17 of the most daring looks men wore at the 2022 Met Gala
The 2022 Met Gala challenged guests to interpret "gilded glamour" for its "white tie" dress code.
Men stepped out on the Met's red carpet in daring looks — some thematic and some rule-breaking.
Celebrities like Lenny Kravitz, Joe Jonas, Stormzy, and Conan Gray showed up in bold capes.
No, this is not Jared Leto. Fashionista Fredrik Robertsson stunned and confused in this 3D Iris van Herpen look.
Arriving on the red carpet in a metallic 3D jumpsuit, Fredrik Robertsson was incorrectly identified as Jared Leto by E! red-carpet correspondents, press, and fans alike. To be fair, the bold and avant-garde look could have just as easily been worn by the "House of Gucci" actor. The men's faces and hair even look strikingly similar.
But it was revealed that it was Robertsson, a Swedish fashionista, entrepreneur, and LGBTQ+ activist. He wore an Iris van Herpen ombre jumpsuit with protruding, spiky embellishments. He had a bold pearl eye look, sleek platinum-dyed hair, and was accessorized in Boucheron rings.
On Instagram, he wrote, "I can't believe this is me. Wearing this unique haute couture look by @irisvanherpen created just for me." He added, "It feels like a dream and I never want to wake up."
"Gossip Girl's" Evan Mock wore a corseted vest-jacket on the red carpet.
Evan Mock perfectly interpreted the "gilded glamour" theme and "white tie" dress code. The actor wore a custom look from emerging brand Head of State.
The pale-yellow, khaki-colored suit had a low-cut and corset-like bodice on the jacket, revealing a bit of Mock's bare torso. The matching trousers had darts that added some interesting detailing down the legs.
His white button-down shirt's high ruffled collar packed the biggest punch. It framed Mock's face and pink spiked hairdo. Under it, he wore a green jewel Cartier necklace.
He also had a dark-colored manicure for an added rebellious, modern touch.
Sebastian Stan stepped out off-theme but in-style in this hot-pink Valentino number.
Stan showed up in iconic bright "Valentino pink." He wore a full Valentino Pink PP Collection ensemble composed of an oversized wool jacket and wool trousers, a chiffon shirt, and Valentino Garavani sneakers, as per the brand's Instagram. At points, he also wore tinted aviator sunglasses.
The star didn't particularly dress for the theme, but he did show that he's a fashion risk-taker and doesn't mind being the center of attention.
He captioned his vibrant look on Instagram, "Spring time in New York."
Rapper Gunna had thorns on his cape while his dog-shaped bag wore a tuxedo.
Capes had a moment on the Met Gala red carpet for many men this year. Gunna wore a sleek Thom Browne suit with a cape coat. It was adorned with "gold bullion and beaded thorns embroidery," as per the brand's Instagram.
The rapper also had a doggie bag before even entering the Met Gala: his dog-shaped purse, Pablo the Pup, covered in crystals and dressed in its own tuxedo.
Actor Ashton Sanders modernized what an 1800s vampire may have looked like.
Sanders was a denim-dressed vampire for the night. He wore a Casablanca denim suit with gold piping and accents on the jacket and pant legs. The most striking parts of his look, though, were his piercing blue-white contacts and fang teeth.
Sanders was styled in metallic gold fingerless gloves and was holding a pair of gold aviator sunglasses along with a vintage pair of binoculars.
Jared Leto and Alessandro Michele were twinning to mimic mid-19th-century photography effects.
After Jared Leto was prematurely and incorrectly said to be on the red carpet, he finally showed up. But this time, he played a trick of his own. He stepped out in an identical look to Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele.
"Inspired by mid-19th century photography that reproduced photos in series creating optical illusions that reshaped reality, the two wear the same look: a custom Gucci double-breasted suit with all-over floral bouquet embroideries with gold beads and pearls," Gucci wrote.
They were even styled exactly the same, from their satin bow ties and leather gloves to their Gucci Blondie bags and hair berets. Leto and Michele completed their high-impact looks with long wavy locks, similarly groomed facial hair, and opaque sunglasses.
Rising star Conan Gray looked ethereal for his Met Gala debut.
Gray wore a custom Valentino ensemble. His angelic look had a sheer tulle shirt with silver embellishments and a white billowing cape. And while his pants looked like an aluminum foil-like fabric, they were actually covered in sequins, according to the brand's Instagram.
The singer's look stunned from head-to-toe with jewels dangling in his hair and sky-high platform shoes.
American theater producer Jonathan Roth had a three-part theatrical look for the red carpet.
Roth stepped out in an exquisitely voluminous Thom Browne ensemble. The custom look was just as theatrical as he is, ultimately turning into three different outfits.
