It might not be Maggie Rogers‘s first time at the Met Gala rodeo, but the Grammy-nominated musician–who is currently gearing up to release her second album, Surrender, in July–still gets the jitters when preparing to walk up those famous steps. She says, “Oh my god, it’s just too hard to explain.” (Her first outing was in 2019.) It’s like watching a movie red carpet. Loud clicks from the camera and flashes that blind you. Having done the carpet once before, I had a much better idea of what to expect, but anyone that tells you that feels in any way normal is absolutely insane.”
Thankfully, Rogers had a whole team behind her to keep the momentum going. There was her stylist Kat Typaldos, for one, but also the team from Chanel responsible for the fashion-forward two-piece that Rogers wore on the red carpet: a sheer silk organza vest embroidered with pearls and crystals, a black iridescent silk skirt, and a decorative belt featuring a riff on a Greek cross. Rogers says that this Met moment was a quick one for her. It took about two weeks. I loved my simple look. The attitude you display in your outfit is what makes it stand out. They were very comfortable. It was easy to move and breathe. I felt at home in this look–like a beautiful, elevated version of myself.”
This year’s Met Gala also marks the opening of a new style chapter for Rogers, whose recently released video for “That’s Where I Am,” the lead single from her sophomore album, saw her cavorting around Manhattan in a series of very playful looks from Balenciaga, Chopova Lowena, and Khaite–and featured a cameo from none other than David Byrne, one of music’s greatest style icons. Rogers and Typaldos believe that Rogers is now focused on finding timeless fashion trends. “We’ve looked to classic ’90s muses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chloe Sevigny, who bring that classic femininity with a bit of fucked up edge,” Rogers says of her current style sensibility, with her beauty for the Met–in particular, her kohl-rimmed lids and Le Volume de Chanel mascara–paying homage to that spirit of gentle grunge. She adds that her strong, dark-colored eyeliner is a tribute to these heroines.
It’s a happy coincidence, then, that Rogers’s current vibe dovetails so neatly with the tough and tenacious femininity of creative director Virginie Viard‘s work at Chanel. Rogers says, “When I think about Chanel, I think about the divine feminine.” Rogers describes this exalted, strong, and forever chic inner radiance as “that exalted, powerful, and always chic internal radiance.” It’s effortless to create everything Virginie makes. It was an honor to be a small part of her world last night.”
Unsurprisingly, though, the most important part of Rogers’s Met prep was the music. Before getting ready, Rogers took a lengthy bath. She then swam around in a silk gown and listened to Cocteau Twins. Rogers said that music is “all vibe.” “It can communicate so much we can’t say with words and helps give everything an extra bit of sparkle.”
For Rogers, the night’s highlight came when she met one of her heroes, the legendary Erykah Badu. Badu is a charmingly patchworked suit from Francesco Risso, with braids and beads that drip down, as well as a matching oversized hat. “I still can’t believe I met Erykah!” Rogers says. Rogers says, “She has been a favorite artist of mine for as long time as I can recall. My mom played Baduizm on repeat when I was growing up and But You Caint Use My Phone was the soundtrack to my college years. What an absolute icon.”
Here, Rogers takes us behind the scenes of her Met Gala night out–and shares the ultimate playlist that gets her in the party spirit. These tracks are her absolute icons. )