Met Gala 2021 Live Blog: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Arrive in Balenciaga and ERL
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After almost two years, the Met Gala is returning to New York. Tonight’s event is a celebration of the Costume Institute’s exhibition “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” curated by Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu curator in charge of the Costume Institute. Read more about Bolton’s exhibition here and save this page for by-the-second updates from the Met Gala red carpet and the gala itself.
10:17 p.m.: See all action inside the 2021 Met gala slideshow here.
Inside the 2021 Met Gala
10:10 p.m.: A$AP Rocky and Rihanna arrive fashionably late: He’s wearing ERL spring 2022 by Eli Russell Linnetz; she’s in Balenciaga by Demna Gvasalia.
10:00 p.m.: Justin Bieber takes the stage inside the Met gala for an exclusive after-dinner performance.
8:26 p.m.: Frank Ocean wears custom Prada x Homer. His date? A robotic baby.
9:25 p.m.: Laura Harrier arrives as the date of designer Joseph Altuzarra.
9:23 p.m.: Kid Cudi debuted neon green hair at the 2021 gala.
9:22 p.m.: Normani chose a marigold Valentino couture dress for the evening.
9:21 p.m.: Hailee Steinfeld goes blonde for the Met gala, also debuting an angular bob that coordinates with her Iris Van Herpen dress.
9:20 p.m.: Erykah Badu was dressed in layers of suiting by Thom Browne.
9:17 p.m.: US Open champion Emma Raducanu wears Chanel for her first-ever Met gala.
9:13 p.m.: Natalia Bryant wears a bubble dress by young American designer Conner Ives.
9:11 p.m.: Margaret Qualley was the bride at this summer’s Chanel haute couture show. Today, she chose Chanel for the Met.
9:10 p.m.: Whoopi Goldberg attends as a guest of Valentino, wearing a ruffled violet cape designed by Pierpaolo Piccioli
9:04 p.m.: Carey Mulligan’s bright pink Valentino dress comes with its own cape.
9:05 p.m.: Emily Ratajkowski is the latest guest to try out the red dress trend tonight. Hers is Vera Wang.
9:03 p.m.:West Side Story star Rachel Zegler dons a custom Christian Dior look.
9:02 p.m.: Lily-Rose Depp chose a Chanel couture dress for her second Met gala.
9:01 p.m.: Michaela Coel joins the guests inside the gala wearing Balencaiga.
9:00 p.m.: Hunter Schafer wears an archive-inspired Prada look with white contacts and a spider face adornment.
8:59 p.m.: Rosalía is in full Rick Owens at the Met gala tonight, including shoulder-length gloves and platform boots.
8:58 p.m.: Regina King attends the Met gala with Michael Kors, wearing a custom look by the designer.
8:55 p.m.:Lili Reinhart’s pastel pink dress by Christian Siriano is dotted with hundreds of faux flower petals.
8:54 p.m.: Zoe Kravitz does the naked dress her way, in custom Saint Laurent.
8:53 p.m.: Ariana Debose, who performed at the Michael Kors spring 2022 show, wears custom Michael Kors.
8:52 p.m.: Tessa Thompson wears an Iris Van Herpen minidress up the steps of The Met.
8:51 p.m.: Surprise! Vittoria Ceretti has gone blonde for the 2021 Met gala.
8:50 p.m.: Kate Hudson takes a page from the runways and pairs a bralette with a feathered jacket.
8:49 p.m.: Kendall Jenner arrives with Givenchy’s Matthew Williams. She’s wearing custom Givenchy.
8:47 p.m.: Cara Delevingne’s custom Christian Dior look has a message for men.
8:45 p.m.: Kristen Stewart pairs her Chanel look with a high ponytail.
8:43 p.m.: Gigi Hadid debuts red hair with her custom Prada look.
8:41 p.m.: Kim Kardashian arrives in all-black Balenciaga—including a balaclava—with Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia.
8:40 p.m.: Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are wearing coordinating Michael Kors looks.
