Top 10: Notes on Met Gala 2019
On May 6th, celebs and designers walked the pink carpet for one of fashion’s most exciting events of the year, the Met Gala. Scintillating shoulders, bodacious bows, whimsical wings, and tantalizing trains, this year’s theme “Camp: Notes on Fashion” embodied exaggerated everything, and we loved every second of it. From Lady Gaga’s 15-minute red carpet performance (complete with 4 costume changes) to Janelle Monae’s winking Christian Siriano bodice, this year’s Met Gala pink carpet brought the drama.
We’re breaking down our absolute favorite looks below. Who do you think stole the show?
Amy’s Top 10 Favorite Looks
1 Lupita Nyong’o, Versace
Those rainbow ruffled shoulders, that geo-dazzled skirt, the shimmery eyeshadow, the bling-bling on her collar, and the buttons and rings on every single finger? I LOVE IT ALL. Lupita slays it for me every time. Hands-down favorite of the night.
2 Elle Fanning, Miu Miu
This look was one of my favorites because it was so much fun, and Elle Fanning looked like she had so much fun in it. Throughout the entire pink carpet you could see her fluttering her pleated sleeves and dangling her key-chain inspired nail accessories for the cameras. Her super high half-pony and long blonde waves added the perfect youthful spirit to finish off the look.
3 Lucy Boynton, Prada
Lucy Boynton was the whimsy Queen of the night! I’ve never seen a more beautiful combination of tulle, sequins and feathers in my life. Put that in a blender and add in this soft color palette, floral headpiece, and shiny lashes aaand you’ve got a smoothie full of my favorite things. Cheers!
4 Hailee Steinfeld, Viktor & Rolf
I’ve been obsessed with everything Viktor & Rolf this season. Their hilarious IDGAF phrases juxtaposed with feminine colors and textures illustrate the very definition of my soul. Love the way Hailee played off the phrase on this dress by pairing it with a bedazzled camera clutch. I’m also a huge sucker for big hair volume and bows.
5 Josephine Skriver, Jonathan Simkha
I loved these springy colors, the voluminous tiers, the dramatic train, the floral headpiece, and those boots! Her rosy pink eyes and cheeks were the cherry-on-top of a perfect look. To me, this felt like a nod to Rihanna’s 2017 Met Gala look. What do you think?
6 Lana Condor, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
If you know me, you know that I’m going to flip for anything pink with tulle and/or ruffles, so this dress was clearly one of my favorites of the night. I especially loved that the cut of this dress is a little different than anything I’ve seen before. The only thing I wish she had done differently would have been to amp up the make-up. “Camp” is supposed to be extreme, dramatic, and over-the top. This minimal makeup look is, of course, beautiful on her, but I felt like she missed an opportunity to really lean into the theme of the event.
7 Ezra Miller, Burberry
Ezra Miller and his 95 eyeballs absolutely brought the house down! This make-up and the mask prop shocked and amazed me as I watched him strut down the red carpet.
8 Emma Roberts, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
Hello gorgeous! Another pink, tulle, ruffled dress. It should come as no surprise to you all that I love love love this feminine and whimsical look (see number 6).
9 Jared Leto, Gucci
I was really excited to see some of the men stepping up their game with embellished and dramatic looks this year. Jared Leto was definitely one of them, no surprise. If anyone could take a severed head and turn it into this season’s hottest accessory, he would be the one to do it. I was especially thrilled that he went for something different than a typical suit or tux.
10 Cara Delevingne, Dior
This is Rainbow Brite meets Chiquita Banana, and I love it. Aside from the happy, vibrant colors, the stripes she painted on her legs and face are my favorite things about this look.
Adrienne’s Top 10 Favorite Looks
1 Josephine Skriver, Jonathan Simkha
Ruffles? Check. Appliqué and embroidery? Check. Volume and drama? Check. Matching thigh-high boots? Check. I was blown away at the attention to detail in this outfit to create such a cohesive and unique look. I am obsessed with the play on dimensionality with this look, how the flowers look more 2D on the train and slowly transition into raised flowers until their fully bloomed form in the headpiece. This took home the proverbial crown for me!
2 Kiki Layne, Gucci
Kiki’s look gave me serious tassel earring vibes, which sold me immediately. Whenever I caught glimpses of her jewel-toned fringe layers behind other outfits on E!’s coverage, I kept yelling at the TV to show me the full look. The front did not disappoint, with metallic embroidery, matchy-matchy hair, and Biggie Smalls lyrics leggings. I loved this look SO much, that it was almost my number one - if she had different shoes, it would’ve been an easy favorite for me.
3 Eva Chen, Prabal Gurung
This look was party in the front and party in the back, and boy, am I here for it. This is one of those looks that made me literally gasp when I saw it. Add to the fact that she’s a Fashion Editor and not just a celebrity, I loved that her look showed that unconventional celebrities can bring it.
4 Janelle Monáe, Christian Siriano
I had eyelash envy as soon as I saw this dress, and then it flirtily winked at me, and I was dead. I have been a huge fan of Christian Siriano’s recently, with his unbelievable talent in combining bold colors, tulle, and volume. It was so exciting to see him push boundaries in a whole new way with this theatrical look. The 4 hats and hand-held second eyeball gave this look cool Picasso and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters similarities that was fitting with the night’s Campy theme.
5 Lily Aldridge, Richard Quinn
This dress reminded me of this pair of Dolce & Gabbana floral gloves that I *wish* I had in my closet, with its photo-realistic florals, black accents, and (of course!) its very own built in gloves. I’m a huge fan of voluminous looks, so the tulle in the back was the icing on the cake.
6 Bella Hadid, Moschino
Another stunning gloved look! I am really excited by the fashion industry’s new takes on classic accessories (hair clips, anyone?). These bejeweled gloves and garment edges were amazingly over-the-top, and I loved every facet. The cut-out on the hip was a little much for me, but Bella Hadid rocked this dress nonetheless!
7 Naomi Campbell, Valentino Haute Couture
The night was full of dramatic, all-pink looks with volumes and volumes of the same fabric (à la Lady Gaga and Doutzen Kroes), and don’t get me wrong, I loved those looks too, but I especially loved that Naomi Campbell pulled off so much drama with her mix of materials. I thought she had a fun play on textures with her lace tights and fur cape that felt so refreshing amidst all of the night’s other looks.
8 Ezra Miller, Burberry
I’m crossing my fingers that Snapchat comes out with a filter that looks like Ezra’s Met Gala look. I couldn’t get over how impressive the make-up was, and although it was weird, I felt like it embodied the night’s theme so well. The contrast of asymmetrical pinstripes with the bedazzled and structured cage was really interesting, and I hope it inspires some everyday clothing designs this year! Also those shoes - *drool*
9 Priyanka Chopra, Dior
Yet another feathery cape and textured tights combo that I couldn’t resist. Her bodice and headpiece reminded me a little bit of Ezra Miller’s outfit, and I loved the combination of the grid shape with the flowy, feathery skirt. I do wish her hair and crown had been different (a little too Glinda the good witch for me), but the color palette and rest of the dress were enough to keep this on my top 10.
10 Lily Collins, Giambattista Valli
Full disclosure - I didn’t like this dress. It reminded me of a frilly comforter from the 90s, which is just not my thing. HOWEVER, her hair and make-up were so phenomenal, I had to include them in my top 10. Lily had my favorite hair and make-up of the night. She gave me some serious retro vibes, and I thought the mix of cream in her hairpieces with the lavender eyeshadow and emerald jewelry were breathtakingly beautiful on her.
Cover photo credit: Vogue