I know, I know. When it comes to the Met Gala nothing makes my eyes roll more than a guest who missed the brief. No, not missed the brief but didn’t appear to try. Established in 1948, the annual Met Gala has been ushering in some of the most spectacular looks on the fashion calendar and while it normally harbours a glorious array of glitz and glamour, there is always one person who simply turns up in a standard tux.
This year, the theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion” and inspired by the 1964 essay from Susan Sontag its interpretation was received in several different ways. Google search defines it as “style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value” and the red carpet style speaks for the theme. While neon feathers and embellished capes were all the rage, these celebrities opted for all-black. It’s timeless and appealing but touches salt and pepper hair elevated the played down looks.
Rather than opting for the plain suit and tie combo, the likes of Rami Malek, Michael B Jordan and Richard Madden kept all-black with a “camp” twist. Sequins adorned the suits of Jordan and Shawn Mendes, while Malek paired a high-sheen shirt with velvet blazer and striped boots. Lewis Hamilton shook it up with bouts of silver woven through his look while Harry Styles ditched the suit and tie for a sheer, period-style blouse, man-heels and a pearl drop earring all courtesy of Gucci.
Though it was a somewhat simple look, Styles has garnered plenty of criticism perhaps as many expected a little more flair from the Gucci ambassador. Nevertheless for the men that chose to stray away from the Billy Porter-esque style moves, it was a welcomed breath of fresh air. Unless of course you were Kanye West who rocked up in a zip-up bomber. I’m secretly hoping there are sequins in the lining – for his sake.