Met Gala versus “Meh” Gala

Zaebian Machande (TheLorian)

On Sept. 13, many celebrities arrived on the red carpet of the Met Gala, arguably the greatest event of the year. They were wearing some of the craziest fashion statements imaginable at one of the most extravagant and highly anticipated fashion events of the year. As someone with absolutely no interest in the fashion industry, it makes little to no sense why this event is just as important to me as the Super Bowl is to 85 percent of the general American population, or so it seems. I choose not to question the reality of this situation; I only observe the obscure choices made by these celebrities and their designers and form extremely strong opinions of them. The theme of this year’s event was “American Independence,” although looking at the red-carpet pictures, you’d never guess it. There were some absolute highs and lows of the night, and there’s no better time than the present to bring these to everyone’s attention.

The first look of the night that I spotted was worn by pop singer Billie Eilish. If you haven’t seen this look, Google a picture of it right now. My jaw abruptly hit the floor and shattered. Eilish was dressed in a beautiful flesh-tone gown full of voluminous tulle with a train that was at least twenty feet long. With her short hair in curls and a smoky makeup look, she served a beautiful homage to old Hollywood actresses like Marilyn Monroe. Everyone at the event should’ve taken notes: that is how you pull off a successful theme-appropriate look.

Another favorite look of mine was worn by Nikkie de Jager. Most may know this transgender icon from her very popular YouTube channel called “NikkieTutorials” where she’s posted beauty-related content for years. She walked down the red carpet in a stunning, form-fitting blue gown also made of tulle. An exuberant flower crown paired with additional flowers flowing down her gown lead our eyes to a bow stitched on the dress at her knee. One piece of ribbon from the bow reads, “Pay It No Mind.” With this reference, de Jager is serving a beautiful tribute to transgender icon Marsha P. Johnson, best known as a trailblazer in the LGBTQ+ community for her involvement in the infamous Stone Wall riots. This entire look perfectly fit the theme of the event and paid a stunning homage to an incredible American role model.

Unfortunately, not everyone was able to live up to the standards of Eilish and de Jager. There were A LOT of people who really missed the assignment. Leading my “Worst Dressed” list is Kim Kardashian, serving us dementor-esque vibes in a completely form-fitting black outfit that covered her entire body—even her face. Not to mention two very long trains stemming from behind her legs. Also hitting the crowd with a disastrous double whammy was a couple on the red carpet. I am so sickened to even think about how terrible Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello looked in their outfits. Go home, Shawn Mendes, and put a shirt on under your leather jacket. Lastly, I’ll give two special shout-outs to Naomi Osaka and Kim Petras.

The Met Gala is such a hit-or-miss event every year, and I love it so much. It’s ridiculously interesting to see how modern American designers interpret fashion today and display great pride in the outfits they dress celebrities in at one of the biggest events of the year. If you haven’t normally followed this event, I highly recommend that you do! It’s a one-of-a-kind event that is so fun to watch as an audience member, even if you’re sitting at home in sweatpants judging the outfits created by wealthy, experienced designers.

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