Anna Wintour and her daughter, Bee Shaffer, made a striking appearance when they arrived at the Met Gala in their contrasting white and red gowns on Monday evening.
The 68-year-old Vogue editor donned a custom Chanel frock featuring a halter neck and intricate beading, while 30-year-old Shaffer modeled a red scalloped Valentino haute couture gown by Pierpaolo Piccioli.
Keeping with the theme of the night — ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ — both of mother and daughter accessorized their looks with crosses.
Mother-daughter duo: Anna Wintour (R) and her daughter, Bee Shaffer (L), attended the Met Gala together on Monday evening
Juxtaposition: Wintour, 68, modeled a custom Chanel frock, while Shaffer, 30, wore a red scalloped Valentino haute couture gown
Celebration: The mother and daughter posed for photos together on the red carpet
Wintour topped off her dazzling white frock with a diamond cross necklace similar to the one she wore earlier in the day to preview the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new Costume Institute exhibition.
The editor’s dress also featured a short beaded cape that stopped a few inches above her elbows.
Shaffer, meanwhile, carried a crimson clutch featuring a white beaded cross to go with her bright red gown.
She wore her long brown hair pulled back at the nape of her neck to avoid drawing attention away from her dramatic one-shoulder dress.
Although Shaffer struck a pose with her mom, she attended the gala with her fiancé, Francesco Carrozzini, the son of the late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani.
Different styles: Shaffer’s one-shoulder gown featured scallop detailing and ruffles, while Wintour’s beaded frock had a halter neck
On point: Shaffer carried a clutch with a cross on it, and Wintour wore a diamond cross necklace to honor the night’s theme, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’
Good times: Wintour had a bright smile on her face while posing alongside her daughter
Added touches: Shaffer’s dress featured a long train, while Wintour’s custom gown had a short cape in the back
Carrozzini looked dapper in a black tuxedo featuring slightly cropped pants that showed off his red socks, which matched Shaffer’s gown.
The segment producer at Late Night with Seth Meyers debuted her engagement ring at the 2017 Met Gala, and the diamond stunner was once again on display at this year’s event.
It was a family affair at the gala, as Wintour’s son, Charlie Shaffer, was in attendance with his wife, Elizabeth Cordry.
Wintour and her daughter happily posed for photos with Cordry, who wore a silver sequin gown featuring bell sleeves and ruffles.
Earlier in the day, Wintour was all smiles while previewing the new exhibition with Donatella Versace, one of her Met Gala co-hosts, and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg.
Fashionable couple: Shaffer attended the gala with her fiancé, Francesco Carrozzini, and he wore red socks to match her gown
Iconic mothers: Carrozzini is the son of the late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani
Show off: Shaffer debuted her engagement ring at the 2017 Met Gala, and the diamond stunner was once again on display at this year’s event
Family affair: Wintour’s son, Charlie Shaffer, attended the gala with his wife, Elizabeth Cordry
All together: Cordry struck a pose alongside her mother-in-law and sister-in-law at the star-studded event
Bright light: Wintour’s ethereal gown sparkled under the lights at the event
Leader of the pack: Guests followed Wintour as she made her way into the venue
Wintour wore an ethereal gold frock paired with an ornate diamond cross necklace, and, of course, her trademark black sunglasses.
The editor-in-chief paired her eye-catching frock with her beloved Manolo Blahnik sandals, the same style of pumps she has worn almost every day since 1994.
The nude, low-heeled slingback sandals were first designed for her over two decades ago by Blahnik himself. The designer made a wooden model of her foot, then sculpted the shoes around them — ensuring that they’re a completely perfect fit.
Donatella, meanwhile, opted for a stylish black suit that was far from traditional. Her blazer featured gold buttons and a yellow lapel, and she left her jacket open to show off her colorful Versace top.
The 63-year-old wore matching flared pants that covered her shoes, and she topped off her look with large gold hoop earrings and a black handbag adorned with gold hardware.
