Lil' Kim Shares the Story Behind Her Iconic ’90s Met Gala Looks
The Met Gala has played host to countless fashion moments, but few have been as bold as Lil’ Kim’s turn on the museum stairs back in 1999. A power pink combination of a fur coat, bra top, and hot pants, her Versace look instantly made a splash and is remembered as one of the events all-time best, a thrilling interpretation of the year’s “Rock Style” theme. It stood in stark contrast to the ballgowns and throwback glitz chosen by other attendees. But more than that, it helped to kickstart the trend for fearless and body-conscious style on the Met Gala red carpet. Long before Lady Gaga made her grand entrance in a silver leotard or Madonna freed the nipple in transparent Givenchy, hip-hop’s queen bee broke boundaries. In the 21 years since, Kim has worn countless provocative outfits. Even still, this is one she remembers with particular fondness. “It’s so different now than it was then,” she shares on the phone from her New Jersey home. “The Met was almost like a secret society, not everyone got invited. It was this upscale, elite society event.”
Meet the Designer Behind RHONY Star Leah McSweeney's Lil' Kim Dress
Leah McSweeney may be New York City’s newest “Housewife,” but she’s already got everyone talking.
The Married to the Mob fashion designer, 37, has turned heads in designer looks like sheer Ida Klamborn bucket hats and Thierry Lasry sunglasses — both of which swiftly sold out — but Thursday night’s episode brought McSweeney’s biggest fashion moment yet: a tube dress covered in Lil’ Kim’s mugshot.
McSweeney rocked the Rxch-designed dress ($290) to Sonja Morgan’s fashion show with a neon Saint Laurent purse ($1,650) after refusing to wear the cashmere knit set ($195.95) Morgan had sent her before the event.
After the disastrous show, the “RHONY” newbie returned the sweatpants, pink fedora and sunglasses to her co-star in a plastic bag.
Turns out, the love is mutual between McSweeney and Rxch designer Rainey Salih.
“I actually was a big fan of her brand, Married to The Mob, during my college years,” Salih, who watches the Bravo show, told Page Six Style via email after the episode. “So when she DM’d me about purchasing the dress, I was stoked. She’s a super sweet and supportive woman. Super inspiring!”
Salih added that she saw a major increase in sales on Thursday night, despite McSweeney’s Lil’ Kim-printed dress being an older style from the Spring 2019 collection.
Many Twitter users were delighted by the look — and immediately requested that Salih fashion a dress featuring the many mugshots of “RHONY” cast members like McSweeney, Luann de Lesseps, Tinsley Mortimer and Sonja Morgan.