VMAs Vs. Met Gala: My Favorite Looks

The pandemic has changed a lot in fashion. The Met Gala, considered the super bowl of fashion, was canceled last year and I can say I was not the only one who was disappointed. Every year, I am always glued to my TV watching the red carpet on E! to see what the celebrities are wearing. This year’s theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” or more simply, a celebration and history of American fashion and designers. It’s always interesting to see how celebrities interpret the theme.

This year was a little different though. The MTV video music awards were the night before, and the Emmys are next week. Unusually, there are so many red carpets one after another. Since the Met Gala and VMAs were so close, I compared celebrities’ looks since they are such different events. The Met Gala is fashion’s most prominent and most expensive night. Attendees are expected to dress to the theme and often arrive in custom-made, high-end couture and gowns. The VMAs, however, are very different. It’s more casual, and celebrities that attend often dress cool or more abstract. You will more likely see pants than gowns on the carpet.

The Met Gala

Timothee Chalamet in Haider Ackermann

the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion red carpet timothee chalamet

Lupita Nyong’o in Versace

the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion  red carpet lupita nyong’o in versace

Amanda Gorman in Vera Wang

the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion red carpet amanda gorman

Yara Shahidi in Dior

Met Gala 2021: Timothee Chalamet, Yara Shahidi Light Up Beige Carpet –  Deadline

MJ Rodriguez in Thom Browne

the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion mj rodriguez in thom browne

Kristen Stewart in Chanel Couture

the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion kristen stewart

Barbie Ferreira in Jonathan Simkhai

the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion barbie ferreira

Kendall Jenner in Givenchy

the 2021 met gala celebrating in america a lexicon of fashion kendall jenner

Rachel Zeigler in Christian Dior

Take A Look At Rachel Zegler And Ariana Debose Arriving At Met Gala 2021 -  Research Blaze

Kate Hudson in Michael Kors Collection and Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry

Kate Hudson Shows Off Engagement Ring on Met Gala 2021 Red Carpet [PHOTOS]  | PEOPLE.com

Gigi Hadid in Prada

Gigi Hadid Met Gala 2021: See Photos of Her Prada Gown

Sienna Miller in Gucci

Met Gala 2021: Sienna Miller exudes glamour in a glittering gold gown and  fur coat | Daily Mail Online

Symone (Ru Paus Drag Race Winner) in Jeremy Scott

RuPaul's Drag Race queen Symone on her Lil' Kim Met Gala 2021 look | EW.com

Cynthia Erivo in Moschino

Moschino by Jeremy Scott @ The 2021 Met Gala Cynthia Erivo Irina Shayk

Donatella Versace

Photos from Met Gala 2021 Red Carpet Fashion - Page 6 - E! Online

Maluma in Versace and Maria Tash Jewelry

Maluma at the 2021 Met Gala | Every Look From the 2021 Met Gala Red Carpet  That We Can't Stop Talking About | POPSUGAR Fashion Photo 81

Anok Yai in Oscar de la Renta

Anok Yai in Oscar de la Renta - Met Museum - 7

Nikki de Jagger in  Edwin Oudshoorn Couture

Dan Levy, Nikkie de Jager Make Powerful LGBTQ Statements With 2021 Met Gala  Couture | HuffPost

Eiza González in Versace

Eiza González Wore Custom Atelier Versace @ Met Gala 2021 - Fashionsizzle

Kit Harington in Saint Laurent and Rose Leslie in Oscar De la Renta

Kit Harington, Rose Leslie arrive in style for Met Gala 2021

Grimes in Iris van Herpen

Grimes Brings a Sword to the 2021 Met Gala Red Carpet | PEOPLE.com

Chance the Rapper in Ralph Lauren

Chance the Rapper Has 'Amazing' Parents' Night Out at 2021 Met Gala with  Wife Kirsten Corley Bennett

Keke Palmer in Sergio Hudson

70s Inspired Hairstyles Ruled the Met Gala 2021 Red Carpet — Keke Palmer,  Taraji P. Henson, Kehlani | Allure

Love the Message!… Not So Much the Look…

The Met Gala is a place where attendees like to make statements. This year, the theme being American Fashion, of course some celebrities’ were bound to make political statements. Other than Nikki de Jagger’s dress (that paid homage to Trans activist Marsha P. Johnson) , I didn’t really like the other politicly ensembles. Don’t get me wrong I love the message which is why they deserve an honorable mention. I just feel that they look could have been executed better which is why they did not make my list of favorites.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Brother Vellies and Aurora James

Pete Davidson in Thom Browne and Silhouette Eyewear

Pete Davidson Goes for 'Sexy Nun' at 2021 Met Gala

Dan Levy in Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson 

Dan Levy Makes Powerful LGBTQ Statement With Couture Met Gala 2021 Look |  Entertainment Tonight

Carolyn Maloney in Antonio’s Couture

An 'equal rights for women' Met Gala outfit can't hide US politician Carolyn  Maloney's biased feminism - Art & Culture - Images

Cara Delevingne in Dior

Cara Delevingne sends a message with Met Gala 2021 outfit

Troy Sivan in Altu, Rick Owens Shoes and Cartier Jewelry

Male stars prefer feminine style at Met Gala 2021 – TwoLive

The MTV Video Music Awards

Avril Lavine in Area PF21.

Avril Lavigne's VMAs Red Carpet Outfit Channels Clueless

Billy Porter in Michael Kors

Billy Porter at the 2021 MTV VMAs | The MTV VMAs Red Carpet Was So Upbeat,  the Fashion Alone Made Us Dance | POPSUGAR Fashion Photo 60

Iann Dior in Berluti and David Yerman Jewelry

iann dior on Twitter: "from the block to the red carpet 🕊 first VMAs in  the books ✓💜😈… "

Ed Sheeran in Versace

2021 MTV VMAs: Ed Sheeran Performs 'Shivers' | PEOPLE.com

Comparing Both! (From Left to Right)

Patrycja Pagas and Djula jewelry Normani in Valentino and Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry

Oliva Rodrigo in Atelier Versace and Saint Laurent

Billie Eilish in Oscar De LA Renta and David Yurman and Mejuri.

Lil Nas X in Atelier Versace

Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendez in Mans, Alexis Mabille, and Michael Kors

Chlöe and Halle Bailey in Mônot, Marni, and Rodarte

Ciara in Dundas and Tom Ford

Rita Ora wearing in Prada and Vera Wang

Finneas in  Givenchy suit and Cartier and

Saweetie in Christian Cowan Valentino and Jessica Rich sandals

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly in Dundas, Mugler, and Dole and Gabbana

Overall I was a little disappointed with the Met Gala this year. Maybe its coved or maybe attendees just didn’t know how to interpret the theme. But the theme was American fashion and designers so why wouldn’t everyone show up in American designers? One thing I have noticed is men stepping up their game. Gender and fashion are finally going back to being more fluid. As societal norms for gender are changing so is fashion. Men are straying away from boring suits and tuxedos and opting for colors, statement-making garments, and dresses and skirts. And I love it! What were your favorite looks from the Met Gala or VMAs? Let me know!



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