Pink would be a fairly common color to find on just about any spring red carpet, but there was an unusually high number of pink looks at this year’s Met Gala. Not just the collection you see here, but also on some of the most notable dressers of the night, like Lady Gaga, RuPaul, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae and Lizzo. We guess everyone saw the pink-themed invite and heard there was going to be a pink carpet and just decided to run with it rather than try and interpret camp. Although we’d argue that all the people we singled out managed to hit the mark pretty well. These ladies? They opted for pretty, mostly. Pretty in pink.
Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture
That dress is truly gorgeous. The feather shawl is actually a big deal for her. She would never wear it otherwise, but she’s taking Sontag’s description of drag as a woman in feathers and running with it.
Deepika Padukone in Zac Posen
It’s very Zac Posen, which means it’s way more complicated (not to mention heavier) than it needs to be, but the drag-lite styling really helps it.
Elizabeth Debicki in Salvatore Ferragamo
Whether an intentional homage or not, this reminds us of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic pink and white Givenchy gown in the 1957 film Funny Face. We normally hate gigantic bows on dresses, but this is so over-the-top that it feels on point.
Emma Roberts in Giambattista Valli Couture
Very pretty; kind of similar to the fairy queen looks that populated that red carpet. We wouldn’t call it camp, but it’s whimsical and exuberant and she looks good in it.
Hailey Bieber in Alexander Wang
Meh. You’re gonna need more than a ponytail and a sleek dress.
Naomi Campbell in Valentino Couture
Perhaps due to her insanely super-human abilities to model anything and make it look good, we actually don’t mind the lace tights. Along with the feather cape (which we probably shouldn’t mention so dismissively because, well, it’s a feather cape) they work to make a fairly basic red carpet gown into something completely over the top.
Nick Minaj in Prabal Gurung
To be honest, this felt like a bit of a letdown. We feel like we’ve seen this look on the Met Gala red carpet plenty of times. It’s big, pink and flamboyant, but it also feels kind of stale. She’s capable of much more drama than this.
Rachel Brosnahan in Erdem
If we’re doing a fashion critique, we actually like the eye-searing color story going on here but we hate the bows. If we’re doing a Met Gala critique, this is disappointing. We wouldn’t expect her to show up embodying camp, but this doesn’t feel like the super-high fashion moment the venue calls for. She could wear this to any premiere or industry event.
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