Met Gala 2018: The most outrageous outfits on the red carpet

Including the one that tried to shut down RiRi

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Including the one that tried to shut down RiRi

So let's be real, the Met Gala 2018 was all about Rihanna dressing as the Pope and shutting down the red carpet. However, there were some other strong looks on the night, so here's a little breakdown for you ICYMI.

The Queens

Headpieces were the accessory of choice last night. There was of course Rihanna and her Papal hat, but there were also plenty of regal crowns, thanks to their religious symbols (when a Royal ascends the thrown, a religious figure often puts the crown on the monarch's head, and then there are crowns of stars and halos). Solange, Emilia Clarkle and Blake Lively were just a few of the celebrities sporting the trend, with Sarah Jessica Parker going one step further with a Nativity Scene on her head.

The cross-bearers

On the slightly more subtle side of things, the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian went for dresses adorned with the Christian crosses. J Lo's showstopper of a Balmain dress featured a jewel-encrusted crown and a feather skirt, while Kim's gold Versace dress was simply embroidered with crosses. Meanwhile, Ruby Rose was all about cardinal chic.

The sinners

Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins and Bella Hadid were just a few of the celebs that went over to the dark side, opting for black, a colour often associated with the devil and fallen angels. Cara dramatically accessorised her Christian Dior gown with a black veil and beaded crown, while Lily opted for a sheer Givenchy gown and spiked halo. Bella Hadid was vampy in Chrome Hearts.

The saints

You can't have the sinners without the Saints, who were led by Katy Perry, who really did her best to upstage Rihanna with her Angel wings. Lana del Ray also turned heads with her blue wings headpiece, which incidentally went very well with Jared Leto's Gucci Jesus get-up.

The Virgin Marys

Kate Bosworth painted a virginal picture in her gold-flecked Oscar de la Renta gown with matching veil, though Cardi B had a slight advantage in being pregnant, making the Virgin Mary portrayal a little more convincing. Her gem-encrusted gown came courtesy of Moschino, while Ariana Grande was a dream in Vera Wang.

The red brigade

Finally, another big trend on the red carpet was, well, red. Amber Heard (Carolina Herrera), Anne Hathaway (Valentino Haute Couture) and Priyanka Chopra (Ralph Lauren) all wore vibrant red dresses and accessorised with gold crowns and halos.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.