8:37 p.m.: Winnie Harlow continues the bodysuit trend and the Iris Van Herpen trend.
8:35 p.m.: Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo keep the American dream alive in red, white, and blue.
8:34 p.m.: Sharon Stone is in a Thom Browne look inspired by a dress Browne’s own mother once wore.
8:33 p.m.: Lupita Nyong’o’s custom denim look pays homage to the iconic American fabric.
8:32 p.m.: Teyana Taylor’s Prabal Gurung dress glitters as she walks up The Met’s steps.
8:30 p.m.: Tory Burch’s recent show paid homage to Claire McCardell; her dress continues the theme with minimalist stripes.
8:29 p.m.: Diane Kruger never shies away from a bold color or silhouette. Her neon green look by Prabal Gurung is turning heads on The Met steps.
8:28 p.m.: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s custom Brother Vellies look says Tax the Rich on the back.
8:27 p.m.: Hailey and Justin Bieber went simple on the red carpet tonight. She’s wearing Saint Laurent; he’s in his own brand Drew House.
8:26 p.m.: Gabrielle Union’s Iris Van Herpen dress is engineered to move as she walks up The Met’s steps.
8:25 p.m.: Only Jennifer Lopez could make a Western-inspired Ralph Lauren ensemble look this glam.
8:24 p.m.: Olivia Rodrigo chose a Saint Laurent bodysuit with feather trim for its references to American punk music.
8:23 p.m.: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora coordinate in matching Prada looks.
8:22 p.m.: Ralph Lauren dressed Kacey Musgraves in a classic two-piece set. Talking to Keke Palmer, Musgraves says her look reflects her status as “sort of a horse girl.”
8:21 p.m.: Alicia Keys’s classic white shirt dress is complemented with clear crystals in her hair.
8:20 p.m.: Cynthia Erivo chose a streamlined white two piece set for tonight’s gala.
8:19 p.m.: Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey are wearing looks by sister designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte.
8:17 p.m.: Sienna Miller wears a blush Gucci dress and coordinating feathered jacket.
8:16 p.m.: Dominic Cooper tries out a bright look in neon suiting.
8:16 p.m.: Jasmine Tookes debuts a pixie cut at the Met gala.
8:08 p.m.: Mindy Kaling paired her aubergine colored dress with a cinched black corset.
8:07 p.m.: Emily Blunt is in custom Miu Miu complete with a constellation headpiece.
8:05 p.m.: Ciara is wearing her husband Russell Wilson’s number—3—on a sequin dress by Dundas. She’s also wearing his Super Bowl ring.
8:04 p.m.: Imaan Hammam delivers stars and sparkle in an embellished dress.
8:02 p.m.: Taylor Hill goes full goddess in a seafoam cut-out look.
8:01 p.m.: Chloe Fineman was at the Tory Burch show earlier this week and she chose Burch again for her Met gala debut.
8:00 p.m.: Mary J Blige wears a golden Dundas dress with beading on her chignon to complement the gown.
7:58 p.m.: Red is officially the color of the night. Megan Fox chose a lace up dress by Dundas.
7:57 p.m.: Jeremy O. Harris chose a yellow look from Tommy Hilfiger for his second Met gala.
7:56 p.m.: From the runway to the Met red carpet: Kris Jenner’s Tom Ford suit is fresh from his spring 2022 show last night.
7:55 p.m.: Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh might be the first to wear rabbit ears to the Met gala.
7:52 p.m.:Vogue cover star Precious Lee chose a custom Area look. She says it weighs 100 pounds and took four people to help her get dressed.
7:51 p.m.: Diane von Furstenberg chose a column dress with a leopard crawling up it’s front. See has a coordinating leopard mask.
7:50 p.m.: What else would Donatella Versace wear than a custom Versace gown? Her look this year is a structured white piece with a full skirt.
7:49 p.m.: Megan Rapinoe pairs red and blue—and her pink hair—on the red carpet.
