Celebrities and notable figures from across the world gathered in New York City last night for the greatest night in fashion: the annual Met Gala. The Gala, chaired by Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, is a fundraiser to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. For decades, the Met Gala has been a night of high fashion, star-studded celebrity appearances, and bold statements — last night being no exception.
As a lover of celebrities and their fashion statements, you can imagine last night to be my personal version of the Super Bowl! Coming off of a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the stars of the red carpet did NOT disappoint. I teamed up with Taylor Beadle and Shelby Brignac from Stuller’s Fine Jewelry team to look for inspiration on the red carpet. Our goal was to pick jewelry pairings inspired by the stunning ensembles of our favorite celebrities. While we would have loved to feature all attendees, we picked a handful of icons we simply had to mention.
Here are our top 5 stars of the 2021 Met Gala and jewelry pairings we’d choose based on their outfits.
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A true fashion industry trailblazer and fixture, we would have seriously missed out if we didn’t give a callout to the chair of the Met Gala and Vogue editor-in-chief herself. First to arrive to greet her guests, Anna Wintour donned a colorful floral dress and we were instantly inspired.
Keeping with the floral motifs, we chose a pairing of Stuller’s new floral necklace (88067) and floral signet ring (57724) set in yellow gold. To add a pop of color, reflecting the vibrant flowers in her dress, we chose a gemstone line bracelet (651742) that comes in options with Blue Sapphire, Ruby, or Emerald.
If you’ve kept up with the rising career of Billie Eilish, another co-chair of the Met Gala, then you would have been absolutely shocked by her look last night. Known very well for her dark, punk, and baggy clothing fashion statements, last night was a departure in which she challenged herself to reach outside of her comfort zone. She absolutely glowed in a peach-nude gown with a massive train that trailed down the stairs of the red carpet behind her. When asked about her inspiration, she mentioned classic Hollywood stars, such as Marilyn Monroe.
This nod to classic style with a twist inspired us to do the same. We immediately would put together pieces from our new additions to the Modern Brilliance® collection where we have paired lab-grown diamonds with pearls. Our lab-grown diamond and cultured freshwater pearl earrings (688845), necklace (688847), and drop earrings (688846) are the perfect complement to styles where classic meets modern.
One of the co-chairs of the Met Gala event, Timothée Chalamet definitely did not disappoint. The American actor chose a more subtle black and white color palette for his ensemble, but it did not lack sophistication.
From his outfit, we were inspired to choose pieces that spoke to his monochromatic theme. Our diamond and Onyx negative space ring (688826), diamond and white enameled lock charm/pendant (688834), and black onyx pendant (88122) could all come together for a simple, yet elegant combination.
American actress, model, and activist Yara Shahidi shined and sparkled on the red carpet. Her glittering ensemble not only caught the light, but it also caught your attention with its modern beauty.
This eye-catching look deserves jewelry that shines just as bright in on-trend fashion. New to our Modern Brilliance collection, our new 16 inch 6.75 carat lab-grown diamond line necklace (688853) would be a perfect statement piece. To complement the beautiful necklace, we would add a lab-grown diamond bezel-set ring (653703) and a straight baguette lab-grown diamond ring (688764).
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To round out the night’s picks, we’d like to recognize Instagram executive and children’s book author Eva Chen. Although not a well-known celebrity in the music or film industry like many of the other attendees, Chen reminds us that guests of the Met Gala span a variety of industries. She made her appearance in a gown with a pop of color that really inspired us.
The rainbow featured in Eva Chen’s gown inspired us to curate our own splash of color with new enameled styles recently added to 302® Fine Jewelry. Enameled heart earrings (688831), ring (688844), and bar earrings (688832) in red, white, and black options add color and intrigue to any look.
A Night to Remember
With so many fabulous stars on the red carpet, it was nearly impossible to choose only five to feature. Honorable mentions could include several favorites, including Justin and Hailey Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello, and Kaia Gerber to name a few. After two years of virtual red carpets and socially distant events, seeing last night’s Met Gala truly made for a night to remember.