Camp: In Review Met Gala 2019, Part 1

Held Monday May 6, the Gala we’ve been waiting for is here! The elusive concept, “Camp” can be found in most forms of artistic expression, especially in regards to fashion. What was potentially fun, or possibly disastrous about this theme, was that anything goes. See some of the celebrity arrivals below and if you live in or are visiting NYC, don’t miss the exhibit of over 250 objects, dating from the seventeenth century to the present, from May 8 to September 8, 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

There will be a part 2 of the Gala’s pink carpet, so be sure to tune back in for it!

Lupita Nyong’o in Versace

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Pro: I liked the exaggerated rainbow shoulders and the star pattern of the dress so much. The accessories gave the look a sophisticated boost without overwhelming.

Con: I can’t tell if she’s holding a fan or a bag, but at a certain point, less is more. Because there was so much going on elsewhere, I personally would have just ditched the bag.

Zendaya in Tommy Hilfiger with Judith Leiber Clutch

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Pro: One of the most whimsical gowns of the evening was this illuminated Cinderella costume. I’m surprised we don’t see more fluorescent lit gowns at this event, it is such a magical touch for the event. And my favorite detail I cannot get over is the pumpkin carriage clutch!

Con: I hope she didn’t lose her glass slipper! 🙂

Dua Lipa in Versace

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Pro: The bouffant was a great choice, especially paired with large pemplum in the skirt. The go big or go home attitude was a choice that paid off swimmingly. The print of this dress was fascinating too.

Con: There isn’t one!

Emily Ratajkowski in Dundas

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Pro: In a different material, this might be semi fun attire for a music festival.

Con: The headpiece looks like she has Furby ears. Remember Furby’s? The furry bug eyed 90’s toy? Cute as a toy, not so much as a styling option.

Hailey Bieber in Alexander Wang


Pro: From the front, this was a sugar sweet look from the velvet ribbon in her hair to figure flattering silhouette.

Con: From the back, this was kind of vulgar. The scoop back is way, way too low and a purposely exposed, crystal studded emblem thong was not a fashionable choice.

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

Pro: Though Lady Gaga and I amicably parted ways after Artpop, it was fun to see her bring her showmanship back to the red carpet. We’ll never forget the meat dress, will we?

Con: Was the 4 part disrobing just to end up in her underwear necessary? Maybe to twirl from the black princess gown to the pink slip dress would have been in better taste. Also, please explain the umbrellas, many thanks.

Katy Perry in Moschino


Pro: This 40 pound costume was the most lit, literally. (Forgive me, I know that joke isn’t funny anymore). Katy’s glittery baroque-esque shoes were the best part of her outfit choice.

Con: I’m not sure what dressing up as a chandelier has to do with Camp or fashion.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in Vintage Chanel Couture


Pro: The all leather dress and the leather jacket maxi skirt combination were a welcome surprise. That they kept their hair, makeup and accessories minimal made these pieces really shine.

Con: Since I’ve decided to nit pick, it’s not their best ever Met Gala look.

Constance Wu in Marchesa


Pro: I like that this gown has an art deco Gatsby feel to it, even though it still serves up trendy notions, like the cutout shoulder.

Con: I would have loved this gown to have a lined bodice. I think it would have accentuated the sheer sleeve and skirt more so than as is, with the entire thing being see through.

Miley Cyrus in Saint Laurent & Liam Hemsworth


Pro: I will always adore a dress with pockets! This sparkly mini was perfectly exaggerated with an asymmetrical shape extending past the shoulder. And it was made a little extra with polka dot tights and wrap platforms.

Con: I can’t tell if the back piece is supposed to make a bow or it’s just useless geometric play.

Kerry Washington in Tory Burch

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Pro: This pretty set reads negativity is noise. She had matching rings with the message as well. While this was one of the tamer looks of the night, the statement was actually something that Susan Sontag wrote about numerous times throughout her work. I appreciated the simplicity from this in notion and creation.

Con: N/A*

Jennifer Lopez in Versace with Alex Rodriguez


Pro: These lovebirds stepped out and stepped up together in tasteful attire.

Con: These were fashionable choices, but they felt a bit on the safe side.

Nick Jonas with Priyanka Chopra in Dior and Joe Jonas with Sophie Turner

Pro: Feathers and sparkles were excellent choices from the Spouse’s of the Jonas Brothers. Priyanka’s fairytale elements were a particular standout, they had an Alice in Wonderland feel to them!

Con: Joe’s attempt to have an idea about the theme wasn’t lost to anyone. It was sweet at least to have a coordinated outfit to match his wife. It would have been a lot of fun to see a similar approach from Nick.

Josephine Skriver in Jonathan Simkhai


Pro: The bright floral pattern against taupe is truly stunning. I like the flouncy strapless top paired with a flouncy mini skirt. The headpiece is darling and the matching boots in silk elevate the look.

Con: The train, while also pretty, may have been overkill.

Celine Dion in Oscar de la Renta


Pro: I could definitely see Celine wearing this at her show is Las Vegas, and while I’m not generally a fringe fanatic, I am mesmerized by this ensemble. I love the nod to dance, highlighted by her shoe choice, someone strike up the band!

