I’m a simple person, I hear Harry Styles and my attention is instantly grabbed. For months, I have been highly anticipating this moment since I missed seeing Harry’s majestic Gucci suits from his 2018 tour.
I do not know a lot about the famous designers that attend and dress celebrities, but I do love that each of them has their own approach to the themes that happen each year. This year’s theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion, which is a very theatrical and glamorous that allows individuals to express what they want in any way they want. From what I understand, Camp can be interpreted in many different ways, with extravagant colors and large body pieces that essentially capture the theme.
Many months ago it was released that Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Anna Wintour, and Harry Styles would be the larger names co-hosting the event. With them being some of the biggest names of the night, they were the ones who I was looking forward to the most.
Needless to say, Lady Gaga blew my mind. With being the first to attend, her grand entrance set the standards for what to expect on the pink carpet for the rest of the night. Her hot pink parachute dress was revealed into three other looks, with quick prop additions to showcase her team, Haus of Gaga. The extended metal-looking eyelashes exaggerated her theatrical poses and facial expressions, giving an Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games vibe.
Harry Styles has become idolized by fashion fans because of his love for custom Gucci suits, but this was not all glitz and glam that everyone was expecting. He arrived with Alessandro Michele, who was in a stunning pink bow outfit that shimmered from the paparazzi camera flashes. Styles was in a black sheer one piece that showcased his sleeve of tattoos and a delicate pearl earring dangled from his right ear. It was more simple, but it was interesting to see his personal take on the theme since he was held at such a high standard. I personally wish it was more over the top since I had based my expectations off his looks from his tour.
The entire night I was waiting for Zendaya because every single year she has shown up in iconic outfits that make me pay more attention to her style and what she decides to do. I never would have expected her to show up dressed as a modern Cinderella, which definitely is defining the theme of Camp. When the dress started lighting up in that famous light blue, I gasped so loud that technology has advanced to make an entire dress move and expand. This was the time to be extra!
When learning about Camp, I noticed that drag queens and ball culture are the underlying elements that influenced this theme, but the queens that attended did not go all out as I expected. Their makeup was beautiful of course, but I wish the dresses were more over the top like when they’re competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Someone who did shock me was Ezra Miller. His face makeup was so beautifully scary, taking extra to a whole new level that perfectly embodied what it meant to be camp and deliver it in a special way.
I’m glad that I was interested in watching this year’s Met Gala because it was truly a weird one. It’s helped me see what can be done in fashion and how personal style can be taken up a notch than what people are used to seeing at an event.