Honestly, I was worried that no MET Gala would ever be able to top last year’s Heavenly Bodies. I’m not going to go so far as to say that 2019’s Camp: Notes on Fashion is now the theme to beat, but man was it fun to watch. It’s a decidedly tough and subjective theme to take on, which made each look unabashedly authentic.
I’m going to go ahead and state the obvious: Billy Porter made the entrance of the evening. There is nothing more theatrical than being carried into a party on a golden throne with gilded wings (courtesy of The Blonds) to match.
If there a single guest could be counted on to carry the weight of the night on her shoulders, it’d have to be Lady Gaga – and she did not disappoint. All four (FOUR!) of her Brandon Maxwell looks were decidedly on theme.
Elle Fanning and Kacey Musgraves were the campy Barbies of my dreams, while Saoirse Ronan graced us with the very best in sophisticated extravagance.
If it comes down to color (and why wouldn’t it?) Lupita Nyong’o and Cara Delevingne took candy-coated camp to the extreme.
It’s a tall order to try and make sparkle special at an event like the MET Gala, but Celine Dion in Oscar de la Renta did just that. On the subject of sparkle, Kim Kardashian was absolutely dripping wet with crystals in possibly the best special effect of the night.
While the men were mostly as boring as usual – can we please just ban basic tuxes already? – Ryan Murphy in Christian Siriano more than made up for the rest of the disappointing menswear of the evening. But the true hero of the night for the guys was Jared Leto. It’s hard to top the dude who shows up carrying his own head.
As in most things, if you’re not first, you’re last and the undisputed camp champs have got to be Gemma Chan in Tom Ford and Ezra Miller in Burberry.
Only 364 days until the next one.