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8 Sustainable Red Carpet Moments From The Met Gala 2021

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably been seeing all our favourite celebrities looking their best on the Met Gala 2021 red carpet. With the theme being “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, we saw everything from sheer, barely-there, bejewelled gowns to the now-infamous blackout look by the social media queen herself, Kim Kardashian.

With this year’s Met Gala being the first to offer a fully plant-based menu, we were happy to see plenty of sustainability on the red carpet as well. Here are some highlights:

Billie Eilish

Stunning the crowds with her Marilyn Monroe-inspired look, Billie wore an Oscar de la Renta tulle gown in a pretty peach colour. As an artist who has firmly made a stance for not working with brands that use fur, this was a breakout moment for Billie as she announced on Instagram that “going forward Oscar De La Renta will be completely fur-free!!!! I’m honored to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on this matter. I urge all designers to do the same.”

Adam Mosseri and Monica Mosseri

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri wore a geometric suit repurposed from vintage fabrics by Bode, while his wife wore a Kamperett gown made from dead-stock materials.

Nia Dennis

American gymnast Nia Dennis tumbled her way up the Met Gala 2021 red carpet in a bright blue bodysuit topped with an all-vegan Adidas by Stella McCartney netted throw and Earthlight sneakers under the same brand. The shoes use Parley Ocean Plastic which upcycles marine plastic waste.

Addison Rae

TikTok star Addison Rae proved that you don’t have to show up in something new to impress. Inspired by Britney Spears’ red gown from the Grammy’s in 2002, she rocked the red carpet in a vintage red corseted gown by Tom Ford for Gucci from 2003.

Ella Emhoff

Stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris and rising fashion icon Ella Emhoff wore a stunning red diamond bodysuit and Earthlight trainers from Adidas by Stella McCartney.

Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo channeled her inner cowgirl with her Met Gala 2021 look and said no to fur wearing Ralph Lauren’s faux fur bolero jacket.

Tessa Thompson

Actress and producer Tessa Thompson wore a pair of vegan cowboy boots to the red carpet by Rombaut, which uses various vegan and upcycled materials such as cactus leather, apple leather and felt made of recyled polyester PET.

Natalia Bryant

Kobe Bryant’s daughter and American model Natalia Bryant showed up in a dress by Conner Ives, which uses mostly dead-stock or vintage garments in an effort to “make smarter, more responsible clothes.”

What were your favourite sustainable red carpet looks from the Met Gala 2021? Head on over to our Instagram @8shadesofficial to leave a comment and let us know!

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Met Gala 2021 Goes Vegan: Meet The Chefs Behind The Menu

ICYMI, the fashion industry’s most highly regarded charity event, the Met Gala, will be serving an entirely vegan menu to its guests for the first time this year! The menu has been put together by 10 prestigious New York chefs selected by acclaimed chef, Marcus Samuelsson.

The theme for the 2021 Met Gala is “America,” and Samuelsson says that he thought it was important to use the menu to highlight how food is changing in America and how he hopes it will start a wider conversation around eating plant-based foods. 

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Marcus Samuelsson via Instagram

The 10 chefs all hail from New York and represent what the food scene in the city looks like, according to Samuellson. The lineup includes Aquavit executive chef Emma Bengtsson, Le Bernardin pastry chef Thomas Raquel, Junghyun Park of Atomix, Fabian von Hauske of Wildair, Instagram chef Sophia Roe, Fariyal Abdullahi, Nasim Alikhani, Lazarus Lynch, Erik Ramirez and Simone Tong. 

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The chefs chosen for this year’s Met Gala. Source: Met Costume Institute via Instagram

Read on to learn a few interesting tidbits about each 2021 Met Gala chef:

Emma Bengtsson

Emma Bengtsson is a Swedish chef who holds two Michelin stars at the New York City-based restaurant Aquavit. She is the first Swedish chef to win two stars, and only the second female chef based in the US to do so.

Thomas Raquel

Born in the US, Thomas Raquel briefly studied medicine before turning to the culinary arts. He trained in Paris, and then started his career at L20 in Chicago. Four years later, he became a pastry chef at two Michelin-starred Acadia, and he is now the pastry chef at Le Bernardin.

Junghyun Park

After earning a degree in food science in Seoul, South Korea, Junghyun Park travelled to more than 30 countries, taking a deep dive into European food culture. He has since worked in Melbourne and South Korea. In 2016, he and his wife opened Atoboy, a casual Korean restaurant and two years later, opened the second Ato concept, Atomix.

Fabian von Hauske

Mexican-born Fabian von Hauske studied at the French Culinary Institute before working in the kitchens ofFäviken (Sweden), Noma (Denmark) and Attica (Melbourne). In 2013, he moved back to the US and opened Michelin-starred Contra in New York. His two other restaurants, Wildair and Una Pizza Napoletana, have earned rave reviews in national publications. 

Sophia Roe

Hailing from Denmark, Sophia Roe is an Instagram influencer, chef, writer, and Emmy-Award nominated TV host, as well as a wellness expert whose work has appeared in Vogue, Elle Magazine and Atelier Dore, among others.

Fariyal Abdullahi

American-Ethiopian Fariyal Abdullahi is the culinary manager of R+D Kitchen in Dallas. In 2020, her work was featured in the Vilcek Foundation‘s cookbook ‘A Place at the Table: New American Recipes from the Nation’s Top Foreign-Born Chefs.’

Nasim Alikhani

Nasim founded Sofreh, a Persian restaurant in Brooklyn, at the age of 59. Studying law before moving to America, Nasim worked as a nanny and later opened a print shop. It took six years to open Sofreh, and in that time, Nasim went to culinary school and interned in the kitchens of a few chef friends, working as a line cook and a prep cook.

Lazarus Lynch

Lazarus Lynch is an entrepreneur, chef, musician, author and multi-media host. He is a two-time Chopped champion, Food Network Digital Host and author of the cookbook, Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul. Born and raised in New York, he learned to cook from his father, and went on to create the culinary content platform and brand, Son of a Southern Chef.

Erik Ramirez

Erik Ramirez began working in New York developing skills in French and American culinary methods, working at Eleven Madison Park and Irving Mill. However, after taking a trip to Lima, he became passionate about Peruvian cuisine. In 2015, Erik opened the Llama Inn in Brooklyn and has since opened two more restaurants – Lama-San, a Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant, and Llamita, a more casual version of Llama Inn.

Simone Tong

Simone was born in Chengdu, China. In 2002, she moved to New York and enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Education. She worked at Dufresne before moving to its sister restaurant Alder. In 2016, she opened a Yunnanese noodle restaurant called Little Tong Noodle Shop in the East Village and opened a second location in 2018.

Each chef will contribute a recipe that reflects their take on American cuisine, and they’ll also work on a collaborative menu of canapés, entrées, and desserts. In the weeks leading up to the event, Vogue will be sharing Instagram Reels of the chefs creating plant-based recipes inspired by summer picnics. 

The Met Gala will take place on Monday, 13 September 2021 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, so stay tuned!

See also: 8 Vegan Restaurants in Hong Kong For a Delicious Plant-Based Meal