At tonight’s Met Gala 28-3 Comeback shirt. Serena Williams wore a stunning yellow creation by Atelier Versace on the red carpet. but it was what was underneath that embellished skirt and train that really stole the show. The tennis pro embraced her sportive roots for this evening’s camp theme, slipping on a pair of highlighter green Nike x Off-White Air Force One sneakers, logo’d with “Air” on them.
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It was an unexpected accessory, but somehow totally worked, as it matched the hue of her off-the-shoulder gown perfectly 28-3 Comeback shirt. (That particular shade also recalled a tennis ball—how fitting.)It’s not the first time Williams has embraced sneakers in a more formal setting. She actually wore bedazzled sneakers on her wedding day. Tonight, she dressed up her low-tops yet again, this time with a subtle flourish: a beaded anklet. The style also happens to be a classic New York shoe, a way to pay homage to the city that the Met Gala has been hosted in for years.Tonight, Williams was a co-chair of the Met Gala alongside Harry Styles and Lady Gaga. Her last appearance on the Met’s step and repeat was in 2017, which she attended with then-fiancé Alexis Ohanian. She opted for a chic maternity moment on that occasion, via a curve-hugging design, also by Atelier Versace.Tonight, Billy Porter shut down the Met Gala red carpet when he arrived on a litter—carried by six shirtless men!—in a theatrical nod to Ancient Egypt. The Pose star’s custom “Sun God” ensemble, by The Blonds, included a bejeweled catsuit outfitted with 10-foot wings, a 24-karat gold headpiece, as well as custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and fine jewels by Andreoli, John Hardy, and Oscar Heyman. The mic-drop served as half fashion moment, half performance art—perfectly executed on an evening when stars were asked to unleash their utmost creativity.