by RORY BRADLEY '22
As many of you know, the 2021 Met Gala recently passed. The black tie Met Gala event, officially known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, invites many new, and returning celebrity guests. This year's theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” and many were not impressed with outfits and guests.
Men in Black
Many men this year decided to disregard the theme and stick to a classic American style of a simple black suit. Celebs like James Corden, Elliot Page, Heron Preston refused to take a risk with the theme, showing off nothing special. Timothee Chalamet and Justin Bieber put a spin on the simple suit. Differentiating themselves from the rest Justin, wearing oversized pants, and Timothee wearing a fitted white suit. A$AP Rocky stuck to the theme of black suits but paired it with a grandmother style, puffy quilt covering his suit. One of my personal favorites, Lil Nas X, served with a two piece outfit, beginning with a gold Versace suit of armour then changed to a fitted sequin jumpsuit.
Bringing Politics into Fashion
A politicians outfit that really stood out to me AOC’s white, floor length gown printed with the phrase “tax the rich” on the backside. But she wasn't the only one not afraid to incorporate politics this year, as Carolyn B. Maloney addressed women's rights in her floor length, purple, yellow, and green dress, with “Equal Rights for Women draping down the side of her. Schitt's Creek star Dan Levy addressed LGBTQ+ love and relationships in his quilted, colorful suit. As years go on, more and more celebrities are using their followers and platforms to express their views on pressing issues not only in the United States, but all over the world. The real question is, was this the right place to do it? Is the Met Gala an appropriate place to express your opinions, or is it too much of a statement? Views and critics are left with these questions for upcoming award shows, possibly seeing many celebrities following suit in addressing controversial issues.
Social media influencers Emma Chamberlain, Addison Rae, and Dixie D'amelio were invited to this year's Gala and many were not happy, but the question is why? Why are people upset with upcoming internet faces to award shows? People are worried old stars may stop getting invited, or will slowly get pushed out of shows like the Met Gala and replaced with YouTube vloggers and TikTok stars. One of the positive things about these young women being invited and attending the Met Gala is it lowers the viewer age. If a ten year old sees her favorite TikToker walking down the red carpet at such an extravagant event, and its following grows immensely, randing a wide variety of ages. Personally, I didn't follow the Met Gala as close as I did this year because of the mass amounts of familiar faces.
From the Worst to the Best
One of my personal, least favorite outfits was Camila Cabello’s two piece dress. Not only her, but many women decide to go for the “American prom” look. The idea is there but the execution simply isn't. The prom look is heavily done not only in schools but at small red carpet events, and the Met Gala isn't a event a Sherri Hill dress is appropriate. Celebrities are representing well known fashion designers, showing up in extravagant and elegant looks, still sticking with this year's theme of America, so showing up in something less than isn't very socially acceptable.
One of the most underrated looks is Lupita Nyong’o’s denim dress. It may not be the prettiest, but it truly is the epitome of American fashion.
Frank Ocean took an interesting route in his style endeavours, wearing a black, velvet Prada jacket and black pants. Doesn't seem very out of the ordinary right? Wrong. The interesting part wasn't hs outfit, but rather the small, green, babydoll he carried on the red carpet.
Kim Kardashian stuck with what she knows best, simple yet meaningful fits. She dressed in an all black body con dress, starting at the top of her head all the way down to her feet. It is said to honor Kanye West’s new tribute album Donda. In continuation with the Kardashian-Jenner family, Kendall Jenner wore what I think is the best outfit of this year’s Met Gala. Wearing a silver Givenchy “naked dress,” Kendall attributed Audrey Hepburn's role in the classic American movie My Fair Lady. I would expect many viewers are excited for upcoming events, corresponding with new inventive themes.