Met Gala 2018: 5 things we learned from the red carpet

Elon Musk is dating Grimes

Tech billionaire Elon Musk – who recently announced he wanted to start a candy company – and Canadian electropop artist Grimes – whose 2012 song Oblivion was ranked the best song of the decade – are a couple.

The unlikely pair publicly announced their relationship on the red carpet on Monday night. Musk wore a white suit and Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) wore a necklace that looked a lot like the Tesla logo.

According to the New York Posts’s Page Six, the pair have been together for a month, and first met when Musk messaged Boucher online to reference a joke she made on Twitter three years ago.

Two weeks ago, Musk tweeted that he was “just listening” to Boucher’s Spotify playlist Go Flex & Psycho, in a flirtatious exchange that also included rapper Post Malone.

“Glad ur finally listening to cyberpunk speedwae hahaha 🐇,” Boucher replied.

“Sounds great riding my cyborg 🐉,” Musk said.

Men still don’t have to do much

With the honourable exception of Chadwick Boseman (more below), men at this year’s event did not put in nearly as much effort into the theme (“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”) as the women.

V.C
(@VitorCatunda)

Menswear at #MetGala red carpet
Expectations vs. Reality pic.twitter.com/Hfum3dBinr

May 7, 2018

Caspar Salmon
(@CasparSalmon)

GOD, MEN, MAKE AN EFFORT! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY USELESS, JUST TRY SOMETHING, ANYTHING, FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIVES, DARE TO DREAM! pic.twitter.com/Bm1tPwhvvU

May 7, 2018

For the past three years, musician and actor Nick Jonas seems to have gotten away with adding a mildly relevant pin to a suit.

Alyssa
(@AlyssaJonas01)

His style just gets better and better every year @nickjonas #METGala pic.twitter.com/s2dWHv7vBg

May 8, 2018

Boseman, the star of Marvel’s Black Panther, was one of the few to really jump aboard the theme, earning praise from (among others) Selma and A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay.

Ava DuVernay
(@ava)

Thy Kingdom Come! #MetGala pic.twitter.com/Fg8qW7vBRh

May 8, 2018

Rihanna is the queen of the Met and will never be toppled

“There are very few things the Internet collectively agrees on,” wrote Time Magazine in 2017, “but Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the undisputed queen of the Met Gala”.

It is of course not a competition, but Rihanna – dressed this year as a pearl-encrusted Pope, equal parts extravagant and intricate – delivered one of the night’s best outfits for the third consecutive year she’s attended (she skipped 2016).

Renee Rodrigues
(@badgalgvb)

A closer look at Rihanna’s dress at the #MetGala #MetGala2018 pic.twitter.com/zUKp0LQhWp

May 8, 2018

Apologies to rapper Cardi B, whose outfit earned almost as much on-the-night praise.

You don’t need a dress to make a statement

Writer and actor Lena Waithe struck a blow for those maybe a little uneasy with the explicitly Catholic theme of this year’s event, turning up with a rainbow flag sewn into her blazer.

Ξvan Ross Katz
(@evanrosskatz)

Lena Waithe repping the LGBTQ community at the #MetGala with a rainbow flag cape sewn into her blazer. pic.twitter.com/YUCG7Y89Gj

May 7, 2018

Call Me By My @
(@NotAgainBen)

#metgala: the theme is religion
Lena Waithe: ok hold my rainbow flag pic.twitter.com/6nkPKlsUsK

May 7, 2018

“This is like my skin, I’m proud to be in it,” the Golden Globe-winner told the New York Times. “I’ve got the community on my back to make sure they know I’ve got them all the time … The theme to me is ‘Be yourself’. You were made in God’s image, right?”

Heather & Jessica
(@fuggirls)

I love that @LenaWaithe used fashion to speak her truth on a night whose theme belongs to a religion that excludes LGBTQ people. I’m sure it will be controversial, but I think it was brilliant. -H #MetGala https://t.co/NCH0yhIzt2

May 7, 2018

2 Chainz become 1

Finally, Rapper 2 Chainz warmed hearts early on when he used the red carpet opportunity to propose to his girlfriend Kesha Ward on the steps of the Met.

The two are actually already engaged – 2 Chainz first proposed to Ward at the BET Awards in 2013 – but the pair have never married. The couple have three children together.

The rapper told a reporter from Complex that he had decided to do it “about a minute ago”.

The Met
(@metmuseum)

A #MetGala propsal from @2chainz. She said “yes”! #MetHeavenlyBodies pic.twitter.com/RXOMxd4a2a

May 7, 2018

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