After a yearlong delay attributable to COVID-19, this yr’s Met Gala kicked off Monday with a bevy of shock superstars and a theme celebrating American fashion.
Typically going down on the primary Monday in May, the 73rd annual exhibition was cut up into two components for 2021 after its cancellation in 2020 because of the pandemic. Its theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” is Part 1 of a bigger, two-part “In America” present.
Unlike previous exhibits, this primary half will final a full yr, coinciding for a number of months with Part 2, “An Anthology of Fashion,” which is able to open in early May — when, everybody desperately hopes, a full-sized Met Gala might be held.
In lieu of that full-sized occasion, Monday evening’s festivities kicked off with a marching band and a gymnast — and early carpet walkers in sultry, sparkly seems.
This yr, the gala is co-hosted by Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman and Naomi Osaka. Honorary chairs are Tom Ford and sponsor Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, alongside Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who has served as chair for each Met Gala since 1995.
Keke Palmer was one of many first stars to reach, carrying a surprising, earth-tone physique robe with a practice by Sergio Hudson. The designer’s star rose earlier this yr when he dressed each U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris and former first woman Michelle Obama.
Meanwhile, Dune star Timothée Chalamet turned heads together with his all-white ensemble, completed by a pair of Converse high-tops.
Chalamet has develop into considerably of a drive in the fashion world, lauded by quite a few shops as the most effective dressed males in Hollywood. When saying his Met Gala hosting-duties, Vogue famous his “sudden mixture of streetwear, lack of a stylist and embrace of avant-garde labels,” as setting his fashion decisions aside.
Singer Billie Eilish, in the meantime, shocked with a flowing robe replete with a flowing practice, requiring helpers to hold and clean it out as she entered the occasion.
In selecting the Oscar de la Renta-crafted costume, Eilish mentioned she felt like “it was time” to discover a unique model of femininity, diverging from her usually streetwear-inspired previous outfits.
Rap star Lil Nas X glittered in gold, displaying off in a one piece swimsuit that was solely revealed underneath a full physique cape and golden swimsuit of armour.
Co-chair Amanda Gorman, in the meantime, was breathtaking in customized Vera Wang, with a diamond laureate in her hair.
Gorman’s costume, which included greater than 3,000 hand-sewn crystals, was made to evoke a starry evening sky. She instructed Vogue she felt like Lady Liberty, reimagined. Her crown, the star poet mentioned, was a nod to publishing.
The last host, Naomi Osaka, wished to have fun all her cultures — Japanese, Haitian and American — and picked a Louis Vuitton robe designed in collaboration together with her sister, Mari Osaka.
It was a swirling blue, aqua and purple print, with lengthy, black ruffle sleeves and a large pink sash.
Plenty of Canadian stars additionally made a splash with their fashion decisions. Singer Grimes confirmed up in a Dune-influenced costume, Elliot Page modelled a easy, tie-less black swimsuit and Schitt’s Creek actor Dan Levy shocked in a blue confection from Loewe.
It had, in line with the model, “printed leg of mutton sleeves” on a polo shirt with an appliqué of two males kissing.
Justin Bieber made a displaying in a darkish swimsuit and suitcase from Drew House, the singer’s fashion line. He arrived together with his spouse, Hailey Bieber, whose black column robe was an ideal match for Justin’s outfit.
Canadian tennis stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Leylah Annie Fernandez arrived to the occasion barely later.
But as athletes displaying off their fashion prowess, they weren’t alone. Gymnasts Nia Dennis and Simone Biles made an look — Dennis in a smooth blue bodysuit and Biles in a flowing robe.
While Chance the Rapper, alongside together with his companion Kirsten Coley, additionally appeared in co-ordinating black outfits.
And Yara Shahidi wore silver customized Dior full with a headpiece, saying she was influenced by performer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker.
New Zealand pop star Lorde, who just lately re-entered public life with the discharge of her album Solar Power, arrived with a crown.
Gigi Hadid revealed a Prada outfit paired with beautiful pink hair, whereas Jennifer Lopez’s Ralph Lauren look had a definite Old West inspiration.
Frank Ocean’s surreal fashion alternative included an understated Prada jacket paired with a inexperienced robotic child that moved seemingly by itself as he walked up the steps to the ceremony.
Anna Wintour arrived early, with a wave to the group, accompanied by her pregnant daughter, Bee, in a floral design with ruffles on the neck.
Considered fashion’s greatest evening, A-list company from music, movie, TV, tech and past are inspired to embrace the theme of the brand new exhibition every year as they slowly make their approach up the museum’s red-carpeted stairs.
Interpretation is every little thing in the case of how they costume — and the way they enter.