The stars were out(rageous) at Monday night’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala. This year’s theme? “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” (Not camp as in s’mores, but camp as in, you know, campy.) It was inspired by Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay “Notes on Camp,” in which she defined camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.” (It’s okay, we don’t really know what it means either.) The men of the evening certainly came through on the theme, looking out-of-the-box and out-of-their-minds. Here are the best and boldest looks we saw.
Toronto’s very own Shawn Mendes was killing it in this sleek, Western-inspired Saint Laurent tux and black boots. The singer also sported some NSYNC-chic gold-streaked hair. Just the right Goldilocks amount of camp.
Fashion-forward singer and gala presenter Harry Styles took the camp theme to heart with this high-waisted, see-through, pussybow Gucci jumpsuit. That’s how you free the nipple with taste. Take notes, Adam Levine.
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy went full Liberace with his custom pearl-embroidered suit and cape by Christian Siriano. Despite what The Incredibles might tell you, capes are always a fun addition to an outfit.
Actor Jared Leto takes home the Most Striking Look award for this outrageous fit, replete with his own severed head. The red and black Gucci dress covered in jewels was a devilish standout, but really, his plus-one stole the show.
ODELL BECKHAM JR.
American football star Odell Beckham Jr.’s Met look was certainly one of the funner ones of the night, consisting of a tux with cut-off sleeves and a kilt. We’d call him the Russell Westbrook of the NFL, but we’re not so sure he’d be into that comparison.
Bright and springy is what actor Omari Hardwick served up on the pink carpet last night. Decked out in a green and gold Gucci x Dapper Dan suit with brownish red boots, Hardwick’s look was a splash of retro colour that really fit with the evening’s theme.
Another bright splash of colour was served up by musical virtuoso Dev Hynes, who wore a light blue Gucci suit with a pink lapel and a yellow turtleneck. To complete the dapper look, he also rocked a floral headscarf. Also, check out the initials embroidered on his cuffs. It’s all in the deets.
And here are some less Camp:
Black wool peak lapel silk jacquard jacket with Gancini vertical chain link pattern complimented by a silver lurex Gancini detail reflected in the reimagined bow tie made of ostrich feathers in silver grey. Wool tuxedo pant paired with patent leather oxfords with grosgrain ribbon laces and pearl nugget handcrafted nuggets.
Three button oxblood red wool gabardine tailored sleeveless suit with Ferragamo floral raffia thread embroidery worn over an oat satin shirt with matching Ferragamo floral raffia thread embroidery and vicuña leather shoe lace worn as a tie paired with orange suede chelsea boots with gold hardware detail heel.
Evening overall worn as pants cut in black washed duchess satin with tailored unlined jacket cut in black Scottish wool and satin details worn over a shade pleated poplin tailored shirt.
Floral silk jacquard evening jacket with ash blue tuxedo shirt and black tapered wool trousers paired with ash lavender suede chelsea boots and black crocodile block bag.
Wore a long hooded, wide cuffed, double breasted peak lapel evening coat in powder blue silk satin, along with a corseted waistcoat with black silk satin lapel, cuff and buttons, high waisted flared trousers with box pleat inserts in the front leg, a white evening shirt and extravagant fuchsia pink bow tie.
Wore a silver duchess satin one-shoulder gown embellished with a crystal comet star design, sapphire crystal encrusted spiral collar and thigh high slit.
Shawl collar evening jacket with multicolor raffia and tubular pearl embroidery worn over an oat satin shirt and vicuña leather shoe lace worn as a tie paired with black leather gold Gancini hardware chelsea boots.
Wore a navy blue custom white tie tuxedo with silk grosgrain lapels and flared, high waisted pants decorated with rhinestone star motifs, over a classic white pleated dress shirt, large black satin bow tie, black silk grosgrain waistcoat and glitter stacked Chelsea boots.
Wore a blue beaded slip dress with rhinestone star motifs and asymmetric fringed hem paired with a red and white striped shimmering fringed bolero and thigh high striped boots.
Wore a suit by Moschino by Jeremy Scott.
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