The Coolest Looks From The Met Gala 2021

American independence saw a melange of sartorial references celebrating the exhibition's theme of 'In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion'


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RIHANNA

“Especially true in more recent years, it's not a Met Gala until Rihanna has arrived. Adding to her portfolio of grand entrances is this Balenciaga fall/winter couture look, teamed with Telma West jewellery and a Tyler Ellis bag.

In addition to the look, she wore Bulgari High Jewellery and archival diamonds to add even more high shine to her enveloping couture." — Dan Ahwa

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LORDE

"Serving a 'prettier Jesus', the singer lights up the festivities in this delicately embellished outfit from Bode using repurposed, antique pieces including the ultimate American symbol — pennies from 1890 onwards. The look is finished with a brilliant headpiece. Yellow diamond earrings and hoops from Prounis jewellery. Another great collaboration with stylist Karla Welch." — Dan Ahwa

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ANNA WINTOUR

"There to oversee the night's festivities, the Vogue editor-in-chief and global chief content officer for Condé Nast adds a dose of optimism in this floral confection from Oscar de la Renta. It's always good when the host sets the tone for any event, and this whimsical ensemble adds a positive spin to the occasion." — Dan Ahwa

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MAISIE WILLIAMS

“A gothic doll in Thom Browne, I appreciate this darker turn from Maisie — a fantastical incarnation of her Aria Stark energy, it’s also giving me Louise Brooks and young Christina Ricci. This is also a rare case of when matching your hair with your outfit works.” — Emma Gleason

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LISA LOVE

"It's always great to see how Vogue's long-serving West Coast contributor always has her shades on, adding a sense of mystery to every occasion. This mutton-sleeved top complete with bolo tie and matching trousers is an elegant homage to the night's theme." — Dan Ahwa

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TIMOTHEE CHALAMET

“Hot off the Venice International Film Festival where his new film Dune was premiered, everyone’s crush Timothee Chalamet wears a louche cream look by Haider Ackermann (the designer dresses him regularly) that’s somehow elegant and idiosyncratic all at once — with some rebellious joie de vivre provided by the socks, Converse All Stars, and what may be trackpants? Zoom chic.” — Emma Gleason

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ILANA GLAZER

"The Broad City comedian was one of the earlier arrivals for the night, taking on the honour of hosting the live stream of the Gala, wearing a feathery Aliétte gown." — Dan Ahwa

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AMANDA GORMAN

"The esteemed poet entered Gala in a crystal-covered cobalt Vera Wang gown with a matching book-shaped clutch embossed with the words ‘Give Us Your Tired’, a nod to the Statue of Liberty’s poem. A laurel wreath crowns her look. " — Julia Gessler

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KEKE PALMER

"There's a disco vibe to this reminiscent of Diana Ross — a fitting nod to the theme of American Independence. Keke wears this glittering look from rising American designer Sergio Hudson's fall/winter 2021 collection." — Dan Ahwa

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EVA CHEN

"The head of fashion partnerships at Instagram adds a sense of irreverent playfulness in this Christopher John Rogers look, a kaleidoscope of colour and a nod to 60s pop art prints." — Dan Ahwa

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ELLA EMHOFF

“With an off-duty figure skater buzz, this Stella McCartney look on Ella Emhoff (model, designer and stepdaughter of Kamala Harris) channels the glitz and athleticism that are bound up in American style lexicon.” — Emma Gleason

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CAROLINE BOSHER MALONEY

"The Met Gala red carpet is another opportunity for guests to use their platform to convey political messages through fashion, and the US congresswoman looks joyful wearing this statement-making look calling for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, a controversial constitutional amendment that would guarantee legal gender equality for women and men. The amendment has been on the table since 1979.

It's not the first time though — in 2019, Caroline wore a custom fire department coat in support of better compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors." — Dan Ahwa

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DAN LEVY

"It's always a joy to see what this guy wears on any given day, his genuine love of fashion is often statement-making and authentic. This custom Loewe outfit conveys the spirit of the theme in a personal way." — Dan Ahwa

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DAVID BYRNE

"If there’s anyone synonymous with a theatrical suit it’s David Byrne — for the uninitiated, watch Stop Making Sense — and this blue denim number (qu'est ce que c'est?) is a nice nod to American fashion history from the eternally stylish Talking Heads frontman." — Emma Gleason

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FRANK OCEAN

"Frank always looks like himself at the Met Gala and his playful sense of humour is part of the charm with a Prada fit accessorised with this green robotic baby, jewellery from his label Homer and a Dreamcore cap." — Dan Ahwa

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BILLIE EILISH

"The singer stepped out in an Oscar de la Renta dress that almost bloomed into being and commanded an entourage of train-tenders. “It was time for this,” she explained, the gown — which took its cues from the Holiday Barbie and Old Hollywood — a reflection of her increasing embrace of the floaty and feminine." — Julia Gessler

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IMAN

"Like some golden sun deity, I'm sure the supermodel's look was even more spectacular in person. Created by former Central Saint Martins student Harris Reed who designed this handmade crinoline, gold leaf gown, jacquared bustier and a hat made in collaboration with London-based Vivienne Lake. An impressive combination of craft and couture." — Dan Ahwa

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LEON BRIDGES

"He's one of the most stylish men in music, and I love this nod to the new frontier complete with cowboy hat and fringed jacket from a firm favourite, Bode. Yee-haw." — Dan Ahwa

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TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

“American royalty Tracee Ellis Ross wears the very regal look 57 from Balenciaga’s couture collection. Consistently delivering at the Met Gala, I love Tracee for her commitment to bold, theatrical red carpet dressing. Best of all, the clothes are never wearing her.” — Emma Gleason

