A$AP Rocky paid homage to Karl Lagerfeld from head-to-toe at the 2023 Met Gala.
The rapper arrived on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City with Rihanna for the occasion, virally stepping out in a full Gucci outfit. The “L$D” rapper’s attire featured a white collared shirt beneath a black blazer, accented with a thin black leather tie.
However, the dapper set was edgily paired with blue denim jeans, given a glamorously grungy finish from frayed hems and delicate crystal embroidery that sparkled in the light. For an ultra-trendy spin, Rocky layered the pants beneath a red, green and blue high-low plaid skirt, cinched by three unique Gucci belts.
Rocky opted to accessorize his outfit with a sparkling diamond brooch, as well as black sunglasses and a single black leather glove. Though the rapper’s eclectic outfit was, indeed, on-trend — skirts for men have been on the rise since the 2020s began, as seen on Bad Bunny, Oscar Isaac and Baz Luhrmann — it also held special significance. His ensemble’s pieces paid a distinct homage to a similar outfit the late Lagerfeld wore in 2004 — skirt-over-jeans included.
Rihanna, meanwhile, also paid tribute to Lagerfeld in a custom white Valentino couture dress and camellia-coated hooded jacket — as well as large sunglasses tipped with whimsically voluminous eyelashes.
When it came to footwear, Rocky finished his outfit with a set of black leather Gucci boots. The “Fashion Killa” rapper’s style featured smooth uppers with stacked soles, providing a subtle height boost. For a burst of punky flair, the set was complete with squared toes secured beneath gleaming silver metal plates. The style added a Western edge to his Met Gala ensemble while remaining sharp and dynamic.
The Met Gala raises funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and celebrates the Costume Institute’s annual exhibits. This year’s theme, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” celebrates the life and career of designer Karl Lagerfeld. The 2023 event is notably co-chaired by Dua Lipa, Roger Federer, Michaela Coel, Penelope Cruz and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
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Aaron Royce is the Assistant Digital Editor for Footwear News, where he writes stories on celebrity style, brand collaborations and in-depth profile interviews. Prior to joining Footwear News, Royce wrote and interned for publications including PAPER, Grazia and the Daily Front Row. He currently holds a B.S. in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. In his spare time, Royce enjoys reading, discovering New York’s secret gardens and hunting for the perfect pair of combat boots.
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