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The Absolute Best, Most Bizarre and Biggest Celebrity 2021 Met Gala Looks

For the first socially distanced Met Gala, things appeared to almost be back to normal, style stars like Erykah Badu and Rihanna shut the red carpet down.

The Met Gala historically is known for bringing the brightest stars of the entertainment industry together, this year it did just that. Hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this year’s celebration centered around the uniqueness of American fashion. With that being the leading light, designers were left to interpret their perspective of America’s contributions to fashion. 

While some fashion heads took to their Twitter timelines to bash celebrities for their lack of imagination, we were keeping tabs on the red carpet highlights that stood out. For the first socially distanced Met Gala, things appeared to almost be back to normal. Keke Palmer stunned as one of the hosts of the fundraiser, her sparkly Sergio Hudson number was well fit for her hosting duties. Donna Summer was clearly on the mood board when her stylist and glam team were putting together her entire look. 

It was a treat to watch attendees like Lil Nas X, Kid Cudi, Chloe x Halle, Normani, and Zoë Kravitz shake up the red carpet. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky eventually arrived quite late, but it was worth the wait as she appeared in a Balenciaga Couture look that was a showstopper, Rocky showed up in ERL (this duo closed the carpet). Honorable mention to Erykah Badu, our favorite style chameleon who showed up in a head-to-toe Thom Browne look that’s going to be hard to erase from our memory. 

In tandem with the America: A Lexicon of Fashion exhibition, many of the celebrities who attended lit up the red carpet with their custom looks. In addition to American designers who are household names, the carpet also featured head turning looks and pieces designed by the following Black designers: Sergio Hudson, Fe Noel, Brother Vellies, Khiry, and Theophilio.

Keep scrolling to take a look at the best looks from the 2021 Met Gala.

Keke Palmer in Sergio Hudson. Photo Credit: Mike Coppola for Getty Images

Lil Nas X in Versace. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Megan Thee Stallion in Coach. Photo Credit: by Taylor Hill for WireImage

MJ Rodriguez in Thom Browne. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Cynthia Erivo in Moschino. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Frank Ocean in Prada. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill/WireImage

Ciara in Dundas. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Chloe x Halle in Rodarte. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Kid Cudi in Louis Vuitton. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill/WireImage

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Brother Vellies. Photo by Mike Coppola for Getty Images

Virgil Abloh. Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty Images

Lupita Nyong’o in Versace. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Kerby Jean-Raymond in Pyer Moss. Photo Credit: John Shearer for WireImage

Naomi Osaka in Louis Vuitton. Photo Credit: Angela Weiss for Getty Images

Russell Westbrook in Ralph Lauren. Photo Credit: Mike Coppola for Getty Images

Normani in Valentino. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Amanda Gorman in Vera Wang. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Tyler Mitchell in Bode. Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz for FilmMagic

Tessa Thompson in Iris Van Herpen. Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur for Getty Images

Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent. Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur for Getty Images

Jordan Alexander in Christopher John Rogers. Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty Images

Sha’Carri Richardson in Theophilio. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Precious Lee in Area. Photo Credit: Mike Coppola for Getty Images

Indya Moore in Saint Laurent. Photo Credit Mike Coppola for Getty Images

Erykah Badu in Thom Browne. Photo Credit: Mike Coppola for Getty Images

ASAP Rocky in ERL. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Rihanna in Balenciaga Couture. Photo Credit: Taylor Hill for WireImage

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

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