There were so many celebrities on the red carpet at the Met Gala on Monday that you’d think fashion itself had gone stale.
Last year we were denied the chance to see very beautiful people dressed in clothes we couldn’t afford, as the 2020 event was canceled due to the pandemic.
Fortunately, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual feather and glitter show is back in shape this year, with the event’s veterans photographed alongside plenty of young stars who were showing off their debut party.
Previous themes of the event have included punk, camping, Catholicism, and technology, but The Met kept things locally grown for 2021. In America: The Fashion Dictionary invited guests to celebrate the United States, its history, and its greatest designers.
The Met Gala is the fashion industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, and sees designers, models, and Hollywood stars come together to compete for media coverage. The event raises money for the Costume Institute – the only curatorial division of the Met that has to fund itself.
You may have already seen the likes Lil Nas X, Emma Radocano and Kim Kardashian grabs the headlines. So here’s a roundup of some of the other eye-catching looks from the event, and who designed them.
1. Kim Petras wasn’t walking around
Kim Petras walked into a bar, and the waiter said “Why the long face?” Except for that slightly painful analogy, it actually speaks to her dress.
The German pop star wore a light blue Collina Strada gown with a bright floral print and a giant pony’s head sticking out from the top of the dress, as do you.
Petras said she grew up riding horses and wanted to represent “all the horse girls and men’s horses here today.”
“We could be on our best-dressed list, or worst-dressed, but hopefully it’s one of those moments people will point out,” said stylist Hilary Timor, who walked the red carpet with Petras. Remember that time Kim Petras dressed up as a horse to the Met Gala? ”
It was one of the night’s most daring looks, and supposedly set Petras into the Godfather sequel.
2. Simone Biles brought serious star quality
The gymnast’s dress may look like it’s made of feathers, but her showgirl-inspired satin gown actually features crystal embroidery that mimics feathers.
We feel the actual feathers were probably at least a little lighter.
“How do I feel in the dress? It’s heavy for sure, but I feel beautiful and strong and empowered,” Biles told Vogue before the Met Gala.
Designed by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area, this costume consisted of a hand-embroidered skirt covered in Swarovski crystals and weighing over six stones (about 40 kg), and a mini dress underneath; And a black catsuit decorated to look like a starry night sky.
3. Dan Levy can give you directions to the station
Because he featured a helpfully embroidered world map on his amazing outfit.
The Schitt’s Creek star worked with Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson to create a surround band that he said celebrates the “resilience, love and joy” of the LGBT community.
While his on-screen character David Rose would have jumped at the chance to attend the Met Gala, Levi’s reverse: “I’m a very introverted person, and I tend to avoid big parties, so this really is a huge step outside my comfort zone.”
The intricate, multi-shouldered, pastel-coloured outfit, featuring hand embroidery and beading, featured an image of two men exchanging kisses inspired by the work of the late artist and AIDS activist David Vojnarovic.
Levy explained: “Jonathan described [the look] As a superhero of society, and when I wear it, I definitely feel it. And for me, this is the America I want to be a part of.”
4. Camila and Shawn made their Met . debut
Monday’s event marked the first Met Gala for one of music’s hottest couples – Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.
The pair used to appear affectionately together on red carpets — the night before the party they appeared at the MTV VMAs, and earlier this month, the pair posed for the premiere of Cabello’s new movie Cinderella in Miami.
The Havana singer wore a purple cropped top and skirt by Michael Kors, complete with sequins and feathers.
Not one to break out of shape, Mendes also opted for a cors outfit – and looked every inch an ’80s American rock star by wearing topless under a black leather jacket. “I almost tried to get him to take that jacket off there,” Capello joked to reporters. I was like, ‘Take it off! take it off! ”
5. Please stop what you’re doing and bow to Jennifer Lopez
We said “icons only” and Jennifer Lopez replied, “Okay, I’ll be there.”
The 52-year-old singer and actress (sorry, what?), truly one of the most underrated pop stars of her time, graced the red carpet with her designer Ralph Lauren collection.
American western-inspired outfits included faux-fur sleeves, a black cowgirl hat and, as the Daily Mail says, revealed a plunging neckline.
Lopez recently met romantically with Ben Affleck, who went to the Met Gala with J Lo but didn’t walk the red carpet, opting to head straight inside. (didn’t miss much, He was wearing a fairly ordinary black tuxedo).
6. Kid Cody Gone Emo
We applaud any male stars who ditch boring suits in favor of something more interesting—and Kid Cody has worked day and night to come up with something that won’t disappoint.
His acid green hair and sultry eye makeup was almost as interesting as his look – the American rapper looked like he could have been inspired by Dennis Rodman’s party days in the ’90s.
