Pink is one of Chanel’s marquee colors, so there was a LOT of pink to go with the black and white at the Met Gala, referencing Karl Lagerfeld’s history of working with the color. 


Ashley Graham, for instance, wore a pink and black Harris Reed gown that is a direct reference to a vintage 1980s Chanel look. We’ll talk about Nicole Kidman—wearing the most notable of the pink dresses—separately, but there were some standout looks in pink. 

Ashley Graham at the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023, in New York

Naomi Campbell rocked a pink goddess gown, and staying with the supermodels, Kate Moss and her daughter, Lila, both wore blush pink Fendi gowns. Kate opted for a sheer cape, while Lila’s dress is feathered, another nod to one of Uncle Karl’s favorite embellishments. 


SNL’s Chloe Fineman was one of the livestream carpet hosts in a pink Wiederhoeft dress that I wish was full length, just because I think that hem length that hits between the calf and the ankle is super awkward and flatters no one. Either go with a pencil skirt, or make it full length, don’t pull that halfsies bullsh-t. Anyway, Chloe gets a pass because 1) I love her sheer gloves, and 2) the flowered bust of the dress. There is a grandiflora rose named Lagerfeld after Karl, it is a showstopping lavender rose, and I choose to see Chloe’s dress as a nod to the Lagerfeld rose. 

Chloe Fineman at the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023, in New York

Other pink ladies include Jennifer Lopez Affleck in Ralph Lauren—it’s pretty but I feel like we’ve seen her in this dress a hundred times—Donatella Versace in a dress of her own design, and Quannah Chasinghorse in Prabal Gurung and jewelry from Ghanian and Lakota designers Demetria Buck and Rubia Buck of Sota Scowi Designs. Quannah is always repping Native pride. 

Quannah Chasinghorse at the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023, in New York

And then there are Quinta Brunson (also in Prabal Gurung) and Sydney Sweeney (in Miu Miu). It’s not that I disklike either of these looks. I’m into Quinta’s entire look—sheer gloves again! THE HAIR!—and Sydney’s is fine. She doesn’t need the knee hobble, but I actually don’t hate the effect of the black line around her legs and in her hair. The twee factor is balanced by the dress not working too hard elsewhere. It’s just a blush/nude pink with crystal embellishments. There’s no poof or fluff or gloves or big jewelry. The black embellishments are doing all the work.

Sydney Sweeney at the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023, in New York

Anyway, what these two women have in common is that the busts of their dresses don’t fit, and it drives me crazy. I feel it—I’m short and have big boobs, it’s hard to get a formal gown that fits in that area. At this point, I just spring for the tailoring whenever I buy a dress. But with these gowns and this event, there is often not time for multiple fittings, and I feel like so often the solution for people with larger busts is to just “make it tight” and call it a day. It’s a disservice, these are good looks, especially Quinta’s, and if the dress was fitted right, it would be flawless.