See the best celebrity style from the Met Gala
September 14, 2021 at 04:31
A-list actors, supermodels,TV drag queens, musicians and athletes all walked the red carpet -- or cream carpet, to be precise -- offering their own unique take on the all-American themeCNN anchors react to the most provocative Met Gala outfitsAhead of the event, longstanding gala chair Anna Wintour said via email that American fashion in 2021 has become "a patchwork, reflecting the world we're all living in, as seen through many different lenses."
One of Wintour's celebrity co-chairs, inaugural poet Amanda Gorman , offered her thoughts on the theme as she arrived at the Met, telling CNN Style that American fashion was "diverse, vibrant, beautiful and intersectional."
Making her way up the steps in an embellished indigo Vera Wang gown and silver laurel crown, she said: "I think American fashion really is at the crossroads of the world."
But of those looking to the stars and stripes of the American flag for inspiration, the ones drawn to red came out in greatest force.
On a night dedicated to American fashion, it is unsurprising that many opted for old Hollywood glamour.
Megan Thee Stallion also glittered in an elegant pink Coach gown featuring hand-embroidered crystal detailing and an asymmetrical hem.
The ruffled sleeves evoked carnival, while the red obi across her tulip skirt recalled the traditional kimono tie.
There were strong social and political messages on the red carpet, too -- many of which were expressed through the language of American values.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez meanwhile arrived in a white off-the-shoulder gown by Brooklyn-based brand Brother Vellies bearing the phrase "Tax the Rich."
But while there were plenty of serious statements -- and more of a pared-down approach than 2019's event, which saw stars embrace the extravagant "camp" theme -- it wouldn't be the Met Gala without some dramatic entrances.
With so many takes on what American fashion means in 2021, one thing is clear: The Met Gala brought it out in all its diversity.
Scroll through the gallery above for more highlights from this year's Met Gala red carpet.