Met Gala 2022: best looks and photos from the red carpet

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After two years of tumultuous pandemic scheduling issues, the Met Gala made its triumphant return Monday to its much-vaunted “First Monday in May” spot on the calendar. Once again held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and co-curated by Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who was to host the 2020 event alongside Meryl Streep and Emma Stone before it canceled due to the pandemic), the gala theme was “golden glamor and white tie”.

Not that everyone cared. While Gilded Age fashion was known for its lavish and luxurious fabrics, ornate detailing, and heavily structured and relatively modest silhouettes, many celebrities treated the occasion as just a night out to dress in their finery. Which, if we’re being perfectly honest, made for delightful viewing in its own right.

Here are some of the most dazzling, head-turning (and head-turning)scratch) looks.

It’s a bold move to double the money on a party with the word “golden” in its theme. But for anyone who’s listened to the radio for the past 13 years, Alicia Keys’ Ralph Lauren dress and black cape with the Manhattan skyline shimmering on her train – a tribute to the city at the heart of both the Gilded Age allure and Keys’ hit single – made Sens perfect.

The Aussie actor, who burst into Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ last year, showed up in vintage Cartier and Bottega Veneta. Dressed in beltless blue jeans, elbow-length red leather gloves and a diamond bolo tie, he cheekily said he was celebrating casual Fridays.

The former secretary of state wore a wine-colored Joseph Altuzarra dress embroidered with the names of women in United States history who inspired her, including Abigail Adams, Sacagawea and Madeleine Albright.

The singer was a vision in white on the red carpet, wearing a Prabal Gurung two-piece dress and white stiletto nails with white appliques. Her touches of color: a spray of delicate flowers in her hair and on her dress.

The New York City mayor arrived on the red carpet wearing a long-tailed black tuxedo coat with “End Gun Violence” embroidered on the back, along with floor-length wall art.

In a refreshing take on the evening’s theme, actor Riz Ahmed wore an ensemble inspired by working-class immigrants of color who, as he said, helped make the Gilded Age golden. Ahmed paired boots and an open black chore coat with jewelry reminiscent of his mother’s collection, he said, inspired by traditional jewelry from Hyderabad, India.

Fresh off of an impressive Grammy sweep for Silk Sonic, his exuberant band with Bruno Mars, Paak danced the red carpet in a very Paak-like ensemble: John Lennon-esque sunglasses, a short black bob wig, black leather pants and a colorful jacket. “I used to shop at Burlington Coat Factory,” he said. “Now I’m Gucci from head to toe.”

The actress and singer stunned in an elegant, long, backless Ralph Lauren dress – shimmering with white flecks like a starry sky – and a black and white striped headpiece with matching freestanding cuffs.

Honorary Co-Chair Anna Wintour raised her eyebrows in her colorful and feathery Chanel gown designed by Virginie Viard, which looked strikingly similar to her 2019 Met Gala look. But close inspection reveals a few differences – namely this year’s inclusion of a tiara who is would have a family heirloom.

When Met Gala co-host Blake Lively rolled out her outfit on the red carpet and revealed this shimmering and dramatic Atelier Versace in copper and light green, onlookers cheered. Her bicep-length gloves seemed to nod to the modest elegance of Gilded Age New York – though one has to imagine that a dress like this, complete with a full cathedral train, might draw attention away from the main event if she appeared in one of Edith Wharton’s operas. boxes.

Lively told Vogue that the dress, and the reveal that unleashed her mint-colored skirt, were inspired by the Statue of Liberty – which is made of copper and has oxidized over the years to give it its famous green patina. Her seven-pointed headdress was also a tribute to the similar one worn by Lady Liberty.

Feathers, lace, a towering coif in deftly twisted linen – when it comes to textures, singer and actress Cynthia Erivo’s gleaming white Louis Vuitton ensemble says yes to it all. With its low rise and sleek sleeveless silhouette, this dress infused elements of the Roaring 20s into the night’s “golden glamour” theme.

Wearing a sheer black Moschino dress with a stunning lace train that trailed long behind her, Vanessa Hudgens earned the nickname ‘death butterfly’ in a tweet by BuzzFeed. The outlet liked the set so much that it also gave the actress a weird invitation: “and you can kill me.”

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