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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Met Gala Live | Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds walk the carpet

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Blake Lively smiled for the cameras in a gorgeous Versace gown, with husband Ryan Reynolds in velvet, as the Met Gala celebrated the first Monday in May after years of pandemic turmoil with a celebration of American design and a theme. had returned to Of gilded glamour.

One of the evening’s co-hosts, the actress wore a bronze and rose gold look, which turned into a shimmery layer of baby blue when a large bow was pulled. Lively’s look drew inspiration from both the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the blue roof of Grand Central Station.

“Instead of looking for fashion to influence the dress, I looked to the architecture of New York City,” Lively said.

Some of the early walkers interpreted the theme of the period as black or white. Others went with royal purple and gold.

Vogue livestream co-host Vanessa Hudgens made her way to the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a fuzzy Victorian black sheer lace gown with a long train. She was joined by La La Anthony, her fellow Vogue host, who wore a dark red look with cut shoulders from Laquan Smith.

“I’m practically naked,” joked Hudgens.

Anthony said: “Those stairs are intimidating.”

And if the return of the Met Gala feels like one of them, moment already, it is.

It’s less than eight months since the last gala, an annual fundraiser that raises eight-figure funds for the Mets’ Costume Institute. Before the pandemic, nearly 600 A-listers from fashion, sports, music, film, TV, technology and beyond were invited. This year and last time, the number was closer to 400. The 2020 gala was cancelled.

More than $16.4 million were raised last year. The Starring Program is the primary budget feeder of the Institute.

This year’s gala coincides with the opening of the second part of a two-part exhibition at the Costume Institute focused on American fashion and style. The dress code of the evening is gilded glamor and white tie, la the Gilded Age, a tumultuous period between the Civil War and the turn of the 20th century, known for its robber barons, drama and grandeur.

This year Walk Up the Grand Staircase at the Met returns the gala to its legendary berth on the first Monday of May, with its official livestream streamed on Vogue’s website.

Vogue’s Anna Wintour, who has been running the gala since 1995, wore feathery Chanel and a jewel-clad tiara that has been in her family since 1910. She continues as one of the night’s honorary co-chairs alongside designer Tom Ford and Instagram’s Adam Mosseri. The other official co-chairs for 2022 are Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The cost of a seat at last year’s Met Gala started at $35,000, though some attend for free. Sometimes celebrities are accompanied (and their paid tabs) have designers who create them or other companies that invite them. This year the focus may be on inclusivity in fashion and may include more unsung designer heroes than usual.

The phenomenon is the invention of the late Eleanor Lambert, who was as powerful a fashion campaigner in her time as Wintour. In 1948, he needed to find a way to pay for the newly formed Costume Institute, the only department at the Met that would have to raise its own funds.

While many on Wintour’s carefully-kept guest list follow a dress code, others go their own way. Explanation is everything. Think Rihanna in a papal hat, Billy Porter as a sun god is carried over to the litter by shirtless men And Lady Gaga is peeling off the layers as the fashion world comes to a standstill to inspect.

The gala also serves as a twisted time capsule of love for the celebrity couples who didn’t make it. Kim Kardashian and Yeh, the former Kanye West, first parted ways in 2013. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes visited in 2008. Jennifer Lopez parted ways with Marc Anthony in 2011, then with Alex Rodriguez in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Ben Affleck joined him for the last time. Years later she went alone.

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were among the “It” couples invited in 2014. Selena Gomez and The Weeknd appeared together in 2017.

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