“I have known Riccardo for years,” Shayk shared in a post-ball debrief. “He is a dear friend and such a special part of my life. To be one of the first people to wear his designs to the Met is such an honour.” The midnight-blue velvet gown with a deep V-neck, exaggerated shoulders and sleeves extending into gloves was a collaborative process that Shayk calls simply “a dream”.
“Riccardo and I discussed the glamour as much as the dress – it’s really about the complete look,” said Shayk. “The dress has such dramatic elements, so we really wanted to balance that with minimal, chic make-up and hair.”
Even the most minimal red-carpet beauty requires a glam squad, however, and Shayk always works with the same team – hair stylists Jacob Rozenberg and Harry Josh (who also do Gisele BŁndchen’s hair) and make-up artist Tatyana Makarova, who naturally used Burberry beauty products. “Things are always streamlined but fun when we work together,” she says. “Good food and good music is a must.”
Shayk’s choice of gala fuel? A plate of pasta – specifically, a double-whammy of tomato-based fusilli and tagliatelle served in a white sauce. Photographer Rowan Papier was on hand to capture the model tucking into her dinner for a set of candid photographs shared exclusively with Vogue. Dessert came courtesy of a Snickers bar, with a limited-edition “Shady” wrapper for added pictorial impact.
The model and designer might have teamed up numerous times – Shayk is a regular in Tisci’s campaign line-ups – but creating a costume together was a different kind of process. “Camp is everything,“ she smiled, referring to the theme and dress code. “Our look is elegant but has an edge.”