But tonight, the focus is on the steps of the Met, where A-list actors, supermodels,TV drag queens, musicians and athletes are walking the cream carpet in their finest designer attire.
Anna Wintour in Oscar de la Renta. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Adding to that patchwork, the Vogue editor-in-chief eschewed her usual Chanel and wore a floral Oscar de la Renta gown — a tribute to the late designer, who was a close friend and avid gardener.
Gorman, meanwhile, told CNN Style American fashion was “diverse, vibrant, beautiful, and intersectional.” Making her way up the steps she said, “I think American fashion really is at the crossroads of the world.”
The poet wore an embellished indigo gown by Vera Wang, with a jeweled laurel crown and a book-shaped clutch emblazoned with the words “Give me your tired” — all references to the Statue of Liberty.
Timothée Chalamet in Haider Ackerman. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Billie Eilish wears Oscar de la Renta. Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock
Lil Nas X in Versace. Credit: John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images
Wearing Oscar de la Renta, Billie Eilish served Old Hollywood glamour in the style of Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. Her décolleté-bearing peach gown came with a fitted bodice and lengthy tulle train that required the support of four helpers.
New York congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney didn’t mince her words in a bold look emblazoned with “equal rights for women” written down the lengths of trailing shoulder panels.
Rapper Saweetie wore a figure-hugging, crystal-embellished dress with a lengthy train by Christian Cowan. The design incorporated the colors of the Black American Heritage flag and a Filipino flag — a reference to her mixed heritage. Similarly, Naomi Osaka brought her Japanese and Haitian background together in an ensemble by Louis Vuitton. The ruffled sleeves evoked carnival, while the red obi across her tulip skirt recalled the traditional kimono tie.
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