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The Met Gala 2019: Notes on Camp

Full disclosure: this is only half of the outfits we wanted to show you! The Met Gala’s theme this year was Camp: Notes on Fashion, which meant celebrities donned the most color, sparkle, feathers, and volume they possibly could in their outfits. We could have gone on for pages but one, we know you have other things to do, and two, unfortunately, so do we! Hope you enjoy the annual RLS edit of the biggest fashion party of the year.

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The Event Co-Chairs

Every year, Anna Wintour selects a few public figures to serve as her co-hosts for the event. This year, she chose Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele (Gucci’s creative director), Harry Styles, and Serena Williams.

Lady Gaga was obviously one of the most talked about looks, as she changed into FOUR different outfits ON the pink carpet, all while performing a 15-minute long show for the spectators. Brandon Maxwell, the designer of the looks, and her actual hair and makeup team accompanied her for her performance. Below are my two favorite looks, but the whole scene is worth reading about.

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

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Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

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We both loved Serena Williams, but Kyle especially loved her hidden footwear choice, a pair of Nike x Off-White Air Force Ones.

Serena Williams in Versace and husband Alexis Ohanian

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What did you guys think of Harry Styles look? It reminded us of the blog post we wrote a few years ago about the Gucci men’s collection.

Harry Styles and Alessandro Michele in Gucci

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Gucci Goodness

With Alessandro Michele as one of the hosts, and the theme perfectly coordinating with Gucci’s whole brand, it makes sense that some of the best outfits of the night would be from Gucci. Florence Welch’s bird cape with lavender lining is basically Lani’s dream outfit.

Florence Welch in Gucci

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Saoirse Ronan’s dragon shouldered look was one of Kyle’s favorite looks of the night.

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci

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This is amazing. Jared Leto, one of Gucci’s campaign faces, wore an epic Gucci runway look complete with his severed head as an accessory. I’m also so glad that the head photobombed this picture of Jeff Bezos and Kim Kardashian.

Jared Leto in Gucci

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Glittery Gods and Goddesses

Billy Porter had one of the most talked about arrivals, as he was carried in by six shirtless men. He wore an amazing ancient-Egypt-inspired Sun God outfit. The process of getting ready was captured by Vogue and I highly recommend watching the video just to see the details on this outfit.

Billy Porter in The Blonds

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Billy Porter in The Blonds

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Celine Dion looked amazing in an Oscar De La Renta Bodysuit and Noel Stewart headpiece. Again, I highly recommend checking out the detailed shots of her insane diamond earrings and the beaded sleeves.

Celine Dion in Oscar de la Renta 

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Slinky Headpieces

J.Lo just doesn’t age. How is this woman almost 50 years old?!

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez in Versace

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Gabrielle Union looked glamorous with leather gloves and a coordinating draped jacket over her shoulders.

Gabrielle Union in custom Dundas

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Gigi Hadid’s look really went from head-to-toe, with a sequined catsuit and matching headpiece and boots.

Gigi Hadid in custom Michael Kors 

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Designer Costumes

Caroline Trentini gets James’ (Lani’s 5 year old son) vote for best outfit of the night. Trendsetter that he is, he wore one just like it for Halloween this year.

Caroline Trentini in Thom Browne

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Caroline Trentini in Thom Browne

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Kacey Musgraves’ Barbie moment looked so natural for her, especially the hair-dryer purse. Mattel created a matching Jeremy Scott designed Barbie Doll in record time, which then sold out IMMEDIATELY.

Kacey Musgraves in Moschino by Jeremy Scott

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Rainbows Galore

Lupita has never shied away from a dramatic red carpet moment. Kyle especially loved the glittery drag makeup.

Lupita Nyong’o in Versace

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Nichapat Suphap is an editor for Vogue Thailand and she went for a complete rainbow princess fantasy look.

Nichapat Suphap in Tomo Koizumi

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Princess Moment

Watch the whole video for the epic Cinderella moment Zendaya created for her arrival.

Law Roach and Zendaya in Tommy Hilfiger

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Lana Condor gave a whole new meaning to the word cupcake dress.

Lana Condor in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

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A billowing lilac princess dress? Obviously this was an RLS favorite.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Labassa Wollfe and Sophie Hunter in Roksanda

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Ruffles and tiers and bows galore, Rachel Brosnahan’s Erdem dress was over-the-top and totally gorgeous.

Rachel Brosnahan in Erdem

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Minty Fresh

Two of our favorite outfits of the night just happened to be in mint green. Madelaine Petsch wore a totally delicate yet dramatic dress with matching shoes.

Madelaine Petsch in Jean Paul Gaultier couture

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Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys had the best couples outfit of the night. We loved her graceful hood and unexpected color!

Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys in Carolina Herrera

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Three Dimensional

I highly recommend watching the Met Gala videos on Zac Posen’s Instagram stories. My favorite of his dresses was worn by Jourdan Dunn. She looked so graceful and poised.

Jourdan Dunn in Zac Posen

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Ryan Murphy’s pearl encrusted cape weighed over 100 lbs. That is serious outfit dedication. LOVE the drama.

Ryan Murphy in Christian Siriano

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Sofia Sanchez wore a mango-inspired dress as a nod to the brand Mango, of which she is an ambassador. It will even be available to purchase on June 3rd at Mango’s flagship in New York. It is actually quite fabulous and wearable!

Sofia Sanchez de Batak in Mango by Mimi Cuttrell

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Which was your favorite Met Gala dress? Let us know!

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Lani Inlander is a personal stylist who has been working with clients who want to feel their best and look put-together every day for over 15 years. You can find her in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas. Learn how you can train with Lani to become a personal stylist at The Stylist Studio

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