The first Monday in May is undoubtedly every Look staff member’s favorite day of the year, as it marks the most iconic fashion event of the year. And no, I don’t mean the SMU Look Staff’s end of the year soiree (although that was pretty epic too), but our fashion Olympics: The Met Gala!
For more information on the history of the Met and this year’s theme make sure to pick up a copy of our latest spring/summer issue. But whether you are still confused about what “camp” actually means or have Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay memorized by heart, we can all agree that this year’s red carpet did not disappoint. From the pink carpet to Lady Gaga’s fifteen-minute, four outfit change entrance (we shall not call it the Met Gaga, thank you) and Rihanna’s notable absence, there is so much to unpack. For now, we will leave you with the staff pics for best look of the night.
The world does not even deserve our Editor and chief’s pick. This custom “Sun God” look by The Blonds included 10-foot wings, a 24-karat gold headpiece and six shirtless men, making for an entrance we will likely never forget.
Ali Mikles: My pick is time and time again Billy Porter because he gives me life. Time and time again Billy Porter steals the show!! He is so over the top and always pushing the envelope. I’m here for all the drama, especially for this year’s camp theme…I️ mean he was carried in!
As many of us can probably relate, Gillian Bressie couldn’t narrow her favorite to just one. Her two top picks—Michael Urie and Harry Styles—are included below.
Gillian Bressie: I love this concept of breaking down the gender binary. This look embodies both extremes of femininity and masculinity but the makeup and hair are juxtaposed with the outfit. It’s very artistic and conceptual which I love even though it looks kind of ridiculous.
Gillian Bressie: Harry styles, the honorable chair of the event, always loves to play with sheer and more feminine silhouettes. This Gucci blouse is incredible and I love the single earring.
Another of Gillian’s favorites was popular among all of our staff…Janelle Monae, you’ve got all our eyes on you (literally)!
Emma Siegel: One of my fave met looks was Janelle Monae. She killed it and was a complete show stopper. I loved the colors, the silhouette, and the graphic on the outfit.
Anna Grace Carey: My picks for the met gala are Anna Wintour and Janelle Monae. As per usual, Anna Wintour looks like a mixture of glamorous and regal. Janelle Monaes dress is a surrealist-style masterpiece. It’s a huge risk, which I think is the ultimate “camp” move.
Lizzie Loftus is another one of our writers who had difficulty deciding.
Lizzie Loftus: I’M SO TORN. Alexa Chung’s beret was everything to me but I’m a sucker for anything pink and feathered so Naomi Campbell was a close second!
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Kacey Musgraves had Meredith Welborn and I wishing we were Barbie girls living in a Barbie world, but for today we will settle living in Anna Wintour’s.
Meredith Welborn: I love her look because, if you follow Kacey Musgraves at all, this look is so on-brand for her. It’s so unique with a hint of southern charm. Being from Nashville, I’m ALL over that.
Like Musgraves, Elle Fanning was show stopping in vibrant color and blonde locks. It is no wonder she is Maddie Fennell’s favorite.
Maddie Fennell: Elle Fanning was by far my favorite where she looks like she just stepped off set of Mamma Mia. The two tones of pink are perfect, and the chunky necklace ties the whole look together. It was great to see her play up a fun, yet semi-reserved, side of the met theme compared to the over-excessive costumes others wore. And honestly, this two-piece is definitely something I’d wear myself.
Amen, Maddie! There are few things I wouldn’t do to get my hands on any of these looks.
Other drool-worthy ensembles worth mentioning are Jenner duo Kendall and Kylie, their big sis Kim Kardashian West, Lily Collins, Michael B. Jordan, and Jared Leto. Let us know in a comment below how you felt about our picks or if there was someone else you would have liked to see!