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.
This year, while there was no shortage of diamonds, emeralds, amethysts, and sapphires were more prominent and brighter than ever.
Jennifer Lopez in a 129.8 carat “Purple Dragon Necklace” featuring a Purple Sapphire.
Bella Hadid in 90 carats of Colombian emeralds and diamonds.
Kendall Jenner in 75 carats of fiery-orange, imperial topaz.
Lupita Nyong’O in a 41 carat emerald and amethyst necklace by Bulgari.
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.
Billy Porter as an Egyptian Sun God in a 24-karat gold headpiece.
Ashley Graham rocked a dizzying array of bobby-pins and brooches.
If Jennifer Lopez was a conceptual chandelier, Katy Perry was a literal one.
Emily Ratajkowski in an elaborate winged diamond headpiece.
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.
Gigi Hadid in Lorraine Schwartz earrings
Nina Dobrev in 29-carat diamond chandelier earrings.
Awkwafina in Bulgari Serpenti earrings.