Flying the style flag for Ireland
Ruth Negga proved to be the break-out style star of this year's Oscar season, and she returned to brighten up the red carpet on Monday night for the opening party of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual fashion exhibition. We didn't realise how much we'd missed the Limerick native's dazzling style until she arrived at the Met Gala, a vision, as usual, in Valentino.
It's no surprise the 36-year-old landed a coveted invite to the massive fashion party, hosted by Anna Wintour's Costume Centre- the Oscar-nominated actress graced the cover of US Vogue back in January and is frequently touted in the style bible's best dressed lists.
Negga (above) showed her commitment to bold looks throughout awards season, opting for bold hues, sweeping silhouettes and daring prints, often designed by Valentino's creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, with whom she attended the Met Gala.
The Italian fashion house dressed her once again for the night, and Negga was resplendent in a white and emerald concoction with embellished feather detailing. The monastic shape paid subtle homage to Kawakubo's innovative silhouettes, and she modernised the look with cornrows and gold cuff.
After the ball, she headed to the after-party with long-term boyfriend Dominic Cooper, swapping her gown for a black leather pleated dress and studded heels.
Belfast model Stella Maxwell (above) also turned heads on the night, eschewing high end labels for a custom gown by H&M. Covered in strings of pearls, the semi-sheer dress was designed to catch the wind and float around the body.
For his Met Gala debut, Gabriel Kane Day-Lewis, the 22-year-old model and son of Daniel Day-Lewis and Isabelle Adjani, similarly turned to the high street for his look on the night. Clad in a Topman suit, Day-Lewis (above, left) posed up a storm with Instagram stars Jordan Barrett and Presley Gerber.