The 2021 Met Gala: the Fashion Favorites and Faux pas

Allison Potpora, Web Content Editor

   The Met Gala this year took place on Sept. 13, supposedly with a theme most saw as a suggestion rather than, well, a theme. As a tribute to our past endeavors and our hopes for the future, the American theme was proposed by Max Hollein who said, “In looking at the past through this lens, we can consider the aesthetic and cultural impact of fashion on historical aspects of American life,”. With this idea in mind, many anticipated famous American made names like Vera Wang, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, and Kate Spade; so, let’s talk about who actually took these names to the red carpet. 

   While some chose clothes with red, white and blue, others chose clothes to represent the values of America; and then some chose fake green babies to carry, swords and easter egg shaped dresses (im looking at you Frank Ocean, Grimes, and Natalia Bryant). While I understand that the values and American ideology is different for everyone, I believe that the unity the Met Gala was trying to convey this year, like it has been in previous years, was nonexistent. On the other hand, you could see the diverse outfits and patterns as a way to honor the diversification we are trying to incorporate in America. 

   Some celebrities did recognize Hollein’s idea for the star studded night. however; If you needed a globe to figure out where America was, all you had to do was look for Dan Levy and he’ll help you find it on his globe looking suit. Saweetie also made many headlines with her red white and blue gown, along with Ciara, Billie Eilish, and Imaan Hammam. Jlo, Helen Lasichanh, and Pharrell Williams also took it a step further with their American western outfits made by American designers. 

   At the end of the night, whether or not they wore American couture or not, Allyson Felix, JLo, Lil Nas X, and Yara Shahidi in my opinion, were best dressed. Like prior notable fashion icons, Lil Nas X went with the three piece outfit starting with a royal gold overcoat, stripping down to a suit of armor and eventually a gold bodysuit. As for Yara Shahidi, her outfit from head to toe honored French-American icon Josephine Baker. Even if the theme was a little vague, every celebrity in attendance worked the red carpet from head to toe in expensive and eye-catching outfits, making many watching the Met from the couch, like me, jealous.