Kicking off the day: Wintour previewed the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new Costume Institute exhibition ahead of Monday’s star-studded gala
Famous friends: The Vogue editor-in-chief sat alongside Donatella Versace, one of her Met Gala co-hosts this year
On point: This year’s theme is ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,’ and Wintour wore a diamond cross necklace to the preview
Keeping with the theme: Wintour donned an ethereal gold frock and Manolo Blahnik pumps
Always on brand: The 68-year-old topped off her look with her trademark black sunglasses
Designer style: Donatella, 63, opted for an eye-catching black suit and a Versace top
Special guest: The designer posed for photos with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the tenth and current Archbishop of New York
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the tenth and current Archbishop of New York, also attended the press preview, and he was photographed posing with his arm around Donatella.
The designer was also seen sitting next to Wintour while Dolan addressed the audience at the event.
The exhibition, which opens to the public on Thursday May 10, was curated by Andrew Bolten and is the museum’s largest in terms of square footage.
The ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ show explores how Catholic iconography has inspired fashion designers throughout the years.
Stopping by: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg also attended Monday’s press preview
All smiles: Wintour stood between Andrew Bolton, the curator of the exhibition, and Stephen Schwarzmann while posing for photos at the press preview
Theme: The ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ exhibition explores how Catholic iconography has inspired fashion designers throughout the years
Party first! The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday May 10, three days after Monday night’s Met Gala
Showbiz411 is reporting that this may be the last time that Wintour hosts the event, as she is rumored to be leaving Conde Nast this summer.
And with rising budgets, lower donations, and the drama-packed spectacle of the guest list and red carpet, the site suggests that Wintour’s departure could mean and end to the Met Gala as we know it.
Ain’t no party like a fashion party! Wintour is hosting the annual Met Gala in New York City tonight
Years of service: She has been gala chair since 1995 (pictured left in 2015 and right in 2016)
Flashback: Wintour has been attending since taking over as the boss of Vogue in the ’80s (pictured in 1989)
Changes: Wintour is rumored to be leaving Conde Nast this summer (pictured left: 2011, center: 2010, right: 2008)
The event is being held tonight, after a year of planning. Wintour is co-hosting with Donatella, Rihanna, and Amal Clooney, and she could be going out with a bang before leaving her post at Conde Nast.
She is currently artistic director for the company, but is rumored to be stepping away after the publication of Vogue’s September issue in August.
Showbiz411 speculates that when she leaves her position, she may also step down as gala chair, a position she has held since 1995.
It certainly would be the end of an era if Wintour stopped hosting the event. In 2014, the institute it raises money for was renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center, and the editor transformed it from a local fete only know by New York City elite to a worldwide spectacle.
And if she does leave, the gala itself may get an overhaul. Though in recent years it has turned into a parade of celebrities and flashy outfits, it actually began in 1946 as a way to raise money for the Costume Institute — and is still primarily a fundraiser.
Price of style: The gala costs a fortune to put on. The Met spent $3.859 million in 2017, compared to $3.556 million in 2016
Funds: With $50,000 tickets, it’s held to raise money for the Costume Institute — but it raised over a million less in 2017 than it did in 2016
Star critics: Several celebrities have publicly bashed the event, including Amy Schumer and Gwyneth Paltrow
Never again: Demi Lovato was a major critic as well, calling the event ‘cliquey.’ She went in 2016 but did not return last year
Guests are expected to fork over up to $50,000, with designers shelling out up to $500,000 to buy a table for the night and fill it with a bevy of stars wearing their designs.
But despite tickets costing a small fortune, the 2017 gala didn’t raise quite as much as the year before. Gross receipts for the event were reportedly $12.2 million, compared to $13.5 million in 2016.
And yet the gala also cost more money to put on, with the Met spending $3.859 million on the event. In 2016, it spent $3.556 million.
While it’s unlikely that the gala, which has been held annually for over 60 years, will come to an end completely, it’s possible that there may be a shift in how it’s put on.
That may be a relief for some stars who’ve come to see the gala as a chore that’s both high-pressure and hyper-exclusive.
‘The overall ambience isn’t super friendly,’ a gala regular told Page Six this weekend. ‘It’s not like walking into a party where you know everyone and everyone’s happy to see you.
‘If you walk into the girls bathroom, all the celebrities are hanging out together, smoking together and ignoring everyone else,’ the regular added.
