Haircare Group Creative Director Peter Beckett recaps fashion’s big night.
NYC knows how to throw a finale of fashion With Fashion Week finished and a new, later MET Gala date, we were not disappointed on fashion’s biggest night out.
“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” kicked off a two-year theme (the MET Gala 2022 theme will be “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”), posing a loaded question – what does American fashion mean to you?
The theme meant almost no boundaries – however you interpreted the question was fair game. That allowed attendees to touch on events and movements that happened throughout 2020 and 2021 in their designs, with some taking a more political stance than others (we see you, AOC).
After the event was cancelled in 2020 and postponed to September in 2021, themes of hope, rebirth and progress were consistent across a lot of designs, with the rising phoenix a symbol of things to come.
Given the theme, it made sense that strong, vibrant colours of red would make an appearance, and Karlie Kloss, Megan Fox, Emily Ratajkowski all wore patriotic red.
My personal favourite theme of the night were all the references to Old Hollywood glamour. Kaia Gerber wore an Oscar de la Renta gown inspired by Bianca Jagger’s 1981 Dior MET Gala look, Billie Eilish channelled the ultimate American blonde bombshell in Marilyn Monroe with her voluminous, peach-coloured, corseted gown and Yara Shahidi was inspired by Josephine Baker with her beaded Dior gown.
“I just feel like the hot girl culture needs to give Hollywood glamour,” Said Megan Thee Stallion who wore Coach, and her strapless corseted gown with asymmetric ruffling was perfectly complimented with soft finger waves and a deep side part.
Imaan Hammam blurred the line of patriotism and sparkles, with a vintage Atelier Versace dress that featured a star theme like the stars on the American flag. Other celebrities such as Rita Ora, Zoe Kravitz, Grimes and Emily Blunt all shone like diamonds, in variations of glitz.
Kendall Jenner wore custom Givenchy, with a design inspired by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Combining bling, old Hollywood and the naked dress trend, her illusion dress was fully embroidered with crystal beads, flowers and fringe.
There was such diversity with the hair looks throughout the evening. However, the one consistent thing I felt was that everything tended to be more on the manicured side.
Old Hollywood glam was such a statement look – a good, old-fashioned set, but dressed out in a slightly more modern way.