Met Gala is usually in the news for the strange yet fashionable outfits that the stars wear and strut their stuff on the red carpet. This year the major event got postponed from the scheduled date because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Of course, the guests were required to come up with their vaccination certificates and wear masks at all times, except for the time they were drinking and eating.
The Met Gala set off Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual sartorial exhibit, which may happen in two parts. The first show was called, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. Met Gala is celebrating The Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary. Here are some of the standout looks from the mega event.
Met Gala queen, Rihanna, stunned everyone in her huge black Balenciaga look and was hat accompanied by A$ap Rocky wearing a multicolored quilted number. She embellished the look with over 267 carats of Bulgari diamonds, including her stunning two choker necklaces.
Naomi Osaka’s beautiful corset dress complete with a ruffled cape and long train created a flutter on the red carpet. The print covering the dress was a digital watercolor art piece and was created by Mari, the tennis champ’s sister. The koi fish was a lot like the Japanese heritage. However, Osaka’s hairstyle was what set her apart – her braided updo with two flared updos created a stunning look. It was said to be a nod to the Haitian school girl style and inspired by the Onna-Musha warriors of Japan.
While Naomi Osaka owned her over-the-top panache, there was another mysterious guest who appeared in a complete head-to-toe black dress, even covering her face, mouth, eyes, and head. It was just her ponytail that was visible, and everyone realized it was the inimitable Kim Kardashian. The star rocked her black Balenciaga gown complete with a matching mask and her face was completely obscured.
Singer Billie Eilish ditched her typical bright colors and her trademark clothes for a stunning Oscar de la Renta gown. She paired the nude tulle gown with Cartier jewelry and rounded off her look with a bob ala Marilyn Monroe. Her look was inspired by a Barbie doll.
Canadian musician Grimes was just one of the few celebrities who wore a face mask to the event. She was channelizing her yet-to-release sci-fi film, Dune, and took along a sword and wore a sheer dress with it. The sword was made of the melted-down Colt AR-15 A3 rifles. That is one of the most unusual looks you saw at the event.
Actress Hailee Steinfeld’s look was also completely unrecognizable as she changed her hair color. The stark change in her hair color going from brunette to blonde and even, bleaching her eyebrows, surprised her audiences. She was pretty unrecognizable and it was only her distinctive little beauty marks that proved that it was Hailee and not anyone else.
Chamberlain’s gorgeous metallic, gold dress, designed by Louis Vuitton was a knockout. It had deep a V-neckline before and had a statement-making stomach cutout. The miniskirt had a side train on the right side, and the dress had a deep back. Chamberlain, paired off the look with gold shoes and jewelry.
Supermodel Kendall Jenner is not new to the Met Gala, and time and again has impressed everyone with her looks. She wore a sheer dress. The gown was embellished with crystals and had a fishtail train with a beautiful neckpiece and it was a nod to Audrey Hepburn’s look in My Fair Lady.
British actress Gemma Chan looked her stunning best in her embellished Prabal Gurung mini dress, with a dramatic mint-green train. The dress was a tribute to Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American film star, boasting of Hollywood’s golden era. The actress completed her look in Harry Winston’s jewelry.
Many other looks were distinctive but these are the few of our favorite ones that were a combination of beauty, oodles of chutzpah, and verve! While the Met Gala is one of the most distinctive and artistic portrayals of fashion, it sets an example forward for traveling off the beaten path, yet coming up trumps, every time.