Of Course, Rihanna Shut Down the Red Carpet at the Met Gala

The superstar saved the best for last, closing the red carpet with a stunning custom look from Balenciaga.

There’s an art to creating a great Met Gala look. At other events, all that’s required is a pretty dress, but you don’t climb the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art unless you’re bringing the drama. As a fan favorite attendee and former co-chair, Rihanna understands how you make Met magic. Each of her seven appearances at the event has been memorable and she’s been responsible for some of the most iconic ensembles ever to grace the Costume Institute fundraiser. Who could forget the Papal finery of her John Galliano for Maison Margiela gown at 2018’s Heavenly Bodies exhibition or the sweeping scale of her embroidered Guo Pei haute couture at China: Through the Looking Glass in 2015. Responsible for consistently raising the night’s fashion bar, Rihanna is the star everyone wants to see.  

Given the anticipation, Rihanna decided to save the best for last. The final celebrity to appear on the 2021 Met Gala red carpet, she closed out the night with a stunning Balenciaga overcoat and matching hat. The custom look by Demna Gvasalia was unlike anything she had worn previously. Its black ruffles and voluminous scale were a chic interpretation of all-American style. As always, she walked in with swagger, commanding attention from the moment she exited the Carlyle Hotel and began her progression to the Met. Joined by boyfriend ASAP Rocky, who wore a specially made, quilt-inspired look by ERL, they ended the evening with a phenomenal high note. 

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Photo: Getty ImagesRihanna in Balenciaga Couture and Maria Tash jewelry and A$AP Rocky in ERL

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This story originally appeared on: Vogue - Author:Janelle Okwodu

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