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The Met Gala Returns With a Star-Spangled, Star-Studded Event

The United States is a relatively young country, and this year’s American fashioned-themed Met Gala seemed, in many ways, a nod to that fact. The hosts were a Gen Z dream team: Amanda Gorman, the 23-year-old inaugural poet; Timothée Chalamet, the 25-year-old star of “Dune”; Naomi Osaka, the 23-year-old tennis champion and mental health activist; and Billie Eilish, the 19-year-old music phenom.

Honorary chairs included Vogue’s Anna Wintour; the designer Tom Ford; and Adam Mosseri, the chief executive of Instagram, which is underwriting the exhibition and party along with Condé Nast.

This year the gala, also known as “the party of the year,” was framed as part of New York’s re-emergence, along with the reopening of Broadway shows, indoor dining and the U.S. Open. Still, many designers who live in Europe and usually make the trip did not attend, either because of quarantine rules or because they have to work on their own shows. Rumors swirled that some Hollywood stars also chose to sit this one out, perhaps because of health concerns or because of the fear that partying while people are sick is not the best look. And some regulars could not attend, because they had not been vaccinated — a requirement for all guests.

The result was a more local, younger and sportier guest list than usual (also a smaller one, as it had been downsized by about a third out of safety concerns). But the outfits were as eye-catching as always.

The dress code was “American Independence,” in honor of the Costume Institute exhibition it celebrated, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” It kicked off with a high-energy performance by the Brooklyn United marching band dressed in red, white and blue custom Adidas jumpsuits by Stella McCartney, running up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum while the gymnast Nia Dennis, 22, performed acrobatics for the cameras. (Ms. McCartney sent the musicians in lieu of attending herself.)

Ms. Wintour, the longtime maestro of the event, wore a floral gown with a ruffled neck in homage to her “dear friend Oscar de la Renta,” the designer who passed away in 2014. But she was the exception, rather than the rule, in a sea of predictably patriotic — and occasionally political — outfits.

Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, for example, arrived in a dress with streaming epaulets bearing the message “Equal Rights for Women” and a matching bag advocating for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her fellow Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a white dress with “Tax the Rich” scrawled in red on the back. Other attendees opted for nostalgic allusions to old-Hollywood glamour and the American West.

As celebrities walked the carpet, a substantial crowd of protesters gathered on a blocked-off Fifth Avenue to rally for racial justice.

The police arrested some of those who were taking part in the demonstration and who had ignored warnings to clear the street. The result was the somewhat jarring image of shouting protesters being dragged away by police officers past onlookers who were pressed up against metal barricades hoping to get a glimpse of celebrity glamour. (One of those celebrities was Mr. Chalamet, who walked partway to the Met wearing an almost-all-white ensemble that included a Haider Ackerman jacket, Rick Owens shirt and Converse high-tops.)

Many of the designers whose work is featured in the museum show were invited to the gala this. year for the very first time, hosted by more established brands because of the price of a ticket: $35,000 a seat. That’s steep for a small business (it’s steep by pretty much any measure), but the gala is the main source of funding for the Costume Institute, the only curatorial department of the Met required to finance its own operations.

Because of this, and to make up for a Met Gala-less 2020, the Costume Institute is going to hold another gala next May to celebrate part two of its American exhibition, which is intended to be even larger. And what’s more American than unchecked growth?

Ed Shanahancontributed reporting.

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Shopping for Canopy Beds

Any bed can provide a place to sleep, but a canopy bed does something more.

“You can create a room within a room,” said Sandra Nunnerley, an interior designer in New York. “It’s like a cocoon.”

That’s why she installed a custom canopy bed in her New York apartment and frequently specifies them for clients’ homes, as well. “They’re heavenly to sleep under,” she said.

There are various ways of getting a canopy effect. One is to buy a bed with a canopy structure; another is to do what Ms. Nunnerley did in her home: Mount a fabric canopy on the ceiling that suspends curtains at the corners of the bed.

Either way, a canopy can provide an extra touch of comfort heading into fall.

“We’ve done many of them over the years,” Ms. Nunnerley said. “And I’ve never met anybody who doesn’t like to sleep in one.”

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2021 Emmy Winners: ‘Queen’s Gambit’, ‘The Crown’ and More

Shows on streaming services dominated many people’s spare time during the pandemic. Many of those shows ended up dominating this year’s Emmys as well.

