Whilst fashion has a habit of saying naff stuff like “purple is the new pink”, the second Monday in September is officially the new first Monday in May. The Met Gala is officially back, celebrating the opening of In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, the first of two exhibitions by the Costume Institute which will celebrate all things fashion stateside. As always, the red carpet provided plenty of looks, laughs and absolutely loads to talk about. Let’s get stuck in.
1. Guests still aren’t following the theme
Every Met Gala, high fashion Twitter is up in arms about celebrity guests not following the theme. As last night’s red carpet was predicted to be an all-American affair, you probably expected star-bangled fashions by the plentiful. Wrong. Whilst Debbie Harry wore a red, white and blue Zac Posen ensemble, and American designers from Christopher John Rogers through to Michael Kors dressed celebrity guests, it’s safe to say the theme is still very much open for interpretation.
2. Belly-baring is back!
After months of sitting at home in food-stained sweats, the biggest stars in the globe were well up for showing a bit of flesh, and we’re here for it! Everyone from Hunter Schafer and Lourdes Leon, through to Lily-Rose Depp, had their mid-riffs showing (which in the case of Lil Nas X, was gold, chiselled abs courtesy of Versace).
3. Lil Nas X is a fashion force to be reckoned with
It’s not news that Lil Nas X pulls some of the most exciting looks on the red carpets these days. But last night’s events cemented the global star was one of fashion’s most ferocious forces. Pulling a Lady Gaga à la the 2019 Met Gala, Lil Nas X had not one, not two, but three golden looks courtesy of Versace, which he peeled off on the red carpet. A true showman.
4. Baby’s are welcome
Can’t sort out child care for the night of the Met? Just bring your kid along. Despite having one of the most exclusive guest lists of any event on the planet, Frank Ocean managed to sneak his little one on the red carpet. Well, he’s not technically a father just yet. The singer’s +1 for the evening was his neon green robot baby, who’s lovingly called Cody – a product of Ocean’s new lifestyle brand, Homer.
5. Quilts are Met Gala approved
Months and months of endless lockdowns have brought the inner recluse out of us all, celebrities included. Never fear, though, you can just bring your duvet out into the world with you – like A$AP Rocky did last night, albeit a very nice one from ERL.
6. As are converse
If Timothée Chalamet can wear Chuck Taylors to the met, what’s stopping you from wearing a pair to your own wedding?
7. Kink is cool
First, it was Gossip Girl’s Evan Mock rocking a Thom Browne gimp mask, then Kim Kardashian turned up completely cloaked in Balenciaga. It was all a bit kinky, quite BDSM, we might add. Did this year’s invite come with a safe word?
8. Everyone’s talking about Demna
It seemed the celebrity world was just as obsessed with Demna Gvasalia‘s Balenciaga couture debut as the fashion pack. Rihanna, Michaela Coal, Tracee Ellis Ross, Isabelle Huppert, Elliot Page and Kim K all wore custom Balenciaga on the red carpet, providing some of the standout looks of the evening.
9. Hublot brought the bling
10. The fashion clans showed up and showed out
The fashion equivalent to Regina George’s “You can’t with us”, celebs stalked the red carpet in excellently dressed formations. From the Valentino’s Normani, Whoopi Goldberg and Carey Mulligan (all in couture), Chanel’s Lily-Rose Depp and Kristen Stewart, Louis Vuitton’s Emma Chamberlain and Naomi Osaka, and Dior’s Yara Shahidi and Cara Delevingne – we can’t decide which girl gang we want to join.
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