Among political statements, star-spangled ensembles and questionable nods to American fashion, we've seen a lot of different looks for 2021's Met Gala. After the one year hiatus due to the pandemic, this year's theme for fashion's biggest night was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion." Although Zendaya was unable to make her prior arrangement as co-chair, this year's other co-chairs included Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, Billie Eilish and Amanda Gorman. We've gathered seven of our favorite looks by our beloved Black celebs, because in the words of Issa Rae, "We're rooting for everybody Black!"
Naomi Osaka and Saweetie
Both Naomi Osaka and Saweetie paid homage to their heritages with their Met Gala dresses. Saweetie’s Christian Cowan-designer asymmetrical dress shimmered throughout the carpet as each side represented the Black American flag and the Filipino flag. As a co-chair at this year’s event, Osaka wore a Louis Vuitton design that represented her Japanese and Haitian lineage. Her hair, styled in two braids, complemented the aqua and fuschia dress tied with a thick red obi-style belt.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky
Titled the unofficial queen of the Met Gala, Bad Gal Riri arrived late to the event with her beau A$AP while wearing a black Balenciaga overcoat and matching hat. Rocky wore a colorful quilt-inspired cover, which led to fans questioning how either look correlated to Rihanna’s past bold looks and the overall theme.
The stunning hostess of the evening, Keke Palmer, was wearing a shimmery golden dress from the Sergio Hudson Fall 2021 collection. While hosting the Vogue livestream throughout the night, Palmer said her fit was inspired by the iconic singer Diana Ross.
According to the theme, Yara Shahidi definitely understood the assignment. The “Grown-ish” star paid homage to Josephine Baker in her 1920s-inspired gown with matching gloves. Shahidi’s diamond headpiece and dramatic curls made the look more luxurious and definitely represented Black American fashion.
Lil Nas X
If looking like royalty was the goal, Lil Nas X definitely checked all the boxes. For his first Met Gala appearance, his three outfits of the night were all designed by Versace and included a golden velvety robe, a fully-gold suit of armor and a long-sleeve black jumpsuit with golden jewels.
Talk about loving your husband in every way, shape and form! Ciara donned her husband Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks jersey number on a sequin-filled Dundas gown. Ciara—inspired by Geoffrey Beene's football jersey dresses from the 1960s—deserves a penalty for how good she looked!
As if she hasn’t dominated the fashion at every Met Gala and frankly, any event she attends, Lupita Nyong’o’s Met Gala look this year will live in my thoughts rent-free. Her Versace denim dress goes above and beyond Britney and Justin’s legendary all-denim look from the early 2000s as it includes both denim and beaded panels. The look did not stop there as Nyong’o’s hair was shaped in honor of artist Lorna Simpson’s work.