Only a few months after their hard-fought reunion, Brittney and Cherelle Griner walked the Met Gala red carpet together tonight. The couple wore custom Calvin Klein, with Cherelle in a white corseted dress and Brittney in a champagne-colored power suit.
Brittney, who returned to U.S. soil after months in Russian captivity through a high-profile prisoner swap, was grateful to be at the Met Gala with her wife. She expressed her admiration for Karl Lagerfeld, the focus of this year’s Met Costume exhibition. “You can’t talk about fashion without mentioning him,” said the WNBA player, who will return to the court this month for the first time since her news-making detainment.
“This time last year I was missing my wife, to have her right here, in this moment, is amazing,” Cherelle told Vogue livestream host LaLa Anthony.
The Griners’ outfits were an “empowered identity, modern femininity, and fluidity,” said Jessica Lomax, head of global design at Calvin Klein. “That really comes through in these looks. I was very much inspired by Brittney and Cherelle, in terms of the strength but also in the sensuality that they have.” As a result, both looks, which were crafted at Calvin Klein’s atelier on Seventh Avenue, feature mixes of strength and softness. For example, Cherelle’s dress uses corset boning and Brittney’s suit features strong shoulders and sharp tailoring, but crafted in a soft natural hue. “I feel like a lot of what I love to explore is this idea of going from your most intimate layer to the self-expression on the outer layer,” Lomax said. “That’s really represented in both of these looks.
Brittney was all smiles in her immaculate suit, and told Anthony, “It’s dripping off of us right now!”
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