The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala (affectionately nicknamed the Met Gala) is the Superbowl of celebrity culture. Selected by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief at Vogue, only the most revered musicians, actors, and designers can grace the famed and feared, red and white carpet. Accordingly, this year’s theme could not be more appropriate for the elite in attendance, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. For us mere mortals, the Met Gala is simply a window into the fashion heavens, as celebs interpret the Gala’s theme into works of moving art. But who will make the choir sing and who will be cast out of sartorial Elysium?
With the interpretation of the theme being quite subjective, we at Mr. Cavaliere actually found it difficult to make these judgement calls. Instead, our standouts were categorized into 1. The haute-couture mavericks, 2. The men who gave more subtle nods to the theme, and 3. The timid yet tailored attendees.
Last night’s clear winners were the men who paid no heed to opinionated comment sections, and instead pushed the boundaries of menswear. Gone are the days of churning out cookie cutter looks, and welcomed are the flamboyant dashes of elegance. Through an underlying commitment to the quintessential menswear proportions, these men have successfully balanced the tightrope between high fashion and costume. Hallelujah.
Chadwick Boseman in Atelier Versace. Trevor Noah in Balmain. Christian Combs in Dolce and Gabbana.
With this year’s theme being vaguely defined and therefore open to various interpretations, some of the attendees opted for simpler evocations of haute couture. Simple silhouettes were elevated with heavy embroidery. Brighter colours were grounded by neutrals to add flair to the carpet. Likewise, there seemed to be a shift toward shapes that enhanced the masculine silhouette that transformed these altar boys into leading men.
Shaun White in Etro. Nick Jonas in Dolce and Gabbana. Travis Scott in Alexander Wang.
Boyish charm also had its place on the carpet though, with younger stars opting for sharp suiting to stand out. Though classic, it’s an understandably safe choice. Even here, personality still shone through with slips of the cuff and hitching of hemlines to allow for some variety.
Cole Sprouse in Thom Browne. Shawn Mendes in Tommy Hilfiger. Wiz Khalifa in Dior Homme.
While we may not all be able to rock a beaded Balmain blazer yet, the fashion choices seen at the Met hint at a menswear style revolution. Leading ladies are no longer the apple of the paparazzi’s lens, menswear is poised to enter stage left. And it doesn’t take a literal crown on your head to exude personality in your style (unless you’re related to P Diddy).