American Vogue:
Wiz Khalifa

Photo: Courtesy of Wiz Khalifa

Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Snoop Dogg … I would want Michael Jackson but I don’t think he’d like all the weed smok­ing,” says Wiz Khalifa, list­ing the names of his fan­tasy Met Gala table. After last year’s all-white Rag & Bone look, Khalifa and his styl­ist, Lauren Matos, decided to up the ante for the museum’s annual ball this past Monday, remix­ing the idea of a black-tie tuxedo. I was having dinner with the team at Thom Browne and we just started on the look together. It was a really col­lab­o­ra­tive effort, we were send­ing sketches back and forth, tweak­ing them before the fit­ting a couple of weeks ago,” explains Matos in the dress­ing room of the Bleecker Street pent­house Khalifa has set up for Met Gala prep.

The result was an ivory tail­coat with black piping, based on a look from Thom Browne’s Spring 2017 menswear col­lec­tion. The rapper paired the jacket with a match­ing waist­coat, high-waisted black pants, and heeled white boots with chunky laces, as well as an assort­ment of his own daz­zling per­sonal jew­elry. A pair of gold-rimmed Thom Browne sun­glasses added a final touch of punk-inspired piz­zazz.

And once he’s suited and booted, there are always a couple of pre-game rit­u­als to attend to before head­ing uptown to the ball. A bit of gin, my blunts, and music,” he says, laugh­ing. I’ll be hit­ting at least three after-par­ties and it’s a long night, so I gotta make sure I am feel­ing good!”