After much anticipation and a yearlong delay due to covid-19, the 2021 most fashionable show in New York City, Met Gala was finally held yesterday (Monday, 13, September), with Hollywood’s biggest stars showing up for the colorful event.
The guest list was limited because of safety protocols but many popular actors, singers, athletes, and red-carpet pros attended the glitzy event.
Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman, and movie star Naomi Osaka were the event’s co-chairs, while designer and filmmaker Tom Ford, Instagram head Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour held the title of honorary chairs.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ dress at her first Met Gala appearance was a suffragette white gown, with tuxedo detailing more typically seen in menswear. But when she turned around, it had the message: “Tax the Rich” printed in bold, red typeface across the entire back bodice. The dress was designed by creative director Aurora James of Brother Vellis.
Lupita Nyong’o showed up wearing a full denim dress with her hair masterfully styled on top of her head in a manner that showed off her natural texture at every angle.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were also present. Wearing Ralph Lauren, Lopez’ outfit was also an exercise in remembrance, with a plunging neckline that harked back to her Versace Oscars and a matching cowboy hat.
American rapper Lil Nas X debuted at the Met Gala dressed in all gold by Versace. The rapper arrived draped in a regal velvet cape. He threw this off to reveal a reflective suit of armor beneath. Then, unclasped that to show off his final look: a crystal-studded catsuit. Lil Nas X told reporters on the carpet that the drawn-out show was symbolic of his “coming out of his shell” over the past year.
Frank Ocean was accompanied by a ghoulish robotic baby whose head appeared to move on its own accord, meeting photographers with a steely, horrifying gaze. Decked out in a printed onesie, the infant, whose name is Cody, matched its father’s freshly dyed buzzcut.
Kim Kardashian wore an all-black, fetish-inspired outfit with her face fully covered. Her Met Gala gown was designed by Kanye West himself.
The invitation listed the dress code as “American independence.”