Holy cuteness. While Ryan Reynolds was noticeably missing from the 2018 Met Gala on Monday, May 7, his wife, Blake Lively, very subtly and adorably paid tribute to the actor and their two daughters via a hidden message embedded within her outfit.
Lively, with her voluminous skirt, arrived on a bus alongside legendary shoe designer Christian Louboutin. The Age of Adaline beauty did not disappoint at this year’s party in a custom, oxblood-hued gown by Versace, featuring a gloriously long train. The star’s glittering, embroidered gown took more than 600 hours to make, and while that piece was up front and center against the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was Lively’s clutch that added a sentimental touch to her ensemble at this year’s Met Ball.
With the accessory, Lively nodded to the theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” as well as her adorable family of four. The piece, a custom clutch by Judith Leiber embellished with rhinestones, included a call-out to the Lively-Reynolds household in the design of a cross. Each point of the symbol included an extended initial—B (for Blake), R (for Ryan), J (for daughter James) and I (for youngest daughter Ines).
“Judith Leiber’s lasting legacy lives on,” the brand noted on Instagram. “Blake Lively carries a custom Seamless Sacred Heart on the #MetGala red carpet tonight.”
Reynolds and Lively memorably made headlines at the 2017 Met Gala after they were featured on Humans of New York. In an interview with Brandon Stanton, Reynolds praised his wife for her character.
“She always responds with empathy,” the Deadpool star said. “She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She’ll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were five or six years old. And she’s made me a more empathetic person. I had a very fractured relationship with my father. Before he died, she made me remember things I didn’t want to remember. She made me remember the good times.”
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