Moments From the 2021 Met Gala

From YouTube phenoms to Olympians, pop stars to politicians, the a whole bunch of celebrities who arrived this night interpreted the theme of “American Independence” with various levels of literalism. Though many selected patriotic shades of pink, white and the most royal of blues, others seized our consideration with old-Hollywood glamour and head-to-toe gold. Sparkle-encrusted garments, nails, faces and hair lit up the carpet like fireworks. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a white robe emblazoned with a fiery assertion: Tax the Rich. At roughly $300,000 a desk, that may embody a lot of the patrons in attendance — however not Frank Ocean’s robotic alien child.

At least, so far as we all know.

ASAP Rocky’s quilt has big-time “snuggle me” vibes.

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Take one other look at a lot of the appears from tonight’s gala right here.

Since you don’t get extra American than soccer, Ciara wore a lime inexperienced sequined Dundas soccer robe along with her husband Russell Wilson’s Seahawks quantity on the entrance, and his Superbowl ring on her finger.

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Hearing there are extra arrivals to come back. ASAP … the place are you?

Lorde wore a flippantly embellished set by Emily Bode, the younger American designer greatest identified for her quilted menswear.

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Kim Kardashian arrived with Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga, each of them carrying black shrouds. Will their faces stay coated as the crowd enters the darkened chambers of the Egyptian Wing? Will she sip drinks by the mesh? Can she breathe?

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Jennifer Lopez wore a feathery Ralph Lauren robe, a cowgirl hat and a choker belt in an American West-inspired tackle the night time’s theme.

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Simone Biles’s crystal-embellished robe? It weighs 98 kilos, the designers instructed us. Good factor she has Olympic power.

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I remorse to say that we’ve been on such a sartorial journey this night that we’ve got forgotten our said journalistic purpose of “Timmy Watch.”

Belatedly: Timothée Chalamet is carrying a tuxedo jacket and sweatpants (by Haider Ackermann) with Converse high-tops.

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Protesters clash with New York City police officers outside the Met Gala.
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As celebrities walked the carpet, a considerable crowd of protesters gathered on a blocked-off Fifth Avenue to rally for racial justice.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the police started to arrest a few of those that have been collaborating in the demonstration and had ignored warnings to clear the avenue.

The outcome was the considerably jarring picture of shouting protesters being dragged away by officers previous onlookers who have been pressed up towards steel barricades hoping to get a glimpse of celeb glamour. A police spokesman stated there had been “a handful” of arrests for largely minor offenses and that further particulars weren’t instantly out there.

Among these attending the Met Gala was Mayor Bill de Blasio — making his first look at the occasion in eight years in workplace. Press representatives for Mr. de Blasio, who was accompanied by his spouse, Chirlane McCray, and his son, Dante, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about the arrests.

While a number of celebrities have arrived carrying European designers — regardless of the carpet’s “American independence” theme — Chance the Rapper adopted the project with a super-American look: Ralph Lauren swimsuit, impressed by the designer’s 1992 stadium assortment, with added references to the rapper’s hometown of Chicago.

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The singer Kim Petras arrived with a big horse head hooked onto her shoulders. Her gown, with its produce-floral sample and exaggerated hips, was designed by Collina Strada — who put related animal heads on her runway final week.

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Grimes, carrying Iris van Herpen, carried a sword and wore a metallic purple horn on her head. Not following the cardinal rule of all the time taking one factor off earlier than you allow the home.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York confirmed up in a white gown by Brother Vellies, emblazoned with the phrases, “TAX THE RICH” in shiny pink letters throughout the again.

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It ain’t straightforward being inexperienced, except you’re Frank Ocean, who arrived with inexperienced hair and a inexperienced doll in tow.

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Precious Lee, a mannequin, arrived carrying a sculpted blazer robe with crystal braids by the New York design duo Area. The idea “kept coming back to the significance of Black culture in fashion, especially American fashion,” stated Piotrek Panszczyk, one among the two designers. The braids are modeled after cornrows, and the blazer references fits worn by jazz musicians in the Nineteen Thirties, in addition to the curved Christian Dior silhouettes of the Nineteen Fifties.

