Met Gala 2019: our favourite looks

by: Emma Wilder 07 May 2019

Every year, everyone who’s anyone turns out on the Met Gala red carpet (pink this year) in a bid to out-icon each other. The theme, chosen by the Met’s chief curator Andrew Bolton along with a panel of approvers including Anna Wintour, provides the inspiration for the iconic ensembles we see at the Met Gala every year, and it’s safe to say, each theme is wonderfully open to interpretation.

2019’s offering proved no exception; taking inspiration from the Met’s soon-to-open “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibition, the theme this year was “camp” fashion. Interpret that how you will. Here at Pure London HQ, we naturally had some fabulous favourite looks from fashion’s biggest night out.

Feathers, Fringe and Frills

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If there’s one thing we all associate with “camp” it’s over the top colours, textures and styles. Naturally, these three ladies hit the mark with their feathered and fringed ensembles. Never one to disappoint, Kendall Jenner stunned in a bright orange, feathered and sequinned gown by Versace, whilst icon Celine Dion surprised us with her show girl Oscar de la Renta number. Pure London favourite Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took a slightly more stripped back approach in a pearl studded gown, topped off with a blush pink feathered stole.

Fairytale Fantasy

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We’d jump at the chance to dress up like a fairytale princess, so we can relate to these ladies. We loved Zendaya’s new age Cinderella look by Tommy Hilfiger. Dakota Johnson took her chance to play the Queen of Hearts in this stunning sequinned gown by Gucci, whilst fellow actress Madelaine Petsch gave us Tinkerbell vibes in her Jean-Paul Gautier dress.

Hollywood Glam

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Since the term “camp” as we know it today is thought to have originated in 1964 it seems only fitting that there were some serious ‘60’s Hollywood glamour vibes on the pink carpet. Fresh from Coachella, Hailey Bieber replaced her Levi’s with a stunning backless gown by Alexander Wang. Meanwhile, Lily Collins stole the show with her butterfly bouffant and oh-so-sixties Giambattista Valli mini dress. Another regular on the best-dressed list, we couldn’t resist Bella Hadid’s sequinned cut out gown by Moschino, which gave old Hollywood a modern update.

Hot Pink Perfection

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If there’s one thing we noticed on the pink carpet this year, it’s the colour. Hot pink is evidently the camp colour of the season, and we’re not mad about it. We loved Doutzen Kroes fancy frilled hot pink frock and Met Gala co-chair Lady Gaga stole the show in her fuschia number by Brandon Maxwell. Not to be outdone, Emma Roberts brought us more fabulous frills in her bright gown by Giambattista Valli.

80’s Prom Night

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There’s nothing like an 80’s teen movie and these girls know it. In amongst the frills and flounces, there was a definite prom night vibe to more than a few of the Met Gala looks this year. Up and coming fashion icon Hailee Steinfeld made a tongue in cheek statement with her tulle Viktor & Rolf gown emblazoned with the slogan “no photos please”, all topped off with an ‘80s style hair bow. Meanwhile, Emma Stone opted for an asymmetrical Louis Vuitton jumpsuit and Chloe Moretz stunned in a futuristic mini dress, also by Louis Vuitton, complete with statement colour and hair quiff.

Gender Fluid Fashion

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Camp and gender fluidity go hand in hand, and with androgynous looks making their way into the fashion world, it’s no surprise that it featured heavily on the pink carpet this year. Harry Styles gave us every inch of 80’s romantic in a sheer frilled jumpsuit by Gucci, whilst Kirsten Stewart gave her Chanel silhouette an androgynous punk update. After his gender fluid Oscar’s look, we were so excited to see Billy Porter pushing boundaries once again in his Cleopatra inspired sequinned costume by The Blonds.

Sequinned Sublimity

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It wouldn’t be camp if sequins weren’t involved and there was plenty of sparkle in this year’s look line-up. One of our top looks has to be Katy Perry’s living chandelier look; very Beauty and the Beast. Styled by Moschino, there’s no doubt that KP lit up the pink carpet. Keeping it chandelier-esque, Gemma Chan brought us head-to-toe shimmer in Tom Ford and made it fashion with a head piece fit for an ice queen. Saoirse Ronan brought some colour to her look with a regal sequinned gown by Gucci.

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