She is a vision, she is an icon, and she wore Thom Browne. We all saw the red carpet arrivals and looks last night, but we have the inside scoop on Kravis’ Met Gala prep prior to walking the iconic steps on fashion’s biggest night.
Read on for exclusive details from the fittings, the moments leading up to the couple’s Met debut, and more.
What was your pre-Met Gala self-care routine?
“I try to keep up with my self-care so that it doesn’t feel stressful or like I have to do a lot of extra things to prepare. Joanna Czech did come to our hotel the night before the Met and gave me a wonderful facial. She did a micro peel on my skin and used cryo globes over a sheet mask and whatever other magic she worked … she’s so amazing! I also got my nails done the day before the Met by Kim Truong. We went for black nails to keep it simple with my look. Travis was getting an old English K on his thumb, so I thought because our looks told a story together, it would be perfect if I got an old English T on my thumb too.”
Did you do anything different to prep the week of (special workout/diet/skincare)?
“I work out regularly already, so I stuck to my regular routine of doing about an hour workout each morning. I’ve been running on the treadmill lately and swimming. I have also been switching it up on the treadmill with this trend I saw on TikTok— walking at 3.0 speed at a 12.0 incline for 30 minutes. As you guys know, I also eat a pretty clean and healthy diet. However, last week I was in Italy, so I may have strayed from that a bit with some pasta, cannolis, and gelatos.
On the day of the Met, we didn’t want to feel like too much focus or pressure was being put on the event and wanted to enjoy New York City, so Travis and I went out for matcha and sat in Central Park drinking them, and then we got a workout in. We also went out for lunch. Before we started glam, I took a bath while doing a collagen sheet mask and used my cryo globes for a few minutes to de-puff. I also used our LED light shield mask.”
What was the initial inspiration for your look?
“Thom presented us with his vision, which was Travis being perfectly polished in a gilded era-inspired white-tie formal look and me being an extension of him, like melting off him almost—the unrefined, undone version, using all of the pieces from his look to create this raw take on a Gilded Age gown using men’s apparel (with the muslin cummerbund corset and the bustle made of his jacket). We were the first couple he had ever dressed together, and he said that it was very important to him that we tell a story as a couple and go beyond just a surface-level Gilded Age tux and ball gown.”
What was the design/collaboration process behind your looks coming to life? And how many fittings did you guys have? Did you have all the fittings together?
“Travis and I both attended the Met Gala with Thom Browne. Thom is one of Travis’s favorite designers, and he wears his looks frequently, so we were excited to see what Thom would design for us as a couple. Thom presented us with the look, and then Thom’s team came to LA for an initial fitting with Travis and me. Once we arrived in NY for the Met, we went straight to Thom’s offices for our final fitting. We were there for three hours perfecting the placement of all the details on my skirt.”
What was the collaboration process with your hair and makeup team?
“For both of the fittings for our look, I had my hair and makeup done, so we could see what it would look like with my hair up but almost undone and imperfect … I had saved some vibes I liked on a Pinterest board, so we tried a few different types of messy updo hairstyles and took some photos, so that we could really see what looked best. Irinel de León did my hair, and she has such a good eye and always comes in with really great ideas. As far as makeup, I honestly didn’t give any direction. Leah Darcy did my makeup, and I let her do her thing— it was perfection.”
What time did you start glam?
“I started glam at 3 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. departure from our hotel, but that includes hair, makeup, and a final fitting. We were also filming for our show and filming a Vogue “Get Ready With Me” video, which both added a little extra time.”
Which hotel did you get ready at?
“I got ready in a suite at The Ritz Carlton Central Park. We had really gorgeous views of the park. The Thom Browne team had a large light-up glam mirror delivered, and the hotel provided a glam chair and a full-length mirror.”
Since it was your first Met, what were you most excited about?
“Believe it or not, I’ve never actually thought about going to the Met Gala. It always felt too overwhelming and seemed like a lot of pressure. I used to get nervous to do red carpets, but when I go with Travis we have fun together and don’t take it too seriously. When Travis and I were invited this year, we decided we were going to just enjoy the process, have fun being together, and not stress about it— and that’s exactly what we did!
We had such a great time getting ready together with our teams and had a little champagne before we left. Then we loaded into a sprinter van, where I had to stand up the few blocks to the gala, as my skirt was being sewn on me during the whole ride. The Thom Browne team had to finish sewing up a few details on my skirt, and they literally sewed until the moment I had to step out onto the carpet.
Once we got to the event, the red carpet went by super fast. We honestly had the best time doing the carpet together. I loved seeing my sisters and my mom’s looks too. And my mom was so cute and waited to see all of us at the top of the stairs. Then we went inside and did some fun little photoshoot moments inside. We were seated at Thom’s table and had dinner. The other guests at our table were so much fun. Lizzo (who I’m obsessed with) and Maisie Williams were both at our table. I spilled a little sauce on my shirt (oops).
Then, we headed back to our hotel and did a little glam touch-up and outfit change before an after party!”
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