The Met Gala – A celebration of American heritage

The 2021 MET Gala’s two-part theme called on attendees to give their best interpretation of “American Independence” or celebrate American design by taking on the alternative theme which was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. 

Not the most glamorous themes of late, this one gave celebrities and their style teams free reign to explore their creativity after over a year off from the event which had been on pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As usual, the critiques were at an all-time high with fashion commentators across the world diving into the red-carpet commentary.

A brief history of Fashion’s Biggest Night in Hollywood

An annual fundraising event, The Met Gala is hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to raise funds for its Costume Institute. The soireé also served as the official opening of the Costume Institute’s annual Spring exhibition. This time around, the gala was co-chaired by singer Billie Eilish, acclaimed actor Timothée Chalamet, tennis champion Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman, an actor, activist and style icon in her own right. As per tradition, it is usually hosted by Vogue Editor Anna Wintour who has held the reins as Chairperson since 1995.

Find out more about the Met Gala https://www.vogue.com/article/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-met-gala-video

The highs

No doubt one of the night’s highlights include Kim Kardasian’s all-black cover up which set tongues wagging while Luis Hamilton’s gesture to buy a table and invite three underrated black designers reminded us all of the importance of inclusivity and access.

However, one can’t mention the night’s highs without appreciating the stars who actually nailed the night’s theme. Chance the Rapper paid homage to Ralph Lauren’s 90’s Olympics-themed Stadium collection. Amandla Stenberg celebrated black culture with a classic Thom Browne ensemble complete with a matching durag. Timothée Chalamet was the picture of a modern fashion boy pairing a Haider Ackermann tuxedo with an American classic – Chuck Taylors!

The lows

Anyone Met Gala enthusiast who followed the event over the years will tell you that this was probably one of the worst dressed in recent history. The likes of Asap Rocky in a blanket ensemble, YouTube personality, Emma Chamberlain’s two-piece Louis Vuitton dress and Jennifer Lopez in literally every accessory imaginable were all a miss. 

The African queen who stole the show 

Continuing her red-carpet tradition of setting her afro in awe-inspiring styles, Lupita’s crown once again stole the show. While her hair was inspired by conceptual artist Lorna Simpson’s highly iconic ‘Collages of Black Hair’ piece, her gown was the epitome of an American denim moment. To finish off the look, her style team adored the star with diamonds including a few DeBeers rings with the biggest being an astonishing 10.31 carats piece.

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