Alyssa Greenberg

Last night the Metropolitan Museum of Art rolled out its red carpet to welcome guests to its new exhibition, In America: Lexicon of Fashion. After nearly two tumultuous years, fashion's big night out finally returned, and we got to get ready with Cordae as he got ready to attend his first-ever Met Gala.

“[I'm] Not quite sure who’ll be there, although I’m sure it’s gonna be dope and good energy being passed around. Everybody has been sort of forced to be to themselves the past year and a half, so it’s gonna be tight to see everybody again in a positive setting,” he told Highsnobiety as he was getting ready.

The guest list has been a big mystery this year, and with little to no idea who will attend, no one knows what to expect – not even the guests. This year, Cordae's girlfriend Naomi Osaka is one of the co-chairs for the night, together with poet Amanda Gorman, Timotheé Chalamet, and Billie Eilish.

With a theme centered around American fashion, the gala pays tribute to the best of style both past and present. When asked what the theme means to him, Cordae tells us, “I’m not sure, to be honest. Although black culture and fashion are the most influential in the world, I loved the era when most of the popular brands that everybody was wearing were black-owned like Sean John, Rocawear, Phat farm, Fubu etc. I personally believe we should get back to that and even at a higher level.”

For the event, Cordae got dressed in a custom Coach trench coat, with a signature jacquard collar, paired with a silk-cotton shirt and gabardine trousers. On the feet were a pair of black lug-sole penny loafers, all crafted together with a local maker in New York City.

"My dawg Ean Michael really helped out a lot with the initial ideas as far as what type of style and outfit I should wear," Cordae tells us. "We sent it over to Coach and they executed it well. As far as my personal everyday style goes, since [I was] a kid I’ve kind of always wanted to just dress like a rich hippie."

For more Met Gala looks, don't miss our best (and worst) dressed.

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