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Men's Fashion Highlights From The 2021 Met Gala

Here are the top ten boldest men's looks from fashion's biggest night out.

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"In America: A Lexicon of Fashion." was the 2021 Met Gala theme. Fashion's biggest night out featured many bold, meaningful looks. Here's a list of ten men that wore something other than the usual classic black tux. 

Troye Sivan 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pop Star Troye Sivan's look represents his perception of American fashion: sleek, minimalist New York street style and a chic black-and-white palette. Joseph Altuzarra designed Troye's plunging black cut-out dress, a piece from his upcoming brand, Altu. 

Pete Davidson  

Pete Davidson took a risk for his first-ever Met Gala appearance. The 27-year-old SNL star made a statement in his black Thom Browne slip dress and white blazer paired with custom sunglasses from the Silhouette. "I'm a little slutty nun tonight," Davidson told Keke Palmer for Vogue, "I'm just excited to people watch. There's some interesting people here and that's why I'm wearing sunglasses so they can't see me staring." 

Frank Ocean 

Frank Ocean sported a three-piece suit by Prada, a necklace by his luxury jewelry label, Homer, and an animatronic robot baby with diamond grills. Ocean's acidic green hair paired nicely with his robot baby's skin color of the same shade. He topped off the outfit with a classic baseball hat that reads "Dreamcore," in the same font as the animation company DreamWorks. 

Kid Cudi 

Rocking Louis Vuitton head to toe, Kid Cudi stepped out in a look that embodies American street style. Cudi paired the chic bumper-sticker ensemble with emo-esque makeup. Cudi sported a $1 million, one-of-one commissioned necklace by KAWS x Ben Baller to top off the look. 

Dan Levy 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dan Levy's Met Gala look wasn't just bold, bright, and gay-it was meaningful. The "Schitt's Creek" star wore a custom look by Loewe's Jonathan Anderson that represents the many obstacles the LGBTQ community has overcome as well as the beauty of queer love. LGBTQ artist and activist David Wojnarowicz was the inspiration behind the ensemble. In an Instagram post, Levy wrote, "Jonathan and the design team built upon an image of two men kissing from Wojnarovicz's work, Fuck You Faggot Fucker, named after a homophobic cartoon the artist had come across. But rather than feed on the message of hate, we wanted to celebrate queer love and visibility - acknowledging how hard artists like Wojnarovicz had to fight, while also presenting the imagery in a way that offered a hopeful message." In honor of their collaboration, Anderson donated to an organization that promotes AIDS education and awareness called Visual AIDS. 

Lil Nas X 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Following in Lady Gaga's footsteps, Lil Nas X revealed multiple outfits layered on top of each other as he entered the Met Gala. Wearing three gold drenched custom-designed ensembles by Donatella Versace. 

Maluma 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Maluma pulled up to the Met Gala in a red-leather Versace fit and Donatella on his arm. The artist's custom-made ASLAN bejeweled glove reads 'Papi Juancho,' which is the name of his surprise-released fifth studio album. 

Virgil Abloh 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton, left nothing up for interpretation at the Met Gala. Airbrushed across his ethereal suit is the word "Modernism." Paired with an Avante-Garde snow-storm ready hat and exaggerated glasses.

Timothée Chalamet 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In true New York style, Timothée Chalamet sported an ensemble comprised of his favorite designers. The young actor popped off in a satin Haider Ackermann tuxedo jacket with a fitted Rick Owens turtleneck underneath paired with sweatpants, high-socks, and crisp Chuck Taylors. Taking a closer look, you might notice a few 1920s Cartier brooches fastened on his sweats.

Jeremy Pope 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jeremy Pope's ensemble consisted of a deconstructed suit jacket that lays off his shoulders and cinches his waist in a corseted fashion, a silhouette reminiscent of the antebellum-style bodices. While the garment design is by Australian designer Dion Lee, James Flemons of Phlemuns created the extra-long cotton broadcloth sack, which acts as a gown-like train. A cotton bud boutonniere by Denim Tears is fastened to the actor's lapel, an accessory choice that points to America's history of enslavement. In a Twitter post, Pope posted elaborating the meaning of his outfit. 

Pope stands in front of a projection of Danny Lyon's 1960's black-and-white photograph titled "The Cotton Pickers" depicting white-clad Black workers picking cotton on a prison farm in the Jim Ferguson Unit in Midway, Texas.

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