When Karl Lagerfeld died at the age of 85 in 2019, he left much of his estate to his closest confidante, Choupette, who had become a social media sensation. Fashion fans around the world had hoped that the 2023 Met Gala would involve a guest appearance by the feline inheritor of his legacy. Sadly, the aging cat’s Instagram account has indicated that she will remain home in France, but there were plenty of shoutouts to her on the museum carpet on Monday night. The boldest homages came from Jared Leto, who came out in a full fursuit with hyperrealistic blue eyes. Not to be outdone, Doja Cat came in an Oscar de la Renta dress and feline face prosthetics, while Lil Nas X wore a Dior Homme, a bejeweled mask, and plenty of silver body paint. Still, the homage that Lagerfeld himself might have appreciated most was much more subtle. Along with her camellia-covered pink dress by Wiederhoeft, Saturday Night Live’s Chloe Fineman carried a glittery, cat-shaped purse.
Here are the stars who took the night’s theme the most literally by honoring Choupette with their looks.