Met Gala '22: From Elon's goofy poses to Poonawalla's elegant Sari


Met Gala 2022

Famous as the Party of the Year and the Oscars of the East Coast, the Met Gala, fashion’s biggest and starriest night, has rolled out its red carpet in New York for the globe’s best-known A-listers. The fundraiser has resumed its regular calendar, early May slot after Covid forces the cancellation of the 2020 event and delayed last year’s to the autumn. The celebrities from various industries such as fashion, film, television, music, sports, business, and social media, are back on the red carpet in experimental yet glamorous costumes for the big night.

The fundraising gala is held annually on the first Monday of every May to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Each year's event celebrates a specific theme. This year, the Met Gala played off of 2021's "In America" theme with a new focus: "An Anthology on Fashion," and the dress code was Gilded Glamour and White Tie. It refers to the extravagant era of American fashion in the last decades of the 19th century when industrialization rapidly widened the wealth gap in the country. The evening was sprouted with classic black tuxedoes for many men and lots of dresses in black and white for the women. Others paid literal homage to New York City, and still more shimmered in metallic golds and silver.

The evening hosts were a couple of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, along with Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda as co-hosts. The night was lit with the glorious presence of Natasha Poonawalla, the tech giant Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney, and Khloe, among many others. They turned heads at the red carpet. Some 400 names from the globes of music, film, fashion, and sports strutted their stuff at the splendid costume parade on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Among the visitors was former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who said she was attending for the first time in 20 years to glorify the fashion and heart of America. The party raises millions of dollars for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, a fashion museum whose tens of thousands of shows are closed to the general public. Politics- personal, contemporary, and historic presented their interpretation of the style, and the multitude of meanings dress carries, then as now.

Musk & Poonawalla adorn the show

Musk and Poonawalla

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk marked his presence with his mom Maye. He charmed the shutterbugs with his goofy poses and even shared his intentions after acquiring the micro-blogging site Twitter. “My goal, assuming everything gets done, is to make Twitter as inclusive as possible and to have as broad a swathe of people on Twitter as possible,” Musk said on the red carpet. (Source – IndiaToday)

He wore a crisp black tuxedo with a white shirt and white bow tie. Musk’s mother, Maye, a former model, oozed the utmost grace in a velvet burgundy Dior dress. She added a bit of jazz to her outfit with a layered pearl neckpiece by Chopard.

Styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania, Natasha Poonawalla brought together the design signatures of two globally-admired couturiers, Sabyasachi and Schiaparelli, in an appearance that is best defined as unforgettably iconic. The rigidness of her architectural gold hand-forged bustier is a stunning juxtaposition with the flowiness and the eternal grace of the sari, including a trailing train embroidered with silk floss thread and enriched with bevel beads, semi-precious stones, crystals, sequins, and appliquéd printed velvet. 

The presence of the Indian actors and socialites has already adorned the event, and now the debut of Indian designers is enhancing the culture on the global platform. Sabyasachi shared his inspiration and thoughts behind this look with which he made this Met Gala debut. “For me, the sari is a truly unique and versatile garment that owns its identity even as it transcends boundaries and geographies. Back when I was a young fashion student, I often wondered when I would see the sari at big global fashion events like the Met Gala,” he wrote on Instagram.

Presentation of Ineffable ideas and emotions 

Alicia

The singer Alicia Keys was in a cape celebrating New York union history. New York’s mayor, Eric Adams, who had said he’d been “dying to go” to the fundraiser “for years,” walked on the red carpet wearing a jacket with decorative forearms and lapels that paid homage to the city’s transit system. The back of his coat read “End Gun Violence” in red lettering.

The former secretary of state Hillary Clinton came in a dress elucidated by friendship quilts inscribed with the names, she explained, of “gutsy women” of the 19th and 20th-century liberation movements.

Hamish Bowles, the World of Interiors editor, wearing a raffish matinee idol mustache and gold tiara, stated, "Tonight our hearts are with the people of Ukraine and the victims of war and displacement around the world." The publisher, the event's major sponsor, had donated to the Red Cross and motivated "those who can to do so as well."

Dame Anna Wintour's "In America: An Anthology of Fashion"-themed ball kicked off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Priscilla Presley to pitch Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Elvis movie, Anderson .Paak in "Gucci from head to toe" and Ashton Sanders offering up "Blade, vampire tip."

In a T-shirt and worker’s shirt, Riz Ahmed claimed he was “trying elevate and celebrate working-class immigrants.” Amy Schumer stated, “when Gabriella Hearst offers to dress you put your Spanx on right over your c-section scar.” Janelle Monáe promoted her sci-fi book. Blake Lively showed up as the Statue of Liberty.

The first lady, Dr. Jill Biden, expressed, “style helps us express things that can’t be put in words. The way we carry ourselves, how we put our shoulders back when times are hard, or offer a friendly smile even when we don’t agree. How we choose to show up for our communities – the small acts of kindness that are remembered long after they are offered. And that includes what we wear.”