The story behind the beige-carpet look.
Few Met Gala guests would wear their outfits again, in the real world, outside of the make-believe world of fashion. It's a peacock sign of the annual event.
But Ella Emhoff would. Her top priority while walking the Met Museum carpet was comfort. She knew the night was going to be long and she didn't want to wear something that would make her feel like someone else.
" I'm someone who is truly passionate about comfort, ”said Ms. Emhoff, who defines her personal style as sporty. (The potential guest she most looks forward to meeting in person? Formula 1 and fashion enthusiast Lewis Hamilton.). "There is no manual on how you dress.
This doesn't mean she's wearing a pandemic-era tracksuit. Her look, by Stella McCartney forAdidas, is fiery red from head to toe, with a diamond-knit bodysuit, super-shiny oversized paper-bag waist pants and platform sneakers (“so I still feel like a big legend,” a- she said) partially made from recycled materials.
"This is definitely something I would wear in my everyday life", Ms Emhoff said, speaking by phone Monday afternoon, after finishing her hair and makeup. "It makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin, in this environment that I'm not really used to.
Ms. McCartney, who won't be at the gala this year, is a somewhat unexpected choice for Ms. Emhoff, a 22-year-old Parsons graduate who designs her own knits and who signed as modElected with IMG last year, following a stylish viral appearance during the inauguration of her mother-in-law, Vice President Kamala Harris.
The theme of the Met Gala is American independence, and Ms. Emhoff was last week seen sitting front row at several fashion shows for emerging New York designers. But several of the guests are expected to be dressed by Europeans, and Ms McCartney's status as a British icon didn't influence Ms Emhoff's decision much. She was more concerned with working with someone who aligned with her, creatively and morally. Ms. McCartney has long been known for her sustainable production and advocacy against animal cruelty.
Ms. Emhoff, in his own designs ,wants to imitate that. She will also be the face of an Adidas by Stella McCartney campaign this fall.