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12 Most Jaw-Dropping Looks at the Met Gala 2021

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12 Most Jaw-Dropping Looks at the Met Gala 2021
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After its postponement last year, the Met Gala is finally back— and right after New York Fashion Week, too! Our heads are positively filled to the brim with sartorial inspo, but make no mistake, we're not quitting just yet. This year's theme was In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, and the stars got pretty creative with how they interpreted that, and we thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle. 

We spotted a few dominant trends on the red carpet. First off, we saw reimagined denim dresses rendered in billows and curves on CL and Lupita Nyong'o. There were also a plenty of sheer, near-naked frocks, courtesy of Zoe Kravitz, Kendall Jenner, and, to a lesser extent, Emily Blunt and Julia Garner. Next, there were frothy blush corset dresses with lush floral appliqués: Lili Reinhart and Irina Shayk were practically twinning in springtime-ready frocks, while Nikkie de Jager (commonly known as NikkieTutorials) wore a more modest version in aquamarine. 

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Zoe Kravitz wore a silver Saint Laurent dress made up of tiny crystals in the YSL monogram shape.
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The men, too, delivered out-of-the-box looks— Pete Davidson and Troye Sivan hit the red carpet in black dresses, while Kid Cudi sported a campy PVC skirt. 

And, as you've probably seen, other personalities sported slogans and political statements. Cara Delevingne wore a simple white breastplate that read, "Peg the Patriarchy", while Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore an off-the-shoulder gown with the words "Tax the Rich" painted on the back. Her fellow New York representative Carolyn Maloney wore a vibrant gown with attached banners that read "Equal Rights for Women". 

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Representative AOC wore a custom-made statement dress by designer brand Brother Vellies.
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In other news, a particularly ubiquitous designer that night was Iris Van Herpen, whose innovative, immediately recognizable creations were worn by Grimes, Winnie Harlow, Valentina Sampaio, Tessa Thompson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gabrielle Union

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Hailee Steinfeld was unrecognizable! She wore an Iris Van Herpen mini dress and sported bleached brows and a blonde bob.
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Other warranted mentions include gymnast Simone Biles, whose Area dress reportedly took a total of 6,650 hours to make and weighs a whopping 88 pounds! 

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Gymnast Simone Biles wore a magnificent gown by Area.
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Singer Ciara, too, was notable for her unique take of this year's theme—she rocked a custom neon green backless dress by Dundas, which bore the number 3, which is the jersey number of her husband, football player Russel Wilson

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Without further ado, here are the 12 most jaw-dropping looks at the Met Gala 2021: 

1. Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta 

We won't be forgetting Billie Eilish's Holiday Barbie-inspired gown any time soon. The warm peach hue brought out the rosy tones of her complexion, and she looked just like an Old Hollywood star! 

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2. Gigi Hadid in Prada 

Gigi Hadid channeled Jessica Rabbit in a show-stopping high glam look. She wore an ivory strapless dress from Prada with an artfully tentative fit and a high slit, black leather gloves, and sparkly black stockings. 

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Gigi Hadid posed with her friend Kendall Jenner, who wore Givenchy.
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3. Lil Nas X in Versace 

Ever the maximalist, Lil Nas X wore three Versace looks to the red carpet! He started off with an iridiscent gold cape, which he shed to reveal a gilded suit of armor. Beneath the armor was a opulent second-skin bodysuit studded with crystals! 

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4. Grimes in Iris Van Herpen 

Grimes and Iris Van Herpen are a dream pairing—the former's futuristic music is such an apt soundtrack for Iris' technologically-advanced craftsmanship. This dress is an absolute work of art: It's made with twenty-six yards of silk and lazer-cut silver silicone, and has that otherworldly aesthetic the brand is known for. 

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5. Iman in Harris Reed 

Veteran fashon model Iman looked like a sun goddess in an immaculate creation by Harris Reed. This outfit—including the incredible headdress, the brocade jumpsuit, and the feathered overskirt—reportedly took 400 hours to make! 

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6. Rihanna in Balenciaga Couture & A$AP Rocky in ERL 

Power couple Rihanna and A$AP Rocky channeled major sleepover vibes for their red carpet appearnce, and we're living for it. Rihanna wore a black couture number from Balenciaga, while A$AP cozied up in a blistered quilt from ERL

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7. CL in Alexander Wang 

Korean star CL wore a head-swiveling denim kimono from Alexander Wang. Beneath it, a pair of nondescript white briefs. Her look is audicious, charming, and, thanks to those expertly draped sleeves, totally hypnotizing. 

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8. Maisie Williams in Reuben Selby 

The cherub-faced Maisie Williams rocked a goth-inspired outfit created by her boyfriend, designer Reuben Selby. We're loving the sultry, villainous vibe of her whole look! 

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9. Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga 

Kim Kardashian took the act of masking up to its logical extreme in a stunning black outfit from Balenciaga. The look actually consists of a full balaclava, a shirtdress, tights, twin trains, and pointy boots. Bizarre, yes, but genius. 

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10. Kendall Jenner 

Kendall Jenner looked breathtaking in a sultry silver-embellished gown from Givenchy. In case you didn't know, this look was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film My Fair Lady

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11. Lupita Nyong'o in Versace 

The elegant Lupita Nyong'o wore an origami-esque denim gown from Versace. In fact, this diamonds-and-denim outfit reminds us of Britney Spears' iconic look during the 2001 American Music Awards

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12. Lorde in Bode 

Lorde's continuing in the spirit of her American Vogue cover, in which she wore a golden Bijoux Couture breastplate by Schiaparelli. In a similar fashion, she turned up at the Met Gala bare-chested, festooned with flowers, and radiating a sun-focused energy in a custom two-piece set from Bode. (Those elvish flats caught our eye, too.) 

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