I checked into my newsfeed this morning and I was instantly assaulted by some rather questionable (understatement, by the way) red carpet images from the Met Gala, 2019. A team meeting was instantly called for much needed respite.
Now, the Met Gala 2019 is THE fashion event of the year. It traces its origins back to 1948 when Eleanor Lambert, fashion publicist in her hey day, wanted to raise funds for the Costume Institute that was just finding its bearings in those times. Now, we understand the leaning towards more costume oriented statements rather than mere haute couture. This piece of information has actually helped me forgive many a fashion blunder that can be seen on this prestigious red carpet year after year. But the Met Gala 2019 was a whole other story in fashion atrocities that will plague my nightmares for many nights to come!
The theme for the Met Gala 2019 was Camp – Notes on Fashion. This rather cryptic theme is another hoity toity way for the Vogue organisers to call upon their “Emperor’s New Clothes” syndrome. Seriously, which of the celebrities would actually admit that they do not have half an idea of what that theme truly stands for? Who would like to commit suicide in front of the Vogue Diva’s limo?
Well, suicide happened on the red carpet instead. The Met Gala 2019 red carpet hosted some of the most outrageous “looks” that I have seen in recent times. Let us begin with Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, our very own Desi girls!
While Deepika Padukone has our vote on that sexy yet girly princess going wild in the woods look, we are not sure of what Priyank Chopra is up to. The only reasonable thing she seems to be wearing is that husband of hers on her arm. Other than that, the jarring make up and the costume only serves up a hefty dose of Halloween come early. Deepika has a well balanced look with the big hair and bold lip colour taking centre stage while all else is toned down with the colour of the gown before the final flourish happens with those oh so pretty layers swirling at her feet, reminding us of the goddess she truly is! But Priyanka has set the stage for many a meme – and that’s all the print space we can assign to her #aboutlastnight shenanigans! It’s like individually, the elements of her garb were good – the bars on the corset were good for a prisoner, the feathers were good for a bird, and the cosmic stockings were good for a fish. Put together, they made no sense.
Now, there was a lady in a chandelier who totally caught our eye. For a moment, we were convinced this is Lady Gaga. But on closer examination, the candle bearing outfit gone crazy turned out to be on the body of none other than Katy Perry. Forget about a roar, we actually screamed and ran for cover!
And then came Michael Urie with an outfit that prompted us to ask of its mutated genealogy – is it a man, is it a woman, no its the confused! The man woman costume would have done well for itself in a circus – but not on a red carpet with the entire world and its grandmother watching! But that was probably the point of the costume – to get people to sit up and watch.
Kim Kardashian (even her) was better dressed than these specimens with her costume actually working well for the personality she has built for herself – so, she was actually in character; very much so!
Now I must go back and get that eye pack back on my eyes. Cannot speak until the next Met gala!
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