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The Best of the MET 2021: "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion"

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Words by Jamay Osborn

The MET Gala is back after a year due to Covid-19. The event normally falls on the first Monday of May but this year, due to the pandemic, the event kicked off on September 13th. The biggest night of fashion was held at the usual location: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The gala will be in celebration of the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, which opens to the public in the Anna Wintour Costume Centre on September 18th.

This year is celebrating all American designers from Bill Blass to Halston to Tom Ford. The guests are expected to embody the theme of American style, whether that just straight up flashy star-spanged banner or a more subdued, discreet nod to the greats of American designers. The MET Gala is historically the only “red carpet” for designers and celebrity’s to truly embrace the definition of fashion, some fail, some succeed. And I’m here to show you who succeeded.

1. Iman in Harris Reed

This look is a true eye stooping, jaw drooping MET look but with a twist. This look was created by Harris Reed a newly established designer with a big resume, already dressing personalities like close friend Harry Styles and being muse to, and working close with, creative director of Gucci Alessandro Michele. This look is beautiful in many ways from the beauty of Iman to the gold / egg-shell fur, to the ginormous stature of the overall piece, this look is the complete highlight of the night.

2. Jenifer Lopez in Ralph Lauren

This look is not only staying true to the Dress code but it is showing the true aesthetic of Ralph Lauren. It has the signature metal hardware classically seen by the designer on belt buckles, and not only does it embody the designer but it embodies the celebrity Jenifer Lopez, with her astronomical sex appeal and Ralphs classic American western feel this look is just a very chic way of staying true to the reason for the MET.

3. Debbi Harry in Zac Posen

Two words - Debbi Harry. This look lends very much towards the Americana paraphernalia but in a very chic, rocker, blondie way. The tailored asymmetrical denim jacket with the huge, dystopian hoop skirt in red and off-white all wrapped in an American designer bow. This look is true to the assignment and true to the celebrity wearing it.

4. Kim Petras in Collina Strada

This look is just pure Met; a combination of fashion and art, a true amalgamation of beauty. This is representing the future of American fashion. Collina Strada is a brand for the future of sustainable fashion, and I guess helping the horses?

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