Billie Eilish got on full glam in a vast peach ball gown at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday night, while fellow host of the evening Amanda Gorman was amazing in cobalt blue custom Vera Wang paired with a diamond laurel wreath in her hair.
Rihanna, ever the Met Gala queen, appeared late in a huge black Balenciaga look and hat paired by A$ap Rocky in a multicolored quilted coat of from ERL. She wore over 267 carats of Bulgari diamonds, including two choker necklaces.
Co-host Timothée Chalamet came onto Fifth Avenue to ick selfies with fans before walking up the stages of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for his arrival after a marching band and gymnast Nia Dennis started up the long-awaited evening.
This year’s official topic of the fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute was “American Independence,” giving up plenty of thoughts for understanding. Just ask Lil Nas X, who put a Lady 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 told Vogue: “It was time for this. I feel like I’ve grown so much over the last few years.”
Chalamet got Converse sneakers on his feet but diamonds on his look. Chalamet called his look, including Rick Owens sweatpants, as “a bit of everything,” just like America. Alfonso Navas, the fashion editor for Esquire, lauded his fashion choices as a “a smart play on the theme by interpreting American icons in sportwear.”
Gorman’s dress, which included more than 3,000 hand-sewn crystals, was made to evoke a starry night sky. She told Vogue she felt like Lady Liberty, reimagined. Her crown, the star poet said, was a nod to publishing. Another of the hosts, Naomi Osaka, wanted to celebrate all her cultures — Japan, Haitian and the U.S. — and picked a Louis Vuitton gown designed in collaboration with her sister, Mari Osaka. It was a swirly blue, aqua and purple print with long black ruffle sleeves and a wide red sash.
If this gala produced a trend, it’s huge statement sleeves, with some stars and stripes thrown in. There was a smattering of red, as in the red, white and blue of the American flag. Karlie Kloss wore red Carolina Herrera with huge ruffles at the neck and sleeves. Jennifer Hudson also chose red sans sleeves.
Also in red: Ella Emhoff, the daughter of the country’s second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, and Vice President Kamala Harris. She wore a bodysuit and high-shine trousers by Stella McCartney with a sheer top and a crystal design in all the right places. She wore Adidas by McCartney embellished in red and made partially of a recycled material derived from ocean plastic.
The gala, drawing standouts in fashion, TV, film, sports, tech and beyond, included tiny but mighty Olympian Simone Biles in an 88-pound Area embroidered gown of silver with a top adorned in a firework burst pattern and a huge train carried up the museum steps by six men. The gown was a collaboration with Athleta.
Ralph Lauren dressed Jennifer Lopez in fur with a brown look in her signature plunge at the neck and high slit, a wide-brimmed Western-style hat on her head. She and Ben Affleck smooched with masks on after their red carpet coming out in Venice.
Dan Levy took the party’s theme to the extreme in a blue confection from Loewe. It had, according to the brand, “printed leg of mutton sleeves” on a polo shirt with an applique of two men kissing.
The gala, which puts up money for the museum’s Costume Institute, was dragged last year from its traditional May berth and morphed this year into a two-part affair depicting the institute’s 75th anniversary. It concurs with the commencement of the”In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” first of a two-part exhibition at the Met’s Anna Wintour Costume Center.
Organizers brought about 400 guests, less than the number that normally visit.