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Met Gala made a grand comeback after a year’s hiatus on September 13, 2021. Ever since then, social media has been buzzing, and how! Iconic photo moments of the celebs from the soiree are still on the façade, and the debate on who’s dresses were relevant to the theme is still rock-hot.
The lavishly planned exquisite night, the fashion formidable event is all about grabbing gaping eyeballs and being on the talk of the town. The event is star-studded every year for the noble cause of fundraising for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and the beginning of its annual spring exhibition.
Now, on to the Met Gala Theme 2021, it was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” meant to celebrate American culture and heritage. The theme called for designs close to America and representing its vibe and richness.
Locked in the following sections are celebrities who we think nailed the Met Gala Theme 2021.
Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper gave the classic suit a spin and turned it into an American-style statement designed by Ralph Lauren. The inspiration that drew the design was the brand’s U.S. Olympics-themed Stadium collection from the ‘90s.
The idea Kim Petras sported was fun and spot on with the theme. The star debuted wearing a horse headdress designed by sustainable New York brand Collina Strada.
Nikkie de Jager
Everything flashy and yet elegant is how we describe Nikkie’s outfit. She made her entrance wearing an Amsterdam designer’s curation to pay homage to American history. What was exclusive, you ask? The dress she wore had a ribbon that read the phrase “Pay it no mind.” This quote made it to the headlines and was initially used by Marsha P. Johnson, who is a trans activist, and led the Stonewall Riots in 1969. It is marked as a historic movement for the LGBTQ rights movement.
Let’s begin with how we are obsessed already. The dream attire Billie Eilish wore brought the retro, Holiday barbie vibes and took us back to the history of American fashion. The gown was as dreamy as the aura of the ancient Hollywood fashion era.
The Victoria’s Secret model may be known as a street style artist, but her classic pieces do not make the media shy away. She sported a bejeweled Givenchy dress designed by American creative director Matthew Williams and absolutely rocked it. The idea behind the creation was to pay homage to Audrey Hepburn.
Timothe, the golden boy of Hollywood was also the co-host of Met Gala 2021. The star rocked a Haider Ackermann tuxedo, who looked like a dreamy prince, right out of fairytales, just with a modern pinch to it. Guess why we call it modern attire? He paired the attire with Converse Chuck Taylors – an American classic. You love the match or hate it, there is no denying he got the Met Gala Theme 2021 right on point.
With all the patriotic vibes flashing in, a go-to color from the American was sported by a lot of celebs, Paloma included. The model shunned everyone with an elite and exclusive dress, a dress that does justice to ‘exclusive’. She was the only star that donned a piece by quintessential American designer Zac Posen.
Keke did it in a signature style and made a statement in Met Gala 2021; we take a bow at her hosting skills on the red carpet. Well, she also made quite an entrance with her Black American designer Sergio Hudson’s gown, an inspiration perfectioned to pay homage to Motown icon Diana Ross.
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna
Rihanna is the star who gets it right every year — a celebrity who has a flair for themed entries and decides to ace it. Rihanna showed up in Balenciaga, a European house, in a look entailing casual that was a couture critique. The wardrobe is believed to belong to the Black communities, who have for years been criminalized for it.
Bringing it on to A$AP, he wore a quilt by LA label ERL. The patchwork that you see in the quilt illustrates the cultures of America, a wholesome design.
Blue has always been a mere America’s way and a patriotic color code, which perfectly illustrates the Met Gala Theme 2021. Lupita’s couture Versace ensemble was that peek into the timeless classic this color is for Americans and steal the show, though the designer is comprehensively European.
Fashion’s biggest night out of the year, Met Gala 2021, was a raving success and a grand comeback indeed. Stars rocked their attires, making the fundraising event a success. We sure had our part of amazing style takeaways moments from the show, and we are obsessed with the old Hollywood looks with Western details.