- The 2021 Met Gala took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday night.
- Celebrities embraced this year’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” theme with head-turning outfits.
- But some missed the mark; certain outfits didn’t fit the theme while others felt too safe, or plain ridiculous.
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A source close to Kardashian West told Insider that Kanye West played an “instrumental” role in the conception of her outfit. Although the same source described Kardashian West’s look as “like a new subculture and fashion statement,” it was a letdown compared to her previous, more elaborate Met Gala ensembles.
Kardashian West also wore a similar look days before, making her red-carpet ensemble less intriguing. On Saturday, while out in New York City, she donned a leather Vetements trench coat, over-the-knee boots, matching gloves, and a mask that zipped shut over her face.
The singer accessorized the unique ensemble studded with hundreds of bright flowers and petals with layered chain necklaces, including one with a smiley face medallion with lightning bolts for eyes — his known brand symbol — and a pair of simple black boots.
Though it stood out on the red carpet, Balvin’s look didn’t seem to tie in with the theme.
The TikTok star’s dress looked great on her, but I think it would have been perfect for an event like the Emmys or Golden Globes rather than the Met Gala, where guests are expected to wear memorable ensembles and stand out from the crowd.
At this year’s gala, however, Musgraves went for an equestrian vibe in a metallic silver skirt and black jersey turtleneck top. The look went with the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” theme, and she looked fabulous, but I expected to see her in a more eye-catching outfit after her last appearance.
Considering this was his first time attending the gala, I would have hoped to see Mock in a more attention-grabbing outfit. It seemed to me like the only interesting part of his look was his face covering.
That said, unlike some on this list, at least Goldberg went for an outfit that would stand out on the red carpet.
In 2019, Leto accessorized his Gucci look with a replica of his head. Two years later, Ocean did something similar with a green robot doll.
While Ocean kept things simple in an all-black suede outfit, the doll stood out in a hooded patterned Homer onesie. I would have preferred to see Ocean in the Homer onesie the robotic doll was wearing as a nod to the fun patterns of the ’60s. As for the doll, I think he could have left it at home.
While the dress was gorgeous, it just made Beer blend in with the crowd because it was missing that oomph factor, which the gala is known for.
But I can’t help but feel like this was a safe choice for the Met Gala and that she could have kept this for another red-carpet event.
His Saint Laurent look was a classic but I think it would have stood out more if he wore a yellow tuxedo so that he and Leslie matched.
I think the look would have been even better if it had a more dramatic neckline or a train to match the feathers.
Although the pastel-blue jacket looked good on O’Connor, the gala is known as an event to wear avant-garde outfits and this just didn’t fit that description.