The coat transformed into a full skirt and revealed a bondage-style top and white button-down shirt. Then he removed the skirt to show the top was actually a slim, padded dress.
On Instagram, Roth called the look and its inspiration "a celebration of the individual through the uniform, explored through the tuxedo."
He added that the idea of it transforming happened in an early fitting. "I let the coat fall from my shoulders, we saw it transform itself into a bustle, moving from a masculine uniform to a feminine silhouette," he wrote.
It was surprisingly Bad Bunny's first time at the Met — it was less surprising that he opted for a daring look.
The Puerto Rican rapper looked like the headmistress of a strict boarding school in his Burberry look. He wore a khaki wool boiler suit with "puff sleeves and a detachable reconstructed skirt," according to the brand.
Bad Bunny told GQ Magazine that when it comes to skirts, "I'd much prefer it to pants!" as per Vogue.
His hair was styled in a bouffant with gold accessories and he held up dainty spectacles to complete the look.
Cole Sprouse channeled the 1800s and the 1990s in this Versace look.
For his third Met Gala, Cole Sprouse wore an all-over metallic Versace suit with matching dress shoes. The brand said it was "a modernized take on suiting from the 1800s."
He also wore a mesh chain-mail top with a metallic strappy harness over it. Versace added it was "a style in reference to the top worn by iconic musician Prince in a Versace photoshoot of the 1990s."
Sprouse kept the rest of his look sleek and simple with slicked-back hair and silver rings.
Ben Platt's androgynous look included a corset, pearl chain, and glamorous manicure.
Platt and designer Christian Cowan went for a gender-bending look to honor today's queer culture alongside references to the Gilded Age. Platt wore a silk tuxedo with "steel boned corsetry with lace up detailing" around his waist, as per the brand's Instagram. His shirt had 24-karat gold buttons.
A freshwater pearl chain by Presley Oldham draped from his neck to the back of his jacket. Platt further modernized his look with a long set of pearly nails.
Actor Kodi Smit-McPhee kept in casual in blue jeans and combat boots but amped it up with red leather gloves and Cartier jewels.
"The Power of the Dog" actor has been wearing daring looks for each of his 2022 red-carpet appearances. For this one, he may have missed the mark, but he certainly stood out.
His Bottega Veneta look had a pinstripe button-down shirt with the sleeves ruched up to reveal bright-red leather opera gloves. The rest of his workwear-like look had blue jeans and chunky combat boots.
Smit-McPhee also accessorized in a Cartier collar pin and ring.
Wearing a sheer Moschino tuxedo, "Elite" star Manu Ríos said everyone should "free the nipple."
He wore a Moschino look by designer Jeremy Scott. His sheer black lace and sparkling suit was very revealing and a unique interpretation of a standard tuxedo.
The Cut interviewed Ríos in an Instagram story and asked if he'd think we'd see more nipples on the red carpet.
The actor replied, "Maybe yes. Why not? Free the nipple for everyone, especially girls."
Belgian singer-songwriter Stromae looked regal in a cropped cape with a bold print.
Stromae's blue checkered suit by Mosaert Label had a cropped cape overlay with embroidered accents, and his braided hair sat like a crown on his head.
Stromae also wore Cartier jewels under his collar that mimicked a tie or a collar frill.
Joe Jonas attended in previously worn womenswear from Louis Vuitton.
In keeping with Louis Vuitton's sustainable push for its ambassadors and friends to wear archival pieces to the Met Gala, Joe Jonas showed up in previously worn pieces from the brand's women's collections.
His look included a white tuxedo jacket with an attached floor-length cape for extra drama. The singer wore a lace T-shirt under it and simple black trousers.
Rock legend Lenny Kravitz wore a black sheer lace corset for a modern interpretation of "gilded glamour."
Kravitz was another man to wear a corset on the red carpet. His Chrome Hearts and Modern Vice ensemble had a modern and androgynous sheer black lace bodice, sleeves, and floor-length cape. His mock corset was also sheer black, sitting above high-waisted leather pants.
Silver buttons and a choker with gold chains and crosses added extra pizzazz to his look.
Kravitz later changed into a different look to perform at the Met Gala.
British rapper Stormzy said it was "nice to shine today" in his bright-white look.
For his Met Gala debut, Stormzy showed out in an all-white three-piece tuxedo with a cape cascading from his jacket's satin lapels. The Burberry look perhaps wasn't the most daring on this year's red carpet, but Stormzy's 6-foot-5-inch stature made him seem larger than life.
He told Vogue on the red carpet, "Usually I wear black a lot of the time … so it's nice to shine today," according to the Evening Standard.
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