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Met Gala returns for theme: ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’

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Fashion’s biggest night has come and gone, with some of the most famous names making an appearance on the red carpet tonight at the 2021 Met Gala.

After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the fashionable event returned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the theme: “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” on 13 September.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Emily Ratajkowski, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour, Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish and a slew of other famous faces arrived and posed on the red carpet in glamorous and elaborate designs inspired by the theme.

However, a handful of celebrities announced they would not attend this year’s Met Gala, including Nicki Minaj, who said her absence was due to the event’s vaccine requirements. Other notable absences included Lady Gaga, Blake Lively, Zendaya, Billy Porter, and Harry Styles.

Meanwhile, police arrested multiple people after a large group of Black Lives Matter protestors demonstrated outside of the Met Gala.

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Lil Nas X’s three golden looks praised: ‘Sexy C-3PO’

Lil Nas X pulled a Lady Gaga at his first-ever Met Gala appearance.

Similar to how Gaga wore four outfits, one beneath the other, at the 2019 Met Gala, the “Montero” singer was unable to choose just one look for the red carpet at Monday night’s event.

He wore three golden show-stopping outfits, consisting of a gold Atelier Versace cape made from velvet, a golden suit of body armour, and a brown bodysuit covered in gold crystals.

Fans have taken to Twitter to express their appreciation:

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Kanye West may not have attended Met Gala after all

While there has been widespread speculation that the anonymous man appearing alongside a semi-incognito Kim Kardashian was Kanye West, there are now reports that the rapper didn’t in fact attend the event.

A source told E! News that the Donda singer was not present on Monday night.

The outlet reported the person attending alongside Kardashian was actually designer Demna Gvasalia, who is the creative director of Balenciaga.

“It was him (West) who introduced Kim to Demna and was instrumental in the newly formed relationship between her and Balenciaga,” the source said, adding that it’s a new fashion era for Kim.

“This look on Kim is like a new subculture and fashion statement. No logo, no face, but everyone knows it’s her.”

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Nicki Minaj explains why she did not attend this year’s Met Gala

Nicki Minaj revealed that she would not attend this year’s high profile Met Gala event - because she isn’t vaccinated.

Minaj tweeted: “If I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe.”

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Viewers complained as Vogue’s livestream plagued by glitches

More than 100,000 eager viewers were left waiting when Vogue’s livestream of the Met Gala, which was meant to begin at 5.30pm ET, didn’t start until 15 minutes later.

The livestream’s late kick-off, which saw viewers miss a glimpse at Anna Wintour’s first steps on the red carpet, was then made worse by glitching in the first few minutes.

The problems plaguing Vogue’s livestream continued as celebrities made their first appearances at the high fashion event, with Timothée Chalamet’s interview with Palmer nearly indecipherable due to glitching.

Get the full report:

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Keke Palmer asks Brooklyn Beckham where he is from during ‘awkward’ interview

Viewers of the 2021 Met Gala are expressing their discomfort over an “awkward” interview that took place between Brooklyn Beckham and host Keke Palmer.

When Beckham and his fiancée Nicola Peltz arrived at the top of the iconic stairs, Palmer appeared not to know who the 22-year-old was, with the host asking the son of David and Victoria Beckham where he is “from”.

Find out more:

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ICYMI: Multiple arrests made as BLM protesters gather outside Met Gala

Police arrested multiple people after a large group of Black Lives Matter protestors began to demonstrate outside of the Met Gala.

In footage of the encounter shared to Twitter, officers can be heard yelling at members of the crowd to “back up,” while some protestors can be seen being detained.

Get the full report below:

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While Rihanna ended up making a last-minute appearance on the red carpet alongside boyfriend A$AP Rocky - after the livestream had ended - there were many celebrities who did not materialise.

From Blake Lively to Lady Gaga, below are some of the biggest absences from this year’s Met Gala.

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ICYMI: AOC makes statement with ‘Tax The Rich’ gown

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made quite a statement with her 2021 Met Gala look, with the congresswoman arriving on the red carpet in a “tax the rich” gown.

On Monday, the 31-year-old politician arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for her first-ever Met Gala appearance in a white strapless gown by Brother Vellies, which featured the slogan emblazoned on the back in red.

Chelsea Ritschel has the details:

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Recap: Who wore the best and most outrageous outfits at the 2021 Met Gala?

The 2021 Met Gala is now over, but we’ll be talking about all the outfits we saw tonight for days to come.

Olivia Petter has the recap on who the best-dressed celebs on the red carpet were tonight:

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Fans left disappointed Rihanna was a no-show at Met Gala

Rihanna’s outfits are usually a highlight of the Met Gala, but it appears that this year, she’s given the event a miss.

The Met Gala red carpet livestream on Vogue has now ended, with no sign of the Umbrella star to be seen.

Fans have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at her absence:

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