Cody wore a Louis Vuitton ensemble, complete with a wire fleece shirt (yes we were watching The Devil Wears Prada) and sheer vinyl pants.
The look is finished off with an 18k gold and diamond astronaut chain designed by Ben Baller and KAWS.
“And for those of you who ask me…yes. Spaceman’s backpack really pops up,” Baler wrote on Twitter.
7. Grimes goes into battle
Yes, I’m well aware that face masks are no longer mandatory, as Grimes thought to herself as she geared up for the Met Gala, but don’t you think this one compliments my outfit well?
The singer (and partner Elon Musk) donned a costume inspired by the upcoming sci-fi epic Dune, and reached out to her costume designer Turner, they say in the US, to borrow an original mask from the movie from jewelry maker Chris Habana.
Grimes wore a custom Iris van Herpen dress, which the designer described as “inspired by the distant future” and spent more than 900 hours perfecting it.
Made of mirror-coated liquid silicone, the thunderbolt shapes are individually handcrafted and arranged in a 3D “laser-cut maze” on the bare illusion bodice.
8. A$AP Rocky has a new hobby
Some people learned a tool or language during lockdown, but apparently A$AP Rocky managed to make one of those patchwork quilts your Aunt Monica has always been good at.
girlfriend Rihanna wore a black ruffled Balenciaga Couture dress from the Nicolas Ghesquière Fall 2021 collection, with a beanie and Bvlgari diamonds.
In news that won’t come as a surprise to anyone who saw Rihanna live, the singer arrived very late at the Met Gala. In fact, quite late, the live broadcast stopped when she and all the other attendees were inside the parties.
You’d think dating someone called A$AP would have improved her timekeeping skills. But then again, it wouldn’t be the case if you hadn’t fallen behind on fashion.
9. Whoopi Goldberg and Carey Mulligan were each other on Valentine’s Day
With only a few months left until Christmas, what better time for Lobby Goldberg to remind everyone of her favorite Quality Street chocolate.
The legendary actress paired her big purple ruffle with bright green elbow-length gloves. Her flowing gown was designed by Valentino with six layers that helped build her bell-shaped design.
Goldberg said she was “proud” to walk the red carpet with Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, who also designed Carey Mulligan’s pink dress (strawberry cream?).
Hopefully he will aim for the green triangle look next year.
10. Ella Imhoff explained why she is a professional model
Vice President Kamala Harris’ 22-year-old daughter walked the red carpet holding the hands of Ozark star Julia Garner.
Emhoff wore a red Stella McCartney diamond mesh jumpsuit with matching pants, finishing off the futuristic look with sparkling eye stones and Cartier jewelry.
After attending her stepmother’s inauguration in January, Emhoff was captured by IMG Models, Monday saw her debut at the Met Gala.
“I’m a really passionate person,” she told the New York Times. “Although this is the Met, everyone is still allowed to feel comfortable with their own skin and style. There is no guide for how to wear this costume.”
11. Erica Badu feels so sorry if I knock on you
But her vision is somewhat disrupted by her collection designed by Thom Browne.
“Erica is an American icon, a true definition of creativity in America,” Brown said From the new Grammy Award-winning Queen of Soul.
Baddou wore a black silk Duchess dress with white satin buttons, a track coat and a strappy skirt.
But if you’re anything like us, the only thing you’ll really look at is an adorable dog sausage purse.
12. There was no shortage of political slogans
It’s only natural that Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka the AOC, would take the opportunity to make a political statement on the red carpet.
She attended with Brother Vellies designer Aurora James in a white off-the-shoulder gown that featured a tulle skirt.
And in a message we can’t imagine going down well with so many millionaires in attendance, the dress also displayed the giant words “rich tax” in red on the back.
Model Cara Delevingne took a similar approach from the red logo on her white outfit, with a bulletproof vest by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri displaying the words “Paternal Link.”
Now obviously we’re too young to know what linkage is, but she basically supports equality and women’s rights.
“If someone doesn’t know what this means, you’re going to have to look up,” Delevingne told Vogue. “It’s about women’s empowerment, it’s about gender equality – it’s a bit like, ‘sticking to the man.'”
13. Some took it more seriously than others
In a year when most celebrities have shrugged off the topic and dressed up as they liked, we’ll dedicate this latest entry to fashion legend Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, De Oklepo.
While Hilfiger wore a fairly casual but sharp suit, Ocleppo apparently got the American note and wore a dress honoring the American flag.
It was red, it had white and blue stripes on it, well, it didn’t have any stars, but it looked elegant and trendy while keeping with the theme.
Blondie singer Debbie Harry was one of the other celebrities who referenced the flag in her outfit (below).
Debbie and Dee, we salute you.
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