After its cancellation in 2020, fashion’s biggest and boldest event of the year made an explosive return to New York City on Monday night.
The Met Gala is one of the world’s most iconic fashion events, attended by top celebrities and fashion designers and hosted annually to raise funds for its famous setting: the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The ball was co-hosted by singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, tennis star Naomi Osaka, actor Timothée Chalamet and poet Amanda Gorman. This year’s theme was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” to align with the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition on the same theme, open to the public from the 18 September.
This theme may sound challenging to pull off right? But the guests and designers certainly didn’t struggle with dressing to impress...
One of our top style picks of the night who nailed the theme was the fabulous Debbie Harry. Her rough-cut red and white striped skirt made a striking contrast to her infamous blonde hair and deep blue denim jacket with contrast stitching. The custom-made look took inspiration from the colours and patterns in the American flag by Zac Posen, the American designer who has designed many costumes for the Met Gala throughout his career.
Harry’s influence on pop culture over the years has been seismic and widespread like a shock wave.
Her impact is not just felt in music and entertainment, but also in art, activism, and, of course, fashion. Harry’s style has been largely DIY, part vintage glamour (she cites Marilyn Monroe and the New York Dolls as sources of inspiration), and 100% punk, often acting as an extension of her onstage persona.
Debbie Harry and Blondie's co-founder, guitarist and songwriter, Chris Stein will be in conversation with multidisciplinary artist and director (and long time Blondie collaborator) Rob Roth at Town Hall, a B:Music venue next year. The pair will be discussing five decades of Blondie including the ground-breaking music, adventures in 1970s New York, work and play with artists from The Ramones to H.R. Giger, David Cronenberg, plus touring, acting, photography and beyond.