Barbadian singer Rihanna arrives for the 2021 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York. – This year’s Met Gala has a distinctively youthful imprint, hosted by singer Billie Eilish, actor Timothee Chalamet, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka, none of them older than 25. The 2021 theme is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Some are saying that this year Rihanna rang it in red carpet wise, opting for a look less extravagant than her previous years of groundbreaking Met Gala attire. But these critics of the queen seem to be forgetting that this year Rihanna wasn’t just Rihanna. She was Rihanna with the night’s best accessory on her arm: A$AP Rocky. 

The (world’s hottest) couple arrived fashionably late to the event—but of course—wearing coordinating outfits: Rih in a voluminous black Balenciaga Couture gown and Rocky wearing an equally puffy throw by Eli Russell Linnetz.

The matching looks were clearly planned for the couple’s red carpet debut, and they made the most of it: holding hands, kissing and giggling for all the world to see. And boy, do we love to see it. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: ASAP Rocky kisses Rihanna at the 2021 Met Gala benefit “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)

A few days prior to the Met, it was revealed that Rihanna was planning to throw a Met Gala afterparty that had celebrities falling over themselves to score an invite. Page Six reported the event was rumoured to be looking like the year’s hottest party, leaving some people “begging” to get in (me).

Another source said other parties were having trouble booking musicians for their events because artists didn’t “want to miss the chance to hang at Rihanna’s” party. “One promoter was putting tens of thousands on the table in offers,” the source said. “But everyone turned it down just to be at Rihanna’s.”

For her bash, Rih changed out of her Couture and into something more suitable for the dancefloor. Photographed heading into the venue, the singer was seen wearing a loose black T-shirt with a diamond clip cropping it to her waist, alongside a sheer black skirt weighed down by delicate beads. On her head, she wore a black bejewelled headpiece and accessorised with a silver sparkly choker and matching bracelets.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Rihanna attends a Met Gala afterparty at DAVIDE on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

Though stunning, the look was more low-key than Rihanna’s usual afterparty attire—but this is a woman who’s busy prepping for her Savage x Fenty show in a week’s time, busy being a billionaire and busy being madly in love.

Plus, if Rihanna says T-shirts, T-shirts it is.

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