The Met Gala red carpet was awash with cobalt blue

By Mona M. Ali
lupita nyong’o

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Why the jewel-encrusted hue is the colour of the moment

At last night's Met Gala, several black women paraded the red carpet in cobalt blue. Inspired by the United States flag, and perhaps former First Lady Michelle Obama, who has mentioned it's her favourite colour.


This dark, rich shade of blue has more brightness and life than navy, and is ideal for evening festivities. Super stars from Amanda Gorman to Lupita Nyong’o, paired their look with a matching eye shadow, jewels, shoes and bags - all dripping in Cobalt. They can’t get enough.

These jewel-tones emphasise the rich tone of deep skin which makes it perfect for dark-skinned women.

Here's who embraced the trend:

Amanda Gorman in Vera Wang, shoes by Stuart Weitzman.

Amanda Gorman made her Met Gala debut wearing a custom-made dress from Vera Wang which was inspired by the Statue of Liberty. The young poet matched her outfit with a matching pair of Stuart Weitzman heels and a book-shaped clutch bag.

Michaela Coel in Balenciaga.

I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel rocked a full cobalt sequin jumpsuit with matching boots from Balenciaga. Pairing her look with matching rings.

Lupita Nyong'o in Versace. Photo: Getty

Lupita Nyong’o walked the red carpet in a more toned blue look. She wore a stunning denim gown made by Versace, inspired by Old Hollywood and western films. Her glam team took inspiration from this tone to paint her nails and eyes for a complete look.

Nia Dennis in Stella McCartney.

Nia Dennis didn’t only wear this colour once but twice. She had a quick outfit change by topping this blue diamond Stella McCartney net layer over her bodysuit after her gymnastics performance.

Nia Dennis

Here Nia wore an Adidas bodysuit by Stella McCartney and Earthlight trainer boots which had blue diamanté and glitter embellishment.

Tracee Ellis Ross in Balenciaga.

Tracee Ellis Ross hit the red carpet wearing this royal blue futuristic wrap couture dress. She said this look was inspired by her mother Diana Ross in the iconic movie Mahogany.