Grammy-winning singer Rihanna, tennis star Serena Williams and model Karlie Kloss showed off their growing bumps at the Met Gala 2023.
Arriving over an hour late to the event, Rihanna – who is pregnant with her second child – wore a bridal-inspired white look.
The theme of the event was “In honour of Karl”, with the dress code asking celebrities to be inspired by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld in their looks.
Rihanna gave a typically extravagant interpretation of the bridal look, with the top half of her hooded outfit featuring camellias – Lagerfeld’s favourite flower and a common motif in his designs – and the bottom half progressing into a long train.
While walking up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Rihanna undid the hood and turned it into a loose jacket, revealing a simple white dress underneath hugging her baby bump.
While her partner, rapper Asap Rocky, wore a kilt over jeans, with a more traditional Lagerfeld-inspired white shirt, jacket and tie on top.
The retired tennis player wore a monochromatic outfit with Art Deco-inspired detailing on the skirt, accessorised with multiple strings of pearls around her neck and a layered pearl headband.
Pearls were a common theme in Lagerfeld’s designs and Williams’ Gucci outfit was a nod to that – while also referencing his love of a black-and-white colour palette.
“I’m good, I’m really good now. I can breathe, I can stop, I’m not hiding but… Yeah.”
Ohanian also wore Gucci in a classic black tuxedo.
Wearing a Loewe outfit designed by Northern Irish fashion designer Jonathan Anderson, her black gown featured Lagerfeld’s signature strings of pearls, with a trompe-l’oeil design giving a modern, surrealist edge to the ensemble.
“I’m so happy, this is the first time I’m sharing my news, so it’s very special,” she told Vogue.
She continued: “I was pregnant last time during the pandemic so I didn’t leave my sweatpants.
“So this is the first time I’m on a red carpet pregnant and it’s a super special moment, also kind of vulnerable – so I don’t know how to style a belly. I can’t imagine a more special moment.”
Tapping into the red carpet maternity fashion trend for sleek, skintight designs, Kloss’ dress had long sleeves and a tight silhouette to show off her growing bump.