We’re firmly in this chapter of the pandemic where… well, the pandemic continues never ending… but somehow there’s also still the Met Ball? Which, if we’re honest with ourselves, is kinda weird, right? I mean a “vaxed, everyone must wear masks indoors” Met Ball, but nonetheless a Met Ball, indeed.
Thanks to the Coronavirus there hasn’t been a Met Ball in the last two Mays, but as long as Vogue lives and breathes, September will mean fashion, and so here we are the second Monday in September (not the infamous “first Monday in May”) with flamboyant dresses and suits to critique with the signature flourish and snark that is our right as gays.
lesbian fashion spectrum pic.twitter.com/i2T7j9Vquo
— paola (@paolalien) September 12, 2021
If you need a quick refresher on the Met Gala (formally known as the The Costume Institute Gala), it’s a fundraiser, co-sponsored by Anna Wintour and Vogue, supporting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Costume Institute in New York City. It’s also the soft launch of the Metropolitan Museum’s annual fashion exhibit — basically, an unabashed love letter to the craft and art of fashion, with a red carpet more iconic than the gala itself, etc etc etc. This is the plot of every queer woman’s favorite movie to scream that Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock should just make out already, so I won’t belabor the point. The theme this year was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” I’ve gathered all the queer and trans people I could find, so you have something to waste time scrolling through instead of whatever work it is you are trying to avoid (no judgement here!*). Let’s fucking go.
* By no judgement, I mean that I had every intention to get you this round up in time for your morning coffee, but instead I ate 1/2 a pack of Oreos and cried over the 17th time I’ve seen this episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Happy Met from me and my period!
Zoe Kravitz, in Yves Saint Laurent, and Tessa Thompson, in Iris van Herpen
😳 😳 😳
😳 😳 😳
Said it best:
long live unfriendly Black hotties https://t.co/S1nCzTLxc7
— zoë (@zoe_alliyah) September 14, 2021
Elliot Page, in Balenciaga
I’ve been informed that “oversized 90s suit” is indeed actually back in style and this fit was in fact intentional, so congratulations Elliot for being on trend! (Love those kicks wholeheartedly)
I never knew I wanted Jules from Euphoria starring in Marvel’s X-Men remake, but daaaaamn.
Yes Daddy, I do.
Cara Delevingne, in Dior
“If someone doesn’t know what this means, you’re gonna have to look it up” — Cara
OK! A FEW THINGS ABOUT THIS: 1. Cara and Dior did not come up with this phrase, and we have a few Autostraddle writers who are very curious if they paid the woman of color sex worker who did. 2. After four years in queer media, today was the first day I spelled Cara Delevingne right on the first try, which means I either get to level up to my final boss form or run away off the side of a cliff because my life has no meaning, and I can’t tell which. 3. This entire outfit/quote combo feels like if “trying too hard on your school project” was a person. I’m sorry.
It’s also important to me, personally, that you know that Zoe Kravitz really made the rounds last night.
Keke Palmer, in Sergio Hudson
It’s giving Classic Americana. It’s giving 70s Diva. It’s giving Diana Ross. And I liiiiiiiiive.
Has “step on my neck” gone out of style? Is “choke me” too straight forward for a first date? Can someone let me know in the comments?
Lily Rose Depp
She spent a lot of time very adorably hugging this person that I do not know…
And then also there was KStew, because of course, KStew.
Nikkie de Jager/Nikkitutorials
The dress is an intentional homage to Mother Marsha P. Johnson (peep the close up on the skirt below, with Marsha’s signature “Pay It No Mind”) and while I appreciate that fashion is political, and the purpose of uplifting our mother as an American icon given the theme of the night, but still.. something about this ain’t sitting quite white.
If you know what I mean.
Kim Petras, in Collina Strada
I have no commentary on Kim Petras. I did not know who Kim Petras was until I googled her last night. But a win for the horse girls, I suppose.
The Farrah Fawcett/Cruella Cruella de Vil hair.
The Liberace suit.
A lot of the commentary of last night’s (admittedly, often lackluster) red carpet was, “it’s prom.” And with zero disrespect I must say, never have those two small words been more felt in my soul than when looking at this picture of Lili Reinhart.
Barbie Ferreira, in Jonathan Simkhai
Speaking of prom, the Euphoria bbs had such fun last night! Barbie, you simply are gorgeous!
Until last night, Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio’s claim to fame was being the first trans model in Sports Illustrated. But I think we can all safely agree that after last night her claim to fame will be those wings. For my money, the best photo of the night.
I know I’m here on some party and bullshit, no thoughts just vibes and jokes, but you should read Indya’s caption on the Met Gala. It’s serious and well worth your time.
Megan Fox, in Dundas
Sorry, love a bi-con (hold one second for Gillian Anderson, she’s coming). But I can’t with these clip on bangs. I cannot.
What I love most about Gillian Anderson is that her entire vibe is as such that as a living bisexual legend, she does not ever have to do more on a red carpet than “just enough.”
