When Hollywood It girl Alicia Vikander stepped onto the Met Gala red carpet Monday evening, Twitter went crazy — and not in a good way. Catty parody account @ChoupettesDiary — named for Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld’s famous kitten —commented, “I don’t like mullets on hair or dresses . . . even if it’s @LouisVuitton!”
Hers wasn’t the only Vuitton look that caused major side-eye — and had fashionistas wondering whether the luxe label was detracting from the evening’s glamour.
From Michelle Williams’ plain-Jane mini and Selena Gomez’s ’90s-era-Express maxi to the chunky hiking boots seen on indie singer Grimes and Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, the stars who wore Vuitton looked peculiarly underdressed for fashion’s biggest night. Especially compared to Claire Danes’ light-up Cinderella gown from Zac Posen and Katy Perry’s showstopping embroidered Prada number.
“When you think of the Met Gala, you expect elaborate gowns,” Lorenzo Marquez, co-founder of the style Web site Tom + Lorenzo, tells The Post. “The Vuitton looks were too short, too many cutouts, too cutesy.”
Since former Balenciaga director Nicolas Ghesquière took over the brand 2 ¹/₂ years ago, Vuitton has upped its red-carpet presence — and created some polarizing celebrity looks. They include the full-length red leather dress Selena Gomez wore to January’s UNICEF Gala, as well as the see-through black macrame fringe top she donned at 2015’s InStyle Awards.
“I don’t think anyone expected to see aggressive ’90s boots at the Met Gala,” says Jessica Morgan, of the celeb-style site Go Fug Yourself, who personally thought the boots were fresh. “But if you don’t go a little off the beaten path there, where else can you?”
Still, Morgan does draw the line at some of the frumpier Vuitton frocks on display: “That dress Michelle Williams wore was just bad.”
Still, by thumbing its nose at high-impact glamour — and rankling traditionalists — Vuitton may be making itself more relevant to the masses.
As it turns out, most women don’t have much use for outsize gowns requiring entourages for unfettered movement.
The same thing, however, can’t be said for Vuitton’s quirky, accessible looks. Case in point: The shopping site Polyvore had a 70 percent increase in searches for heeled combat boots after the Met Gala.
“People want to dress like Selena Gomez and Michelle Williams,” says Yahoo Style news editor Lauren Tuck. “This is one of the biggest fashion stages in the world, so if brands have the opportunity to dress the biggest influencers out there, they’d be crazy not to dress them in clothes consumers really want — and can get.”
These celebs have suffered from questionable Louis Vuitton fashion choices