By Amber Spence
The Met Gala has graced us once again! This fun-filled night, hosted by New York City’s very own Metropolitan Museum of Art, is known to be a celebration for some of Hollywood’s biggest fashionistas. For 2019, the star-studded event took place on May 6, and it gave us everything and more. From “Bippity, Boppity, Boo” Cinderella to majestic golden wings that slay, this year’s theme was “CAMP: Notes on Fashion.”
Though some of these outfits were over-the-top, they also helped us see bridal in a new fresh way. Here are some of our favorite looks that have received approval from the Black Bride team.
Let’s Start off with the golden wings worn by Billy Porter. Now we aren’t saying wings should be a new trend in the bridal world (unless that’s your thing). But, what we loved most about this look, was the color. Gold is sure to be a revived trend in the bridal world and we think it could rock your special day! This metallic hue caters to unconventional brides that want something that will not only stun their guests but will make them feel as if they’re golden royalty, kissed by the sun.
Billy Porter shocked the crowd once again as he made his entrance with a custom bejeweled catsuit paired with gold 10-foot wings, custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, jewels by Andreoli, Oscar Heyman and John Hardy, and the amazing 24-karat gold headpiece that we cannot get enough of! We can totally see brides glowing down the aisle in their gold wedding gowns.
Dwayne Wade & Gabrielle Union
Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union graced us with metallic, medieval inspiration. This is one trend that would most definitely be exciting to see on bridal runways. It’s a very mysterious and elegant option for themed weddings.
The Wades, black Hollywood’s beloved couple, couldn’t keep their eyes off each other while they wore outfits by Dundas. Gabrielle, of course, topped off her look with a Jimmy Choo clutch and leather gloves. If this regal trend makes it into bridal fashion week it would be a start of a new era, a new kingdom.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan, also forever known as Killmonger, walked into the Met Gala on a mission; ready to slaughter with humility, authority, and sequins. This year the men of the Met Gala showed up and showed out like never before. The former Black Panther star donned a smile while he rocked an all-black suit designed by Creative Directors of Coach Jordan and Stuart Vevers, as well as Jason Rembert.
He took it to a whole other level with this tuxedo-inspired look. Sequined tuxedos and suits are something we are totally here for at Black Bride. Just imagine, your man walking down the aisle matching your fly and your shine. Sequins just turn it up a notch and can add a twist to the traditional male attire.
Idris Elba & Sabrina Dhwore
Newlyweds Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre still have that “engaged glow!” The couple shined debuting their first red-pink carpet appearance as a married couple. Sabrina stunned in her gold form-fitting dress paired with nude heels, and of course, her statement pink hair. Idris, matching his wife’s fly, accompanied her wearing a festive jacket and black pants suit underneath.
This couple was all smiles as they walked the carpet hand-in-hand, giving us engagement party inspiration. Why not look this fabulous throughout your whole engagement period? It’s never bad to celebrate pre-wedding events looking this fierce.
The beautiful, fierce, Naomi Campbell! We loved everything about this look, from the lace stockings to the fur cape. Naomi wore a lilac Valentino couture gown, accompanied by Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli, she wooed everyone she passed.
Naomi walked with presence and grace while she stepped onto the carpet and stopped time. This look has bridal inspiration all over it. Just imagine brides walking down the aisle in lace stockings and fur. Whimsical, glamorous, and breathtaking are a few words that we can anticipate hearing. This trend is not only timeless but is one that provides great character and excitement.
Zendaya & Law Roach
Bippity, Boppity, Boo! Zendaya got magically lit at the Met Gala with her bold, blue princess ball gown designed by Tommy Hilfiger. Paying homage to the great, romantic, Cinderella, Zendaya was accompanied by her stylist, Law Roach, who also dressed as her fairy godfather. When he spoke the magic words, Zendaya’s dress went from, “Yes” to “YES!”
Now picture this, the music is playing. The room is dark. The doors swing open and all they see is a shadow. Then, as you take two steps, your dress begins to glow from the bottom up. Shining like the diamond you are! That would be the wedding of the year. Wedding dresses that glow are new, fresh ways to revive bridal fashion.
Who needs a veil when you can have a hoodie? The “fresh face” embracing queen, Alicia Keys, stunned in a seafoam green Carolina Herrera dress that featured a hood, plunging neckline and an impeccable train.
This outfit can surely influence bridal trend ideas. Not every bride likes the idea of wearing a veil, especially if they are the untraditional sort. But, having a veil that can be worn as a hoodie would bring veils into an overwhelmingly breathtaking dimension. Aside from versatile options, it’s also a new way of seeing veils.
