On September 13, we all saw the return of the Met Gala after being canceled for the first time in years in May 2020. Held every year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, this event is a fundraiser gala that benefits the museum and its annual fashion exhibit. The Met Gala is infamously known for being held on the first Monday in May. But due to COVID-19, it was held in September. This year’s theme was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. This theme was about celebrating American fashion and its designers. Most felt that the theme was too broad, and many people did not follow the theme. Other’s felt that many of the attendees “understood the assignment” and did their best representing American fashion.
I certainly had my own opinions about this year’s looks too. So, here is a list of my top 10 favorite looks at the Met Gala 2021!
I loved Iman’s look. She captured all of the attention as soon as she stepped on the carpet. I thought her outfit was very unique and that she looked like the sun. Iman even got ready on the carpet herself since her outfit pieces were too big to fit in the car ride there. No matter what, she always reminds us why she is one of the most iconic supermodels of all time.
2.) Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita is truly the one who will always understand the assignment. No matter what, she will be on the best-dressed list. While wearing a denim dress with a hairstyle that made a statement, she perfectly captured the American style. What’s more American than denim? Many thought she was the best dressed of the night. They also noted how her dress was similar to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s infamous denim outfit at the VMA’s. Which many people hoped someone would wear. Lupita perfectly fulfilled their wishes.
3.) Megan Fox
Megan Fox is another person who is on everyone’s best-dressed list. Recently, she has become very known for her looks. Whether it’s her street style or award show outfits. She always looks gorgeous. This is why everyone knew that she would not disappoint at the Met Gala. The red dress matched with her red lipstick, earrings, and heels perfectly and made her stand out on the carpet. She even stated that this was her first Met Gala. I am very excited about the resurgence of Megan Fox in Hollywood, and I hope that she gets to attend many more Met Gala’s in the future.
4.) Chloe x Halle
Chloe and Halle never miss when it comes to their style. I’ve always admired how unique and different their personal style was. So, I knew when they finally got to attend the Met Gala, they would look amazing. They both wore coordinated outfits designed by sisters. Chloe was inspired by Hollywood Sirens such as Marylin Monroe, and Halle was inspired by the queen of rock & roll, Tina Turner. They most definitely were one of the best-dressed of the night.
5.) Alton Mason
Alton Mason was most definitely the best-dressed man of the night. People often joke about how every man who attends this gala always wears the same black suit. Alton made sure to change that stereotype. This look reminds me of something that Michael Jackson or Prince would wear to an award show. He even wore shoes that were covered in white pearls. This look was unique compared to the other men’s fashion that we usually see on the carpet.
Arriving fashionably late to the gala Rihanna’s appearance was a surprise. As the event started, she was seen arriving at her hotel in her usual stylish clothes. Hours later, many just accepted that she decided not to show up. Soon, videos swarmed social media of her leaving the hotel with A$AP Rocky. At first, you could not tell what she was wearing, and many people thought it was a coat. When she arrived on the carpet, you could see that it was actually a dress. I thought this dress was unique, and it was not what you would typically expect her to wear. Rihanna stated that her version of America was being an Immigrant. Also, this dress reminded her of a hoodie which is a part of black culture and fashion. Which is why she paired it with a beanie. I loved her makeup the most, and I thought it perfectly matched her look. Although her look received mixed reviews, Rihanna will always be on the best-dressed list at the Met Gala, no matter what she wears.
7.) Imaan Hammam
I absolutely loved Imaan’s look. Her sheer dressed captured the essence of American while being covered in stars. I would even wear this dress myself if I could. Imaan looked stunning with her curly and bold hair. Her look was simple yet classy and extravagant.
8.) Anok Yai
Similar to Imaan’s dress, Anok also made a statement with her bedazzled dress covered with stars. Worn with a black fur overcoat and a short haircut, this looked really reminded me of Old Hollywood. Many people loved her look. Also, they noted how just years ago, she was discovered at a college homecoming, and now she is at the Met Gala. She has come a long way in her career, and I hope she continues to be successful.
9.) Adut Akech
Adut Akech is one of my favorite models, and I love her personal style. I thought her look for the Met Gala was very different. Usually, many women wear dresses to this gala, but she decided to wear a pantsuit. The suit was styled with a sequined bralette that matched her white blazer and pants. She even wore a mullet which to me is a signature American hairstyle. Adut is also someone that will never disappoint when it comes to fashion.
10.) Keke Palmer
Lastly, my favorite look of the night was Keke Palmer. Her look was inspired by Diana Ross with the big hair and shiny gown. Keke was one of the hosts for this gala. Many people noticed how celebrities would stop their interviews to complement her, such as Frank Ocean and Timothée Chalamet. She looked amazing with her vintage smokey eye makeup look. She really gave this event life, and as many others agree, I really hope that she will host again next year!
Well, these are my favorite looks at the Met Gala 2021! Next year’s theme will be a continuation of this year’s theme. It will be called In America: An Anthology of Fashion. Although many feel that the theme should be changed based on what was seen this year, I hope the looks will be better. Also, that everyone has a better grasp of the theme!
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