Janelle Monae in Ralph Lauren at the Met Gala: stunning?

Janelle Monae looked beautiful in a futuristic, sequined, caped dress. They certainly looked glamorous and were committed to their personal theme of black and white clothing and a red lip. The top half of the dress with the hood was super cool. The bottom half of the dress wasn’t as great, but it didn’t take away from the look at all. And honestly any look is elevated by that great face. Janelle told the Associated Press their look was “gilded glamour from the future; [they] came here from the future” and that tracks they always do look like they were beamed in from another (cooler) planet. She even had a bejeweled manicure to match the dress and some cool wrist cuffs. (When I zoomed in to look at the detailing, I noticed Janelle’s pits were unshaved, rock on).

As a New Yorker, I am absolutely biased towards Alicia Key’s Ralph Lauren look and I don’t care who knows it. (Shoutout to Hell’s Kitchen)! The dark silver (pewter?) sequined column dress would be boringly pretty on its own, but it was necessary so the black cape bejeweled with the NYC skyline could take center stage. In the front, her hair is a nod to the Gilded Age and then it’s a futuristic party in the back. That pony makes me think of the Jetsons cartoon. Alicia is sticking with her minimal makeup thing and looks nice. I also love the emerald jewelry (another reason I’m biased toward this look). And I like that Swizz Beatz went full Bronx with his varsity bomber and Yankees cap. At least it wasn’t a boring tux! I like that they both paid homage to New York.

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This was Maude Apatow’s first Met Gala and she wore Miu Miu. I’m a bit perplexed by the polka dots on the sheer fabric and the fact that it seems to be a full-length flapper dress with fringe at the bottom. I guess I’m used to seeing those knee- or tea- length flapper dresses. Looking closely at the dress, it looks like there’s some intricate detailing on the torso, but it’s hard to see behind the distracting polka dots. The velvet part of the off-shoulder sweetheart neckline is a bit heavy for May (even though it was chilly in NY today). I do really like her lipstick and hair and jewelry, especially that choker. She reminds me a bit of Troian Bellisario in these pics.

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Emma Corrin was also in Miu Miu and I find their look a bit more fun. The oversized plaid peacoat and ribbed tights are cute and have the added bonus of being perfect for today’s weather. They look comfy! And I like the accessories (another emerald ring) and styling. I saw on Twitter that their look “seem[ed] to be inspired by Evander Berry Wall, also known as ‘The King Of Dudes,'” an American socialite who lived during the Gilded Age. For those reasons, I do think their look subtly nails the theme, even though it doesn’t scream “gala.” It reminds me of SJP’s look in 2016 for the Manus x Machina Met Gala. A lot of thought went into both looks and they’re very on theme and stand out among a sea of gowns.

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  1. SAS says:

    Janelle, perfection, no notes, love the interpretation. And the underarm hair!

    Emma, so fun and creative! Even without knowing the (super cool) inspiration you can tell they had researched the period.

    Alicia, zzzz nailed the glamour I guess, the cape is a bit tacky for me. Blake did it less literally.

    Swizz, it’s white tie dude! And I’m not just being pedantic, it would have actually lifted the look (which I like in theory).

  2. Bettyrose says:

    Janelle and Emma are both rockin’ my world with those looks. As for RL, I dated a guy in college who was so committed to his preppie roots that he had Polo
    sheets. He was a really good guy and I have generally positive feelings toward Ralph Lauren but it’s funny seeing glamour from the label that brought us every 80s teen movie villain.

  3. Twin Falls says:

    Janelle Monae wow so gorgeous!!

  4. Seraphina says:

    I al going through posts backwards and so far Alicia and Blake have nailed the theme. LOVE Alicia Keys.

  5. SJ (they/them) says:

    the enbies KILLED it!! I’m so so pleased and delighted. Hooray.

  6. BeeCee says:

    I was bored with Janelle’s dress. I feel like she’s worn variations of this already.
    Alicia looked gorgeous. I loved all of it.
    I understand the concept of Maude’s dress but didn’t fully love it, but I’m obsessed with her hair for the evening.

    • BeeCee says:

      ** They’ve worn variations of this already.
      Sorry, I mis-labelled them.

      • DeltaJuliet says:

        I though I had read Janelle was using they/them AND she/her. Did I misread that?

  7. ChillinginDC says:

    Janelle has worn this same outfit many times. I was disappointed by them.

    • BeeCee says:

      Thank you! I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees that.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Agreed. As for everyone else’s look, I think Emma was the only one here that researched the era and created something that reflects it.

  8. JFerber says:

    Janelle Monae did it for me. She won the whole Met Gala! Superb, exquisite, gorgeous. on point. I am dead.

    • Saba says:

      Agreed! Janelle is flawless. They have great style and always deliver.
      How has this post gotten so few comments?!

  9. JFerber says:

    Emma Corrin brought the Dickensian street urchin look for me, especially when they removed the jacket. Excellent look, Emma!

  10. JFerber says:

    The Artful Dodger! That’s who Emma Corrin reminds me of– perfection.