Fire up guys, it’s the first Monday in May! Okay, technically for us it was yesterday, but you know what we're talking about—the Met Gala. Before we crack into some of our favourite looks from the night, let’s first debrief what The Met Gala actually is and the 2019 theme; “Camp: Notes on Fashion”.
Arguably the most important event in the fashion calendar, the Met Gala was founded by publicist Eleanor Lambert in 1948, and since then has continued to draw an incredible star-studded line-up. The invitation-only tickets will set you back $30,000, with tables costing around $275,000 (FYI, this is USD). Yeah, pretty lucrative.
Now, most importantly, this year’s Met Gala theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Before you go there, we don’t mean hiking boots and tents, we’re talking over-exaggerated, over the top, extra looks. The theme is directly inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay that defines camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration."
Co-hosted by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams, the entire event is being sponsored by Gucci—which seems ever-so fitting given creative director Alessandro Michele’s undying love of rhinestones, embellishment, extravagance and velvet.
Your girl RiRi did not make an appearance, but the carpet (a soft blush colour instead of classic ruby red) was packed with mind-blowing looks, and one hell of an entrance slash striptease from Gaga.
Here are 8 of the most extra looks from the Met Gala red carpet 2019.
Cardi B In Thom Browne
For a while, we didn't believe it would ever be possible to upstage Rihanna's meme-worthy 2015 Met Gala Guo Pei dress, which featured the longest train in Met Gala history. With RiRi noticeably absent from this year's event, Cardi B has given it a red hot go in an absolutely outrageous number by Thom Browne. It features 30,000 feathers and took a breezy 2,000 hours to make. Bow down.
Florence In Gucci
Looking like the ethereal fairy queen slash mermaid she truly is, Florence Welch's absolutely stunning teal coloured Gucci cape and dress would make Daenerys Stormborn green with envy.
Lupita Nyong'o In Versace And Bvlgari Jewels
Lupita Nyong'o totally owned the theme in a rainbow Versace gown, complete with matching lace fan and glitter make-up. We're also very into the gold afro picks with the iconic raised fist symbol as handles.
Zendaya In Tommy Hilfiger
Zendaya channeled her Disney days in a Cinderella-style dress that literally glowed. In this Met Gala fairytale, Law Roach was her fairy godmother, setting Zendaya's gown alight with a whip of his wand.
The Jenner Sisters In Versace
Kendall and Kylie Jenner shared a rare twinning moment in orange and mauve Cher-inspired Versace looks. The internet did not waste time comparing the colour combination to Velma and Daphne from Scooby Doo.
Jared Leto In Gucci
Oscar winner, style icon and Gucci ambassador forever, Jared Leto did not disappoint: he accessorised his high neck red velvet gown and jewel-encrusted body chain with sheer gloves and a bust of his own head. So extra, so creepy.
Ezra Miller In Burberry By Ricardo Tisci
Also on the creepy side of style was Ezra Miller. Our eyes blur a little when we look at this seven-eyed look, featuring Burberry suit, jewelled corset and diamond encrusted oxfords.
Dua Lipa In Versace
Making her Met Gala debut, Dua Lipa wore matching Versace boots and dress in a bold, bright and outrageous 90s-era print. Her epic nail art is the work of Instagram's most viral nail artist, Mei Kawajiri.
Image credit: Getty.