Better late than never, the Met Gala is back and the stars have well and truly come out in force.

Arguably the most important event on the fashion calendar, the Met Gala – a fundraising event benefitting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City – is an annual banquet that takes place on the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Having been cancelled last year and postponed from its traditional date in May, the Met Gala saw some of the biggest names in fashion, music, film and culture walk the red carpet in their interpretations of the theme In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion.

Timothée Chalamet. Photo: Getty

In years gone by, the men's fashion has increasingly stolen the show and this year was no different. Some of the boldest looks of the night were from the guys, with punk detailing, Converse sneakers and a full gold suit of armour making an appearance.

As many of the attendees are Gen Z, there was a mix of high and low styling, with Timothée Chalamet pairing a tailored blazer up top with an off duty pair of trousers below.

One of the co-chairs for the night, Chalamet wore Haider Ackermann, choosing a cropped double breasted white blazer with a contrasting collar, worn over a white turtleneck top. It was paired with loose-fitting white sweatpant-inspired trousers, accented with diamond brooches, and a beaten up pair of Converse sneakers.

Dan Levy. Photo: Getty

Schitt's Creek star Dan Levy made his debut at the Met Gala and the man understood the assignment. Going big and bold for his first trip up the Gala staircase, he chose a custom Loewe outfit that was a nod towards the "the resilience and the love and the joy" of the LGBT+ community, he told Vanity Fair.

Inspired by activist David Wojnarowicz, whose work focused on the experience of queer people, the outfit combines a collared shirt with voluminous sleeves and loose trousers all emblazoned with homages to the artwork.

Lil Nas X stole the show with his own Lady Gaga moment, arriving in an intricate full-length high-collared cape that concealed not one, but two outfits.

Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X. Photo: Getty

The Old Town Road singer arrived in a showstopping custom Atelier Versace creation, stripping off his cape to reveal a gold suit of armour.

Lil Nas X. Photo: Getty

The rapper then popped – literally – out of his tearaway armour to reveal a slinky sparkling catsuit, studded with crystals and embossed with the classic Versace Greco-Roman motif.

Lil Nas X. Photo: Getty

Meanwhile, Evan Mock, star of the Gossip Girl reboot, brought punk history to the Met Gala red carpet in an avant garde look by Thom Browne.

Mock wore a blazer emblazoned with safety pins and paired with cropped shorts in lieu of the traditional trousers. A black dickie bow and mix-matched socks completed the look, but the standout accessory was the patent leather mask, studded with silver spikes.

Evan Mock. Photo: Getty

Proving that androgynous styling is a focus for designers, Pete Davidson also wore Thom Browne for the occasion, choosing a striking monochromatic look.

He wore a white longline jacket edged with black piping, with a short black dress worn over a white buttoned up shirt. He accessorised his look with a red collar necklace, a diamond chain, matching teardrop shape brooches and dark black glasses.

Pete Davidson. Photo: Getty

Singer Troye Sivan continued the boundary pushing in a slinky black cut-out column dress by Altuzarra, featuring a dramatic low neckline and cutouts above the hip. He paired this with a leather arm cuff and striking square toed platform shoes.

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And, of course, there had to be a few "normal" tuxedos on the night – it can't be all gold armour and androgynous tailoring. Though it begs the question, why turn up to the Met Gala in just a suit?

Regardless, classic tailoring is timeless, as Tom Ford proved in his elegant black velvet blazer, paired with black suit trousers and a white shirt. Channing Tatum also went for timeless, in a simple black tuxedo.

Tom Ford. Photo: Getty
Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum. Photo: Getty

Dominic Cooper brought some colour to the red carpet in a canary yellow suit, worn over a pale blue satin shirt, while The Crown's Josh O'Connor wore a retro-inspired powder blue blazer edged in black, worn over black suit trousers and a frilled white shirt.

Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper. Photo: Getty
Josh O'Connor. Photo: Getty