The 2022 Met Gala, otherwise known as M-Day among industry insiders, returned in full on the first Monday in May.
This year’s theme, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, is an extension of last year’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion concept. The “Gilded Glamor” theme saw a carefully curated red carpet bring out the best in classic and current catwalk trends. Some of the industry’s biggest stars attended the event to present their interpretation of late 19th century apparel trends through a contemporary lens.
Men in gowns attended the gilded and glittering Met Gala 2022, proving that traditional fashion gender norms are no longer 21st-century ideals. Thom Browne had a pivotal moment on red carpet, when it comes to dressing prominent gentlemen such as Travis Barker, Oscar Isaac and Russell Westbrook in bespoke gowns for the event.
The brand pays homage to one of America’s most iconic designers, Marc Jacobs, who was among the first to wear the dress on the 2012 Met Gala carpet. Thom Browne’s moment didn’t end there. There, when Lizzo paired her custom floral, yellow dress with an impromptu flute performance, highlighting her musical roots. Bad Bunny also stuns in a Burberry dress, further supporting the discussion of gender norms in fashion forward.
Met Gala co-chair Blake Lively proved once again that she understands the task in her tenth appearance. Lively told reporters during a Vogue livestream that her dress-on moment conveyed the “Golded Glamor” dress code by drawing inspiration from “New York City architecture and classic buildings.”
Dressed in Versace, she added, “The dress represents the Statue of Liberty, plus the crown has seven tiers, the Statue of Liberty has seven rays representing the rays of the sun and then the seven seas and the continent represents welcome, inclusion and freedom”.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz also appeared in New York City-inspired Ralph Lauren clothing, honoring Key’s unforgettable “Empire State of Mind.” Key’s cape reveals the iconic NYC skyline on the back, while Swizz pays homage to the New York Yankees.
Several stars have used jewelry to make a statement for the “Golden Glamor” theme, including Odell Beckham Jr., who purchased a $650,000 necklace, and Gunna in a cryptocurrency inspired necklace. Rapper “Pushing P” has truly embraced the crypto world by partnering with platform Ledger to create a custom diamond-encrusted necklace and pendant to house his digital assets. Made of 1,000 hand-cut stones including round-cut diamonds and sapphires, Gunna has proven that crypto has a place in fashion and vice versa.
For this year’s event, Kim Kardashian went all out to celebrate American fashion history, delving into Marilyn Monroe’s fashion archive. Kardashian attended the gala in one of Monroe’s most iconic gowns, especially the Jean Louis gown she wore to sing President John F. Kennedy’s “Happy Birthday” back in the year. 1962. Billie Eilish brought endless glamor to the gala, wearing a Gucci-inspired dress John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame Paul Poirson in 1885, at the height of the Gilded Age in New York.
Echoing the hottest moments of the 2022 Met Gala, Jared Leto and Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele wowed the red carpet. Leto, who never shied away from wacky fashion moments, including his wax headpiece, paid tribute to his role in the House of Gucci, which spans the great 1870-1890 era. grand.
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