The Met Ball has historically drawn buzz for the conceptual outfits donned by mainstay attendees. Like Rihanna’s Guo Pei number for 2015’s China Through The Looking Glass and Zendaya’s Cinderella get-ups for 2019’s Camp: Notes on Fashion to visualise the firm salience of thematically-dressed arrivals to the charity gala. For this year’s Met Gala, themed Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, a different kind of red carpet moment made waves. The onslaught of celebrity debuts at the Met Ball included pop culture phenomenons like Paris Hilton, Cai Xu Kun, Ice Spice, and of course, the Human Chanel, Blackpink’s Jennie. But for the Grazia Singapore team, one celebrity’s debut appearance at the Met roused the most stir. Enter South Korean actress Song Hye-Kyo on the iconic steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, fitted in a Fendi lingerie-inspired Couture look from SS23.
Song’s recent portrayal of heroine Moon Dong-eun in Netflix’s revenge drama, The Glory reiterated her acting chops and earned her newfound prominence among a Gen-Z and international audience who might have been unfamiliar with her past work. Contrast to the conservatism of the actress’s on-screen personas, Fendi has released behind-the-scenes images of Song’s preparation for the Met Ball, showing a different, more intimate side to the Fendi House Ambassador. As expected, the 41-year-old’s debut still maintained a tribute to the maison’s late Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld, in referencing his minimalist visions from the aughts. Song was fitted in a silk satin negligee number, made fancy with pintucks and lac manipulations, and styled with a clutch bag and hair piece from the Fendi Couture SS23 collection.
Below, catch behind-the-scenes footage of Song Hye-Kyo’s prep for her first Met Gala.