Tessa Thompson served texture on a platter while she dominated the Met Gala’s red-pink carpet wearing a Chanel fall 2016 high collar couture dress with a corseted waist and pronounced shoulders! She certainly whipped us into shape and made us realize that this could be a trend we’re totally down for.
Texture is something you see in the bridal world but it’s not like tweed. This sturdier fabric would be very fun to witness especially due to the construction of the dress and how it can form the shape of a bride while adding dimension and accentuating the spots most brides want you to notice, like the waist or hips.
Dreamy, dynamic, Kerry Washington, made some noise when she walked in with a very clever and loud message across the 2019 Met Gala carpet. Her stunning peach Tory Burch gown sported the words, “Negativity is noise,” which were written in cursive all over. What stunned us the most was the color–a rich and bold peach hue.
It would be great to see designers add more peach to the bridal colors palette because it’s an underrated, yet clever and breathtaking color. We believe it would add a distinct sense of authority for brides who are open to breaking away from wedding day tradition with a silent statement that leaves spectators in awe and wonder.
“Level up” some more! That’s exactly what Ciara was saying when she slayed the red-pink carpet in a custom green sequin Peter Dundas gown. She topped off this look with, in our opinion, with the best hair of the night! Her sky-high afro left us inspired and in absolute shock, which proves that natural hair is beautiful, elegant and fit for a queen.
Now, we must say the natural hair on bridal runways is something we love to see because it’s very liberating. And after seeing Ciara, we cannot wait to see more bride don wedding-worthy afros with an elevated style. Let’s get higher, bigger. All hair is bridal hair.
Drama queen, Laverne Cox gave us elegant shapes in her custom black Christian Siriano sculptural gown. This was her first time attending the ball, so of course, she came to slay and not play! When we saw Laverne, we thought of how amazing it would be to see brides walk down the aisle looking like a statuesque queen ready to say, “I do.”
It’s also an artistic take, and who doesn’t want to wear art on their big day? Sculpture-inspired gowns would be very interesting to witness on upcoming bridal runways, especially for our outgoing brides who dance to the beat of their own drum.
Fellas, Lewis Hamilton is showing you how to do prints! And, we must say he is doing it quite well. Lewis collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger to turn this gray zig-zagged suit ensemble into a living statement. How refreshing it would be to see the traditional gray, white, black tuxedos kicked up a notch with striking patterns?
It would also be neat to see how groomsmen experiment with mixing solids and prints. This trend would be very different, yet cohesive and of course stylish while giving the fellas some creative freedom to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new.
Nessa & Colin Kaepernick
Wow! That’s all we could say as we saw and Nessa Colin Kaepernick. They gave us reception glam that made us ready to party and celebrate with golden vibes. Kaepernick wore a long black jacket with gold trim and paired it with a gold leaf shirt while Nessa topped off her look with a gold form-fitting one shoulder gown.
Reception dresses are just as important as the ceremony dress because brides are no longer wanting to wear their wedding dress throughout the whole day, so a second dress is a must. Now, normally the reception dress is a little less fussy and easy to maneuver in. But, how about a reception dress that brings out your partner’s outfit? For example, let’s say your partner’s tie is blue, you can come out in a long ivory gown with a blue ombre effect on the train. Colin Kaepernick and Nessa showed us that matching couples are hot couples.
Kiki Layne decided to make a statement wearing a custom multi-colored, multi-fringe Gucci lurex gown with structured shoulders and an embroidered black velvet bodice. Experiencing the fringe and the different hues used for this design sparked great interest in the ombre trend that is going on the bridal world today.
We began to see how playing with colors not only on the train but in the sleeves as well can be an exciting trend in 2020 bridal runways. We can already imagine ombre sleeves running in the forest on Instagram for rustic chic brides. Caption, ” The Color of I Do!”
Turns out we are obsessed! Lizzo rocked our world when she walked the carpet of the Met Gala wearing a custom Marc Jacobs look. We couldn’t help but smile as we thought about our pink everything brides. At the turn of a decade, why not take a chance and let the pink flow. Pink hair, pink fur, pink shoes, pink flowers. Just pink!
We believe this trend would be very fun to experience and see for brides who have no fear in pursuing a color that has already made its way into the bridal world with full force. It’s untraditional, it’s fun, it’s exciting, and it’s pink!
Which Met Gala look was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!