Allyssia Alleyne, CNN | Nick Remsen, CNN Style
Just a day after the lights went out on another edition of New York Fashion Week and the MTV Video Music Awards took over Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, pop culture’s most famous faces took to the Metropolitan Museum. of Art to celebrate the fashion industry’s holiday of the year: the Met Gala.
Typically held on the first Monday in May (it has been postponed to 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic), the annual star-spangled fundraiser for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art announces the opening of the banner fashion exhibition of the museum – this year, “In America: A Fashion Lexicon. Open to the public on September 18, this is the first half of a two-part exhibition exploring how the narratives and aesthetics of American fashion have evolved since then. the 1940s to the present day, through a hundred historical and contemporary ensembles.
But tonight the focus is on the steps of the Met, where prominent actors, models, TV drag queens, musicians and athletes walk the cream rugs in their finest designer outfits.
This year’s co-chairs not only reflect the diversity of the guest list, but also its collective star power: Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, Billie Eilish and inaugural poet Amanda Gorman will preside over the ceremony, alongside the honorary presidents. Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, and Instagram manager Adam Mosseri.
Ahead of the event, Wintour told CNN Style via email that American fashion in 2021 has become “a patchwork, reflecting the world we all live in, seen through many different lenses.”
In addition to this patchwork, the Vogue editor-in-chief avoided her usual Chanel and wore an Oscar de la Renta floral dress – a tribute to the late designer, who was a close friend and avid gardener.
Gorman, meanwhile, told CNN Style that American fashion is “diverse, vibrant, beautiful and intersectional.” Walking up the steps, she said, “I think American fashion is really at the crossroads of the world.”
The poet wore an indigo gown adorned with Vera Wang, complete with a jeweled laurel wreath and a book-shaped clutch emblazoned with the words “Give me your fatigue” – all references to the Statue of Liberty.
With typical nonchalance, Timothée Chalamet entered in a shrunken white satin suit jacket and puffy white pants by Haider Ackerman, tucked into a pair of white Converse sneakers. Underneath, he was wearing a Rick Owens diaper.
Wearing Oscar de la Renta, Billie Eilish served up Old Hollywood glamor in the style of Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. Her low-cut peach dress was accompanied by a fitted bodice and a long tulle train that required the support of four assistants.
New York congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney didn’t mince words in a bold look emblazoned with “equal rights for women” written across the length of the back shoulder panels.
Rapper Saweetie wore a crystal-embellished bodycon dress with a long train by Christian Cowan. The design incorporated the colors of the Black American Heritage flag and a Filipino flag – a reference to its mixed heritage. Likewise, Naomi Osaka brought together her Japanese and Haitian origins in a set signed Louis Vuitton. The ruffled sleeves were reminiscent of carnival, while the red obi on her tulip skirt was reminiscent of the traditional kimono tie.
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