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Our Favorite Looks From the 2019 Met Gala

There’s nothing we love more than Camp. The fetishization of the extreme, and the only kind of drama-laden, over-the-top excess that can make a ten-carat pink diamond necklace look, dare we say, restrained.

Inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp,” this year’s Met Gala was a celebration of the frivolity and tongue-in-cheek wit that would make John Waters proud and conjures up memories of late night Rocky Horror screenings.

From headdresses to hair baubles, trains and tiaras the jewels were bigger, blingier and more colorful than in years past. Diamonds were no longer reserved for hands and necks.

This fresh, bedazzled approach to the human form is a breath of fresh air from the restrained, beautiful, and sometimes tedious minimalism that’s had (what some might describe) as too long of a run at the forefront of fashion.

Looks ranged from whimsical to ironic, historical to futuristic, and some, if not most, were literally dripping in diamonds. Let’s take a look at three of the jewel-themed trends we loved.

Chunky Gemstones

This year, while there was no shortage of diamonds, emeralds, amethysts, and sapphires were more prominent and brighter than ever.

Image from Elle

Jennifer Lopez in a 129.8 carat “Purple Dragon Necklace” featuring a Purple Sapphire.

Image from Elle

Bella Hadid in 90 carats of Colombian emeralds and diamonds.

Image from Elle

Kendall Jenner in 75 carats of fiery-orange, imperial topaz.

Image from Allure

Lupita Nyong’O in a 41 carat emerald and amethyst necklace by Bulgari.

Hair Accessories

Teetering headdresses out-shown each other in a bid for the most outlandish coif. These retro-futuristic displays of diamond-encrusted scaffolding, pins, clips, wings and brooches did not disappoint.

Image from Harpers Bazaar

Billy Porter as an Egyptian Sun God in a 24-karat gold headpiece.

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Ashley Graham rocked a dizzying array of bobby-pins and brooches.

Image From Glamour

If Jennifer Lopez was a conceptual chandelier, Katy Perry was a literal one.

Image from Harpers Bazaar

Emily Ratajkowski in an elaborate winged diamond headpiece.

Image from Glamour

Gemma Chan in a tiara fit for a queen inspired by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1968 thriller Boom!

Over the Top Earrings

If one diamond is good, two diamonds are better, and a hundred are fit for a queen.

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Gigi Hadid in Lorraine Schwartz earrings

Image from Glamour

Nina Dobrev in 29-carat diamond chandelier earrings.

Image from Who What Wear

Awkwafina in Bulgari Serpenti earrings.