It wouldn’t be a Met Gala if the red carpet wasn’t followed by a hot debate about which guests nailed the theme. To refresh your memory, this year’s theme is “gilded glamour,” so think excess, gold, glitz, and obviously glamour. One thing that’s not up for debate? Corsets. Nearly everyone wore one tonight, and the question is who wore it best — and if anyone wore them quite as good as Lenny Kravitz (spoiler alert: no). Below, our definitive ranking.
1. Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz would have worn this exact outfit regardless of the theme and still would have looked incredible. For that, he is No. 1.
2. Billie Eilish in Gucci
Billy Eilish gave us glamour and theatrics in her all-Gucci ensemble. Every red carpet pose was good — if Kravitz weren’t No. 1, she would be in the top spot.
3. Paloma Elsesser in Coach
Paloma Elsesser understood the assignment. The models is here to show us how it’s done — in a very sexy Coach look that is also on theme. J’adore.
4. Precious Lee in Altuzarra
Model Precious Lee always stuns on the red carpet, and for that, we are grateful. She gave us a mermaid moment with her corset and sheer, sequined gown.
5. Laura Harrier in Victor Glemaud
This is pretty! She’s no Lenny Kravitz, but it’s a great look from Victor Glemaud.
6. Bella Hadid in Burberry
Bella Hadid in Burberry — that’s it. Was it on theme? Eh. But again, we’re not here to debate that.
7. SZA in Vivienne Westwood
Go big or go home! SZA gets points for wearing a big hat. She didn’t wear her Crocs, but the thigh-high latex boots and gloves were a fun choice.
8. Tessa Thompson in Carolina Herrera
This is very pretty, and for that, I think this Carolina Herrera look on Tessa Thompson gets points.
9. Sydney Sweeney in Tory Burch
It’s two dresses: Her pretty billowing, corseted gown turned into a minidress. Fun!
10. Gigi Hadid in Versace
Gigi’s monochromatic Versace look was a moment; she paired her corset with latex and a puffer. The message was mixed, but the colors were good. It is around 50 degrees in NYC right now, so we bet everyone else wishes they were wearing a puffer.
11. Maisie Williams
Also no Lenny Kravitz, but Maisie Williams doesn’t shy away from a bold look — and that’s how you wear a corset.
12. Evan Mock in Head of State
Evan Mock’s corset get points for the sheer boldness of his Head of State look — I mean, pale yellow, ruffles and butt cleavage! He’s not No. 1, but he’s having fun.
13. Ben Platt in Christian Cowan
We love to see a man in a corset. Ben Platt’s last but certainly not least. We just wish he had a little more fun. Next year, Ben!