The 73rd annual Emmy Awards were held on Sunday night in Los Angeles, where they were hosted by the comedian Cedric the Entertainer. Netflix won two of the top awards, including best drama for the British royal drama “The Crown,” and best limited series for the chess-prodigy odyssey “The Queen’s Gambit.” “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+ won for best comedy series.

Winners in the acting categories included Kate Winslet, Jean Smart, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Colman. Michaela Coel, the creator, writer, co-director and star of the HBO limited series “I May Destroy You,” won for best writing in a limited series, her first Emmy. She also became the first Black woman to win in that category.

A complete list of winners is below.

Best Limited Series

The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

Best Drama

The Crown” (Netflix)

Best Comedy

Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)

Outstanding Variety Special, Pre-Recorded


Outstanding Variety Special, Live

“Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020”

Best Actor, Drama

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”

Best Actress, Drama

Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie

Ewan McGregor, “Halston”

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie

Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You”

Directing for a Limited Series

Scott Frank, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Reality Competition Program

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Best Actor, Comedy

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”

Best Actress, Comedy

Jean Smart, “Hacks”

Directing for a Comedy Series

Lucia Aniello, “Hacks” (“There Is No Line”)

Writing for a Comedy Series

Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky, “Hacks” (“There Is No Line”)

Variety Sketch Series

“Saturday Night Live”

Variety Talk Series

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

Writing for a Variety Series

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

Supporting Actor, Drama

Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”

Supporting Actress, Drama

Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”

Directing for a Drama Series

Jessica Hobbs, “The Crown” (“War”)

Writing for a Drama Series

Peter Morgan, “The Crown” (“War”)

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie

Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown”

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso”

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”

Directing for a Variety Special

Bo Burnham, “Inside”

Directing for a Variety Series

Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live”

Guest Actress, Comedy

Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”

Guest Actor, Comedy

Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live”

Guest Actress, Drama

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Guest Actor, Drama

Courtney B. Vance, “Lovecraft Country”

Television Movie

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” (Netflix)

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Emmy Awards 2021: ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ and ‘Ted Lasso’ Take Top Honors

And now there is the inevitable dressing-as-the-carpet moments, courtesy of Sarah Paulson, Catherine O’Hara and Tracee Ellis Ross. Happens every time.

With that velvet green Tom Ford suit, Jason Sudeikis is part of the male peacocking trend. Maybe this is the official end of the penguin suit as red-carpet wear? What do you guys think?

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There’s also Seth Rogen, wearing a pumpkin jacket with brown pants. I welcome the end of the formal black suit. But there is also a happy medium, right? See Josh O’Connor in his sharp tux (with tails!) wearing a flower instead of a bow tie. Both peacock-y and traditional.

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Tonight, the Emmys red carpet comes on the heels of the extravagant Met Gala, the wild VMAs and the glitzy Venice Film Festival. How will the television awards show compare to the rest of the attractions in this month’s fashion circus? Watch as we find out.

So far this is a pretty tame carpet compared to what we’ve seen over the last month. There have been a lot of black suits — on the women, as much as the men. Maybe more than the men? Not much sheer. Not that much sparkle. Nothing that makes my jaw drop on the floor or scratch my head. (Except Emma Corrin, and maybe Aidy Bryant; what was that Heidi look?) A lot that would qualify as “tasteful” and “appropriate,” like Yara Shahidi’s emerald Dior. It feels a little anticlimatic.

Just as I read this, Kate Winslet — one of the biggest stars of the night — materialized in a completely unremarkable black Giorgio Armani Privé gown. So yes.

Elizabeth Olsen — Wanda — is doing her part for the family, wearing The Row, the brand created by her sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley, and one that isn’t often seen on the red carpet, since it tends to be more Zen than zowie!

It’s nice to see The Row! The brand didn’t have a presence at New York Fashion Week this month, nor did the Olsens make their regular appearance up at the Met Gala. And that white caftan gown is dreamy (from what we can see of it).

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A win for Mj Rodriguez could be one of the night’s biggest moments. Rodriguez’s performance as Blanca Evangelista in FX’s “Pose” earned her a nomination in the best actress in a drama race, the first time a transgender person has been up for the award. To pull it off, Rodriguez will have to beat Emma Corrin, the favorite for her role as a young Princess Diana in “The Crown.”

