Uni | Met Gala 2019

The first Monday in May is the annual MET Gala in which brings fashion, film and music altogether for one very special event. And so this morning we woke up to floods of  photos all over our Instagram feeds, showcasing the best and worst looks of 2019

This year’s theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ and so I really expected to see the most extravagant, flamboyant and adventurous costumes to ever grace the Metropolitan Museum of the Arts. Some looks were absolutely stunning but didn’t fit the theme all that well, some absolutely killed theme and others should have just stayed at home.

I absolutely loved seeing everyone share their favourite looks and opinions, and so I thought I would do a blog post analysing a few of the looks and share my thoughts on whether it was camp or needed a revamp.

CAMP – Lady Gaga wearing Brandon Maxwell

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CAMP – Kim Kardashian West wearing custom Manfred Thierry Mugler

This just made the camp mark. I think her make up was quite dramatic for her for some who normally likes a more natural look, and the emphasis on her body shape was over the top and quite extra.

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REVAMP – Katy Perry wearing Moschino

What was camp about this I do not know, definitely more lamp vibes Katy.

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CAMP – Bella Hadid wearing Moschino

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CAMP – Harry Styles wearing Gucci

I feel like Harry was one of the only heterosexual guys to rock this theme well.

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CAMP – Serena Williams wearing Versace

It was bright, it was beautiful and it was bold.

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CAMP – Kylie and Kendall Jenner wearing Versace

I feel like they could have done better, but they still were fierce and fabulous.

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CAMP – Charli XCX wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

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REVAMP – Frank Ocean wearing Prada

I was very disappointed in Frank Ocean, but I feel like he was trying to make a point that camp doesn’t have to be all bright colours and dramatic costumes.

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CAMP – Naomi Campbell wearing Valentino Haute Couture

I mean what can’t Naomi Campbell do?

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CAMP – Ciara wearing Dundas

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REVAMP – Mary Kate and Ashely Olsen wearing vintage Chanel

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REVAMP – Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth wearing Saint Laurent

I mean there was just zero effort made here.

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REVAMP – Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Chloe

Beautiful, absolutely stunning. This is one of my favourite looks actually, but its just not camp.

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CAMP – Emily Ratajkowski wearing Dundas

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CAMP – Dua Lipa wearing Versace

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CAMP – Jeremy Scott and Sarah Paulson wearing Moschino

I mean we all knew Jeremy Scott would serve, he’s one of my favourite designers and I love how he always shows an element of his personality in his looks. As a couple they killed it.

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CAMP – Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner wearing Versace

As a couple I think they were one of the best, I like Travis’ twist on the word camp and how he gave it a military meaning, however it was very similar to his MET Gala look last year.

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What look do you think killed the camp theme? And What do you think the theme should be next year?

Comment below.

Love always

AHVBX

Uni |Cultural Appropriation Or Cultural Appreciation

First it was Gucci at the beginning of the year when they were criticised for sending white models down the runway with turbans, then Chanel was accused of humiliating the indigenous Australian Culture, and then it was Vogue who had to apologise for offending people  with the photographs of Kendall Jenner with an afro. But most recently  Dolce and Gabbana are facing backlash after their ‘racist’ advert, which features a Chinese woman struggling to eat spaghetti and pizza with a pair of chopstick, and have been forced to cancel their fashion show in Shanghai. What is happening within these big brands for this type of cultural appropriation to keep reoccurring? What conversations are being had?

At the minute within my fashion communication and promotion course we are working our way through the creative process and the four key stages. There is a lot that happens before you can even get to an outcome, from research, investigation and experimentation to planning, analysis and development. From working through this process myself in the last few months, I struggle to understand how no one within the team of Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana decided to challenge the idea or question it.

Personally I feel that the main issue, especially in terms of what Gucci and Vogue did, is that they have chosen to use a white models and have placed features, practices and products of non-white cultures onto them instead of just using models from that particular culture, and that is the problem. When I initially saw the Vogue photo I was more offended that Vogue considered that to be an afro more than anything, and I did understand why people found the whole concept offensive. I also felt that a lot of people were more upset and angry because the model was Kendall Jenner and once again it was another member of the Kardashian’s being associated with cultural appropriation. I just feel that if you are going to use diversity then do it properly and really embrace it, and then it will be appreciated and celebrated, but for now this isn’t cutting it and something needs to change.

It will be very interesting to see how Dolce and Gabbana bounce back from this backlash and how they go about changing things moving forward. After a circulation of Stefano’s racist comments online, will getting rid of him make things any better? Let’s wait and see…