Ilana Glazer, in Aliétte
Oh trust me, you’re gonna want to see this one from the back.
Mj Rodriguez, in Thom Browne
I sincerely appreciate Mj channeling the power of manifestation and coming dressed in the exact same silhouette as a literal award, less than five days ahead of her historic Emmy run. Congrats.
Cynthia Erivo continues to dance in that grey area between “out” and out out, so much so that it felt felt weighty whether or not to include her on today’s list — I asked no less than three different editors about it! — but ultimately the decision wasn’t ours, it was Cynthia’s. Those nails demanded our attention. And our attention they shall have.
Janet Mock, in Valentino
A classic in every way.
… And finally…
I feel simultaneously seen and called out by the end of your intro Carmen. Let’s fucking go, indeed.
A few thoughts on fashion.
Can I just say that I am really, really tired of the too small suit trend in menswear but I’m not actually ready for a revival of the too big suit either?
And while you did warn us earlier that the early 00s bare belly look was coming back, I wasn’t prepared for that either. All I can say is NO. There’s no room for another decade to be revived right now, not when both 80s and 90s fashions are also being revived. /rant
Keke Palmer and Gillian Anderson are both stunning and made all of my mindless scrolling worth it.
The Met Gala was very blah for me overall. I was disappointed that Janelle Monae skipped, she always wears something iconic. I liked Kristen Stewart’s look. It read as very rockabilly and I thought it was a good interpretation of the theme.
Also, is Keke Palmer queer? I was surprised to see her in the roundup.
Yep! She’s been out since 2015: https://www.autostraddle.com/keke-palmer-is-sexually-fluid-plans-to-follow-her-heart-321483/
Cool, thanks. She’s so much fun and her dress was gorgeous. I’m excited to see her in Jordan Peele’s upcoming movie.
Every caption I’ve seen for Elliot so far been 90s Prom Night.
Here’s Lili Reinhart. I’m not really in love with the dress itself, but I do like the floral part of it.
Thank you! I’ll get Lili added to the list!
Indya Moore (the IG caption is well worth a read too)
Thank you!! This is important, and I’m glad to get it up.
I don’t know if Zoe Kravitz was hitting on everyone or if she simply has Resting Seduction Face, but either way 😳
think this could be more of an & than a / situation.
Importantly, Gillian’s dress features an ammonite fossil, making it a bit fruity 😉
Ammonite you say?
i can’t imagine wearing trying to wear the tux/gown Mj Rodriguez has on, even if i could effect her pose (i could never). but i never want to stop looking at her in it.
That would be Margaret Qualley hugging Lily Rose Depp. She played the hitchhiking Manson girl in Once Upon a Time in America with Depp’s bestie Harley Quinn Smith. Hasn’t been in anything really breakthrough as yet, but starred alongside Sigourney Weaver in a recent film about J. D. Salinger because that’s just what we need.
She’s Andie MacDowell’s daughter! Surprised more people don’t know who she is. She was also really good in the gay nun movie Novitiate (also starring Dianna Agron as another repressed Christian)
I came to the comments to say the exact same thing!
I mean I don’t know if this counts as “breakthrough” for a more film-savvy crowd than me but I’ve certainly watched her in it enough times for it to maybe qualify:
“Margaret Qualley on the stair landing” is a bit of a root for me personally 😅
Yes, she was in My Salinger Year, but more importantly, she is Pussycat in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
I don’t know what Kehlani and SZA got going on but photos of them at the met gala after party have been getting me through the week
They’re also going the black Harley Quinn/poison ivy I’ve always wanted
I’ve now seen the video and I can think of nothing else!!
Hunter has nerves of steel to wear those freaking contacts, I can’t handle regular contacts, let alone ones that blind you
And does “Peg” stand in for “F**k” the Patriarchy? Otherwise it kinda sounds like its denigrating being penetrated… which is itself a byproduct of the Patriarchy
Quick question: is Zoe Kravitz wearing any underwear? Because all I think I see is a beaded thong and that just seems uncomfortable?
Anyway: she looks fabulous. It’s like one of those ancient Egyptian net dresses that inspired a lot of 1920s dresses.
There was a plot in Sex in the City where Samantha wears a pearl thong and runs up stairs and I viscerally remember the line “instead of getting off she was getting pissed off!”
All I could think of looking at that thong.
Oh wow, I just googled Egyptian net dress and wow! Just stunning.
And I agree with everything you said about Zoe Kravitz – she looks gorgeous and I couldn’t help wondering about her underwear situation. Maybe that’s why she looks unfriendly yet hot?
thank you for this delightful roundup!
any particular reason the (excellent!) queer fashions of Lil Nas X, Dan Levy, Troye Sivan, Frank Ocean, and I’m sure others I missed, aren’t included in this post? :)
ooh, Carmen, I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on Nikkitutorials’ dress if you’re willing to share
Kristin Stewart rocking Adora’s giant-forehead hairdo over there 😂