7:48 p.m.: Lorde shows some skin—just like on her October Vogue cover—in custom Bode.
7:47 p.m.: Maluma channels a cowboy in a custom red Versace look.
7:44 p.m.: Chance the Rapper is in custom Ralph Lauren.
7:43 p.m.: Taraji P Henson makes the case for a red carpet jumpsuit in a fully beaded look.
7:42 p.m.: Pete Davidson is wearing Thom Browne, giving a “sexy nun” vibe per his interview with Keke Palmer.
7:40 p.m.: Irina Shayk redefines the naked dress in a sheer floral number by Moschino’s Jeremy Scott, who is her date for the evening.
7:39 p.m.:Vogue’s September issue cover star Lourdes Leon wears a custom Moschino look by Jeremy Scott.
7:38 p.m.: Tracee Ellis Ross is one of the first to wear Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga couture debut.
7:38 p.m.: Kehlani wears a cropped suit to her first Met gala.
7:37 p.m.: Steph Curry and Ayesha Curry coordinate in embroidered golden looks.
7:35 p.m.: Zoey Deutch continues the gloves trend in beaded lilac arm warmers.
7:34 p.m.: Madison Beer goes classic in a slinky emerald dress.
7:33 p.m.: MJ Rodriguez stuns in a Thom Browne look comprised by a classic white shirt and a corseted skirt.
7:25 p.m.: Karlie Kloss is the latest star to wear red tonight; she’s chosen a dress by Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera.
7:24 p.m.: They might be British, but Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington are embodying American chicness with their looks.
7:23 p.m.: Elliot Page arrives in a simple Balenciaga suit and green lapel pin.
7:22 p.m.: Kim Petras is wearing a horse bustier by Collina Strada. Designer Hillary Taymour says they are representing horse girls.
7:21 p.m.: Eiza Gonzalez keeps the red trend going strong in Versace.
7:20 p.m.:Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt believes in the power of denim, platforms, and flares.
7.19 p.m.: Debbie Harry and Zac Posen arrived together, with Harry in an American flag dress by the designer.
7:18 p.m.: Megan Thee Stallion shows a little leg in a white frock by Coach.
7:17 p.m.: Iman partnered with designer Harris Reed on a dramatic Met gala look complete with a headpiece.
7:16 p.m.: Kaia Gerber makes her Met gala debut wearing an updated version of a 1981 Halston dress worn by Bianca Jagger. Gerber’s is by Oscar de la Renta.
7:14 p.m.: Storm Reid arrived in a bustier and skirt that she peeled off to reveal short-shorts underneath.
7:13 p.m.: In a Met gala first, Grimes has accessorized her Iris Van Herpen dress with a sword.
7:12 pm.: Jordan Roth never fails to dazzle at the Met gala. He wears Michael Sylvan Robinson.
7:08 p.m.: Supermodel Valentina Sampaio is sporting a caped embellished red dress.
7:07 p.m.: Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy lent a fall 2020 ball gown to the exhibition.
7:06 p.m.: Amy Fine Collins, who donated several looks in this year’s exhibition, arrives in Thom Browne and a Hector Browne bag.
7:05 p.m.: Jennifer Hudson is channeling Aretha Franklin, who she portrayed in Respect, in a red gown.
7:05 p.m.: Serena Williams is wearing a silver sequin bodysuit and ombré pink feather cape.
7: 02 p.m.: And here’s the final look for Lil Nas X: a beaded Versace bodysuit.
7: 01 p.m.: Underneath Lil Nas X’s cape is a golden suit of Versace armor.
7:00 p.m.: Lil Nas X takes a page from Lady Gaga’s playbook with three Met gala red carpet looks, all by Versace.
6:59 p.m.: Finneas is in a red suit by Matthew Williams for Givenchy.
6:57 p.m.: Troye Sivan is arriving in a long black dress by Altu, Joseph Altuzarra's new gender fluid collection, with a leather armband and Rick Owens boots.
