The Met Gala made its return to New York on Monday night after more than two years – and with it came a host of very bizarre red carpet fashions that were so wildly over-the-top, they would have looked more at home at a costume party on Halloween rather than the Costume Institute.
This year’s star-studded event features a pared-down guestlist of just 400 people, as well as a long list of new health and safety restrictions in light of the ongoing COVID pandemic – which forced host Anna Wintour to cancel last year’s event and then postpone this year’s Met Gala from its traditional first Monday in May date.
But while the 2021 Met Gala is certainly very different to those that have gone before it, something that certainly has not changed fro previous years is the huge number of A-list guests missing the sartorial mark.
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was slammed as a ‘hypocrite’ and an ‘fraud’ for advocating wealth equality at the elite event for donning a white gown with bright red letters announcing ‘TAX THE RICH’ as she rubbed shoulders with New York City’s elite at the $30,000-a-ticket Met Gala.
Other stars to miss the mark included Rihanna, who appeared to turn up in an enormous billowing sleeping bag, and Justin Bieber, who wore oversized flares to the red carpet event.
And tennis pro Naomi Osaka, 23, may have been attending her first-ever Met Gala as one of its co-chairs but failed to impress with her bizarre multi-colored ensemble.
Wacky: Tennis pro Naomi Osaka led the worst-dressed stars at this year’s Met Gala, missing the mark completely in her bizarre multi-colored ensemble
Schitt’s Creek actor and creator Dan Levy, son of comedian Eugene, looked like a cartoon character in his wacky outfit, which had enormous sleeves and a garish bedazzled design (left) while Rihanna modeled a billowing Balenciaga coat dress as she climbed the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (right)
Singer Kim Petras seemed to want to make a mockery of the Met Gala red carpet in her baffling outfit, which featured a giant fake horse head as a shirt
Though Justin Bieber’s wife Hailey looked gorgeous as she walked down the red carpet, the superstar singer looked swamped in his oversized navy suit (left), while fellow popstar Lorde wore a very revealing jewelled ensemble to the event (right)
Patriotic: Debbie Harry, 76, had a bizarre interpretation of this year’s Met Gala theme – In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – and arrived decked out in a custom and unique Zac Posen number
Funky facial coverings seemed to be quite the trend on the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala, with Erykah Badu opting to shield her face with a bizarre egg-shaped accessory (left), while Grimes, 33, made her grand arrival at the 2021 Met Gala on Monday in an otherworldly, off-white sheer gown, while yielding a sword over her shoulder (right)
Meanwhile congresswoman Carolyn B Maloney opted for a strange lace gown featuring huge lettering which read ‘rights for women’
But while Naomi’s role as a co-chair earned her a spot as one of he event’s leading faces, when it came to her red carpet look, Osaka faced yet another defeat.
The Japanese-American sporting star paid tribute to her heritage with a kimono-inspired dress, which featured a red silk sash at the waist.
However the cultural detail was very easily missed next to the gown’s voluminous ruffled sleeves, which dwarfed Osaka – as did the bizarre sculptural hairstyle that she modeled.
Her brunette locks were coiffed into a Star Wars-esque up-do, featuring a pretzel-shaped braid that sat atop her head, with two fan-style sections jutting out from either side of her head – looking ever so slightly like the fins of a fish.
The 23-year-old’s gown featured an unflattering criss-cross hemline and enormous ruffle sleeves that completely dwarfed her
Osaka’s hair was coiffed into a bizarre pretzel-shaped updo with huge fan-shaped pieces jutting out from either side of her head, which left her looking more like the guest at a Halloween party than a glittering celebrity gala
The baffling updo was all the more intricate from behind, featuring several tightly-woven braids that were not doubt used to anchor the rest of the enormous style
Fashionably late: Rihanna was fashionably late to the Met Gala on Monday night
Billowing: The 33-year-old songstress looked uncharacteristically low key as she modeled a billowing black coat dress on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wrapped up: The 32-year-old rapper posed beside his pop star girlfriend in an oversized blue, red, and yellow checker print wrap
Loved up: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have been romantically linked since late 2020
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the lavish Met gala wearing a ‘TAX THE RICH’ dress
AOC wore an off-the-shoulder custom dress by Brother Vellies, and designed by creative director Aurora James, ELLE reported
Despite supermodel Hailey wowing fashion fans, her husband Justin failed to meet the mark with his casual trainers and bizarre oversized suit
Handsome: While posing for pictures, Justin, 27, who wore a dark suit and white button-down, kept one arm tenderly around his spouse’s waist
Primped: For makeup, Lorde kept things simple with a subtle swipe of pink blush, gold eye shadow and nude lipgloss.
