Who’s that in the mask? The best weird and wonderful fashion as celebs return to Met Gala

Social media stars including Emma Chamberlain and Addison Rae were among a youth-driven Met Gala on Monday night in a celebration of the best of high fashion.

Marking a first for the annual affair, which returned after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an array of TikTok stars, YouTubers and influencers turned up for the sartorial extravaganza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The event delivered its usual mix of the weird and wonderful, as A-listers celebrated the theme of America: A Lexicon of Fashion.

Image: YouTuber Emma Chamberlain

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Image: Kendall Jenner in Givenchy

YouTube vlogger Emma Chamberlain, 20, made an early entrance and ascended the famous Met stairs in a cut-out asymmetric Louis Vuitton gown, while TikTok star Addison Rae embodied old Hollywood glamour in a long red dress.

Meanwhile, US Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff, 20, also made her Met Gala debut at the star-studded event in a sporty red ensemble with trainers by Stella McCartney for Adidas.

Image: Lourdes Leon

Image: Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber

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Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, 23, wowed in a colourful gown by Louis Vuitton.

Other young stars gracing the exclusive event included Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon in a custom Moschino gown, US Open champ Emma Raducanu in Chanel, and the late Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Natalia Bryant.

Image: Natalia Bryant

Image: Lourdes Leon

Image: Addison Rae

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There were some Met Gala veterans to be noted, including reality star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West – looking unrecognisable in a black-masked piece by Balenciaga, was which didn’t fail to turn heads.

Image: Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga

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Accompanying her was a man wearing a blackout hoodie, initially thought to be her estranged husband Kanye West, but Vogue.com said later it was Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia.

Rihanna, one of the most anticipated Met Gala stars, arrived fashionably late in an oversized black coat dress, topped off with a beanie, and attended the event with rapper A$AP Rocky.

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Image: Iman attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”

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Image: Jennifer Lopez

Image: Emily Blunt and Hamish Bowles

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Image: Rosalia. attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala

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Image: TikTok star Addison Rae

Image: YouTuber Emma Chamberlain

Image: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wearing a dress that says: “Tax the rich”

Image: Erykah Badu

Image: Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon

Image: Debbie Harry

Image: Cardi B

Image: Ella Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter

Image: Natalia Bryant, daughter of the late Kobe Bryant

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