6:54 p.m.: Co-chair Naomi Osaka is wearing a dress designed by her older sister and Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière that honors her Japanese-Haitian-American heritage.
6:51 p.m.: Channing Tatum is in a tux, solo...for now.
6:50 p.m.: Saweetie’s red, white, and blue ensemble is by Christian Cowan.
6:46 p.m.: Met gala co-chair Billie Eilish is in custom Oscar de la Renta.
6:41 p.m.: Yara Shahidi’s custom Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by Josephine Baker.
6:40 p.m.: Actress and director Rebecca Hall chose custom Batsheva for her Met debut.
6:37 p.m.: Actress Barbie Ferreira is wearing a pearl-encrusted dress by Jonathan Simkhai.
6:34 p.m.: Adrien Brody and Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman make their red carpet debut as a couple at The Met.
6:33 p.m.: Maisie Williams goes goth in an all black leotard with a train on the Met gala red carpet.
6:33 p.m.:Gossip Girl’s Evan Mock is sporting an archival suit from Thom Browne and a ton of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
6:30 p.m.: Ella Emhoff is wearing a bright red look from Stella McCartney, complete with sneakers.
6:29 p.m.: Julia Garner is shimmering up the steps in a translucent Stella McCartney dress.
6:20 p.m.: Tonight’s dress code is American Independence, and Dan Levy is doing it dramatically in a map-printed suit.
6:19 p.m.: Musician David Byrne is the first of what we assume will be many guests sporting double denim on The Met’s steps tonight.
6:19 p.m.: James Corden and his wife Julia Carey are chatting up Keke Palmer on the red carpet. Corden is wearing a Gucci tux.
6:14 p.m.: Co-chair Amanda Gorman complemented her cobalt Vera Wang dress with a silvery laurel wreath headband.
6:11 p.m.: Leon Bridges is paying homage to his Texan roots with a blue suede fringed jacket by Bode.
6:10 p.m.: Couple Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz are walking up The Met’s steps. She is wearing Valentino.
6:07 p.m.: Timothée Chalamet, a co-chair of the 2021 Met gala, is wearing all white, Converse sneakers, and sweatpants. Chalamet calls his look “my homage to Chuck Taylor,” wearing a Rick Owens top and Haider Ackermann blazer.
6:04 p.m.: Instagram’s Eva Chen is wearing Christopher John Rogers, complete with checkerboard opera gloves.
6:00 p.m.: Tom Ford, this evening’s host, is fresh off his spring 2022 runway show last night. He’s wearing a velvet blazer with a white flower on his lapel.
5:58 p.m.: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York’s 12th District is here wearing a gown in suffragist colors featuring white “ERA” letters down the front, and a cape embroidered with the phrase “Equal Rights for Women.”
5:55 p.m.: Heron Preston, who has two pieces in the exhibition, is wearing a suit of his own design.
5:52 p.m.: The Met Gala’s honorary chair Adam Mosseri and his wife Monica Mosseri have just arrived. Mosseri is the head of Instagram, which is sponsoring the exhibition.
5:40 p.m.: Bee Carrozzini is here, wearing a teal Valentino gown.
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5:37 p.m.: A marching band is on the red carpet to herald the arrival of gymnast Nia Dennis, who is doing backbends and cartwheels up The Met’s steps. Dennis is wearing Stella McCartney.
5:26 p.m.: Keke Palmer has arrived in a glittery gown with long sleeves and a high neck. Stay tuned for her debut on our Live Stream with Ilana Glazer shortly.
5:22 p.m.: Here’s Emma Chamberlain in a golden Louis Vuitton minidress with cut-outs on the side. Her custom look is very reminiscent of those shown at Vuitton’s resort 2022 show in Paris, with metallic embroidery covering the entire dress.
5:16 p.m.: Ilana Glazer is the first to arrive on the red carpet. She’ll be hosting our Live Stream from the red carpet with Keke Palmer, so expect to see a lot of her feathered sleeves.
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