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PETE DAVIDSON

“There’s a generous amount of Thom Browne on show at this year’s event — a joy given his groundbreaking work over his career. Pete Davidson scrubs up very well, and his unbridled personal style lends itself to Browne’s oddball tailoring.” — Emma Gleason

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JEREMY O. HARRIS

"I like how the American playwright, actor and philanthropist adds a sense of insouciance with this otherwise dramatic look created by Tommy Hilfiger, adding an operatic vibe to the great tradition of American sportswear." — Dan Ahwa

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BARBIE FERREIRA

"Pearls were paramount for the Euphoria star, whose Jonathan Simkhai gown, at once halter and off-the-shoulder, practically dripped to the floor in a shimmering display Old Hollywood glamour." — Julia Gessler

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ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ

"If you're going to the Met Gala for the first time, make it count, and the democratic-socialist congresswoman does not disappoint. Wearing a custom white gown by Brother Vellies, the back is splashed with the political slogan 'Tax The Rich'.

As founder and creative director Aurora James notes, 'We can never get too comfortable in our seats at the table once they’ve been given.'

Power to the people." — Dan Ahwa

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ERYKAH BADU

"Erykah is one of the most original style icons and I appreciate her individuality in every sense when it comes to music, fashion and activism. This Thom Browne ensemble is equal parts Victorian and American Gothic. Dramatic." — Dan Ahwa

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SIMONE BILES

"Weighing in at roughly 40kgs, Simon Biles’ three-in-one ensemble (part minidress, part skirt, part catsuit) by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk owed much of its heaviness to the hand-sewn Swarovski crystals that had the athlete look as if floating in clouds. Her glittering catsuit, composed of stars, rose her entirely above the stratosphere.” — Julia Gessler

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JENNIFER LOPEZ

“Two American icons, JLo and Ralph Lauren. The former is having a sizzling summer, while the latter is riding high on a renewed appreciation for Americana in fashion, having helped shaped the style for half a century. Many of his design signatures are on show in this look, and there’s always bonus points for a hat on the red carpet.” — Emma Gleason

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LIL NAS X

“The second of Lil Nas X’s three Versace looks, this gleaming armour calls to mind knights of yore and futuristic heroes of the android ilk. All three looks — the first a regal embellished cape, and the last a Baroque-esque encrusted jumpsuit — were befitting of music’s golden boy and, he told reporters, a metaphor for his past year of buoyed self confidence.” — Emma Gleason

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WHOOPI GOLDBERG

"I enjoy seeing Whoopi enjoying fashion, and this vibrant ultra-violet tiered Valentino gown is perfect for someone of her larger-than-life personality." — Dan Ahwa.

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TYLER MITCHELL

"The revered photographer, lauded as one of America's best following his historicVogue cover of Beyonce and his continued exploration and reimagining of Black identity, went in front of the lens wearing a red, white and blue Bode suit that looked as refined as the images he creates.” — Julia Gessler

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CAREY MULLIGAN

"The actor’s hot pink Valentino gown complete with trailing cape is giving me Little Red Riding Hood vibes. As an ensemble, it’s gorgeous.” — Julia Gessler

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GIGI HADID

"Ever a tastemaker on the red carpet, Gigi Hadid flaunted loose red tresses pinned with a black and crystal broach, a simple but stunning complement to her white Prada dress, diamond necklace and opera gloves. ” — Julia Gessler

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INDYA MOORE

"The Pose actress and model cuts a dramatic figure in this Saint Laurent look, enhanced by her newly shaved head. A great mix of proportion here too." — Dan Ahwa.

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ASAP ROCKY

"Worn over a classic tuxedo, the rapper adds the perfect nod to an American quilt, with a version created by Venice Beach-based brand ERL, created by Eli Russell Linnetz. Great to see young American designers represented." — Dan Ahwa

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS & HELEN LASICHANH

"Possibly one of my favourite looks of the night, this Chanel matchy-matchy fit looks great on the pair who seem to not age at all." — Dan Ahwa

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ZOE KRAVITZ

"Zoe's barely there gown from Saint Laurent adds plenty of sizzle to the occasion, and true to form, always with an edge of rock 'n' roll." — Dan Ahwa

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JOSH O'CONNOR

"It's always the finer details that makes Josh's red carpet looks a winner every time. Whether it's the flourish of a buttonaire or an artful shoe, he gives menswear a point of interest. The Dunhill look with ribbon-trimmed lapels is smart and unique." — Dan Ahwa

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SYMONE

"The RuPaul's Drag Race winner knows fashion and is beloved by fashion. This glitzy Moschino gown is on brand." — Dan Ahwa

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QUANNAH CHASINGHORSE

"One of the most significant looks of the night came from the model, whose has a passion for activism around Native American and Indigenous issues. Great to see her Navajo turquoise and silver jewellery and her traditional tattoos. Amazing opportunity for a Native American designer to be worn, however this gold lame gown by Dundas x Revolve will do." — Dan Ahwa

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DEV HYNES

"The singer, songwriter and director looks terrific in this this double-breasted Louis Vuitton pinstripe suit with beret — again, the details for the menswear speak volumes: pins, brooches and a custom Dr Martens add a subversive kick to this look." — Dan Ahwa

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PALOMA ELSESSER

"The Vogue favourite and cover star shone in this Zac Posen gown, complemented perfectly with finger waves and Briony Raymond jewellery." — Dan Ahwa

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LEE PACE

"Another great example of menswear turned on its head for a black tie event, the actor chose a quintessential Thom Browne outfit on this occasion and it worked." — Dan Ahwa

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MICHAELA COEL

"The brilliant actor is fearless in her performances and in her fashion sense, and this sequin catsuit from Balenciaga does not wear her. One of the stand-out looks of the night." — Dan Ahwa

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