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Met Gala: Vintage, Jared Leto as Choupette, Kim K. in pearls


NEW YORK (AP) — Janelle Monáe dropped a thick black and white coat to reveal a see-through cage dress at the Met Gala tapestry Monday and Jeremy Pope lit up the Grand Staircase of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a huge cape with Karl Lagerfeld’s face on it.

Lagerfeld was the honoree at the A-list gala with many in the crowd of about 400 dressed in vintage looks from the fashion houses he worked for over a career spanning over 60 years.

But elegance wasn’t quite the hallmark of the evening. Jared Leto dressed as Choupette, Lagerfeld’s beloved fuzzy cat. Lil Nas X went full cat covered in crystals by Pat McGrath and Dior Men.

Bad Bunny showed up late in bright white from head to toe with a long cape decorated with flowers. Monáe’s look, with a black sparkly leotard underneath, was created by Thom Browne.

Dua Lipa walked in a Chanel ballgown from the fashion house’s archive and Nicole Kidman chose a look that Karl Lagerfeld himself created for her 20 years ago.

And there were some bombshells: Serena Williams wore a flapper Gucci look when she announced she was pregnant with her second child.

Lipa, co-chair of a gala, wore a Tiffany & Co. diamond around her neck that she called “very special.” The singer’s cream dress, by Chanel from 1992, was also “very, very special,” as stated on her mood boards, she said.

Claudia Schiffer wore the dress on the runway for her debut, though hers had a hat to match. Lipa’s platinum necklace included a central diamond of more than 200 carats.

Nicole Kidman said it was Lagerfeld who ignited her fashion spark. She wore a light pink dress made by Lagerfeld for a Chanel No. 5 commercial she starred in. It is decorated with 3,000 silver crystals for the advertisement directed by Baz Luhrmann.

“I’m very grateful to wear it,” she told The Associated Press. “He was such a big part of my life, as was all his team. He was the one who really guided me…in terms of my love of fashion.

Kidman completed her look with Harry Winston diamonds.

Kim Kardashian, meanwhile, went with loops and loops of pearls all over her Schiaparelli look. And Cardi B went big in pink, complete with a feather-light headpiece. Brittney Griner wore a soft blush Calvin Klein suit, which her wife, Cherelle Griner, also dressed in a slim strapless dress that was almost the same color.

Many in the crowd of 400 considered Lagerfeld a friend or worked with him at Chanel, Fendi, Chloe or any of the other fashion houses he created during a career spanning more than 60 years.

Many of the A-list guests wore black to walk on the unusual carpet in a line design. It was a color Lagerfeld wore almost exclusively. Black and white combinations also abounded.

Gigi Hadid wore Givenchy in black with feathers, a dropped waist and a sheer tulle train. It took over 300 hours to make. Kendall Jenner also wore black pants without pants. She wore a sparkly long-sleeved leotard with pieces that doubled as a train. On her feet she wore kinky, sky-high black boots, all courtesy of Marc Jacobs.

Jenner’s high white collar was a nod to Lagerfeld’s. Her hair was in a high ponytail.

Among them was Rita Ora in a stunner of a peek-a-boo see-through look from Prabal Gurung. It was black silk tulle with corset details and sexy draping in silk chiffon. A shoulder fell.

Margot Robbie, who stars in this summer’s live-action movie “Barbie,” wore a black 1993 Chanel look that Cindy Crawford first wore on a runway. Robbie said she was the last Chanel ambassador chosen by Lagerfeld.

“I feel great in it. It’s an honor,” she said.

The gala by invitation only earned $17.4 million last year for the museum’s Costume Institute, a self-funding division with a budget dependent on the A-list affair. The price of attendance went up this year to $300,000 for a table and $50,000 for a one-way ticket.

Guests from fashion, film, music, theatre, sports, tech and social media were asked to dress “in Karl’s honor” by gala mastermind Anna Wintour, a close friend of Lagerfeld’s who is posing for the first time. signed up for the event in 1995 and took over the running. rudder in 1999.

The party, created by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert in 1948, coincides with the Costume Institute’s blockbuster Spring Exhibition: “Karl Lagerfeld: A line of beauty.”

American fashion was the mood of last year. It followed gilded glamor and white tie. Camp was the theme in 2019, producing what is considered one of the wackiest displays of clothing by the celebrity public.

Lagerfeld worked for Chanel, Fendi, Chloé, Jean Patou, Balmain, his own brand and more.

This year’s five hosts include Wintour, as usual, as well as Michaela Coel, longtime Chanel ambassador Penélope Cruz, and recently retired tennis superstar Roger Federer.

Cruz looked like a bride in a sheer hood on her belted white Chanel dress with silver detailing from the Spring/Summer 1988 Couture Collection.

When asked how he became co-chair of the Met Gala, Federer said it helps to know Wintour. He said it makes sense for athletes to be at the gala, as they’ve become a bigger part of the fashion world in recent years.

“I think the sports people have become more and more fashionable,” Federer told the AP. “We’re lucky to be on covers a lot more these days. It used to be the models, the pretty people, not the athletes.”

Fendi, where Lagerfeld worked for more than 20 years, was also represented. Suki Waterhouse wore a 2019 Fendi design by Lagerfeld in silk tulle and delicate flowers and birds on sheer panels.

“Abbott Elementary” creator Quinta Brunson knows her fashion and studied for it, her first Met Gala. The writer-actor said her dress was inspired by a piece from a 1992 Lagerfeld collection, while her hair inspiration came from one of his 2003 shows.

When asked how she felt about attending her first Met Gala, Brunson said, “I’m just speechless. I’m just really happy to be here.”

Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, was rumored to be in attendance, but her people posted on Instagram earlier today that the 11-year-old cat was staying in Paris. Doja Cat’s cat-eared hood on a sparkling white and silver beaded dress was an ode. She wore prosthetics that gave her a cat-like face and claws.

Chloe Fineman carried a bag in the shape of a cat and Emma Chamberlain wore “Choupette blue”, a light blue shade created by Lagerfeld. James Corden also appeared in the shadows.

As for Leto, he swapped his cat costume for a black cape look.


Associated Press Writer John Carucci contributed to this report.


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