Stars channel the weird and wonderful for Americana-inspired Met Gala

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(Evan Agostini/AP)
(Evan Agostini/AP)

Stars including Kim Kardashian West, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna brought the glamour to the Met Gala as fashion’s biggest night made a roaring return.

The annual extravaganza attracted a who’s who of the celebrity world to New York City for an unfamiliar September slot after skipping a year due to the pandemic.

While much was different about this Met Gala, the evening delivered its usual mix of the weird and wonderful with A-listers out in force to celebrate the theme of America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

Kardashian West, no stranger to memorable Met Gala looks, added another outfit to the collection with a faceless custom ensemble from Balenciaga.

The billionaire cosmetics entrepreneur rocked a full-body covering, hiding her face with a black mask alongside a matching bodysuit.

Kardashian West, 40, also wore a floor-length ponytail.

Jennifer Lopez seemed to reference the Wild West at a Met Gala celebrating American fashion (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Jennifer Lopez seemed to reference the Wild West at a Met Gala celebrating American fashion (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Lopez, 52, arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art appearing to nod to the Wild West, adorned by a wide-brimmed cowboy hat.

She wore a muted brown ensemble complete with a feathered jacket.

Rihanna and Asap Rocky arrived fashionably late to the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Rihanna and Asap Rocky arrived fashionably late to the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Rihanna, 33, arrived fashionably late to the show alongside rapper boyfriend Asap Rocky, 32.

She wore a black, over-sized coat dress featuring a high-collar and flared hem, completing the outfit with a matching hat.

Asap Rocky was wrapped in a multi-coloured quilted blanket.

Emma Raducanu traded the court for the carpet as she made an appearance at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Emma Raducanu traded the court for the carpet as she made an appearance at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Fresh from her US Open heroics, British tennis ace Emma Raducanu rubbed shoulders with the A-listers on the carpet.

In a sign of her newly acquired superstar status, the 18-year-old scored an invite to one of the year’s most exclusive events.

Raducanu wore a black-and-white Chanel ensemble.

Billie Eilish took inspiration from some of Hollywood’s greatest stars for her Met Gala look and nodded to Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Billie Eilish took inspiration from some of Hollywood’s greatest stars for her Met Gala look and nodded to Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Billie Eilish was leading the new stars of Hollywood but channelled Old Hollywood glamour at the Met Gala in a nude, flowing Oscar de la Renta gown.

The 19-year-old pop prodigy – also a Met Gala host – had her blonde hair cut short and said Barbie was her inspiration for the look.

Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly were also references.

Eilish said she had only recently felt confident enough to walk the Met Gala carpet.

Poet of the blues: Amanda Gorman took her inspiration from the Statue of Liberty (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Poet of the blues: Amanda Gorman took her inspiration from the Statue of Liberty (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Poet Amanda Gorman who shot to fame following a reading at Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in January, was one of the co-hosts.

The 23-year-old wore a deep blue Vera Wang dress inspired by the Statue of Liberty – a reference to the night’s celebration of US fashion.

Gorman also carried a book-shaped clutch purse emblazoned with the words “give us your tired”, a line from the poem The New Colossus, which is engraved on the New York landmark.

“I wanted the energy and the spirit of my outfit to be about America welcoming the world,” she told Vogue on the carpet.

Timothee Chalamet opted for a casual look at the Met Gala, arriving in Converse trainers (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Timothee Chalamet opted for a casual look at the Met Gala, arriving in Converse trainers (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Timothee Chalamet, the 25-year-old Hollywood star already seen as a leading figure in men’s fashion, chose a more laid-back look.

The co-host arrived in a smart white jacket teamed with white tracksuit bottoms and matching Converse high-top trainers.

And tennis star Naomi Osaka, another of the evening’s hosts, nodded to her Haitian-Japanese heritage with her dress.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka celebrated her Japanese and Haitian roots (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Tennis star Naomi Osaka celebrated her Japanese and Haitian roots (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

The 23-year-old wore a Louis Vuitton dress with a psychedelic pattern.

Another of Hollywood’s next generation delivered a statement look at the gala.

Lil Nas X, the chart-topping rapper, arrived in a gold oversized cape, which he shed to expose gold Versace armour.

The 22-year-old then removed the armour to reveal an ornate jumpsuit.

Lil Nas X was a golden vision at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Lil Nas X was a golden vision at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Megan Thee Stallion also channelled Old Hollywood in a strapless nude dress with frilled details at the bottom.

She described the look as “Megan Monroe”.

Her fellow rap star Saweetie turned heads in a Valentino metallic silver dress with a plunging neckline.

Kim Kardashian West opted to hide away her face in an all-black outfit at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Kim Kardashian West opted to hide away her face in an all-black outfit at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Serena Williams, who co-chaired the 2019 Met Gala, served up an ace at Monday’s event.

She wore an elaborate silver bodysuit under a feathered Gucci cape.

Williams, 39, was joined on the carpet by husband Alexis Ohanian.

Serena Williams commanded attention at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Serena Williams commanded attention at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Hollywood actress Megan Fox said there was power in celebrating her beauty as she arrived in an extravagant red gown showing off her cleavage.

The intricate dress took a team of workers to create, Fox, 35, said.

Asked by Vogue how the outfit referenced the US theme, Fox said: “It’s on an American girl.”

Megan Fox turned heads at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Megan Fox turned heads at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Supermodel Iman, 66, brought her own twist on Americana to the carpet.

The widow of David Bowie stood out in a giant feather headdress and hooped skirt adorned with golden feathers.

Iman wore an elaborate feather outfit at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Iman wore an elaborate feather outfit at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

The Biebers – Justin and Hailey – were also in attendance.

Hailey – wearing a YSL gown – said her look was inspired by Old Hollywood stars including Kelly.

Bieber wore a suit from his own Drew brand.

Justin and Hailey Bieber looked dapper in sophisticated outfits (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Justin and Hailey Bieber looked dapper in sophisticated outfits (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

Rita Ora arrived at the event with filmmaker Taika Waititi, who described himself as her “date”.

The pop star wore a diamond-encrusted Prada dress and told Vogue she wanted to channel American glamour.

Waititi wore a Prada suit and said he wanted to complement Ora’s outfit.

Taika Waititi and Rita Ora attended the Met Gala together (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Taika Waititi and Rita Ora attended the Met Gala together (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

The Met Gala, which raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, usually takes place on the first Monday in May but this time was split into two events.

The second part is scheduled for May 2, next year.

While Dame Anna Wintour, who oversees the Met Gala, said she wanted to send the message “New York is back”, there were a number of pandemic-enforced changes to this year’s event.

Saweetie wore a Valentino dress split up the thigh (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)
Saweetie wore a Valentino dress split up the thigh (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (AP)

They included guests being required to wear masks unless eating, show a negative Covid-19 test and proof of vaccination.

The latter rule led to rapper Nicki Minaj being unable to attend.

She told fans on Twitter she was yet to receive the vaccine and would not be going to the gala as a result.

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