gala, or won’t she?” Given the music, fashion, and beauty mogul has a habit of being the last to walk the red carpet (often a while after everyone else has vacated the steps) her die-hard followers were keeping a close eye on the entrance of The Carlyle Hotel as the official livestream drew to a close earlier this evening.
Lo and behold, at 10 p.m., Rihanna and A$AP Rocky were spotted leaving the hotel in looks that paid tribute to the night’s honoree, Karl Lagerfeld—whose decades-spanning work is being honored in the Costume Institute exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”—with a very Rihanna twist.
Wearing an archival fur coat from Fendi’s fall 1997 collection—designed by Lagerfeld and originally worn on the runway by Naomi Campbell—Rihanna first embodied pure vintage glamour. She accessorized with layers of diamond necklaces and a pair of camellia earrings, the flower beloved by Coco Chanel that became synonymous with the French fashion house Lagerfeld helmed for more than three decades. (A classic beauty look—by Rihanna’s standards, anyway—consisted of a dusting of white eyeshadow and a bold red lip.)
A$AP Rocky, meanwhile, took cues from an outfit worn by the maestro himself. The musician wore a black blazer and white button-down with a black leather tie, along with a kilt, all designed by Gucci for the event.