Met Gala 2022 was the place to be for fashion inspiration. This year, fashion’s biggest names visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and brought all the Gilded Glamour to the red carpet.
The famous gala takes place every year on the first Monday of May. This year’s theme was “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.” The exhibit inspiring the theme explores the unsung designers that have defined American fashion.
Last year’s Met Gala “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” focused on American fashion more broadly. However, the 2022 Met Gala theme looked at the Gilded Age from 1870 to 1900.
This year, the gala’s co-chairs included Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Regina King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Fashion designer Tom Ford, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour served as honorary co-chairs as well.
Each celebrity and their team took a different look at the iconic Gilded Age for this year’s Met Gala. Some celebs like Alicia Keys went more literal, focusing on the city itself with her black and silver Ralph Lauren gown. Others chose a more classic look, like Hugh Jackman in classic Tom Ford eveningwear inspired by the period.
Many stars looked at the Gilded Age aesthetic, including Billie Eilish. The “No Time to Die” singer wore a custom Gucci gown with a figure-hugging corset and green lace sleeves. Billie Eilish wore a dress with all existing materials. Like many Camilla Cabello and many other celebrities, Billie Eilish highlighted sustainability with her 2022 Met Gala look.
Sustainability didn’t just stop at the clothes. Lab-grown diamonds had a night to shine as well. Comedian Pete Davidson stepped out wearing a lab-grown lapel pin. Lab-grown diamonds are an ethical and environmentally-conscious alternative to mined diamonds.
You don’t have to be a celeb to own some Met Gala-inspired jewels. Here are some of our favorite 2022 Met Gala looks and jewelry pieces inspired by their outfits.
Gen Z’s favorite YouTube star took to the red carpet in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton. The founder of Chamberlain Coffee wore a long-sleeve crop with puffy sleeves and a high neck. She completed the look with a white column skirt and a dazzling diamond tiara.
Get the Look: Diamond Drops
Get the look of Emma’s diamond-studded ears with the Oval Halo Leverback Earrings. These diamond drops have two lab-grown diamonds surrounded by a breathtaking diamond halo. The overall effect makes these earrings look larger than life!
Blake Lively is the unofficial queen of the Met Gala. With a slew of iconic dresses on her resume, we knew Blake was going to bring all the gilded glamour.
Blake’s Versace dress is inspired by New York City itself. The bodice features copper-coated details that mimic the architecture of the Empire State Building.
Her Lorraine Schwartz jewels pay homage to the Statue of Liberty as well. Lively’s tiara has seven points just like the Statue of Liberty’s tiara. Underneath the seven points, the 25 individual gems represent the 25 windows on this famous American statue.
Blake’s Met Gala ensemble shows how more celebrities are seeking custom pieces. Gone are the days of picking a dress right off the rack. Stars want to show their own unique style and add extra pizzazz to their red carpet looks.
Get the Look: Architectural Details
The Evelyn Ring features all the opulence and drama of Blake’s dazzling gown. Her stunning take on the Met Gala 2022 theme is all about architecture and structure, which this ring truly celebrates. The multilayer accent diamonds surround a lab-grown diamond of your choice.
The 10 CT TW Emerald-Cut Tennis Bracelet carries all the opulence and glamour of the Met Gala red carpet. This bracelet has 56 individual lab-grown diamonds that sparkle like skyscrapers.
For a truly custom look, layer this tennis bracelet with another diamond bracelet (or two).
Glenn Close came to the red carpet decked out in the iconic Valentino pink. The 75-year-old actress’ ensemble included a blouse, floor-length trousers, and an embroidered cape. She accessorized the look with monochrome gloves, pink earrings, and a matching clutch.
Get the Look: Think Pink
Glenn Close’s outfit is evidence that pink truly is the new black. These pink cushion-cut stud earrings are a fabulous way to incorporate some rosiness into your jewelry collection. And with Clean Origin’s diamonds, you can rest easy knowing your pink diamonds were ethically made with the environment in mind.
Rather than serving aces on the tennis court, Venus Williams was serving looks on the Met Gala red carpet. The athlete wore a Law Roach black suit complete with a corset top and feathered clutch handbag. She topped off the look with knee-length embellished braids and an emerald choker. Gabriella Hearst, creative director of Chloé, styled the tennis star’s jewels.
Get the Look: Modern Classic
The Princess Diamond Stud Earrings are fit for royalty; or in this case, tennis royalty. This sleek pair of earrings is versatile enough to wear with any outfit from streetwear to eveningwear. You can also wear multiple sets for an even more brilliant look.
