‘Stick It to the Man’ and Other Lessons From the Met Gala Cocktails

Guests found many moments to reflect on contemporary American life.

“Social media may yet save fashion,” Tom Ford was saying on Monday, early on at the Met Gala, sipping water with a slice of lime from a wine glass. “Everyone now stars in their own movie. Everyone dresses for Instagram.”

He wasn’t exaggerating — no look went undocumented during an assuredly self-branded and photo-ready night that, postponed by the pandemic, roared back to life, or a simulacrum of the same. There were fewer guests than in the past and stricter admission rules than ever, yet more costumes, more overt political gestures, more borrowed finery and more trains than you’d spot at

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