Demna Gvasalia and Kim Kardashian West Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
But rather than being a stark statement on the state of the country — or a reference to the “dementors” of Harry Potter, as some Twitter users were quick to compare — Kardashian West’s outfit is seemingly connected to her estranged husband, Kanye West, who has been promoting his new album, “Donda” (the artwork of which is a single black square).
Kardashian West has been wearing all-black Balenciaga outfits for weeks. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Just ahead of the Met Gala, during New York Fashion Week, Kardashian West was seen entering her hotel in another concealed look, with a zippered face mask, black leather trench coat, gloves and thigh-high boots, foreshadowing what was to come. (She wasn’t the only celebrity to turn up in a bondage mask this weekend — singer Kim Petras walked onto MTV’s Video Music Awards red carpet in a latex mask and high ponytail on Sunday night.)
West’s influence on the reality star’s sense of fashion has long been a topic of public interest over the course of their relationship, particularly the minimal Yeezy looks Kardashian West has worn to rep his label and more avant-garde styles she’s donned.
Kardashian West and West together at the 2019 Met Gala. Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
With Gvasalia incognito at the event, many viewers took to social media thinking he was West, and that the separated couple was making an appearance together.
They attended their first Met Gala together in 2013, where Kardashian West made headlines for her floral pregnancy look from Givenchy. In 2019, the last Met Gala before the pandemic, she accompanied West in a nude, latex Mugler dress dripping with crystals.
In an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” the reality star revealed that the event was “as nerve-wracking” as her wedding. “I don’t know why I have such anxiety for the Met. I feel this sense of pressure, responsibility,” she said.