Last night’s Met Gala theme has already spurred a million memes. And it began the minute co-chair of this year’s Met Ball, Lady Gaga, turned her pink carpet arrival into a performance piece that included four outfit changes.
And as much as we applaud these big swerves at events like the Met, we also appreciate the more toned-back yet equally fashion-forward sartorial choices paraded by some of the industry’s biggest stars.
Case in point: Rami Malek.
It’s probably fair to say that for those of us who’ve been covering men’s style for the last few years that Malek has deserved each and every best-dressed honour bestowed on him. And last night’s Met Gala look was just another feather in the cap.
The mostly black ensemble consisted of slim-fit trousers – cropped to perfection, of course – paired with a velvet blazer and bow tie.
Underneath, Malek embraced the campy feel of the night by opting for a shimmering silver shirt, the shiny look that perfectly matched his statement piece(s) of the night: glimmering red and black striped boots. A reference to The Wizard of Oz, anyone?
According to an Instagram post by Malek’s stylist Ilaria Urbinati, that’s exactly what the boots are evoking.
"@ramimalek in custom @YSL x @anthonyvaccarello #METGALA2019 - styled by yours truly #dorothyshoes"
We’ll take it.
So sometimes, when it comes to personal style, perhaps it’s best not to stray too far from home.
Bravo, team Malek and team Saint Laurent.