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Then and Now: Anne Hathaway and Rihanna Steal Runway at Met Gala

Both honored Karl Lagerfeld and conjured up some fun memories.




Then and Now: Anne Hathaway and Rihanna Steal Runway at Met Gala
Oceans 8 Promo photo. COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.

BEFORE WE GET into the jewels that Anne Hathaway and Rihanna wore — and how they did Karl Lagerfeld justice at a gala celebrating his personal and professional style — let’s talk about one of their previous Met Gala appearances. No, I am not talking about the reality of these A-listers on the red carpet; I am talking about the characters they played in Ocean’s 8. Whenever I see them at the Met Gala, I can’t help but think about how part of the film was shot there and revolved around the event and the Costume Institute’s exhibit, with the theft of a recreation of a famous necklace involved, and Anna Wintour making a cameo appearance. I thought this trivia would be a fun thought to put in your head.

But should we stop there, or talk about yet another film filled with fashion and jewelry? Can you guess it? Here is a hint: Hathaway’s character, Andy Sachs, gets a makeover and sheds her oversized sweaters and flat shoes for Chanel thigh high boots and super chic outfit or her double Chanel necklace. Yes, we are talking about The Devil Wears Prada, in which Meryl Streep plays Miranda Priestly, a character based on Wintour. What all this is getting at is that the Met Gala, Wintour and fashion/glamorous jewelry are embedded into the history of New York City, with the trend-setting actresses rocking their outfits and jewelry on and off screen.

Then and Now: Anne Hathaway and Rihanna Steal Runway at Met Gala

Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada. PHOTO COURTESY OF 20TH CENTURY FOX

Speaking of which, Emily Blunt also did her part in commemorating Kaiser Karl in real life.

So here we have Hathaway, a Bulgari global ambassador who wore a Bulgari High Jewelry Monete necklace and bracelet in yellow gold set with a silver coin, which she paired with multiple diamond High Jewelry rings and a pair of Diva’s Dream earrings.

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Rihanna wore a Bulgari High Jewelry necklace in platinum with five pear diamonds, 118 Akoya cultured pearls, seven pear-shaped diamonds, 109 round diamonds and 561 fancy shape diamonds, accented by pavé-set diamonds. Her earrings were floral Belperron from the current collection, which had the feeling of Chanel camelias. She also wore a vintage pearl Belperron necklace and a modern version of a Verdura Maltese cross cuff that was first designed for Coco Chanel by Fulco di Verdura when he worked for her.

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Blunt was seen in a white and black gown with a camelia at the necklace in a pair of Piaget diamond and pearl earrings and diamond and pearl rings.

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These three truly captured the theme of the event and are style-setters both on and off the screen.

I only wish that some of their co-stars, who have been at the Met Gala in years past, had made an appearance so they could be part of this story, too.

Beth Bernstein is a published author of three books and jewelry and fashion expert with 18+ years experience. A broad knowledge of the history of jewelry and fashion coupled with a background in "the story", writing, trends, design concepts has earned Beth a proven track record.



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