Actor Timothée Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish and rapper Lil Nas X kicked off a sparkling, youth-inspired Met Gala red carpet on September 13 celebrating the best of American fashion. This year’s event, however, lacked the mega-watt star power of previous years, with fashion insiders griping that the normally very strict guest list featured a number of up-and-coming influencers and B-list celebrities. Dune star Chalamet, one of the four Gen Z co-chairs of the so-called Oscars of the East Coast , sported a white silk suit with black lapels and white high-top sneakers from Haider Ackermann. Grammy winner Eilish, 19, shed her trademark baggy clothes for a plunging Oscar de La Renta peach gown that she said was inspired by Marilyn Monroe. Lil Nas X, 22, the gay black musician behind hit song Old Town Road , wowed with a gold suit of armour that he took off to reveal a crystal-inspired bodysuit from Versace. Poet Amanda Gorman chose a blue Vera Wang gown and crystal laurel crown headpiece that she said was intended to make her look like a “reimagined statute of liberty”. Chalamet, Gorman and Eilish, along with tennis player Naomi Osaka , are all under the age of 25, reflecting an event intended to highlight young designers and celebrities. “What’s so exciting about this year is that we’re really focusing on the future of American fashion,” Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine , who organises the event, told morning television programme Good Morning America ahead of the gala. Sticking to the theme of the exhibition, 24-year-old singer Lorde wore a regal look from Bode, a rising American brand mainly known for its menswear founded by designer Emily Bode . The invitation-only Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition which this year is titled “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Australian Open (@australianopen) Osaka wore a Japanese-inspired blue-and-red gown with a dramatic headpiece from Louis Vuitton, while actor Dan Levy opted for a bold, puff-sleeved creation featuring an artwork on the front that showed two men kissing from Loewe. Many of the celebrities were first-timers at the Met Gala, including YouTuber Emma Chamberlain, television star Yara Shahidi and Brooklyn Beckham, son of English football player David Beckham. Last year’s Met Gala was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the September 13 gathering was about a third smaller than usual, with about 300 guests – with proof of vaccination required – though they did not wear masks while posing for their entrances.