Con: What in the world is on her head?!

Hamish Bowles in Maison Margeila


Pro: This look has a very Henry VIII vibe to it. The plushness and royal purple were exuberant and very “Camp”.

Con: N/A

Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano


Pro: I really enjoyed this pop art styling, especially the eye clutch.

Con: I feel like 4 top hats was fun, but not really necessary.

Hailee Steinfeld in Viktor & Wolf with Judith Leiber clutch


Pro: It was very cheeky to specifically wear a dress saying no photos yet still carry a camera shaped clutch.

Con: The large typeface was a gimmicky idea, but its placement among ruffles doesn’t seem to have come out well.

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture


Pro: The pink and purple feathery cape was exquisite against a sequin floral frock. She said that her inspiration was directly from Sontag’s Notes on Fashion. To summarize, the quote says camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of 3 million feathers. I’d say mission accomplished by the event hostess.

Con: N/A

Dakota Johnson


Pro: The simplicity of this shimmering gown was mesmerizing. Adorned with a gorgeous crown and a heart that’s bleeding love, I could not have designed this better myself.

Con: No Complaints here!

Cara Delevingne in Dior Couture


Pro: The rainbow stripes were very amusing and the headpiece was another pop art highlight.

Con: 1- Why the cane? 2- Where are your pants? 3- Call me crazy, but is it possible there are too many rainbows here?

Ezra Miller in Burberry


Pro: His trippy eye makeup was very bold. I liked the classic black and white pinstripe suit paired with bejeweled oxfords. The Tiffany’s diamond corset is pretty, obviously, but seems out of place. This being a costume event, I won’t stress too much over its placement or purpose. We’ll just call it extravagant.

Con: The concept of the train is lost on me.  At first glance, I thought it was a wrap skirt of sorts because it’s layered under the jacket. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. So…why is it there?

Kacey Musgraves in Moschino


Pro: Barbie debuted in 1959, and has been apart of little girls lives ever since. I really enjoyed this Life Size moment of bringing the world’s favorite doll to the red carpet. The look was completed with pink heart shaped sunglasses and a hairdryer clutch. Barbie would never be caught having a bad hair day! Moschino actually created a doll that has this exact look, that’s being sold in the Met Gift Shop in honor of the Camp Collection Exhibit.

Con: All that’s missing was the arrival photo in Barbie’s Dream Car!

Gwen Stefani in Moschino


Pro: This seemed to be a dance or stage inspired look. Gwen’s jewel embellished leotard was simply paired with fishnets and black pumps and topped by a luxurious fur coat with glittery stripes.

Con: I know for this event, people like to be over the top and exaggerated, but I would not have gone with such a long train.

Gigi Hadid in Michael Kors


Pro: Go Go boots, Twiggy lashes and just the right dose of sparkle really made this ensemble a highlight of the night!

Con: I might have done the vest in black for a contrasting mod style.

Bella Hadid in Moschino


Pro: From the hip up, this is a seemingly elegant dress, accessorized beautifully.

Con: From the hip down, its like the designer just decided to give up. It’s like he said put a cutout here and and a bunch of tulle there and and we’ll call it a day! And its too bad, because it could’ve really been one of the more alluring gowns of the evening.

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli


Pro: Again, I loved the bouffant hairstyle, especially adorned with pearls. Lily’s inspiration was Priscilla Presley on her wedding day. I loved the puffy sleeves and flouncy hems. Accented with a retro purple eye shadow, this tribute was gorgeous.

Con: N/A

Gwenyth Paltrow in Chloe


Pro: This would make for a delightful nightgown. At least a house dress, as it might be uncomfortable to sleep in a ruffled turtleneck.

Con: Apologizes, but the dress has taken ill with jaundis. Terribly really, just terrible. And on the evening of the Met Ball no less.

Yara Shahidi in Custom Prada


Pro: She told Vogue that her look kept evolving until she had to walk out the door. The sparkles and the hair looked great. She also was inspired by her astrology sign, and its featured in crystals around her eye.

Con: Not so much a con, but a question for the audience- would you wear opaque tights with open toed shoes? Share your answer in comments!

Kylie & Kendall Jenner in Versace


Pro: The very bold colors were another fun nod to the sixties and the feathered frocks were on trend for the evening.

Con: The see through dress is dead, did the Jenner girls not get the memo?

Jemima Kirke & Lena Dunham in Christopher Kane


Pro: These quirky outfits are the epitome of Camp. I love the graphic text on the front and the bows adorning the back. The gem clutch paired with black evening gloves were exciting touches to museum display worthy looks.

Con: If you think of one, you’ll have to let me know. I really like this style!

Serena Williams in Versace


Pro: I always like a tennis shoe/ball gown combination. Those Nikes were probably very comfortable for the evening!

Con: While I generally enjoy a monochrome or matching ensemble, I might not have chosen neon yellow as the color to dress head to toe in. It was good those pink petals were scattered all over the gown to break up such a rich shade.

Photos courtesy of Whowhatwear and Footwear News

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