Met Gala: the fashionable end of Rihanna closes the show
Fashion night has finally returned, and it was worth the wait.
Putting an end to fashion, Rihanna was the last guest to arrive at the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on Tuesday (NZT), making her entrance after the Vogue The live broadcast of the red carpet was over.
But she made an entry in the record books nonetheless, wearing an oversized black Balenciaga overcoat and matching beanie.
For Rihanna, longtime Met Gala fan and critical favorite, it was her seventh gala. Her 2015 Guo Pei look has become synonymous with Met Gala fashion.
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The beauty mogul, who is said to have hosted the gala’s after-party, was joined by her boyfriend, ASAP Rocky. Rocky wore what can only be described as an Eli Russell Linnetz quilt.
Also wearing Balenciaga, Kim Kardashian caused a stir as she walked the cream carpet in the Met Gala completely wrapped in black.
The head-to-toe look, including the matching balaclava, was the work of Balenciaga Creative Director Demna Gvasalia.
This is the second time in a week that the keeping up with the Kardashians star sported a body-covering fashion look. On Saturday, she attended New York Fashion Week in a bondage-inspired Balenciaga outfit that included a black leather zip-up mask and a matching trench coat, pants, gloves and heeled boots.
Vogue Cover star Lorde was at her third Met Gala, arriving just ahead of compatriot Kiwi Taika Waititi.
Speaking on the mat, Lorde, who described herself as an “alien” in America, said this year’s event had “incredible energy” that sounded like “America as we know.”
Lorde wore a custom design from Bode.
Waititi has arrived with his pop star girlfriend Rita Ora. The couple shared a playful moment with TV host Jimmy Fallon before climbing the sacred steps of the Metropolitan Museum.
Ora wore a dazzling two-piece number from Prada, filled with a jeweled manicure that spelled her name, while Waititi matched a Prada tuxedo.
Ora recently sparked engagement rumors by hiding her wedding ring finger in a social media post.
Tessa Thompson, who was pictured with Waititi and Ora in June, entered the gala on her own, looking extremely chic in an Iris Van Herpen minidress and cowboy hat.
Billie Eilish floated the runway during her Met Gala debut, channeling Marilyn Monroe in a dreamy blush dress by Oscar de la Renta.
In her first Met Gala appearance, New York Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a bold political and fashion statement. Ocasio-Cortez chose to wear a white dress from Brother Vellies, with the words “Tax the rich” sprawled across the back in big red letters.
The first big cheer from the crowd of spectators came with the arrival of Dune star Timothée Chalamet, who is one of the co-chairs of the event this year.
Like many of us watching from home, Chalamet wore sweatpants. He dressed in an all-white outfit which he described as “my tribute to Chuck Taylor”, paired with a Rick Owens top and a Haider Ackermann blazer.
Simone Biles proved just how strong she is by swapping her leotard for an Area sequined dress covered in 40 kilograms of Swarovski crystals. The gymnast said Vogue the dress made her feel “beautiful, strong and empowered”.
Debbie Harry and Zac Posen walked together. Posen designed Harry’s red, white and blue patriotic dress.
Kristen Stewart, who plays Princess Diana in the next biopic Spencer, came out in a rockabilly-esque Chanel look. Stewart has been an ambassador for the French fashion house for eight years and always brings her unique touch to their outfits.
In a rare public appearance, singer Frank Ocean attended the gala in a relaxed three-piece look from Prada worn over a white T-shirt. In what is set to be a first Met Gala, Ocean brought a slimy green animatronic robot baby on the runway with him.
Lil Nas X didn’t hesitate to make his gala debut. Taking inspiration from Lady Gaga’s playbook, the Montero The artist showed off a trio of breathtaking outfits from Donatella Versace upon her entry.
The first was a royal golden cloak with a long train and heavy pearls. Lil Nas took it off to reveal a full bodysuit of golden armor. In a show of decent excess, Lil Nas arguably left the best for last with a bodycon bodysuit covered in sparkling crystals and a Versace print.
To celebrate her mixed heritage, four-time tennis Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka stepped out in a thrilling Louis Vuitton outfit that featured a 50-yard silk hem and a watercolor design of Osaka’s sister, Mari.
Iman made a grand entrance in a larger-than-life look from designer Harris Reed. I don’t know how you sit in something like this, but it looks amazing.
Whoopi Goldberg was present as a guest of Valentino. Goldberg looked just lovely in a playful purple ruffled coat, teal dress, and peppermint gloves.
Goldberg said fashion was important to her because “anyone who has an idea of who she is can participate in it.”
Another Valentino guest, Carey Mulligan, donned a perfectly fitted hot pink Valentino dress.
The always famous Pete Davidson arrived at Thom Browne. In a very funny interview with Vogue host Keke Palmer, Davidson said he wore the mark “because they invited me”. The Saturday Night Live The star said he was eagerly waiting for people to “watch” the event and chose to wear sunglasses so people wouldn’t see him looking at them.
Poet Amanda German, also a co-host of the event, looked amazing in an electric blue Vera Wang gown inspired by the Statue of Liberty.
Gorman was a memorable part of US President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, in which she performed his poem The hill that we climb. His look here and the message behind him were just as visionary.
Continuing the presidential note, Ella Emhoff, daughter-in-law of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, arrived in a red bodysuit adorned with Stella McCartney jewelry.
Like Kim Kardashian, I can destroy you designer Michaela Coel wore Balenciaga. She chose to leave the face covering at home.
Like his TV series Schitt CreekDan Levy’s outfit was charming and political. His custom card-printed suit by Loewe used images of two men kissing from a piece of art by David Wojnarovicz, an American multimedia artist and LGBTQIA + activist.
Via his Instagram account, Levy said that with his outfit he “wanted to celebrate queer love and visibility” – acknowledging how artists like Wojnarovicz had to fight, while presenting the images in a way that offered a message of hope.
“Tonight, we celebrate the resilience, love and joy of the community while honoring a crucial American voice that was taken from us too soon.”
Tennis legend Serena Williams wore an elaborate sequined bodysuit and ombre feather cape.
United States national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe entered the gala purse first, wearing a red, white and blue clutch emblazoned with the phrase “In gay we trust”.
Australian singer Troye Sivan gave his Instagram followers a sneak peek at her outfit, posting a video showing the star strutting around on a quaint balcony.
After a hiatus made necessary by Covid last year, all the fashion stars are returning to the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for New York’s biggest red carpet event.
For the uninitiated, the Met Gala is a glitzy event that serves as both a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute and the official opening of its annual fashion show.
This year’s exhibit is titled In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, and the corresponding official dress code for the gala was “American Independence”.
As the stars ascend the iconic Red Staircase, you can keep up to date with what we expect from the gala with Together everything you need to know guide.
To respect Covid-19 precautions, the gala restricted its guest list to allow for better social distancing. Guests were required to show proof of vaccination, receive a negative Covid-19 test result prior to arrival, and were required to wear masks during the event. We expect to see spectacular face coverings and overhead kisses galore.
There are a few notable pillars of the missing event this year. Earlier this week, Kylie Jenner, who is pregnant with her second child, confirmed that she would not be attending, telling fans, “I’m so sad I couldn’t have done it this year.”
Zendaya is also skipping the event this year due to professional commitments. Zendaya is known for her bold fashion choices and last turned heads on the Met Gala red carpet in 2019 in an illuminated Cinderella look from Tommy Hilfiger.