This year's Met Gala theme was "American Independence" as it coincides with an upcoming exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC titled "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion." The show kicks off next week and lasts through to the 5th of September of 2022. It is part one of a two-part exploration of fashion in the United States at the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
As is customary, the yearly costume installations curated by the Met's Costume Institute staff, are inaugurated with a grand event -- the Met Gala. While last year's gala was indefinitely postponed, due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, this year's extravaganza went on without a glitch and provided much needed respite from the gloom and doom of our past year (and a half).
Outfits were over the top and never has that been more welcomed.
But one celebrity who kept it fashionable and gloriously elegant is Palestinian-American model Gigi Hadid. Hadid’s new fiery red hair color and stunning gown by Prada were only overshadowed by the blinding bling, provided by the Jacob & Co. diamond necklace around her neck -- a true showstopper.
Described by Hadid as "an ode to simple, well-made fashion," she opted for the strapless white gown featuring a contrasting black bodice underneath, finishing off the sleek look with leather gloves and the statement diamond necklace from Jacob & Co -- a unique piece for a total weight of 140 carats and a central stone of 92 carats.
Of course, we expected nothing less from the "King of Bling" as Jacob Arabo, is known. Arabo is an Uzbek-American jeweler and the founder of Jacob & Company.
Iman's stunning gown, accentuated by her toned shape (the woman is 66 and looks half her age!) was designed by Harris Reed. Reed is a gender-bending young designer who has been revolutionising the fashion world, at the helm of his own brand.
We also loved the blanket look sported by A$AP Rocky, who had Rihanna on hand as arm candy. His outfit was designed by Eli Russell Linnetz, while she wore a Balenciaga cape. Once he did away with the blanket, a cool, traditional tux look was revealed underneath.
Fresh off his Venice red carpet run, Dune star Timothée Chalamet walked to the Met Gala. Yes, ladies, you could have walked right past him. Style icon Chalamet is one of the 2021 Met Gala’s co-chairs, and wore an all-white ensemble by Haider Ackermann, with Converse trainers. A tuxedo for the modern man.
Last but not least, Kim Kardashian, in her Balenciaga look, and we mean look. Covered in charcoal black head to toe, designer Demna Gvasalia's look for Kim K is bound to rewrite the history of the gala. At least for this year.
For all the arrivals, check out the video of the 2021 Met Gala on Vogue.com.