After wanting to go to the Met Gala “for years,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams finally got his wish.
Adams, 61, arrived in a statement suit and caused a political stir on the red carpet alongside his girlfriend Tracey Collins, who wore a white Oscar de la Renta dress with iridescent flourishes.
Adorned with custom art by Laolu, a Nigerian artist living in New York City, the mayor’s outfit made a plea for “end gun violence.”
The suit was already hanging in his closet and Laolu turned it into his canvas, drawing the sentence with a pistol in a red circle with a forbidden slash over it.
“The mayor has a great sense of style. And he came up with the idea of working with Laolu, Adams spokesman Fabien Levy told the Post. “He wants to send a targeted message. One of the things that troubles our society is gun violence.”
Levy added that the faces on the jacket represent young children who lost their lives to senseless gun violence.
Laolu, who practiced law in his native Nigeria, infuses his art with his Yoruba heritage and aesthetic, and he has collaborated with other celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson, Lupita Nyongo, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beats and Beyonce.
But the artist and the mayor also stuck to the motto of the gala “Gilded Glamour”. And so the suit features representations of other enduring Big Apple innovations that emerged during the Golden Age, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the railroads.
Then there are references to subways such as the R and N trains, the same line on which accused subway gunman Frank James opened fire on a crowded train last month, shooting dead 10 and injuring 19 others.
Adam’s move to make a political statement on the red carpet follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wore a dress that read “TAX THE RICH” last year.
His look was also complete with a fresh pedicure that He debuted on Twitter. His appointment on Monday confirmed his appearance on one of celebrity fashion’s biggest nights, after some speculation.
Known for his keen fashion sense, Adams has maintained his style while serving as mayor, most notably his tailored suits from high-end Mohan Custom Tailors, which cost $2,000 a piece.
And he’s no stranger to fashion-forward life, having attended New York Fashion Week in February — no less than alongside Anna Wintour. He is also friends with Naomi Campbell and Jon Batiste and has been pictured with Cara Delevingne and A$AP Rocky.
Despite the apparent glitz, glamor and luxury, attorney and lobbyist Brad Gerstman, who included Adams in his Best Dressed Politicians list, said the mayor isn’t allowed to accept clothes for free or at a discount — even for the Met Gala.
Now known as the mayor of Big Apple’s nightlife, the Met Gala won’t be his first rodeo — and likely won’t be his last — having appeared at other high-profile events like the opening night of “The Music Man” on Broadway earlier this year year.
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