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All 6-foot-3 of Pete Davidson appeared sensible in a Thom Browne gown, black nails and his signature ghostly pallor.

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Megan Rapinoe is carrying a pink, white and blue clutch that reads “IN GAY WE TRUST,” matching her pantsuit.

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The presence of influencers at the Met Gala has drawn consideration from critics who say their attendance indicators a lack of status for the occasion, which is usually known as the Oscars of trend. Viewed one other manner, the admission of on-line celebrities has elevated the occasion’s attain. Content creators on the carpet included Emma Chamberlain, pictured under, and Addison Rae Easterling.

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An incomplete listing of the company Cartier loaned jewels to consists of: Ella Emhoff, Timothee Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Yara Shahidi, Maisie Williams, Phinneas, Leon Bridges, Troye Sivan, Dan Levy….who knew there have been so many diamonds in the vault?

Russell Westbrook understood the project, with star-spangled hair.

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Jennifer Hudson in customized AZFactory, honoring the late designer Alber Elbaz who died unexpectedly of Covid earlier this yr. He realized his craft partly in New York as the assistant of Geoffrey Beene, and had began his new line simply earlier than he received sick. He would have beloved this.

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Iman made an entrance with a bristly chandelier gown and assertion headpiece.

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When requested about her lengthy nails, rapper Saweetie stated, “Girls who have long nails have more fun.” That’s a reality.

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Met Gala co-chair Naomi Osaka, who grew to become a model ambassador for Louis Vuitton earlier this yr, wore … Louis Vuitton, in a glance honoring her Haitian and Japanese heritage.

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Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in 2019.
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The Met Gala’s vaccine requirement has develop into purpose for some celebrities to not attend.

On Monday night, the rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted that she had but to obtain the vaccine and wouldn’t be going to the gala because of this.

“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met,” she tweeted on Monday, simply round the time company started arriving at the museum. She inspired these attending to “be safe” and put on a masks with a very good seal.

Invited company have been instructed they might be required to point out proof of vaccination, obtain a unfavorable Covid-19 take a look at and put on a masks always except consuming. (That final half hasn’t appeared to use to the pink — er, beige — carpet, the place there have been extra bare mouths photographed than masked faces.)

Since vaccines grew to become broadly out there in the United States, the well-known and inoculated have served as ambassadors — official and never — for getting vaccinated, which offers sturdy, secure safety towards Covid-19.

Dolly Parton, whose funding helped help the analysis that led to the Moderna vaccine, posted on Twitter shortly after receiving a shot in March: “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine.” She appealed to individuals who is perhaps hesitant. “I just want to say to all of you cowards out there: Don’t be such a chicken squat,” she stated in a video on social media. “Get out there and get your shot.”

In July, President Biden invited the 18-year-old pop star Olivia Rodrigo to the White House for a information convention wherein she inspired younger folks to get vaccinated. Joining a White House marketing campaign to succeed in the unvaccinated, she stated it was “easier than ever before” to get the pictures.

Gossip Girl’s Evan Mock confirmed up in a daring, punk black masks with spikes. The look was classic Thom Browne.

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Lil Nas X arrived with not one, not two, however three shimmery gold appears. The singer began with an outsized cape, which he stripped off to disclose gold Versace armor, after which ended with an ornate jumpsuit.

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Georgina Chapman, the ex-wife of Harvey Weinstein and former designer of Marchesa, who has been out of the public eye since her husband’s crimes towards girls have been revealed, has arrived with actor Adrian Brody. That’s a giant stepping out second.

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We spoke to Oscar de la Renta’s designers about dressing Billie Eilish in a “risky” ball robe — and her situation that the model cease utilizing fur.

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We spoke to Ella Emhoff earlier as we speak about why she picked a shiny pink Adidas by Stella McCartney search for her first Met Gala look.

