Nobody brought nail game to the red carpet quite like Rita Ora. Met Gala 2023 saw some impressive fashion moments from the likes of Dua Lipa, Sydney Sweeney Michaela Coel and more at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on Monday, May 1, but Mrs. Taika Waititi stood up from the stylish pack not only with the dress on her bod (a gorgeous sheer black Prabal Gurung gown with lace floral appliques and an extensive train) but also the diamonds dripping from her nails.
Yes, in one of the boldest beauty looks of the event, the "Let Me Love You" pop star sported a long black manicure finished with jewels, pearls and chains that draped dramatically down the sides of her dress. (Her second-best accessory? Her director hubby, who coordinated with his bride in a gunmetal blazer, white trousers, black loafers and a multi-strand of pearls.)
Clearly inspired by Chanel (this year's Met Gala theme is "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty," inspired by the fashion house's famous creative director), the edgy embellishments were reportedly from Buccellati, which also adorned the singer in pearl bracelets, gold cuffs and cocktail earrings worth a cool, cumulative $90,000.
Fans react to those show-stopping Rita Ora Met Gala nails:
Though Ora's nail look is certainly bold (and, frankly, we don't know how functional those things are—we can barely type on an iPhone with regular acrylics!), fans are positively loving the star's dressed-up digits:
RITA ORA DIDNT COME TO PLAY WITH THE NAILS SITUATION WOW I BOW DOWN pic.twitter.com/A6efms0dcjMay 1, 2023
Was not expecting Rita Ora to serve so hard on that met gala red carpet. Like I’m OBSESSED with her look and the nails???? WowMay 1, 2023
rita ora using the iconic karl's chains on her nails 😭 #MetGala pic.twitter.com/4KGy202E09May 1, 2023
can we talk about Rita Ora’s nails omgMay 1, 2023
Rita Ora at the #MetGala2023 I am obsessed!! The nails and the details are insane! pic.twitter.com/gwmT5ono3FMay 1, 2023
How to try Rita Ora-style nail jewelry for yourself:
Again, we don't think everybody can go around with nail adornments as lengthy and bold as Rita's (but again, to each their own!), but that doesn't mean you can't try to add a little razzle-dazzle to your own everyday manicure.
If you want a moody mani a la Ms. Ora, try out these OPI xPRESS/On Long Solid Color Press On Nails in "Midnight Purple" (available at Ulta) as a base and deck them out with 3D Metal Nail Chain Charms (available at Amazon), Gold Nail Art Charms (available at Amazon) and Creamy-White Pearls Heart Nail Charms (available at Amazon). It'll add the perfect pop of glam-punk to any outfit, whether you're wearing a dramatic gown like Rita or a simple tee with jeans.
Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life.
More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.
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