One of a kind: Debbie’s bell-shaped skirt of red and white stripes resembled a tattered American flag with its colors attached to a wire-like frame; the blue denim jacket represented the blue section of the American flag, albeit, without the white stars
Blondie: Harry lived up to her band’s iconic name by rocking her trademark platinum blonde tresses, styled in a retro look that would be the envy of screen legends of yesteryear
Making the ‘do all the more outlandish were the large red gems that were scattered throughout it, and which matched the vibrant red eye shadow that was the focus of her makeup look.
Also opting for a wacky, over-the-top ‘do was Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, 24, whose dark hair was styled in a similarly funky style – with much of it piled on top of her head in a twisted wave, complete with a quirky flick that could be seen coming out of the back of her head.
Her gothic ensemble was made all the more eerie by her lack of eyebrows, which she bleached for the event.
Rihanna was fashionably late to fashion’s biggest night out on Monday with her rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky by her side.
Thousands: Designer Iris Van Herpen took to Instagram to explain Gabrielle’s gown was created from, ‘thousands of spheres’ that are cut and layered, ‘in size gradients from a translucent white ‘liquid’ fabric and lasercut with a fine silver outline’
One of a kind: Union also spoke with Entertainment Tonight , revealing that the one-of-a-kind gown took over 1,400 hours to create
Off White designer Virgil Abloh shocked many in his bizarre white suit, which he paired with a skirt, a horned hat and unusual blue gloves (pictured)
Sci fi inspiration: Canadian musician Grimes said her dress was inspired by Dune, the 1965 novel that was turned into a film in 1984 and an upcoming remake
One of a kind: The unique number has heavy doses of black along the train that changes the level of shade to make it darker at the end of the garment
Space age lovers: The experimental pop singer is romantically linked to SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk; the couple welcomed their son they named X AE A-XII (pronounced ‘Ex Ash A Twelve’) to Planet Earth on May 4, 2020
Giddy up? Singer Kim Petras wore a giant horse head over her patterned dress
The 29-year-old’s horse head even had a matching hairstyle, modeling the same orange braid as the singer
Matchy matchy: Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymur matched Kim with her own horse shirt
Oh dear: Schitt’s Creek actor and creator Dan Levy, son of comedian Eugene, looked like a cartoon character in his wacky outfit, which had enormous sleeves and a garish bedazzled design
He paired his look with some over-the-top black boots, which were covered in flowers and only served to add to the comical overall appearance
The 33-year-old songstress modeled a billowing Balenciaga coat dress as she climbed the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The custom garment, which was curated by Demna Gvasalia, had a dramatic collar that crept up behind the singer’s neck, as well a cinch at the calves creating a mermaid-style look.
Rihanna let her tightly curled tresses flow out from under a plain black beanie, which she layered over a mesh jeweled headband.
The Disturbia singer, who was paying homage to ‘all-American style’ with her monochromatic look, accessorized with a diamond statement necklace.
