Michelle Yeoh Turned to Karl Lagerfeld’s Namesake Brand for Her Met Gala Outfit
May 3, 2023
For her appearance at the Met Gala this year, Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh turned to Karl Lagerfeld’s namesake brand for a couture creation. The Everything Everywhere All At Once star’s look lifted direct inspiration from Lagerfeld’s austere everyday wardrobe. Yeoh wore, what she calls, a “tuxedo gown” to honor the late designer, who was the focus of the night’s festivities and the exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” “He was a true artist in every sense of the word,” Yeoh said in a new video for Vogue. The one-of-one creation featured a crisp, silk tuxedo shirt, cut with a plunging neckline, paired with a voluminous black skirt and dramatic train. The look was equal parts shrewd homage and red carpet elegance.
Yeoh shared a glimpse of the evening’s getting ready process in the clip. “Now I have Daniel [Martin] and Christopher [Naselli],” Yeoh said in the makeup chair, crediting her makeup artist and hairstylist, respectively, for their invaluable skill and vision. “Without them, whatever mantra wouldn’t work.”
Yeoh also shared that working with the Lagerfeld label, which employs staff who worked with the late namesake designer for decades, felt like collaborating with the maestro himself. Yeoh particularly gleaned a lot from an 84-year-old tailor named Anitta. “I really enjoyed working with them, because you could hear Karl’s voice, almost,” Yeoh shared. “It was very interesting what they felt and how they saw as they created something with Karl in mind.”
Yeoh chose to keep things relatively simple on the accessories front. The star chose to wear her hair up to showcase the exposed neckline of her outfit and megawatt Cartier necklace. Yeoh, a noted watch lover, topped things off with a Richard Mille timepiece. The final product: a timeless and chic tribute to Lagerfeld that even the notoriously discerning designer would likely approve of.