At the Met Gala, we've learned to anticipate the unexpected, and this year was no exception. The much-anticipated "gilded glamour" dress code was welcomed with edgy, contemporary, and showy interpretations (think Ben Platt in a corset, Cardi B practically coated in gold, and Kim Kardashian channeling Marilyn Monroe), but the most unexpected trend of the night? All-black outfits. Indeed, it looks that golden elegance is goth in 2022.

Both the show and the dress code were inspired by late-nineteenth-century aesthetics, which conjure up visions of gold-painted richness, colorful layers, and extravagant saturated embroidery. Instead of dressing like extras from HBO's upcoming miniseries The Gilded Age, several celebrities opted to defy expectations by adorning the Met's stairs in monochrome black gowns. Is it a mirror of our present bleak circumstances? Is it a response to all of the Serotonin-boosting brights we've seen this spring? Did these celebrities just run out of outfits? Who can say?

Despite the fact that several outfits diverged from the theme (as is customary), the 2022 Met Gala was full of magnificent style trap the cat moments fit for the largest night in fashion. From white-tie goth to gender-bending elegance, we lay down the greatest red carpet statements below.

Glitz meets goth
Just because something is dark doesn't make it boring. These monochrome and somber outfits might be seen as a rejection of Gilded Age fashion's colorful grandeur. The vibrant color represents strength, elegance, and refinement, and many visitors brought it all to the Met's stairs.

Normani, Phoebe Dyvenor, Irina Shayk, Maude Apatow, Kendall Jenner, and Joan Smalls were among the celebrities that dressed in all black for the black-tie event. Some participants, such as Lenny Kravitz and Bella Hadid, embraced bondage images with leather and lace corsetry accents in their costumes. Others, such as Vanessa Hudgens and Karlie Kloss, wore black dresses with transparent lace-embroidered embellishments and somber makeup to exude stylish sorceress vibes.

With so many all-black Met Gala ensembles, defying conventions is a guaranteed trend for 2022.