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Amanda Gorman is carrying Vera Wang, a royal blue robe studded with hundreds of crystals that’s symbolic of a “reimagined Statue of Liberty.” She was also carrying a clutch that looked like a book. (The title: “Give Us Your Tired.”)

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This year’s Met Gala hosts, Amanda Gorman, Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka and Billie Eilish, are a Gen-Z force, all under the age of 26.

Timothée Chalamet went live on Instagram for his walk to The Met. Some lucky fans were able to snap selfies with the star and co-host.

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Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York arrived in a dress with streaming epaulets bearing the message “Equal Rights for Women” and an identical bag advocating for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Lady Gaga at the Met Gala in 2019.
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The last time the world had a Met Gala was in 2019, and the theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

Aside from a place children go in the summer, camp — according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary — is “a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture.”

To no one’s surprise, the Met Gala-going crowd took that concept in many directions.

Lady Gaga, a known ​​camp connoisseur and a host of 2019’s Met Gala, donned not one but four different outfits. She arrived in a fuchsia gown with an exaggerated train; removed it to reveal an asymmetrical black dress; removed that to reveal a hot pink form-fitting dress; and finally, stripped down to a sparkly black bra and panties. All the outfits were designed by Brandon Maxwell, a former fashion director of Ms. Gaga’s. Predictably, the look was also memed.

Cardi B also hopped on the long train cause with a custom Thom Browne feathery red gown that encircled her (and would have certainly forced social distance, though we weren’t using that term much back then).

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Jared Leto walked in carrying a lifelike model of his own head, a reference to Gucci’s 2018 fall fashion show in Milan, where runway models also held copies of their own heads. Billy Porter channeled the Egyptian sun god, Ra, with 10-foot long wings, a gold headpiece and a catsuit. Katy Perry dressed like a chandelier with a headpiece that weighed 40 pounds.

When asked she would sit, she responded, “you don’t sit down at the Met.”

Anna Wintour, honorary chairman of the gala and longtime maestro of the event, makes her entrance wearing, she told us earlier this week, “an homage to my dear friend Oscar de la Renta,” the designer who passed away in 2014.

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Keke Palmer is wearing a sparkly Sergio Hudson dress with a turtleneck. I am never mad about a turtleneck on a gown.

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The Brooklyn United marching band, dressed in red, white and blue, ran up the red carpet, kicking things off with a lot of energy.

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I’m all the time on Timmy Watch in some capability. But sure, very excited to see what trend he brings this night. He by no means disappoints on the pink carpet.

Met Gala attendees will have to show proof of vaccination, receive a negative Covid-19 test result and wear masks at the event.
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This year, the Met Gala has downsized its guest list by about a third to allow for social distancing (at least during the seated dinner portion). Attendees will have to show proof of vaccination, receive a negative Covid-19 test result and wear masks at the event, except while eating. We’ll have to see whether that rule is enforced on the red carpet. (Judging from the recent New York Fashion Week, celebrities hate having their faces covered when photographers are in the vicinity.)

Lady Gaga arriving at the Met Gala in 2019.
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The Met Gala’s pink carpet will start streaming reside on vogue.com and the journal’s Twitter account beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

E! network will also be doing its thing, with a televised fashion panel opining on the night’s looks from a studio location. (That starts at 5:30 as well.) Cord cutters can stream content, too, on Twitter, eonline.com and the E! News app.

Another way of thinking about the American flag, from Vaquera’s breakout fall 2017 show.
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To make up for a Met Gala-less 2020, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vogue are staging two Met Galas in the next nine months, both corresponding with exhibits around the theme of American fashion. The first is tonight; the second will be in May 2022.

The dress code for Monday night’s gala is “American Independence.” So, prepare for lots of red carpet looks by American brands, plus maybe some star-spangled skirts and Statues of Liberty on the red carpet. (No one ever said dress code interpretation was subtle.)

If you want the full rundown of what to expect tonight, read our explainer here. And for more on what “American fashion” means now, read this.