“Saturday Night Live” nominee Bowen Yang is here in metallic platform boots! First power shoe of the evening.

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Kathryn Hahn, meanwhile, has a power belt. And there are a lot of power jewels going around.

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Talking about “The Crown” and the remote London red carpet — Emma Corrin just appeared, channeling what may be Princess Diana’s psyche? She’s got a bonnet, a matching strapless gown and matching opera gloves with very pointy black fingernails.

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The host of the night, Cedric the Entertainer, is in a celadon-green tux. The men are, once again, making statements.

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We’re seeing more cast members of “The Crown” trickle onto the carpet. Gillian Anderson is wearing a white gown by Chloé (no surprise there — she wore a black gown by Chloé to the Met Gala) with a little midriff and a lot of tassel action.

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Update! It turns out some of the cast (including Anderson and Olivia Colman) is walking the red carpet from an Emmys event in London. Not Josh O’Connor, though! Prince Charles is in Los Angeles.

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Michael K. Williams, the beloved star of “The Wire” who was found dead on Sept. 6, is nominated for best supporting actor in a drama for the recently canceled HBO series “Lovecraft Country.” If he does win — and he is a slight favorite over Tobias Menzies from “The Crown” — it will not be because Emmys voters wanted to give him the award posthumously. The Emmy voting period ended before Williams’s death.

OK: Billy Porter is here. And he has … wings? Now things are taking off.

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And Josh O’Connor, a.k.a. Prince Charles, is making an entrance in Loewe, with a big black flower at his neck instead of the traditional black tie. He pretty much always wears Jonathan Anderson, the Irish designer behind Loewe, on the red carpet, though their relationship seems less like the modern pay-to-play arrangement, and more like a meeting of creative minds.

The Emmys red carpet is about to start, but I have to say, after the pageantry of the Met red carpet, the kookiness of the VMAs and the glamour of the Venice Film Festival, it’s hard to imagine there are any dresses left. Is this Emmys going to be anticlimactic? Or are actors like Anya Taylor-Joy — who is a face of Dior — Billy Porter, Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin going to try to top what’s come before? What do you think, Jess?

Hi Vanessa! I’m usually in favor of red-carpet weirdness, but I don’t think I can handle any more swords, robot babies, or horse heads as accessories (all of which made appearances at the Met on Monday). So yes, right now the Emmys red carpet is seeming pretty low stakes. But I bet there will be a few surprises. I think we’re long past the days of Jason Sudeikis wearing a tie-dye hoodie while Zooming from a living room (into the Golden Globes, to be fair). There will be some glitz. There must be some glitz! I see Dolly Parton was already named an Emmy winner for her Netflix Christmas special. Maybe the “Bridgerton” cast will come in costume.

That would be something to see. One thing that seems clear, though, is that all those predictions about people wanting to go all out with color and sparkles and feathers and express themselves post-isolation is definitely coming true on the red carpet.

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It appears that Apple’s streaming service, not quite two years old, is on the verge of getting its first major Emmys win, thanks to an aphorism-spouting, fish-out-of-water soccer coach.

The feel-good Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” is the favorite in the comedy category. Nominated for its rookie season, which had its premiere in August 2020, the show already won best cast in a comedy last weekend. The winner of that award has gone on to win best comedy six years in a row. “Ted Lasso” also cleaned up at the Television Critics Association Awards earlier this month, winning best new series, best comedy and best overall show.

Jason Sudeikis, the former “Saturday Night Live” stalwart, is poised to win multiple Emmys, including for best writing and best actor in a comedy series. Those would be his first Emmy wins.

A long shot competitor for best comedy is the HBO Max series “Hacks,” starring Jean Smart, who is also likely to win her fourth acting Emmy, for her role as a Joan Rivers-like stand-up comic.

When it comes to comedy this year, the broadcast and cable networks are on the outside looking in: They earned only one nomination in the category, from ABC’s “black-ish,” its lowest combined total in the history of the Emmys.

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At long last, it should be the year that a streaming platform is triumphant at the Emmys.

The tech companies upended the entertainment industry years ago, but they’ve had mixed results breaking through with members of the Television Academy, who vote on the winners. That will likely come to an end on Sunday when the envelopes are unsealed at the 73rd Emmy Awards.

