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Met Gala 2024: Beautiful, But Did It Feel Less Iconic?

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Rihanna, Lively, Gaga and More Absent

The 2024 Met Gala has drawn to a close, a dazzling spectacle as always. Yet, amidst the glamour and extravagance, there’s a bittersweet pang – a sense that something vital is missing. The usual titans of fashion, Rihanna, Blake Lively, Lady Gaga – their presence defined so many past Met Galas, yet this year, there’s a void where they’d shine.

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Rihanna, a queen whose Met Gala looks became legendary, was struck down by the flu, the cruel irony of all illnesses for this fashion icon. One can only imagine the Fenty-inspired masterpiece she had in store, a loss we all share.

Others, like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, embody Met Gala magic – their red carpet appearances infused with joy and that iconic Lively sparkle. Fans yearned for the unforgettable look she would have unveiled this year. Perhaps a family decision kept them away, a tinge of sadness coloring the evening.

And where are the outrageous, boundary-pushing ensembles that Lady Gaga made her signature? Billie Eilish’s daring style? Beyoncé’s regal glamour? Their absence whispers through the grand halls of the Met.

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“The Garden of Time” inspired some truly stunning creations, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and Zendaya pushing sartorial limits with flair. But the thought lingers: what would Rihanna, Lively, and Gaga have conjured from this theme?

Of course, some things are more important than even the most extravagant event: health, family, creative choices. Yet, their absence is a reminder that the Met Gala is not just a collection of dresses – it’s about the personalities who set trends aflame, the ones we all anticipate with giddy excitement.

Next year, maybe? Fans can only hope as they pour over the photos, remembering the 2024 Met Gala as the one where a piece of the magic was simply… elsewhere.

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