September 20, 2021

Met Gala returns in New York City with star power after pandemic delay

NEW YORK — Billie Eilish went full glam in an enormous peach ball robe on the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday evening, whereas fellow host of the night Amanda Gorman was breathtaking in blue customized Vera Wang with a diamond laurel wreath in her hair.

Co-host Timothée Chalamet raced onto Fifth Avenue to take selfies with followers earlier than strolling up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork for his entrance after a marching band and gymnast kicked off the long-awaited night. Final 12 months’s gala was canceled as a result of pandemic.

This 12 months’s official theme of the fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute was “American Independence,” leaving loads of room for interpretation. Simply ask Lil Nas X, who did a Woman Gaga-esque strip tease on the carpet in gold Versace, from cape to armor to embellished jumpsuit.

Eilish, the belle of the ball, wore Oscar de la Renta. She instructed Vogue: “It was time for this. I feel like I’ve grown so much over the last few years.”

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Chalamet had sneakers on his toes however diamonds on his look. Chalamet known as his look “a bit of everything,” similar to America.

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 Woman Liberty, reimagined. Her crown, the star poet mentioned, was a nod to publishing. One other of the hosts, Naomi Osaka, needed to have fun all her cultures – Japan, Haitian and the U.S. – and picked a Louis Vuitton robe designed in collaboration with her sister, Mari Osaka. It was a swirly blue, acqua and purple print with lengthy black ruffle sleeves and a large crimson sash.

Dan Levy took the occasion’s theme to the acute in a blue confection from Loewe. It had, in line with the model, “printed leg of mutton sleeves” on a polo shirt with an applique of two males kissing.

Leon Bridges, in the meantime, honored his house state of Texas in a white cowboy hat and a blue suede fringe jacket. “It’s all about embodying the aesthetic of Texas,” mentioned Bridges, with jewels in his hair.

Amongst different walkers had been Keke Palmer in a shocking, earth-tone physique hugger with a prepare, whereas Ilana Glazer took her second on the steps in feathery lengthy sleeves and a creamy, high-neck robe. Each had been hosts of Vogue’s livestream of the gala.

Yara Shahidi wore silver customized Dior full with a head piece. She mentioned she was impressed by Josephine Baker. Emma Chamberlain went for a gold mini with cutouts on the waist and chunky mirror and chain element. Harris Reed put Iman in an enormous golden hat.

Gala overseer Anna Wintour arrived early with a wave to the gang accompanied by her pregnant daughter, Bee, in a floral design with ruffles on the neck.

The gala, which raises cash for the museum’s Costume Institute, was pushed final 12 months from its conventional Could berth and morphed this 12 months right into a two-part affair. It coincides with the opening of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” the primary of a two-part exhibition on the Met’s Anna Wintour Costume Middle.

Organizers invited 400 company, or a few third the quantity that normally attend.

This 12 months, the gala is co-chaired by Chalamet, Eilish, Gorman and Naomi Osaka. Honorary chairs are Tom Ford, sponsor Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Vogue’s Wintour, the latter the doyenne of the Met Gala since 1995.

The 2-part gala marks the Costume Institute’s seventy fifth anniversary. The Met Gala raises the majority of the institute’s annual funding, together with a bigger gathering scheduled for Could 2. That date reclaims the primary Monday in Could for the gala and can have fun the exhibition’s second half, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” in the interval rooms of the museum’s American Wing.

Thought of vogue’s largest evening, A-list company from music, movie, TV, tech and past are inspired to embrace the theme of the brand new exhibition annually as they slowly make their means up the museum’s red-carpeted stairs. Interpretation is all the things in relation to how they costume – and the way they enter.

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