After more than a year and a half of hibernation due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, September 13 was the date set to dust off the red carpet of the most photographed staircase in New York City.
The Met dressed up – or in the American style, according to the theme set this year by Anna Wintour – and received its famous and exclusive guests. The concept that governed the dress code to attend the ceremony was “The independence of the United States”, more than obvious reason to suppose that this year’s red carpet promised more than ever.
In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s dress you could read in red letters: “Let the rich pay”
And yes it was. The celebrities followed the codes strictly with dresses tribute to Hollywood fashion icons or designers ‘made in the USA’. Until the highly shocking protest suits arrived.
In this field, Cara Delevingne was crowned the queen of the gala. The model put on her warrior costume – a work by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior – and as if she were going to fight a battle, she dressed in a bulletproof vest that read “Peg the Patriarchy” – in Spanish, charge against the patriarchy -.
“Tax the rich”, or what is the same, “that the rich pay”, could be read in the suit-protest of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The congresswoman from New York took advantage of her first appearance at the Met gala to demand a tax increase on the rich, a message she has repeated countless times since she landed on the public stage.
Amanda Gorman paid tribute to the spirit of the Statue of Liberty with a blue Vera Wang dress. “Give me your tiredness,” read the book that the poet carried in one hand. A plea towards the union of Americans and diversity.
Following the aesthetic popularized by her husband Kanye West, Kim Kardashian came with an incognito suit consisting of a black dress with tights and a balaclava that only revealed her hair gathered in a high ponytail. A wardrobe that many associate with an allegory of anonymity and fame.
The friendly face of the Met then came in the form of tributes, and the best exponent was the look of Billie Eilish, converted into a Marilyn Monroe of the 21st century. The singer shone in a voluminous peach-toned dress signed by Oscar de la Renta.
Audrey Hepburn’s sense of elegance was reinterpreted by Kendall Jenner. The model was inspired by the role she played in ‘My Fair Lady’, specifically in the scene where she appears in an impressive dress full of crystals and small sparkling inlays. Jenner trusted Givenchy to emulate that movie classic.
Gigi Hadid dared to play ‘Who’s Who’ with a strapless black and white design, corseted and with a long tube-shaped skirt, signed by Prada. Her long leather gloves and long red hair captured all the attention of an outfit with which she winked at Rita Hayworth’s Gilda from 1946.
Continuing with the theme of the tributes, Rosalía’s first time on the steps of the Met turned out to be a tribute to the artist Lola Flores. The Catalan drew her roots and chose to show the public how an American, the Californian designer Rick Owens, interprets the Spanish tradition.
Jennifer Lopez, another of the most anticipated, seemed to come from the Wild West with an aesthetic in which she paid tribute to the ‘cowgirls’.
Finally, Hunter Schafer, the trans icon of the moment, remained faithful to his transgressive aesthetic and brought his self from the future dressed in Prada.
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Between tributes and social protests