Camp is a description that seems like it may have lost it’s impact in language through the years. Maybe that’s in part because its so hard to pin down one definition. Sontag’s Notes on Camp was dedicated to poet Oscar Wilde, who called Camp, “actions of exaggerated emphasis”. And it actually was first used by the French from se camper, meaning ‘to posture boldly’.
I know up until a few months ago, I had never heard of the term, and had no idea what it meant. Regardless, it seems like a reminder to have a little fun. I think we can all stand behind that! I am happy this year’s Met Gala theme had this resurrected, and I can’t wait to see the exhibit. So without further ado, see more of the gala arrivals below. Share your thoughts about your favorites and dislikes in comments!
Florence Welch, Ashley Graham, Alessendro Michele, Regina Hall, Saorise Ronan, Harry Styles & Jared Leto in Gucci
Pro: The Gucci Gang did alright this time. There was lots of flair, it was all tasteful and complemented by various jewels and footwear.
Con: Carrying around a head that looks like you is creepy. This has been a runway concept, and it was weird then too. How much longer is this idea going to be in circulation?
Emily Blunt in Michael Kors
Pro: 510,000 sequins are on this dress, there is no way for Emily not to shine. Her flowering headband was the Midas touch to the look.
Con: A photo is only worth a thousand words. That barely covers all there is to say about this pretty piece!
Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors
Pro: This disco inspired dress of 60,000 sequins paired with purple orchids was an ode to carefree nights. Cue up Dancing Queen, Mr. DJ!
Con: I have no critique for this gem.
Sara Sampaio in August Getty Atelier
Pro: The bubble skirt of the top part of this dress could have stood alone. With a vintage pair of heels and a stack of pearl necklaces, this could have easily been a theme coordinated look that was just as pretty.
Con: I dislike the floor length white fabric descending from the upper hem of the skirt. It just doesn’t seem to provide any purpose to the gown.
Cardi B in Thom Browne
Pro: Art museums are know to be a little chilly, so I guess in lieu of a jacket she decided a blanket incorporated into her gown would be a better option.
Con: The synchronized swimming cap and feathered shoulders make absolutely no sense at all. I’m over all of her red carpet appearances being so gimmicky.
Katie Holmes in Zac Posen
Pro: Katie looks great in purple and those halter straps are so bold.
Con: She should have worn the Maleficent horns for some real drama!
Pro: Only a fashion queen, like Donatella, can pair multi color beading and neon together and look flawless. I like that the text follows the shape of the skirt, sloping down to ripple along with movement.
Diane von Furstenberg
Pro: Diane von Furstenberg’s look has significant meaning to her. She took to Instagram to let us know, “Today May 6, 1944, my mother was arrested and sent to Auschwitz… 75 years later, I am going to the Met Ball as her torch of Freedom!” Lady Liberty never looked better.
Caroline Trentini in Thom Browne
Pro: Occasionally, Thom Brown creates something really wonderful. This skeleton dress is one of those times. This was one of my favorite looks from the night!
Con: Since the theme gave everyone creative liberty, I would have loved if Caroline had done some skull makeup.
Ciara in Dundas
Pro: The Wizard of Oz called to say he’s so pleased you were inspired by Emerald City.
Con: The monochrome is chic, but I might have chosen a silver belt and black heels. I’ve been going back and forth on this, do you like the all green?
Alicia Keys in Carolina Herrera with Swizz Beats
Pro: This shimmering beauty looks light as a feather. The train ruched at the shoulder added some extra detail for construction in the dress. Bonus points for “twinning” with her husband!
Emma Roberts in Giambattista Valli
Pro: Emma looks precious in this bubblegum pink gown, decorated with cherry blossoms in her hair.
Con: It’s…tulle. Therefore, I have a strong aversion to it. But at least it doesn’t have an equally poofy train.
Pro: Here are just a few more looks for those who can’t get enough of the Met Gala’s fashion.
Con: There wasn’t too much that specifically seemed like “Camp”. Thanks for the stylish moments though!
Photos courtesy of Whowhatwear & Town and Country Magazine