MET Gala Best Dressed 2021

Typically held on the first Monday in May, the annual event instead took place last night at its usual venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year’s theme coincides with the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, and while attendees interpreted the brief in different ways, it’s safe to say a year off hasn’t affected the Gala’s ability to deliver some jaw-dropping looks – think feathers, voluminous fabric, and sparkles aplenty. Here are some of our best-dressed women from the night…
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Who: Karlie Kloss  

Wearing: Carolina Herrera by Wes Gordon 

Why we love it: One of the many stars who wore red, Kloss brought the drama with a statement gown. With its plunging neckline and thigh-high split, it could have verged on a little too sexy, but the rose-like detail round the collar and a full train gave the look a fashion-led edge.

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Who: Kate Hudson

Wearing: Michael Kors 

Why we love it: A simple bralet and skirt combo allows for some pretty extra coat and accessories choices that may not have worked with a more statement dress. Kate’s slicked back hair also gives the look a polished finish.

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Who: Emma Raducanu 

Wearing: Chanel

Why we love it: Fresh from her victory at the US Open, tennis star Emma Raducanu risked looking old beyond her years in traditional Chanel. Thankfully a crop top and clashing prints helped her look chic but appropriate for her 18 years. 

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Who: Kendall Jenner

Wearing: Givenchy

Why we love it: Perhaps the standout dress of the night, Kendall looked sensational in a sheer, bejewelled number that left little to the imagination. The silhouette was reminiscent of old school glamour, while epaulettes and choker detail gave it a little something extra. 

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Who: Emma Chamberlain 

Wearing: Louis Vuitton

Why we love it: Just the right balance of statement and streamlined, this was the perfect choice for the social media star’s MET debut. We loved the asymmetric train and cut out detail, while the heavy eye make-up and drop earrings complemented the look for a 60s-inspired finish. 

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Who: Kaia Gerber 

Wearing: Oscar de la Renta.

Why we love it: Proving why a black dress isn’t just a safe choice, Kaia looked effortlessly glamorous in this strapless gown, inspired by one worn by Bianca Jagger in 1981. We love the balance of a minimal, barely-there bodice, contrasted with a gloriously full skirt. 

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Who: Carey Mulligan

Wearing: Valentino 
 
Why we love it: Standing out from the crowd in eye-popping pink, Carey’s structural gown came with an off-the-shoulder cape, while her quirky up-do gave the look some added interest.

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Who: Laura Harrier 

Wearing: Altuzarra 

Why we love it: Laura’s dress was a cool, wearable contrast to the drama of the other looks on the red carpet. The glamourous gold lamé is balanced out by a slinky silhouette – and we couldn’t not mention those bow-detail shoes. 

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Who: Rachel Smith

Wearing: Rodarte 

Why we love it: With layers of blush pink ruffled tulle and a wide sleeve, what’s not to love about this feminine, playful dress? The feather bag is undeniably extra, but it works with such a statement look.

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Who: Sienna Miller

Wearing: Gucci 

Why we love it: A nod to the roaring 20s, Sienna’s bejewelled gown combined with a floor-skimming feather coat was straight out of The Great Gatsby, making it not only glamorous but bang on brief, too.

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Who: Anna Wintour 

Wearing: Oscar de la Renta 

Why we love it: A little different to her usual streamlined look – yet still true to her iconic style – Anna’s ruffled, brocade gown looked elegant and playful all at once.

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Who: Emily Ratajkowski  

Wearing: Vera Wang 

Why we love it: Characteristically sexy, the lacy gloves which accompanied Emily’s red gown helped it stand out – plus, the corsage-like detail on one shoulder offered a bit of extra drama.

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Who: Anok Yai 

Wearing: Oscar De La Renta
 
Why we love it: Feathers, crystals and layers of diamond jewellery… we love how unashamedly opulent this look is.  

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