20 of the best menswear looks from the 2018 Met Gala

A gathering of star-studded VIP saints and sinners congregated at this year's Met Gala Ball in New York – where guests were asked to embrace this year's exhibition theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination". This was the year for the decadent gent in search of the Holy Grail and turned to the Vatican for inspiration all in the name of fashion.

Some of Hollywood's leading men embraced the holy dress code with literal gusto, while others  for whatever reasons deviated from its religious connotations.

Saint Gucci

Leading the pack was actor and musician Jared Leto who channelled Soundgarden's Jesus Christ Pose video clip from 1991, walking the red carpet in an aged gold and metal crown for a modern-day crucifixion.

Leto's Book of Gucci ensemble preached the sartorial verse according to its creative director Alessandro Michele. He wore a custom Gucci blue silk moireè one button jacket with a black velvet oversized lapel. Teamed with an embroidered liturgical stole – a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church  – Leto is proof that cult like followers can be found within the fashion house where ironic gesture is part of its daily motto.

Revelations

Chadwick Boseman shone in a white Versace suit and cape. There was plenty of golden embroidery in this stately look. He combined saintly white attire with a sparkly pair of Christian Louboutin shoes for cool wow factor.

Race car driver Lewis Hamilton joined the Hilfiger crew at the Met Gala and brought a sport luxe look to priestly fashion theme. He wore sneakers with blinged-up lapels in an all-white and all-bright suit combo that looked more MTV video clip than most.

Channelling the dark side of Catholicism were those who ditched whites for more traditional Gala gear. Travis Scott kept it chic in a black Alexander Wang suit and Christian Louboutin suede black shoes while Shaun White opted for greener pastures with textured pants and an embroidered collarless jacket with a peacock cue by Etro. George Clooney writes his own fashion rules – going against the grain in a classic tuxedo for the night.

Idris Elba wore black by Givenchy and Justin Theroux turned up in Louis Vuitton complete with leather lapels on a brooding black dinner suit.

Epiphanies

America's Vogue Editor at Large Hamish Bowles turned to Instagram to reveal his suit by Valentino Alta Moda – where wings were renaissance-like and painterly on the back of his cropped dinner suit in dusty mauve.

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Sarah Jessica Parker's plus one, Andy Cohen, certainly turned heads this year. They coordinated outfits and wore Dolce & Gabbana – Cohen's regal coat cape with beading was decadent and stunning.

Despite not being quite as focused on the theme as their peers, stand out examples on how to rock a red carpet without blending in were made by Donald Glover – he wore a dark purple Gucci tuxedo with white loafers – and Andrew Garfield, who opted for a red velvet tuxedo jacket matched with black suit pants.

Check out the gallery above to see some of the best and worst looks from the 2018 Met Gala.