For some, the first Monday in May is the 6th. For the fash-pack however, the first Monday in May is something of an entirely different and highly anticipated nature: The 2019 Met Gala. With the arrival of the “Fashion Oscars” comes with the return of an ambiguously fabulous theme, centric this year to Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, “Camp: Notes on Fashion”. It will come as no surprise, given the theme, that fashions biggest night out will be chaired by Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, but with the theme embodying a more cryptic versatility than say 2016’s tech defined “Manus x Machina”, or 2013’s ode to “Punk”, who, what, where when and how will fashion’s MVP’s interpret the flamboyant theme?
Nostalgic prints, gaudy colours, volumous ruffles, kitsch cuts, exaggerated embellishments, playful styling and ironic accessories – here’s what the BAZAAR team desire to see swirling, twirling and sashaying down the red carpet.
Valentino’s powder pink gown embodies the theme and envelops the head – in ruched satin roses, natch.
Valentino spring/summer 2019 Haute Couture
What do you get when you cross 3D flower embellishment with hip emphasising ostrich feathers? Camp a la Chanel
Chanel spring/summer 2019 Haute Couture
This Middle Eastern exclusive from Dior is a riot of origami rainbow and glittering swim cap irony
Dior spring/summer 2019 Haute Couture
While they’ll be no shortage of designs by co-chair Alessandro Michele on the red carpet, it’s this brazenly extra look we want to see showed off.
Gucci spring/summer 2019
Camp doesn’t have to mean gaudy – this pistachio gingham number from Molly Goddard is a frivolous yet subtle nod to the trend
If looking like an ombre Fabergé Egg - complete with sequin detailing and crystal hair net - doesn’t scream camp, then we don’t know what does.
Molly Goddard spring/summer 2019
A Moschino puffball wedding gown, complete with hired help to follow you down the red carpet carrying your train and a flutter of origami butterflies? We think this might be a job for RiRi.
Moschino spring/summer 2019
For a dress that needs no explanation on its relevance to the theme, we’re looking to Rodarte.
Rodarte spring/summer 2019
The words “Kitsch” and “Cherries” are as synonymous as the Met Gala’s theme and this Thom Browne look.
Thom Browne spring/summer 2019
Which runway looks do you want to see on the Met Gala red carpet tonight?