Billie Eilish went full glam during a huge peach gown at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday night, while fellow host of the evening Amanda Gorman was breathtaking in blue custom Vera Wang with a diamond laurel wreath in her hair.
Co-host Timothée Chalamet raced onto Fifth Avenue to require selfies with fans before walking up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for his entrance after a marching band and gymnast began the long-awaited evening. Last year’s gala was canceled thanks to the pandemic.
This year’s official theme of the fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute was “American Independence,” leaving many room for interpretation. Just ask Lil Nas X, who did a woman Gaga-esque strip tease on the carpet in gold Versace, from cape to armor to embellished jumpsuit.
Eilish, the belle of the ball, wore Oscar de la Renta. She told Vogue: “It was time for this. I desire I’ve grown such a lot over the previous couple of years.”
Chalamet had sneakers on his feet but diamonds on his look. Chalamet called his look “a little bit of everything,” a bit like America.
Gorman’s dress, including quite 3,000 hand-sewn crystals, was made to evoke a starry night sky. She told Vogue she felt like Lady Liberty, reimagined. Her crown, the star poet said, was a nod to publishing. Another of the hosts, Naomi Osaka, wanted to celebrate all her cultures — Japan, Haitian and therefore the U.S. — and picked a Louis Vuitton gown designed together together with her sister, Mari Osaka. it had been a swirly blue, aqua and purple print with long black ruffle sleeves and a good red sash.
If this gala produced a trend, it’s huge statement sleeves, with some stars and stripes thrown in. There was a smattering of red, as within the red, white and blue of the American flag . Karlie Kloss wore red Carolina Herrera with huge ruffles at the neck and sleeves. Jennifer Hudson also chose red sans sleeves.
Also in red: Ella Emhoff, the daughter of the country’s second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, and vice chairman Kamala Harris. She wore a trouser look with a sheer top and a crystal design altogether the proper places.
Dan Levy took the party’s theme to the acute during a blue confection from Loewe. It had, consistent with the brand, “printed leg of mutton sleeves” on a sport shirt with an applique of two men kissing.
Leon Bridges, meanwhile, honored his home state of Texas during a white ten-gallon hat and a blue suede fringe jacket. “It’s all about embodying the aesthetic of Texas,” said Bridges, with jewels in his hair.
Yara Shahidi wore silver custom Dior complete with a head piece. She said she was inspired by Josephine Baker. Emma Chamberlain went for a gold mini with cutouts at the waist and chunky mirror and chain detail. Harris Reed put Iman during a huge golden hat.
Gala overseer Anna Wintour arrived early with a wave to the gang amid her pregnant daughter, Bee, during a floral design with ruffles at the neck.
Along with oh-so-many jumpsuits, there have been many classic red carpet looks and a wave of gold, the latter including a Peter Dundas look worn by Mary J. Blige. It plunged to the belly button and beyond at the front and back. Megan Fox, fresh from hear appearance at the MTV VMAs, also wore embellished Dundas, a red body hugger with criss-crossing at the front and sides.
MJ Rodriguez, the “Pose” star and first transgender performer to select up an Emmy nomination during a major acting category, wore an old glam, black-and-white corseted look from Thom Brown. The designer called it a modern-day twist on classic American sportswear. She attended the gala with purpose.
“Not tons of trans girls like myself get this chance ,” she said. “The human condition is what I’m here for.”
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed up in an Aurora James gown of white with a message splashed in red across the back: “Tax the Rich.”
The evening had its share of what-the-heck moments, sort of a few horse heads on dresses and a green-haired Frank Ocean carrying a fake baby with a green face to match. Thom Browne gave the walking fashion statement Erykah Badu an extra-tall dress hat with a bulky black look, a bunch of crystals and chunky bling round her neck.
Her purse was a black leather dachshund.
Dundas also dressed Ciara, who honored Seahawks hubby Russell Wilson together with his No. 3 emblazoned on her lime green sequined gown. She added a touch something extra — an excellent Bowl ring — and carried a bedazzled purse within the shape of a football.
She said the designer was inspired by the sporty vibe of the late great Geoffrey Beene.
The gala, which raises money for the museum’s Costume Institute, was pushed last year from its traditional May berth and morphed this year into a two-part affair marking the institute’s 75th anniversary. It coincides with the opening of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” the primary of a two-part exhibition at the Met’s Anna Wintour Costume Center.
Organizers invited 400 guests, or a few third the amount that sometimes attend.