Recovering from last year’s cancellation, fashion’s biggest night out makes a star-studded comeback. The extravagant first Monday of May might have returned as a more intimate second Monday of September, but the spirit of the festivities remain unaltered. Met Gala 2021 did not disappoint! The theme for this year’s sartorial celebration was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, marking the 75th anniversary of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Honorary chairs for the evening included Ana Wintour, designer Tom Ford and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri.
A Gen Z dream team, the co-chairs for the event featured singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, actor Timothee Chalamet, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, and poet Amanda Gorman. The Met Gala for part two of the exhibition – “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” will take place on Monday, 2nd May 2022, hopefully in its usual larger-than-life setting. Cutting to the chase, here are some of the best red carpet looks from this year’s event:
1. Rihanna in Balenciaga and ASAP Rocky in ERL
The true definition of fashionably late, Rihanna and her beau ASAP Rocky came to claim their Met Gala throne. Rihanna wore a dramatic black Balenciaga dress with Bvlgari diamonds while ASAP Rocky took a more colourful route, draped in an ERL quilt.
2. Kendall Jenner in Givenchy and Gigi Hadid in Prada
Supermodel besties Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid bought the glam to the party in gorgeous Givenchy and Prada gowns.
3. Hailey Bieber in Saint Laurent and Justin Bieber in La Maison Drew
Make way for the Biebers! The couple made heads turn as they twinned in monochrome ensembles on the Met Gala steps. Adding a touch of sparkle to her all-black outfit, Hailey wore Tiffany & Co. jewellery set in platinum.
4. Lil Nas X in Versace
Lil Nas X looked ravishing as he told a three-part LGBTQ + American fairytale with his Versace ensemble. The dramatic cape represented concealing one’s true self, the gold armour underneath is a symbol of protection, and finally, the skin-tight bodysuit represents living life unapologetically as one’s true self.
5. Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes in Michael Kors
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes gave major #couplegoals energy in contrasting Michael Kors outfits.
6. Jennifer Lopez in Ralph Lauren
Cowgirl meets red carpet! Jennifer Lopez dazzled in a high-leg slit Ralph Lauren dress.
7. Emily Ratajkowski in Vera Wang
Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski raised temperatures in a lacy Vera Wang gown featuring sheer panels and a dramatic train.
8. Iman in Harris Reed
Somali-American supermodel Iman had all eyes on her as she entered in a gold feathered headpiece and matching hoop skirt cage.
9. Megan Fox in Dundas
The woman of the hour, Megan Fox brought the fire with her in a plunging lace-up red gown by Peter Dundas.
10. Timothee Chalamet in Haider Ackermann
In true Gen Z style, Timothee Chalamet put his twist to formalwear in a Haider Ackermann double-breasted jacket with matching sweatpants. He had Converse sneakers on his feet and Cartier brooches on his sweats.
11. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Brother Vellies
Making political statements at her Met Gala debut, Democratic congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortex grabbed eyeballs in her “tax the rich” dress by Brother Vellies.
12. Emily Blunt in Miu Miu
She’s beauty and she’s grace. Emily Blunt channelled old Hollywood glamour in a Hedy Lamarr-inspired Miu Miu ensemble.
13. Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta
A 180-degree turn from her usual style, Billie Eilish wore a show-stopping ball gown by Oscar de la Renta and Cartier High Jewelry earrings with diamonds, set in platinum.
14. Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga
Kim Kardashian’s all-black, head-to-toe (literally) Balenciaga outfit may have triggered a chain of internet memes but it made a statement nonetheless.
15. Dan Levy in Loewe
Our favourite Schitt’s Creek star made his Met Gala debut in a dramatic Loewe ensemble that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.