After skipping 2020 due to the pandemic, the Met Gala was in full swing this year. Although it was a smaller, more intimate affair there is plenty to talk about. Last night we witnessed some of the most innovative alongside shocking and wildest looks. This year’s Met Gala Theme is “American Independence” which gives designers and attendees a breadth of ideas to experiment with.
Andrew Bolton (Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute) states the following behind the motivation for the theme:
“I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” Bolton said. “And I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective.”
Now we share our best overall picks, ones that did not quite make the mark and some that push the envelope even further.
Iman in Harris Reed x Dolce & Gabbana
Larger than life golden outfit took over 400 hours to assemble and definitely caught our eyes.
Lil Nas in Versace
Talk about the most outfit changes, but also the most a true showstopper.
Karlie Kloss in Carolina Herrera
The 1980s- inspired homage to the designer and America’s flower: the rose.
Normani in Valentino
A voluminous dream in a radiant yellow.
Lupita Nyong’O in Versace
Elevated an old American staple with Bridgerton-Esque glam.
Quannah Chasinghorse in Peter Dundas
A symbolic tribute to Native American culture and empowering indigenous communities. And we Love!
J.Lo in Ralph Lauren
Western is a great theme, but so many things went wrong here. Especially the hat.
Anna Wintour in Oscar de la Rente
Florals? How groundbreaking! But really, how does it fit the theme?
Justin & Hailey Beiber in Drew House & YSL
Boring. This is the Met, not high school prom.
Kate Hudson in Michael Kors
It’s chic, but more like Forever 21 meets Shein chic and not Met Chic.
Virgil Abloh in Louis Vuitton
We are not quite sure what is the deal with the white Turkey headpiece.
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabelo in Michael Kors
It is a modern take on Sonny & Cher, but it was very underwhelming.
Kim Petras in Collina Strada
Representing “horse girls” with some crazy accessories.
Frank Ocean in Prada x Homer
A tribute to Shrek, but everyone found the robotic baby creepy.
Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga
Quite controversial, but yes she actually had her skin prepped and done with makeup for this look. Also, won the most memed look.
Rihanna in Balenciaga
Likewise, a controversial pick but a new voluminous take on the little black dress.
AOC in Aurora James
We expect nothing less from the progressive congresswoman than a statement.
Dan Levy in Loewe
Modern-day gay superhero and homage to artist and LGBTQ activist David Wojnarowicz. We stan activism and fashion!
Zoe Kravitz in YSL
Dazzling in a barely-there jeweled mesh.
Emily Blunt in MiuMiu
A modern-day Ziegfeld girl oozing with glow and confidence.
Gigi Hadid in Prada
Jessica Rabbit in the new era with that exquisite hair.
Kendall Jenner in Givenchy
Finally, Jenner’s inspiration is Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady look. Although it is not American in theme at all, the look is just a feast for the eyes.