Not just amazing outfits; Italian-made accessories often steal the limelight

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Paloma Elsesser in Luar outfit, Jimmy Choo shoes and Swarovski jewels (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Anne Hathaway in total look Versace (Photo credit: IG @annehathaway)]

The tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, the true protagonist of this edition of the Met Gala that preceded the opening of an exhibition dedicated to him, with garments and sketches representing his incredible career, was underscored by the outfits worn by celebs, many of which came from Chanel and Fendi collections designed by the couturier, as well as his own brand.  Vintage dresses worn by Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Kidman, to name just a few of the celebs who wore archival pieces by Chanel, but also outfits by other designers inspired by Lagerfeld’s style. A profusion of pearls and camellias, chains, tweed fabrics (all ‘signature’ elements of Chanel) were the leitmotif of many of the ladies’ outfits, while the men were largely inspired by some of Lagerfeld’s favorite and habitually-worn looks. And, of course, the fashion Kaiser’s beloved cat, Choupette, could hardly be left out of the tributes:  indeed, Jared Leto even turned up at the gala dressed as the feline. Naturally, the creations of a number of Italian designers such as Gucci, Versace and Valentino also featured on the catwalk, but it was Italian-made footwear that particularly grabbed the spotlight.

The brand most frequently worn on the red carpet, and at the parties that followed, was Jimmy Choo, in the form of sandals, mules and pumps. In general, platforms, including platform booties, appeared to be very popular with both actresses and actors. One in particular – the American rapper and singer Lil Nas X – wore a pair of chunky 5-inch glitter platform boots to complement a body studded with 218,784 Swarovski gemstones.