Irina Shayk says people thought she was joking when she said she planned to wear sweatpants to a 2023 Met Gala after-party

  • Irina Shayk wore sweatpants to a 2023 Met Gala after-party.

  • In an interview with CNN, she said she didn't want to be uncomfortable as she celebrated.

  • Shayk also said she gravitates toward clothes that aren't high-fashion in her day-to-day life.

Irina Shayk reflected on her 2023 Met Gala after-party look in a new interview with CNN.

Shayk, 37, is currently attending the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, and she spoke to CNN's Nicole Mowbray about her approach to red-carpet fashion for the festival.

The model has worn a series of daring, high-fashion looks at Cannes this year, including sheer dresses and bold two-pieces.

On Monday, she wore what is arguably her boldest Cannes look yet, an entirely see-through slip over a Gucci lingerie set.

Irina Shayk at Hotel Martinez during the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
Irina Shayk at Hôtel Martinez during the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images

But in her conversation with Mowbray, Shayk said likes wearing more "comfortable" clothing during her personal time.

"Off duty, I'm always casual," she said. "I love feeling comfortable going through my day, whether I'm doing school pickups, work meetings, or parent things."

She also noted she intentionally wore a comfortable outfit after the 2023 Met Gala, which honored the late designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Shayk walked the Met Gala carpet in a glamorous Yohji Yamamoto gown. But after the event, she changed into a casual pair of sweatpants and a white tank top, which she wore with heels and no bra.

"I even wore sweatpants to the Met Gala after-party. When I told people my second look for that event was sweatpants and a T-shirt, people thought I was joking, but I wasn't," she said during her interview with CNN. "There was no way I was going to party and enjoy myself with a corset dress on. I wanted to be comfortable and feel like myself."

Irina Shayk attends a 2023 Met Gala after party.
Irina Shayk attends a 2023 Met Gala after-party.Gotham/GC Images

Shayk's look was notable considering Lagerfeld had explicitly condemned sweatpants in his book "The World According to Karl," which was published in 2013.

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat," the designer wrote. "You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants."

But Shayk, who shares her 6-year-old daughter Lea De Seine with Bradley Cooper, said in her CNN interview that she thinks sweats can be "chic."

"I think you can wear a tracksuit and still be chic and classy," she told Mowbray. "The Cannes red carpet was the opposite of my everyday life. And that's kind of why I enjoy it so much."

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