Two Texans buck the trend at the Met Gala by saying ‘No, thank you’ to its theme

Celebrities with Texas ties flaunted their respective styles Monday night on the Met Gala red carpet in New York City.

The theme for the evening was gold glamor and white tie, in the golden agea tumultuous period between the Civil War and the early 20th century known for its robber barons, drama, and grandeur.

Dallas’ Erykah Badu is a trailblazer, but on Monday she strayed a little off topic. She wore layers of beaded Marni suits and topped it off with a towering, sparkly hat.

She wasn’t the only one to shrug off the dress code.

Tom Ford, the 60-year-old fashion designer from Austin, wore a classic no-frills tuxedo with tails. He recently said New York magazine that the gala has “turned into a costume party”.

“Before, it was just really smart people wearing really nice clothes going to an 18th century exhibit,” Ford told the magazine.

Ford took a particular hit during Katy Perry’s 2019 appearance in which she presented herself as an oversized, fully functional chandelier before transforming into a dazzled hamburger costume.

“You didn’t have to look like the 18th century, you didn’t have to dress like a hamburger, you didn’t have to arrive in a van where you were standing because you couldn’t sit down because you were wearing a chandelier,” Ford said.

Country singer Kacey Musgraves, from Golden, was all-in with the theme.

Accompanied by her boyfriend, Cole Shafer, the bejeweled Musgraves opted for a golden glam look in her Erica Cloud-designed Prada maxi dress with black satin gloves and a fur fan.

It was a turning point from 2021 when she sported an equestrian look from the Ralph Lauren collection – and her actual Barbie look in 2019.

Musgraves also performed at the gala on Monday. Wearing a silver one-shoulder dress by Rodarte, she covered Elvis Presley’s 1961 hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

She went with a third look later in the gala with a green plaid ensemble.

Kacey Musgraves went all-in on the gala theme and performed Elvis’ 1961 hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”(Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Joe Jonas, who once lived on a ranch he purchased in the Vaquero Club community in Westlake, joined his wife, Sophie Turner.

Jonas wore a cropped white satin tuxedo jacket and black pants. Tiny studs on the hem of the jacket and lace panels on the back add a touch of style.

Turner wore a studded black Louis Vuitton dress to contrast her long red locks. Pregnant with the couple’s second child, she showed off her bump while posing for photographers.

Houston’s Megan Thee Stallion won gold. She wore a head-to-toe gold look from Moschino accented by a pair of metallic gold wings draped from her shoulders.

Dallas Mavericks fans should get posters for Russell Westbrook the next time he’s in town. Westbrook was at the gala because the Los Angeles Lakers don’t have an NBA playoff spot.

Known as one of the hottest players in the NBA, Westbrook sported a black kilt under his traditional tuxedo. The memes have been brutal, including one comparing it to Mary Poppins.

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