The first Monday of May is a good day for fashion.
The Met Gala is an opportunity for film, music and TV stars to come together with fashion. With many fashion brands being key donors for the exhibition (and on occasion the event itself) it’s only normal for them to pick their favourites attendees and dress them and seat them at their table.
This year, Salvatore Ferragamo dressed Riverdale wunderkind, Cole Sprouse for the event, with the outfit designed by the brand’s creative director, Paul Andrew. Sprouse sported a two-piece suit in oxblood red with a sleeveless blazer with Ferragamo’s floral raffia thread embroidery worn over an oat satin shirt with matching embroidery. The outfit was made complete with a vicuña leather shoe lace worn as a tie and a pair of orange suede Chelsea boots with gold hardware detailing on the heel.
“It’s about exaggeration,” says Andrew of this year’s theme. “It’s about having fun. It’s also, which is particularly relevant for Ferragamo, about the incredible juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity.” Ferragamo, who also dressed Solange Knowles, Taron Egerton and Chiwitel Ejiofor, amongst others, designed the custom wardrobes in Florence that flew across the Atlantic to New York for the occasion.
Sprouse mastered tonal dressing with his Met Gala look, and yet his fit was juxtaposed when walking down the pink carpet with his Riverdale co-star, and girlfriend, Lili Reinhart, also dressed in Ferragamo.
With all the men in attendance putting their best sartorial step forward (French Montana in a Gucci thobe, Rami Malek’s covetable Saint Laurent boots), Sprouse had to bring his A-game. “I have to keep my arms completely still until I get to the carpet,” he told our colleagues over at GQ US. But if there’s one thing we’ve learnt from the twenty-four years of the Met Gala hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour is that fashion is worth it.