Best Looks from the Met Gala 2019

The looks that had me overwhelmed, underwhelmed, and just plain whelmed of the night.

I can count on my one hand the number of things I look forward to; my birthday, Halloween, the Rag & Bone sample sale, and the Met Gala. The fashion-obsessed count down the days until the First Monday in May. The Met Gala invites the nation’s elite, including Hollywood’s brightest of stars, business moguls, designers, and influencers  to bask in each other’s mutual love of fashion.  The theme this year is based on Susan Sontag’s work: Camp: Notes on Fashion. In summary, camp does not refer to log cabins, swim tests, or songs around a campfire, rather the soul purpose of being extra, in all of its majestic, ironic for the sake of not being ironic, humorous glory. This year’s event of the season, if not century is co-chaired by the definition of camp: Lady Gaga, and Gucci’s It-boy: Harry Styles. The theme in its self is challenging in a sense that it’s to let you wear practically anything. In my opinion, it is always about attitude, not just mountains of jewels, feathers, saturated furs in every color or glitter in places that only glitter could reach with the help of a very close friend. Although I am a huge fan of all of the above, especially combined. The stars walked the pink carpet ready to party and stay up all night, ok so maybe it is a bit like summer camp.

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell and Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Lady Gaga had not one, not five, but four outfit changes, all designed by Brandon Maxwell. My favorite piece? The ’80s cellular phone clutch.

Harry Styles in Gucci

I am here for a sheer top jumpsuit with an exaggerated jabot collar, pussy bow combo. The lack of color and missed opportunities, left me a bit whelmed. However, it is nice to see a different take from his saturated color wardrobe and I appreciate the change in pace.

Jared Leto in Gucci

A full length gown in red satin under a jeweled body chain is what I was expecting from Gucci. Jared Leto took it a step further with a replica of his own head.

Ezra Miller in Burberry

You know what they say, the eyes have it. Ezra Miller wore a jeweled corset over his pinstripe evening wear with an exaggerated asymmetrical train. Something tells me that all eyes will be on Ezra tonight.

Bella Hadid in Moschino

Hadid is no stranger to diamonds. The supermodel donned a complete bejeweled sleeve with a cut out ball gown. Thanos may have the Infinity stones, but he better watch out for Bella.

Janelle Monáe in Christian Siriano

Monáe’s custom Christian Siriano gown with extreme surrealism elements inspired by Dali and Picasso brought quite the attention. In an event where the extreme is the assignment, that is difficult to achieve. The eye on her left breast is programmed to wink. the three wide-brimmed hats stacked add to the asymmetrical balance of the look.

Billy Porter in The Blonds

Billy Porter won the grand entrance. In nothing less than Porter fashion, the star arrived being carried by six shirtless men in metallic gold trousers. The Icarus-inspired look shows us that Billy Porter does not fear soaring higher than the rest. Needless to say I was delightfully overwhelmed with the theatrics.

Kendall Jenner in Versace

Orange is by far the most difficult color to pull off. Kendall Jenner is one of the few that can rock an all-orange evening gown covered impeccably in feathers, this phoenix will burn bright tonight.

Gemma Chan in Tom Ford

Accompanied by Tom Ford, Gemma Chan wore some serious headwear that reminds us that she is the high priestess of sparkle and grace.

Frank Ocean in Prada

GQ’s February cover star, and all-around cool guy dons nylon Prada Anorak jacket over a black and white suit. In the beginning I was underwhelmed, but that I thought, what is more camp than wearing staple formal wear to the most fashion-forward event of the season where the idea is to dress above and beyond the limitless limit? Between you and me, I think he decoded the idea of the night.

Zendaya in Tommy Hilfiger

The literal princess of the ball, arrived on the pink carpet in a Cinderella-inspired gown paired with a pumpkin carriage handbag. In true Met Gala fashion, the dress came to life as her esteemed stylist, Law Roach waved his no-doubt designer wand to illuminate the custom piece. Here is to staying out past midnight.

Cara Delevinge in Dior

Cara understands that more is more, and in an a quick interview with Liza Koshy, Cara defines camp as, “Expression as you’re most outrageous.” Unlike the fruit stripe gum, this technicolor ensemble is here to last. Consider me overwhelmed with joy.

Celine Dion in Oscar de la Renta

The singe with a voice of an angel deserves actual wings, so this floor length fringe bodysuit will have to suffice. The singer and all-around talent paired the look with an immaculate headpiece that only reminds us that it is Celine’s world and we are hear to bask in her glory.

Joan Collins in Maison Valentino

In an ode to Dynasty, Joan Collins stepped onto the pink carpet in an Alex Carrington-inspired gown complete with neckline to hemline ostrich feathers in striking white. Equipped with a diamond encrusted tiara, the icon graced us all with nostalgia while still embracing the theme.

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