Tastemaker: The best and worst dressed at the Met Gala | Way of life
Whether you’re into fashion or not, chances are you’ve come across articles or video clips from the Met Gala this week in Manhattan.
After all, the gala continues to be one of the most photographed events in the world! Hundreds of celebrities from the worlds of film, music, fashion, sports and politics attend the event, giving it probably the highest wattage per square foot of any celebration of the planet!
Ultimately, the gala is a fundraiser. Vogue’s Anna Wintour oversaw the entire gala as she has since the 90s. The AP reported that last year the event raised more than $16.4 million for the Met’s Costume Institute.
Now, if this type of event interests you, take note. You cannot just buy a ticket. You must be invited! Usually, fashion brands buy tables and fill seats with celebrity guests. Each paid seat would cost around $35,000!
This year’s theme was “Gilded Glamour, White-Tie”. The theme comes from the exhibition launched by the gala: “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” which is the second in star curator Andrew Bolton’s two-part exhibition that highlights the roots of American style.
Fan favorites like Zendaya, Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Harry Styles weren’t in attendance this year for a variety of reasons, but there was still enough star power to create plenty of memorable fashion moments!
Let’s hit the red carpet with my very first “Best and Worst Dressed at the Met Gala”. Due to space constraints, I focused on 20 celebrities.
To earn my best dressed award, the individual had to wear something imaginative and impactful that matched the grandeur of the occasion, in addition to wearing it well!
All of the Kardashians of note attended the event, but Kendall Jenner overdressed her equally famous siblings and mother to make my list. I’m not a fan of gender specific outfits, but Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto in matching suits looked remarkable.
Fredrik Robertsson, meanwhile, reminded me of a futuristic alien from a sci-fi movie – what a statement! And without a doubt, the top spot on my best-dressed list was Blake Lively for her rose gold dress inspired by New York architecture!
As for fashion choices that turn heads for all the wrong reasons, I caught quite a few! Tommy Dorfman’s outfit was everywhere. I don’t understand why she chose that weird dress.
As for Chloe Bailey, why did she need to have all those unflattering shapes added to her figure? And ultimately, there just wasn’t any creativity in Bad Bunny’s trench coat! Do you remember the wolf pretending to be Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother? This room might have been more appropriate for the wolf – at home – and in bed!
Anyway, here are the rest of my picks in no particular order, except for Lively which ranks first.
1. Blake Lively in Atelier Versace
2. Lizzo in Thom Browne
3. Vanessa Hudgens in Moschino
4. Glenn Close in Valentino
5. Anderson .Paak in Gucci
6. Shawn Mendes in Tommy Hilfinger
7. Michelle Yeoh in Prabal Gurung
8. Chloe Grace Moretz in Louis Vuitton
9. Madelaine Petsch in Moschino
10. Stallion Megan Thee in Moschino
11. Alessandro Michele and Jared Leto in Gucci
12. Eliza Gonzalez in Michael Kors
13. Fredrik Robertsson in Iris Van Herpen
14. Teyana Taylor in Iris Van Herpen
15. Gigi Hadid in Atelier Versace
16. Katy Perry in Oscar de la Renta
17. Kendall Jenner in Prada
1. Tommy Dorfman in Christopher Kane
2. Chloe Bailey in the Zone
3. Bad Bunny in Burberry
Norm Analista is the founder of Analista & Co., a Guam-based brand specializing in exceptional tailored apparel. For more fashion content, follow @analista_co on Instagram and TikTok and Analista & Co. on Facebook. For unpublished and behind-the-scenes content related to the topic of this column, visit @tastemaker671 on Instagram.