Dwyane Wade continued the trend of going shirtless underneath a suit jacket on the Met steps. The basketball player and his wife, actress and author Gabrielle Union, wore coordinating Versace outfits with Tiffany and Co. jewels. Wade completed his look with Christian Louboutin shoes and a Vacheron Constantin watch.
Get the Look: Sleek Sparkle
There’s nothing chicer than a tennis necklace and a crisp suit. Capture this polished look with the 17 CT TW Tennis Necklace. The diamond-studded necklace features 121 graduated round brilliant diamonds.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker came to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s iconic stairs in a meaningful dress from Christopher John Rogers. Her gingham plaid hoopskirt ballgown paid homage to Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. Keckley was a Black dressmaker in the 1800s and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s official dressmaker.
Parker took the theme “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” to heart in representing an untold story in American fashion. She also topped the look off with a black and pink fascinator headpiece from milliner Phillip Treacey.
Get the Look: Daring Decolletage
SJP’s Met Gala red carpet look is all about the decolletage. Draw the eye with the Ortus Necklace, which has 28 pavé-set diamonds on an 18-inch chain.
Gabrielle Union’s Versace dress was a touching tribute to late actress Diahann Carroll. She also told La La Anthony in an interview for Vogue that she wanted to highlight how the Gilded Age became so gilded with her Met Gala look.
Union incorporated beads of red crystals into her sleek updo to represent “the blood spilled during the accumulation of gross wealth by a few during the Gilded Age, off of the backs of Black people and people of color in this country.”
Get the Look: Dazzling Drops
Whether you’re walking a red carpet or not, these 2 CT TW Teardrop Diamond Drop Earrings add extra glamour to any outfit. The round brilliant diamonds graduate in size to create a classic teardrop effect. Perfect for any outfit and any occasion!
Secretary Hillary Clinton wore a rich maroon gown to Monday’s red carpet. Designer Joseph Altuzarra created a custom dress embroidered with the names of 60 women who inspired the former First Lady. Some of the names included Lady Bird Johnson, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Abigail Adams, and Dorothy Rodham (Clinton’s mother.)
While the dress code called for white tie gilded glamour, Joseph Altuzarra took inspiration from 1800s friendship quilts. 19th-century women would make quilts together and then stitch their names onto the piece.
Get the Look: Delicate Stackable Bands
We give Hillary Clinton credit for inspiring this stackable trend! Like friendship quilts, a stack of delicate diamond bands can represent your relationships with loved ones. The Juliet Diamond Ring is a fantastic band whether you’re just starting your stack or are adding another ring to your collection. The delicate shape of the 23 little diamonds also mimics the delicate embroidered writing on Hillary Clinton’s dress.
The Normal People star channeled 1920s glamour with her flapper-inspired outfit. Her Oscar de la Renta look reminded many fans of Daisy Buchanan, the female lead and love interest of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
Get the Look: Tennis Bracelets
Daisy Edgar-Jones reminded us why tennis bracelets are such a classic jewelry piece. She paired her dazzling ensemble with a stack of diamond tennis bracelets like the Classic 7 CT TW Tennis Bracelet. Double up with another tennis bracelet for even more sparkle.
Vanessa Hudgens showed up to the biggest night in fashion in a bold and delicate Moschino gown. Because Vanessa spent the night holding the mic for fashion’s biggest names, we got a close look at her bedazzled fingers.
Vanessa wore a massive sparkly ring on almost every finger. And she wasn’t alone; many celebs loaded up on bling at the Met Gala.
Get the Look: Oversized Rings
“Less is more” isn’t the case when it comes to diamonds. If you loved Vanessa’s rings at the Met Gala, check out the Emeline Ring. The geometric shape and 68 lab-grown diamonds show that you can never have too many diamonds.
Kim Kardashian’s red carpet look shocked fans. She wore the iconic nude and rhinestone dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President John F. Kennedy. Complete with a bleached blonde slick updo and a white fur coat, Kim K created another iconic fashion moment for this dress.
Get the Look: Statement Earrings
Kim’s Met Gala look was all about making a statement. What better way to draw the eye than brilliant diamond earrings? The Belle Rue Diamond Hoop Earrings have three rows of lab-grown diamonds and a total of 48 gemstones. The earrings curve to gently hug the ear and are available in a precious metal of your choice.