The Best Handbags of Met Gala 2023

The first Monday of May is the day that fashion girlies wait all year for. Since 1948, top A-list celebs and designers have shown off their stunning ensembles at the Met Gala. The staircase to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City transforms into the ultimate fashion runway. This year’s theme honored Karl Lagerfeld and his amazing body of work created during his career with Chanel, Fendi, Chloe and his own brand, Karl Lagerfeld.

Although the celebrity outfits and archive Chanel dresses were breathtaking, we had our eyes glued to the handbags. In some cases the purses made it into the red carpet photos, but in other instances, they were held by an assistant or partner.

Did you spot any favorites? Let’s dive in.

Chanel Looks

While we anxiously awaited the arrival of Karl’s Choupette, there were two celebrities dressed as her, Doja Cat and Jared Leto. Doja Cat’s outfit included a matching furry cat bag. (Where’s yours, Jared?)

Doja Cat as Choupette. Image Credit: @themetgalaofficial

Jared Leto as Choupette. Image Credit: @theperfectmagazine

Gisele Bündchen brought one of the cutest Chanel bags of the night, a mini quilted silver flap bag.

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Naomi Campbell carried a pink clutch, which matched her Chanel Spring/Summer 2010 couture sari gown.

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Jill Kargman wore her own Karl Lagerfeld designed wedding dress with a Chanel bag.

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Olivier Rousteing recreated Karl Lagerfeld’s Naco Paris bag.

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Penelope Cruz, co-chair, wore a silver Chanel Bag to match her 1988 Spring Couture dress, carried by her assistant.

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Whitney Peak was spotted carrying a Chanel pearl flap bag inside the Met Gala.

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Isha Ambani was spotted wearing the incredibly rare Chanel Limited Edition Bombay Doll Clutch Bag from 2012. Isha is the soon-to-be sister-in-law to Radhika Merchant, who herself is no stranger to rare luxury handbags (See more: Soon-to-be Radhika Ambani Showcases the Rare Hermès Kelly Sac Bijou Kelly Chaine).

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Chanel Limited Edition Bombay Doll Clutch Bag. Image Credit: Rewind VIntage

Other Karl Inspired Looks

Ice Spice carried a Judith Leiber camera clutch bag.

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Jennifer Lopez turned heads in her Ralph Lauren dress with matching pink satin clutch.

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Maya Penn carried a custom Coach bag. Coach Creative director Stuart Vevers took tickets and trash from inside and outside the Met to create the bags.

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Emily Blunt carried a black clutch with her Michael Kors look.

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Letitia Wright paired her Prada suit with a Prada silver mirrored mini bag.

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Christina Ricci wore a Fendi look with a matching silver clutch.

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Janelle Monáe wore Thom Browne, topped off her white dog-shaped bag.

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Viola Davis brought a hot pink clutch to perfectly match her feathered Valentino look.

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Aubrey Plaza carried a clutch with her Stella McCartney dress.

Emily Ratajkowski carried a nude colored clutch with her Tory Burch dress.

First-time attendee and Karl-era Chanel model, Devon Aoki wore a Jeremy Scott look complete with a black satin bag. 

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Sydney Sweeney completed her look with a custom made mini MiuMiu handbag.

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The exhibition, Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, showcases Karl’s designs, including sketches and clothing, and opens to the public on May 5, 2023.

Who do you think won best dressed of the night? Let us know!


Published: May 2nd, 2023
Updated: May 2nd, 2023

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