Though it may have seemed as though Blake Lively flew solo at this year's Met Gala, if you look closely at her gorgeous outfit, you can see that her family was with her in spirit. Lively, who arrived at Monday night's event on the arm of iconic shoe designer Christian Louboutin, paid tribute to husband Ryan Reynolds and their young daughters, 3-year-old James and 19-month-old Ines, in the details of her custom-made Judith Leiber clutch.
The entire handbag was covered in tiny, multicolored rhinestones. While the front depicted classic "sacred heart" iconography behind a veiled woman—in keeping with the gala's theme of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination"—the back featured a riff on a medieval family crest. On top of a scarlet, blue, green, and gold striped background was a scroll reading "Reynolds." In the center of the bag, on each of the four points of a cross featuring larger jewels in the middle, were the letters B, R, J, and I, the first initials of each member of the Reynolds-Lively family. Does this count as James and Ines's first Met Gala appearance?
The clutch paired perfectly with the rest of Lively's breathtaking ensemble. She wore a crimson Versace gown with a gold, richly embroidered bodice, bejeweled straps, and an extra-long train, all of which took more than 600 hours to create by hand. Besides the meaningful handbag, she accessorized with a golden halo-esque headpiece, bright green earrings, Louboutin pumps, and a stack of gold bracelets on her left wrist.
At last year's Met Gala, Reynolds was there in his human—rather than bedazzled accessory—form. Ahead of the 2017 event, Reynolds shared a sweet love note to his wife via the popular Humans of New York Instagram account. "She always responds with empathy. She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy," he said. "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."