Met Gala 2022: Blake Lively, Mindy Kaling and Shawn Mendes shine in golden glamor

Fashion’s biggest night resumed its regular lineup this year – and the looks were as extravagant as ever.

After two irregular years, which saw the 2020 event canceled and the 2021 event pushed back to September, the Met Gala returned to its usual slot on the first Monday in May.

The gala is an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, with a guest list brimming with movie stars, fashionistas, athletes, entrepreneurs and socialites.

The co-chairs for the evening were Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda. For the second consecutive year, the honorary co-chairs are designer Tom Ford, Instagram manager Adam Mosseri and, as has been the case for 27 years, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

‘Glam gold, white tie’

This year’s dress code is ‘glamorous gold, white tie’, and the stars take inspiration from HBO Golden age, adorned with their most beautiful creams, ivories and golds. The Met Gala is honoring American designers this year with its theme, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” the follow-up to last year’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”

Reynolds and Lively were one of the first couples to hit the mat.

Lively wore a copper-colored Versace dress with geometric details on the bodice. The arch-shaped embellishment transformed into a sky-blue train with metallic detailing as she ascended the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her boyfriend, Vancouver-born Ryan Reynolds, wore a sleek velvet tuxedo — true to the evening’s white tie theme — with a chain dangling from his belt.

Billie Eilish wore a Gucci look with mint green lace sleeves and an ivory skirt gathered at the waist. Her jet black hair was high on her head, a black choker tied around her neck.

pop singer Told vogue that the outfit was made entirely from recycled materials. “I just wanted to be as eco-friendly as possible,” she said on the mat.

Billie Eilish wore this enduring fashion look from Gucci. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Janelle Monáe dazzled in a sequined Ralph Lauren dress with a patterned bib and headpiece. She wore a cuff to match the sleek, backless dress.

“It’s golden glamor of the future”, Tightrope the singer told reporters.

Singer Janelle Monáe attends the 2022 Met Gala. She paired a bold lip with a dramatic headpiece for a futuristic look. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

We crashed star Jared Leto and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele opted for a bizarre look.

The pair wore cream tuxedo jackets with black, jewel-encrusted lapels, accessorized with leather gloves, sunglasses and silky red bow ties.

Jared Leto and Alessandro Michele are like twins on the Met Gala red carpet, matching head to toe. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion walked the red carpet in a cut-out gold Moschino dress with a dramatic thigh-high slit.

The look was complete with a slicked back hairstyle, stiletto sandals and wing-like shoulder pads.

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion wore this stunning gold dress as she posed for photographers. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Spring is in the air! Mindy Kaling arrived in a dreamy lavender dress, with a matching sparkly purple lip and floral decals pinned to her shoulders.

Everything everywhere all at once Star Michelle Yeoh wore a green dress with a dramatic train and bold lipstick. Kiki Layne donned a bubblegum pink showstopper with white gloves and floral embellishments on the bodice.

All are designs by American fashion designer Prabal Gurung.

Some stars opted for spring colors. Here, Mindy Kaling, Kiki Layne and Michelle Yeoh are all wearing designs by Prabal Gurung. (Getty Images)

Rapper Kid Cudi wore an eye-catching cobalt blue suit and cape to the carpet, completing the look with ruffled sleeves, a dark bow tie and shiny black boots.

The crotch of her cape – made by Japanese fashion designer Nigo – was decorated with a blue and black floral pattern. Cudi went full Euphoria with jewels in the shape of tears under the eyes.

Kid Cudi wore this deep blue cape and costume with floral patterns on the crotch. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Anderson .Paak, one half of funk duo Silk Sonic with Bruno Mars, wore an eye-catching, maximalist Gucci jacket.

The singer teamed his colorful centerpiece with a blue shirt, leather tie and leather bell bottom pants.

New Grammy winner Anderson .Paak did his funk at this year’s Met Gala in a maximalist Gucci jacket. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Broadway star Cynthia Erivo stayed true to the night’s dress code, stunning in a white gown with lace underlays, a feathered train and a bejeweled amber necklace.

She topped off the textured Louis Vuitton look with an extravagant headband.

Broadway performer Cynthia Erivo got the job done with this glam gold dress and headpiece from Louis Vuitton. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

A handful of stars wore wine-colored outfits to match the red carpet.

Recently Oscar-winning Jessica Chastain wore Gucci in a sequined burgundy look with a matching headband. Model Gigi Hadid donned a stunning floor-length puffer jacket with a corset and spandex pants underneath. Actress Dakota Johnson wore a long red velvet dress over a black lace jumpsuit by Gucci.

Jessica Chastain, Gigi Hadid and Dakota Johnson were in fifty shades of burgundy at this year’s event. (Getty Images)

Shawn Mendes, born in Pickering, Ontario, wore a chic navy suit by Tommy Hilfiger, with matching blue nail polish, a black turtleneck and a single gold button attached to the waist. For fear of getting too cold, he had an overcoat with him with a burst burgundy collar and sleeves.

Mendes said vogue that he opted for an enduring fashion look: “I’m just proud to be in this this year.”

Canadian pop darling Shawn Mendes became a sea captain in this piece designed by Tommy Hilfiger. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Canadian model Winnie Harlow was a star in her Iris van Herpen dress. The ballerina look was offset by a bold black emblem stitched to the front and a dramatic headpiece with a pointed finish.

Canadian model Winnie Harlow was stunned by this creation by Iris van Herpen. (Getty Images)

Head-to-toe hot pink: Marvel star Sebastian Stan appeared in this monochromatic piece from Valentino. In his shiny neon jacket, pants and trainers, Stan wasn’t quite cut out for gold glamor – but it’s a distinctive look nonetheless.

Sebastian Stan stood out in this candy pink suit by Valentino. The Marvel star had the sneakers to match. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Wintour was an early arrival on the red carpet. She wore a sequined skirt, split to the knees, with a pastel colored feathered poncho.

The Met Gala is a celebration of fashion royalty — so it was only fitting that Wintour wore a delicate tiara over her trademark blonde bob.