Met Gala 2021 Red Carpet Showdown: Dan Levy vs. Lil Nas X

Posted on September 17, 2021

PinIt’s a BIG, FLAMBOYANTLY QUEER STYLE SHOWDOWN, darlings! Have you ever heard of anything more fabulous?


Lorenzo’s pick: Dan Levy in Loewe

Lo’s Defense: I knew who one of the entries in this showdown was going to be and I’ll leave it to my husband to make the more obvious choice. I wanted to nominate this look to ensure that Lil Nas went up against someone just as flamboyantly queer and ballsy as him. It wouldn’t make sense to nominate a Chalamet in this situation. Dan’s insanely over-the-top salute to queer artist David Wojnarowicz is poignant, powerful and unforgettable. It took guts to wear this and while I don’t think there’s much chance of him winning this one, I felt it was important that his choices be represented. 



Tom’s pick: Lil Nas X in Atelier Versace

Tom’s Defense: I mean, come ON. I’m not even sure what I’m supposed to say here by way of a defense. There’s no need to defend this, only to celebrate it for its boldness, its queerness, it’s insane levels of fabulosity. And it’s not mere spectacle. A Black queer man declaring himself the king of the Met Gala (more or less) is a powerful image. On a night when so many men stood out for their bold style takes, it’s nearly impossible for me to come up with anyone who could be considered a bolder, more memorable presence on the red carpet than him. 

Which one of these nancy boys ruled the Met Gala red carpet the hardest, kittens? You make the call!


Poll Maker
Style Credits:
Dan Levy
Custom Loewe Polo, Trousers, Clutch and Shoes
Styled by Erica Cloud | Grooming by Laila Hayani

Lil Nas X
Custom Atelier Versace Gold Embroidered Cape, Medusa-adorned Armor and Crystal-embroidered Bodysuit
Styled by Hodo Musa


[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/, ABACA USA/, Janet Mayer/, Guerin Charles/ABACA USA/]

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