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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks


Jennifer Hudson in Custom AZFactory, in honor of the late designer Alber Elbaz, who died suddenly of Covid earlier this year. He learned his trade partly in New York as an assistant to Geoffrey Beene, and had started his new line just before he fell ill. He would have loved that.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Iman made an entrance with a spiky chandelier gown and statement headpiece.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

When asked about her long fingernails, rapper Saweetee said, “Girls who have long fingernails have more fun.” It’s a fact.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Met Gala co-chair Naomi Osaka, who became Louis Vuitton brand ambassador earlier this year, wore… Louis Vuitton, in a look honoring her Haitian and Japanese heritage.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks
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The Met Gala’s vaccine requirement has become a reason for some celebrities not to attend.

On Monday evening, rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted that she had yet to receive the vaccine and therefore would not be going to the gala.

“They want you to get your Met shot. if I get the shot, it won’t be for the Met, ”she tweeted on Monday, just as guests started arriving at the museum. She encouraged those present to “be safe” and to wear a mask with a good seal.

Guests were told they would be required to show proof of vaccination, receive a negative Covid-19 test, and wear a mask at all times unless eating. (That last part didn’t seem to apply to the red carpet – er, beige – where there were more naked mouths photographed than masked faces.)

Since vaccines became widely available in the United States, the famous and the vaccinated have served as ambassadors – official and unofficial – for getting vaccinated, providing strong and safe protection against Covid-19.

Dolly Parton, whose funding helped support the research that led to the Moderna vaccine, posted on Twitter shortly after receiving an injection in March: “Dolly is getting a dose of her own medicine. She appealed to people who might be hesitant. “I just want to say to all of you cowards out there: don’t be such a chicken squat,” she said in a video on social media. “Get out there and get your shot. “

In July, President Biden invited 18-year-old pop star Olivia Rodrigo to the White House for a press conference where she encouraged young people to get vaccinated. Joining a White House campaign to reach the unvaccinated, she said it was “easier than ever” to get vaccinated.

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Gossip Girl’s Evan Mock appeared in a bold punk black mask with spikes. The look was vintage Thom Browne.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Lil Nas X arrived with not one, not two, but three glittering gold looks. The singer started with an oversized cape, which he removed to reveal gold Versace armor, and then ended with an ornate jumpsuit.

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Georgina Chapman, the ex-wife of Harvey Weinstein and former creator of Marchesa, who has been out of the public eye since her husband’s crimes against women came to light, arrived with actor Adrian Brody. It’s a great time to go out.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

We spoke with the creators of Oscar de la Renta about how Billie Eilish was dressed in an “at risk” ball gown – and her requirement for the brand to stop using fur.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

We spoke to Ella Emhoff earlier today about why she chose a bright red Adidas by Stella McCartney look for her first Met Gala appearance.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Amanda Gorman wears Vera Wang, a royal blue dress studded with thousands of crystals which symbolizes a “Statue of Liberty reinvented”. “)

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

This year’s Met Gala hosts Amanda Gorman, Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka and Billie Eilish are a Gen-Z force, all under the age of 26.

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Timothée Chalamet took to Instagram live for his walk to the Met. Some lucky fans were able to take selfies with the star and the co-host.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Representative Carolyn Maloney from New York arrived in a dress with flowing epaulettes bearing the message “Equal Rights for Women” and a matching bag pleading for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks
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The last time the world hosted a Met Gala was in 2019, and the theme was “Camp: Fashion Notes”.

Aside from a place where children go in the summer, camp – according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary – is “a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly overdone and often fuses elements of high culture and culture. popular”.

Unsurprisingly, the Met Gala crowd took this concept in many directions.

Lady Gaga, a well-known camp geek and host of the 2019 Met Gala, donned not one but four different outfits. She arrived in a fuchsia dress with an exaggerated train; took it off to reveal an asymmetrical black dress; removed this to reveal a hot pink bodycon dress; and finally, stripped of a shimmering black bra and panties. All outfits were designed by Brandon Maxwell, a former Ms. Gaga fashion director. As you might expect, the look was also memorized.

Cardi B also jumped into the long cause of the train with a custom feathered red Thom Browne dress circling her (and certainly would have forced social distancing, although we didn’t use that term much at the time).

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Jared Leto walked in wearing a realistic model of his own head, a reference to Gucci’s Fall 2018 Milan fashion show, where the models also held copies of their own heads. Billy Porter channeled the Egyptian sun god, Ra, with 10-foot-long wings, a gold helmet, and a catsuit. Katy Perry dressed like a chandelier with a helmet that weighed 40 pounds.

When asked to sit down, she replied, “You don’t sit at the Met. “

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Anna Wintour, honorary president of the gala and longtime maestro of the event, made her entrance wearing, she told us earlier this week, “a tribute to my dear friend Oscar de la Renta”, the creator who died in 2014.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Keke Palmer wears a sparkling Sergio Hudson dress with a turtleneck. I’m never crazy about a turtleneck on a dress.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

The Brooklyn United marching band, dressed in red, white and blue, walked the red carpet, kicking off with a lot of energy.

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Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

I’m still on Timmy Watch to some extent. But yeah, very excited to see what fashion he’s bringing tonight. He never disappoints on the red carpet.

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Red carpet streams are live and Timmy Watch 2021 has officially started.

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks
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This year, the Met Gala has reduced its guest list by about a third to allow for social distancing (at least during the sit-down dinner portion). Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination, receive a negative Covid-19 test result, and wear masks during the event, except while eating. We’ll have to see if this rule is applied on the red carpet. (Judging from recent New York Fashion Week, celebrities hate having their faces covered when photographers are nearby.)

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks
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Met Gala red carpet to begin live streams on vogue.com and magazine Twitter account starting at 5:30 p.m. EST.

E! network will also do its job, with a TV fashion panel commenting on the night’s looks from a studio. (This also starts at 5:30 p.m.) Cable cutters can also stream content on Twitter, eonline.com and E! News app.

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks

Live updates from the 2021 Met Gala: Iman, Lil Nas X and more red carpet looks
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To make up for a Met Gala without 2020, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vogue is hosting two Met Galas over the next nine months, both corresponding to American fashion-themed exhibitions. The first is tonight; the second will take place in May 2022.

The dress code for the Monday night gala is “American Independence.” So, get ready for plenty of red carpet looks from American brands, plus maybe starry skirts and statues of Liberty on the red carpet. (No one ever said the interpretation of the dress code was subtle.)

If you want the full rundown of what to expect tonight, read our explainer here. And to learn more about what ‘American Fashion’ means now, read this.




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