Kobe Bryant’s daughter Natalia made her Met Gala debut in a very bizarre design that made her look like a human disco ball
The 18-year-old model’s glittering gown inexplicably puffed out in a circular shape, completely swamping her slim figure – leaving her looking as though she had put a balloon in her skirt
Natalia’s dress also looked very bizarre from the back, where it was finished off with a lengthy train
Spooky: Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams’ look was incredibly ghoulish – and, like Osaka, she also modeled a bizarre sculptural hairstyle
She paired a black bodysuit with sheer bedazzled tights and boxy heels, but it was her beauty look that really caused a stir
Hair today… The 24-year-old actress bleached her dark brows for the event, and she wore some over-the-top green eye makeup to draw even more attention to her eyes
Kim Kardashian took the face mask mandate a little too far by completely obscuring her face in a terrifying Balenciaga outfit
The 40-year-old concealed her face in her all-black look, which made her look like something out of a horror movie
As for makeup, Rihanna oozed 1920s elegance with thin, rounded eyebrows and a bold berry lip.
Meanwhile, singer Kim Petras seemed to want to make a mockery of the Met Gala red carpet in her baffling outfit, which featured a giant fake horse head as a shirt.
The 29-year-old wore the brown horse over a colorful patterned gown, and even gave the equestrian accessory the same ginger braid that she herself modeled.
Kobe Bryant’s model daughter Natalia made her Met Gala debut on Monday night, when she certainly stood out from the crowd – but unfortunately not for the reasons she might have hoped.
The 18-year-old wore an incredibly bizarre bedazzled dress that looked as though it had a giant balloon inside it – leaving her looking like a human disco ball, a far cry from the chic fashion choices she usually makes.
Speaking of Halloween… Gossip Girl star Evan Mock chose to wear a terrifying face mask on the red carpet
The pleather bondage-style accessory had netting across the eyes and a spiky mental mowhawk down the center of it
Whoopi Goldberg’s enormous purple gown looked like it was inspired by Barney the Dinosaur
The 65-year-old TV host added a pair of neon green gloves to the look to give an even more cartoon-like quality
Her enormous dress featured large colorful sequins all over it, which also covered a length train that trailed behind her as she walked up the steps into the event.
She paired the look with a pair of pink satin heels – and managed to redeem her overall look with her makeup, which was the perfect level of glam and matched her 60s style beehive hairstyle.
While Natalia might be forgiven for making such a sartorial mistake at her first-ever Met Gala, there were also several regular guests who totally missed the mark on the evening, including long-time event attendee Kim Kardashian.
The 40-year-old hinted at her ensemble on Sunday, when she was pictured in New York City wearing a bizarre Balenciaga number that zipped up over her face – and she opted for a very similar look when it came to Monday night’s soiree.
Eschewing the floor length gowns that many of her fellow guests modeled, Kim instead wore an all-black look that consisted of a baggy T-shirt, leggings, pointed-toe boosts – and, of course, the stretchy face covering, which left her looking much like a character out of a horror movie.
Funky face coverings were clearly something of a theme for the evening – with Erykah Badu also choosing to conceal her face behind a rather bizarre accessory.
Woah: Actress Storm Reid arrived at the event in what appeared to be a pretty pink gown, however she soon whipped off her skirt to reveal a skimpy bustier and tiny pair of bedazzled shorts that looked a bit risque for such a glamorous gala
Theater producer Jordan Roth’s garish look was almost painful to look at thanks to the incredibly over-the-top pattern
Journalist and author Amy Fine Collins carried a very bizarre dog-shaped bag – pairing it with matching shoes – having apparently taken inspiration for her look from Cruella De Vil
Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, also looked as though she had ordered her racing car-inspired outfit from a costume website
The 50-year-old singer wore what looked like a large black fencing mask when she first arrived on the carpet, before replacing it with a large black top hat as she posed for the cameras. Adding to the quirkiness of her look was an enormous puffy black coat, which looked much like a comforter, and a leather black handbag in the shape of a sausage dog.
But while Erykah missed the mark with an all-black ensemble, there were several stars who missed out on style success because of the garish amount of color that they chose for the evening.
Whoopi Goldberg was one such celebrity.
The actress-turned-TV host looked as though she had taken inspiration from Barney the Dinosaur in choosing her vibrant purple-and-green ensemble, which was so voluminous that she was quite literally impossible to miss as she made her way into the glittering event.
Whoopi, 65, added to the uncomfortably bold ensemble with a pair of bright green gloves which clashed painfully with the rest of the look.