Met Gala 2021: Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on September 16, 2021

Time to wrap our coverage of the 2021 Met Gala up completely and send these people on their way, good and judged. To check out all of our coverage of this year’s festivities, you only have to click here once. Now let’s get judgy with it.



Amanda Gorman in Vera Wang

We know she was going for a Statue of Liberty inspiration, but we thought the design was fairly underwhelming. Gorgeous color, though.




Camila Cabello in Michael Kors Collection

Oof. Love Mr. Kors, but this is kind of tacky and unflattering. We don’t understand the point of the crop top.




Carey Mulligan in Valentino Couture

WHY was she not wearing stuff like this when Promising Young Woman was riding the awards season train? It would have been amazingly on point because it’s hyper-feminine and really aggressive at the same time.




Chloe Bailey in Rodarte

This is beautiful, but without her amazing hair topping it off, it’s fairly basic for the Met Gala.




Claire Danes in Prabal Gurung

Whereas this second wedding dress is entirely too basic.




Cynthia Erivo in Moschino

This is also a bit underwhelming as a design, but she does look amazing in it.




Gabrielle Union in Iris van Herpen

Love it. It’s so fun and has such a strong kinetic quality that we swear this dress should come with sound effects.




Hailee Steinfeld in Iris van Herpen

Yes, that’s really Hailee Steinfeld. We try not to get too sniffy about cocktail-length dresses at the Met Gala. It always helps if the design is interesting enough to make up for it. This is weirdly gorgeous and she’s styled perfectly for it.



Halle Bailey in Rodarte

It’s just cute stagewear. A major letdown.




Jordan Alexander in Christopher John Rogers

The skirt is absolutely stunning, but we don’t think it marries well to the bodice.




Julia Garner in Stella McCartney

Love the futuristic feel of the design and the styling. We feel like she could have gone with weirder footwear than that.



Kacey Musgraves in Ralph Lauren

The skirt is gorgeous. The rest, not so much.




Kate Hudson in Michael Kors Collection

The wrap and the skirt look beautiful, as do the pendants. We don’t mind the bra top, but it looks so flimsy and underdesigned. At the very least, widen those straps a little or embellish the cups somehow.




Lili Reinhart in Christian Siriano

We’re sorry, but we hate this. The shape feels unresolved and the flowers look cheap.




Megan Rapinoe in Sergio Hudson

The Light Butch Executive Superhero the world has been sorely missing. That ensemble could come off so corny, but she looks amazing.




Megan Thee Stallion in Coach

Pretty, but extremely underwhelming.




Michaela Coel in Balenciaga

LOVED this. You don’t have to wear something complicated to make an impact. Sometimes, the simpler the better, so long as it suits the wearer and has some impact.




Mj Rodriguez in Thom Browne

Absolutely stunning. She takes to this pseudo-Victorian style amazingly well.




Normani in Valentino Couture

It’s not reinventing any wheels, but she looks amazing in it. What a beautiful color on her.




Saweetie in Christian Cowan

Verbatim T Lo couch commentary on the night of: “Wow, Saweetie really loves her boobs.” “Can you blame her? They’re gorgeous!” Body-serving aside, it’s a beautiful design, reportedly covered in millions of crystals, the double train refers to both the Black American Heritage and Filipino flags.




Serena Williams in Gucci

We love how this feels like a high-fashion superhero drag queen. It may not be chic, but it’s really fun.




Simone Biles in Area

One thing we love about Simone’s 88-pound 3-piece ensemble paying homage to Josephine Baker is how it plays with the silhouette and isn’t afraid to take up some space. It looks insanely luxurious.




Storm Reid in Prada

Mmm. Nope. Sorry, Storm. We didn’t like the bodice at all and the skirt feels too showgirl to be high fashion.

Symone in Moschino

Pure love.




Taraji P. Henson in Moschino

We don’t know, you guys. We respect it for being a counterintuitive sort of choice, but that bodice is hellaciously overdesigned.




Tessa Thompson in Iris van Herpen

We wouldn’t have thought it possible to interpret a Van Herpen into a cowgirl style, but she looks like some sort of desert flower personified. We love it.




Tracee Ellis Ross in Balenciaga

We’re torn on this one. Tom just thinks it’s a slightly overwhelming coat in a bold color and that her hair is doing most of the work to make it interesting. Lorenzo loves all of it and feels like it’s one of the most editorial looks of the night.



Yara Shahidi in Dior Couture

Yara also paid tribute to Josephine Baker, although we think there’s far less of a ’20s feel to this one, even if it is inspired by actual stage costumes she wore. It’s beautiful, though. She looks like a fantasy princess on her wedding day.



Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent

We’ve seen our share of bras and panties on the red carpet in the last week or so, but we have to say, this one is the most exquisitely high-fashion to us. It takes some artful choices to make underwear and a see-through dress look luxurious. We just wish the bust fit her better and we think this might have called for showier hair and makeup.



[Photo Credit: Guerin Charles/ABACA USA/, ABACA USA/, Jennifer Graylock/InstarImages, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue, Theo Wargo/Getty Images]

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