All the Secret Meanings and Tributes to Karl Lagerfeld in the Stars’ Met Gala Manicures

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In true Karl Lagerfeld fashion, we prepped three options for @JLO so we could see which one would best compliment her @ralphlauren look.
Then I painted two coats of #FairyTailor by @essie on the entire nail.
Followed by a coat of #Licorice down the side in a diagonal motion across to the opposite edge of the tip.

Add a coat of Gel Couture Long-Lasting Matte Nail Polish Top Coat on top of #FairyTailor only and then finish with a coat of Stay Longer Top Coat on top of #Licorice for a patent leather gloss.

Lastly I hand placed Black Diamonds to create the signature CC

An ode to Karl, the iconic Chanel Camellia on @mirandakerr

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The 2023 Met Gala theme, as always, links to the spring fashion exhibition at the museum. This year, that’s “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” and as stars paraded in their very best this first Monday of May, they found a novel way to honor the late designer in their red carpet looks.

2023 was the year of the secret mani message, with lots of little tributes to be found on celebs’ nails—if you know where to look. Lucky for you, we do. And we’ve been keeping tabs on them for you. Here are all the manicure tributes you might have missed.

Madelyn Cline Added a Fleur-de-Lis

Hailey Bieber’s manicurist brought glazed-doughnut nails back to the trend’s birthplace—the Met Gala—for this simple, chic, and elegant mani on Madelyn Cline.

Sticking with the very-much-trending simple nude base and natural look, the pair added a fleur-de-lis charm to honor Karl Lagerfeld, matching his tie pin.

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J.Lo Featured the Signature “CC” Logo in Gems

One of Tom Bachik’s three prepped options for J.Lo’s Met Gala mani, the winning set features a diagonal sweep of a black patent leather effect over a nude base finished with hand-placed black diamonds to create the signature “CC” logo.

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Miranda Kerr Wore the Chanel Camellia

Kim Truong created this simple, natural nude mani for Miranda Kerr but with a special touch painted on: “an ode to Karl, the iconic Chanel camellia.”

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Elle Fanning Added Lace Inspiration

Mary Soul and Elle Fanning created “lace nail gloves” inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s infamous accessory.

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Rihanna Featured 3D Camellias

Once again using the Chanel camellia emblem, RiRi went for a clear white nude with long square tips embellished with perfect 3D white camellias, just like on the iconic packaging. The look was created by Maria Salandra.

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