What selfie ban? Last year, dozens of stars posted photos and video on social media from the event
Wintour banned social media, but that didn’t stop a lot of images from surfacing
Sneaking… The bathroom at the event was packed with stars taking pictures
Plus, ‘it’s very dog-eat-dog. People won’t move out of the way [on the carpet] for the next person.’
‘It’s very high school,’ added another insider. ‘There are plenty of people who have enough money for Met Ball, but . . . if [Wintour] doesn’t deem you worthy, you’re not coming. Considering that it’s a fund-raiser, that’s extremely elitist.’
In fact, Wintour signs off on every single guest, including those invited by designers who buy tables. She approves every detail including the seating charts and has been known to ban certain celebrities.
Some celebrities, though, decide not to attend on their own. Demi Lovato told Billboard that the party was too ‘cliquey,’ while Gwyneth Paltrow dubbed it ‘un-fun,’ ‘crowded,’ and ‘boiling.’
‘If you had a million arms and all the people you would punch in the whole world, they’re all there,’ said Tina Fey, who called it a ‘jerk parade.’ ‘Clearly, I’ll never go again.’
Amy Schumer also called the ball ‘punishment.’
VIP club: Most seemed to be posing and goofing off
Fame: Everyone seemed to want the status of landing in a big group picture
Uh-oh: But several stars, including Bella Hadid, were seen smoking in the bathroom
Above the law? New York law bans smoking indoors, but celebrities like Behati Prinsloo lit up anyway
Last year, celebrity-watchers got a peek of what actually goes on inside the gala — and some of that clique-like behavior — when several stars posted selfies taken inside the event, and particularity inside the bathroom.
Though Wintour has banned attendees from posting on social media, many broke the rules.
Photos and video from the night that were posted on Instagram and Twitter show a huge crowd of famous faces in the bathroom, including Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Lily Aldridge, A$AP Rocky, Diddy, Brie Larson, Frank Ocean and Emily Ratajkowski.
Also there were Karlie Kloss, Jemima Kirke, Hailey Baldwin, Taylor Hill, Michelle Monaghan, Kate Bosworth, Cara Delevigne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashley Graham, Elizabeth Banks, and Kerry Washington.
While most were just smiling for the cameras or hanging out, a few were captured with cigarettes in hand, brazenly defying New York‘s indoor smoking ban.
Behati Prinsloo, Bella Hadid, Dakota Johnson, and Paris Jackson were all seen smoking in the bathroom, as were Francis Bean Cobain, Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek, designer Marc Jacobs, and designer Stella McCartney.
Rude: After the event, many were outraged by the behavior, calling it ‘disrespectful’
Entitlement: Dakota Johnson is pictured lighting a cigarette at the Met Gala. She likely did not incur the fine other people face for smoking indoors
Others seen smoking included Francis Bean Cobain (bottom left) and designer Marc Jacobs
Puff: Stella McCartney was snapped smoking as well
The rules: Later, a Met donor complained about attendees like Mr. Robot actor Rami Malek (pictured)
Not OK: A board member also complained to Wintour after seeing a scene like this one (Slick Woods pictured right)
The flagrant disregard for local laws caused a bit of trouble days later, with board members and donors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art calling the behavior ‘disrespectful’ — particularly given the incredibly valuable art in the museum that could have been damaged.
The New York City Smoke-Free Air Act prohibits smoking in nearly all indoor workplaces, and calls for a fine of $200 to $400 for first-time violators.
Second violation within the first year carry a $500 to $1,000 fine, while third or subsequent violations within a year carry a $1,000 to $2,000 fine.
‘As a donor to the Met, I was so insulted to see all these “celebrities” smoking and taking selfies of themselves in the bathroom,’ a source told Page Six. ‘Mostly, i’’s disrespectful to the art collection, which needs to be kept 100% smoke-free. I would honestly like to see these people fined by the city.’
Beside the complaining donor, a female board member at the Met was outraged by the behavior, and took it up with Vogue editor Anna Wintour herself.
‘The board member stormed right out [of the bathroom] and complained right away to Anna Wintour’s team. It is so disrespectful to the museum,’ a source told the Post.