Rihanna Has Already Nailed the Met Gala Theme—Two Days Early

Two of the biggest questions ahead of the 2023 Met Gala are “Will Rihanna be there?” and “What will she wear?” Thanks to her statement looks like the unforgettable yellow Guo Pei gown in 2015 and the time she came as a Margiela-ified pope in 2018, Rihanna is an undeniable fan favorite. We don’t yet know the answer to those questions, but the superstar did emerge in New York City this weekend wearing a look that was bang on theme. 


This year’s Met Gala honors the late designer Karl Lagerfeld. A-listers on the red carpet are being encouraged to dress “in honor of Karl,” and inside, guests will get a first glimpse at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” exploring his work at fashion houses such as Chanel, Fendi, Chloé, and more. Spotted leaving a restaurant last night, Rihanna just so happened to be wearing pieces from Chanel’s fall 1994 collection, designed by Lagerfeld himself. She wore Chanel’s cropped faux-fur jacket (in black-and-white, Lagerfeld’s signature combo!) and kitschy “CC” logo sunglasses, which can be yours for over $3,400 on 1stDibs.

Rihanna punctuated the vintage Chanel pieces with a fuzzy white Coperni dress, strappy Amina Muaddi heels, and a custom faux fur hat by Benny Andallo—the kitschy milliner who has designed toppers for FKA Twigs and Rihanna before. But it’s those covetable ’90s Chanel pieces that couldn’t be more Met Gala–ready. Is this her hint that she’ll show up on those iconic Met steps tomorrow? Only time will tell. 

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