The Star-Spangled Met Gala Returns!

by Aliyah Semillano

The Star-Spangled Met Gala Returns!

by Aliyah Semillano

Admit it, I’m sure each and every one of us were embracing our inner Miranda Priestly for this year's Met Gala and I don’t blame you. The Met Gala is really just prom for celebrities and we love every minute of it.

by Aliyah Semillano

September 14, 2021

It’s the second Monday in September and the red carpet of the Metropolitan Museum was filled with celebrities giving their best version of “American Independence” which is the theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibit. If you enjoyed last night’s coverage, you’ll be pleased to hear that I’m back for the second night in a row to give you a lowdown on the looks worth the hype. If not, bad luck! 

When thinking about American fashion, so many ideas of what is American? could pop into your head. There’s the expected: denim, patriotic colors (red, white, and blue), and Western. But the purpose of the exhibition is to show how American fashion is more than what’s expected. The show features over 70 percent of emerging designers of diverse backgrounds, so attendees had the opportunity to go above and beyond old Hollywood glam.

Below you can see the curated roundup of the best and wildest looks at the 2021 Met Gala.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian wearing Balenciaga

Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look definitely rewrote the Red Carpet rules. The reality star has consistently gone the extra mile with her choices since she first stepped on the red carpet. Red carpets are all about celebrities putting their best face forward, but what happens when you can’t see their face at all? Kardashian’s stark black Balenciaga haute couture gown with matching mask and train was unlike anything Kardashian—or anyone else—has worn to the Met before. All it took was a silhouette, an arrival, a body. Who invented the T-Shirt? The Americans. And with this, she definitely made her statement. Completely obscuring her features and famous physique, the look gave the reality star something she hasn’t had in a long while: anonymity. 

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner wearing Givenchy

Jenner’s sparkling gown was inspired by a dress famed Givenchy muse Audrey Hepburn wore in “My Fair Lady,” which included the same jewel-embellished sleeves and choker – albeit minus the sheer factor.

Timothée Chalemet

Timothée Chalamet wearing Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, and Converse

The ever-so-talented movie star and one of the 2021 Met Gala’s co-chairs this evening, Timothée Chalamet, chose a surprisingly simple look. The outfit consisted of a satin tuxedo jacket with black lapels, paired with white sweats and Converse shoes (He could’ve made a better choice other than Converse but I guess it is what it is)

IMAN 

Iman wearing Dolce & Gabbana x Harris Reed

It’s hard to stand out in a sea of celebrities wearing their most extravagant odes to American fashion, but at the Met Gala tonight, Iman stole the show. The iconic supermodel walked the red carpet in an otherworldly custom brocade bustier and trousers paired with a tiered, gilded feather cage overskirt and bespoke matching headpiece designed in a collaboration between Dolce & Gabbana and British-American designer Harris Reed The look was all things red carpet gold—from the drama of the silhouette to the jaw-dropping accessories.

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi wearing Dior

When you think of American fashion icons, Josephine Baker’s name is at the top of the list. The legendary entertainer may have been the toast of Paris, but she was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Given that 2021’s Met Gala centers on the Costume Institute’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion exhibition, Yara Shahidi wanted her look to honor the contributions of one of a true trailblazer.

Quannah Chasinghorse

Quannah Chasinghorse wearing Peter Dundas

Rising Model Quannah Chasinghorse’s first met gala was filled with meaning. During New York Fashion Week, there was one breakout model, in particular, taking over the runways at Gabriela Hearst, Prabal Gurung, and Jonathan Simkhai, the 19-year-old Indigenous model—who is Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota—is taking the fashion world by storm, and providing much-needed representation for Indigenous people in the process.

Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman wearing Vera Wang

As for her symbolic clutch, the star explained, « The Statue of Liberty, as you may know, holds a book, which is very on-brand for me because I love reading. At the base of the Statue of Liberty, there’s actually a poem. I wanted to kind of repurpose that for tonight. I wanted the energy and the spirit of my outfit to be about America welcoming people. »

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Runway Credits: Vogue Met Gala via Getty Images