Jared Leto makes the Met Gala an amazing feast year after year. Nobody does it as well as he does when it comes to attracting attention: He took his own head to the annual ceremony in 2019, as you may recall. Expectations were sky high this year for the Met Gala’s Gilded Glamour theme. Perhaps that’s why, when a man costumed as a monarch from a galaxy far, far away appeared on the red carpet with waves of spikes emerging from his clothing, people assumed Leto was up to his old shenanigans once more. He’s a thief! That isn’t Jared Leto, however.
People don’t even bother to double-check if it’s Leto when they see an outfit that’s a 10-out-of-10 on the craziness metre. Multiple newspapers began reporting that Jared Leto had arrived at the Met Gala as soon as he walked down the red carpet. Even The New York Times.
The style was mistakenly attributed to Jared Leto, but it actually belonged to Fredrik Robertsson, who shares one trait with Leto: they’re both known for wearing out-of-the-box outfits. The fact that Robertsson and Leto don’t exactly look alike, especially beneath a veil of quills and in full makeup, didn’t help the confusion.
That wasn’t Leto, but he did make an appearance at the Met Gala in a stunning Jared Leto ensemble. Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, was costumed as the longtime fan. The two wore identical outfits: an ivory double-breasted suit with embroidered details, a magenta bow tie, and even a metal hair clip in the same spot. Even when Leto did turn up at the Met Gala, he was dressed in a way that was supposed to intentionally create some uncertainty about his identity. Robertsson was considerably ahead of him, he had no idea.