The Crown,” the lush Netflix drama chronicling the British royal family, is the heavy favorite to win one of the night’s biggest awards — best drama — on the strength of its fourth season, which took viewers into the 1980s as it portrayed the relationship of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

“The Crown” already picked up four Emmys in the first batch of awards handed out during last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which recognizes achievements in technical categories.

Netflix built a considerable lead over its television and streaming rivals at the Creative Arts Emmys, all but guaranteeing that it will win more awards than any other studio, streaming platform or TV network.

A best drama win for “The Crown” would also be a significant first for Netflix. The streaming service has never won a top series award, despite a whopping 30 nominations in best drama, comedy and limited series from 2013 to 2020. Only one streaming service, Hulu, has won best drama, an award that went to “The Handmaid’s Tale” four years ago.

It would be a fitting win in a ceremony that is recognizing the best shows aired or streamed amid the pandemic. During the stay-at-home months last year and early this year, people increasingly turned away from cable and embraced streaming video entertainment, accelerating a trend that was already underway.

While “The Crown” is the favorite, keep an eye out for spoilers in the best drama race. “The Mandalorian,” the Star Wars action adventure show on Disney+, picked up seven technical awards last weekend, and Television Academy voters love themselves some popular, action-packed entertainment, as evinced by the success of “Game of Thrones,” which won best drama a record-tying four times.

A show with an outside shot is “Bridgerton,” the popular Netflix bodice-ripper from the super producer Shonda Rhimes. FX’s “Pose,” nominated for its final, emotional season, has the best chance at an upset of any of the cable or network series nominated.

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Year after year, the Emmy Awards have sought a master of ceremonies who can reverse its declining trends in viewership and bring audiences back to this annual broadcast honoring the television industry. Maybe what the show needs is an all-around entertainer.

So for this Sunday, the Emmys have enlisted Cedric the Entertainer, the veteran stand-up and star of the CBS comedy “The Neighborhood,” to host the show, bucking a recent tradition of drawing from the talent pool of late-night TV.

Cedric, 57, knows he has his work cut out for him: It’s not easy for people to get invested in the Emmys while the pandemic continues and when there is little overlap between the fan bases for nominated shows like “Ted Lasso,” “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

But he is hoping that this year’s Emmys — which, unlike last year’s largely virtual event, will have an in-person ceremony at the Event Deck at L.A. Live, in Los Angeles — will encourage viewers to come back by fostering a spirit of inclusivity.

As Cedric said in a video interview last month, “I want to bring a familiarity that comes with my brand of stand-up. I’m somebody you know. I’m your cousin or your uncle, and we’re here to celebrate each other.”

“I’m there to do every job that a host is supposed to do,” he continued. “I may go and kick it with people. You may see me do a food-pass tray — have some crudités, my friend. Please, go in my closet, wear one of my jackets, you’re fine.”

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There’s sure to be both drama and comedy at the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be mostly an in-person edition of the show. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, the comedian and star of CBS’s “The Neighborhood,” the awards will be handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles before a limited audience, and will honor the pandemic-era television programs that got us through lockdown.

What time do the festivities start?

The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Pacific. On television, CBS is the official broadcaster. If you have a cable login, you can watch online via, or if you’re a CBS subscriber, via the CBS app.

The show will also air live and on demand on the streaming service Paramount+, which is one of the cheapest options for streaming the Emmys. Paramount+ offers a one-week free trial or is available starting at $5 per month. Other livestreaming services that also offer access to the channel include Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV or FuboTV. All require subscriptions that start at $65 per month, though many are offering free trials.

Is there a red carpet?

This year’s attendees will still have the chance to sashay down a red carpet, albeit a limited one with only about a dozen media outlets. The cable channel E! will have preshow entertainment and then red carpet coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Livestreams from the red carpet will be available on the websites of People and Entertainment Weekly starting at 7 p.m.

Who will be presenting?

Among the approximately 50 stars scheduled to hand out statuettes are Annaleigh Ashford, Awkwafina, Stephen Colbert, Misty Copeland, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, and Taraji P. Henson, Gayle King, Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, LL Cool J, Annie Murphy, Catherine O’Hara, Dolly Parton, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Patrick Stewart and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Reggie Watts, the band leader on “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” will serve as D.J. for the evening, and the R&B artist Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” will perform a special “In Memoriam” song written by Bridges.

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