A litany of looks appeared on last night's Met Gala 2021 champagne hued carpet, with guests adhering to the theme In America: The Lexicon of Fashion. Supermodel Iman appeared, resplendent in a feathered headdress perched atop a handmade and crinoline gold leaf gown. Ciara represented for husband Russell Wilson in a sequined cut out dress, reminiscent of a Football Jersey. Allyson Felix was literally a dream in a flurry of white, cloud like feathers. The only thing missing from the stunning display? For an American themed event, American designers seemed to be in the minority.
Iman's look was designed by Harris Reed, in collaboration with Italian luxury house, Dolce & Gabbana. Ciara wore Peter Dundas, a very talented designer born...in Oslo, Norway. Allyson Felix's gown was made by Fendi, yet another Italian House.
On the heels of New York Fashion Week with so many representations of classic American style, it would have been more fitting to see a majority of the designs sourced from Stateside talent like Tom Ford, Brandon Maxwell, Sergio Hudson, or Laquan Smith.
This is not to say American designers did not represent.
Megan Thee Stallion wore Coach.
Vlogger and Beauty Guru Jackie Aina worked a dress by black female designer Fe Noel.
Keke Palmer hosted the carpet in Sergio Hudson.
Chloe x Halle looked lovely in Californian brand Rodarte.
Jlo shut it down (as she tends to do) in Ralph Lauren and shoes from her DSW line.
But even with moments from Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Thom Browne, and Sergio Hudson, it seemed like most looks read like a who's hot in European Luxury. Even undisputed Met Gala Queen Rihanna wore an urban streetwear inspired blanket coat by Spanish Brand Balenciaga.
America is truly a melting pot, and New York city is no better representation of that. However for an American themed event, we're sure there are hundreds of American designers who would have loved a shot at the main stage, especially now that Retail is getting 'back to business.'
Guess there's always next year.
What did you think of the style and theme of this year's Met Gala?