The biggest tragedy of the 2022 Met Gala was the rather boring outfits worn by the men that attended fashion’s biggest night. It has become normalized for women to wear heavy, ornate dresses and their male companions to wear a plain black suit. However, many men decided to switch it up this year and wear something other than the dreaded black garment. For some, this was a successful break from the norm, but for others, they should have stuck to basics.
The best-dressed man at the Met Gala was by far Kid Cudi. The rapper wore an electric blue Kenzo suit, complete with a matching cape. This outfit was incredible: it wasn’t boring, no one else wore anything similar, and most remarkably, it fit the night’s theme: Gilded Glamor. The rich blue color fit right into the gilded age when everyone wore jewel tones, the puffy sleeve cuffs demonstrated how in that era, everyone displayed their wealth in even the simplest of ways. This outfit is a 10/10.
Paapa Essiedu arrived at the event in Off-White’s interpretation of a trendy tuxedo. The Veert jewelry brought a touch of glamour to this look, but other than that, Essiedu did not fit the theme. The long, flared style of the pants was the complete opposite of what was being worn during the gilded age. Though not a completely basic black and white tuxedo, this look lacks originality, and for that, he earns a 6.5/10.
This year’s Met Gala was Elvis star Austin Butler’s first appearance at the event since his breakup with long-term girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens and he did not dress to impress. It appears as if Butler was not made aware of the theme this year and did not even attempt to reflect the Gilded Age in this ensemble. He wore a black satin shirt and slacks with minimal jewelry. For the lack of effort, Butler earns a 4/10.
New York Mayor Eric Adams brought a political statement with him to this year’s Met Gala. Embroidered on the back of this ornate tuxedo jacket is an “End Gun Violence” message. When looking closely, the design on the lapels of the jacket is actually small American symbols. Included are the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the word “Brklyn.” Though he did not exactly match the theme, Adams gets an 8/10 for representing his city and expressing his message.
Sebastian Stan definitely didn’t wear a boring suit, but I almost wish he had. This aggressively pink tracksuit was practically blinding and contradicted the times. During the gilded age, they wore almost exclusively dark jewel tones and avoided bright colors at all costs. There was absolutely nothing glamorous about this look and I can only give it a 2/10.
Lenny Kravitz wore an incredible Chrome Hearts corset top paired with leather pants and a lace cape. This look is the embodiment of gilded glamour. The ornate golden jewelry perfectly completed the look and the eye makeup made this look even more amazing. Kravitz was one of the best-dressed men at the event and this look earned him a 9.5/10.
Shawn Mendes was one of the best-dressed men at the event. He was the most accurate on the theme for the event. His inspiration for this incredible outfit was taken from Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, Antony Bridgerton, and various Disney princes. This sustainable look was designed by Tommy Hilfiger. It is made completely from upcycled deadstock fabric. This look earns a 9.5/10
Overall, the men did better with the Gilded Glamour theme than they have in the past, but it continues to disappoint viewers as women walk the carpet in heavy, beautiful gowns and the men attend in plain black tuxedos. The trend continued to lean towards wearing all black, but at least these black ensembles were more creatively designed than they have in the past.
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