Rihanna, the unofficial queen of the gala, did not attend for the first time in a LONG time. There is no doubt that she would have won the evening with her take on the ‘Camp’ theme, but now we will never know what her outfit could have been.
She is greatly missed from the lineup, as no one does Met Gala like BadGalRiRi.
The one and only Beyoncé was also missing from this year’s Met Gala, which puts a big hole in the celebrity guest list.
Oh what could have been.
There was also no Blake Lively at this year’s event, which is a shame as she’s earned a reputation for rocking her looks over the past few years.
Her gown and crown for 2018’s ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination’ themed Met Gala was particularly memorable.
We would have loved to see what all of these woman would have worn for this year’s Met Gala theme, as it drew in some beautiful and bizarre interpretations. But the biggest tragedy is definitely the absence of Rihanna, who is still queen of the Gala, even without attending.
Let’s Name And Shame The Dudes Who Wore Plain Suits To The Camp-Themed Met Gala
This year’s Met Gala theme is ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, which is an instruction to wear an outfit of extreme extravagance and go absolutely over the top. The Met Gala any year is an opportunity to put your all into your outfit, but this year it is literally the theme.
So why on earth men think they can show up to this even in subtle variations on a black suit is beyond comprehension. They should be turned away at the door.
People are serving LOOKS that have taken TIME and EFFORT.
See: Billy Porter
Kylie and Kendall Jenner
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
The list goes on. There are women and men turning it UP for the pink carpet, and then there are the dudes who have worn what can only be described as boring-ass black suits. Some made unimpressive attempts to nod to ‘camp’, some just really did not.
Kanye literally looks like he’s wearing a tracksuit.
Shawn Mendes, plain as heck.
Liam Hemsworth legit just had this tux in the cupboard and I won’t believe otherwise. Miley isn’t super impressive either but at least she tried.
Rami Malek just catapulted his career by playing queer, camp icon Freddie Mercury, and yet.
Same goes for Taron Egerton, who is playing Elton John in Rocket Man.
Frank Ocean wyd???
Michael B Jordan, we expected more.
Alexander Skarsgård this is nothing!?
Trevor Noah, now is not the time for your statement.
Patrick Schwarzenegger ladies and gentlemen. Do NOT invite him back. Ever.
The Met Gala is not an event where you can opt out of the theme! Plenty of men got into theme, so there’s no writing it off as a ‘chick thing’. Don’t bore us! Do better.
The Met Gala’s 'Unwritten' Rules Are Strict, But You Have To Admit That They Are Awesome
The Met Gala, or more accurately, Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, is renowned for having strict rules for attendees. The whole thing gets a bad wrap for it but when you really look at the rules, they’re actually very reasonable ways to make a social event a good time.
These ‘unwritten’ rules for the Met Gala are honestly the kind of thing we should consider putting in place for more social gatherings.
#1. No Under 18s
No offence to the kids, but there are just some events that objectively more enjoyable without tweens in the mix.
Or in the case of the Met Gala, some events just aren’t suitable for underage guests. According to Hollywood Reporter, in spite of younglings like Jaden and Willow Smith attending in the past, the iconic Gala decided that “it was not an appropriate event for people under 18.”
Is this because Jaden Smith brought his own snipped-off dreadlocks to the red carpet as an accessory in 2017? Maybe. Sorry kids.
#2. No Selfies
There are zillions of paparazzi photographers at the Met Gala, and who could forget the individual celebrity videos shot inside the museum that showed off the crowd and their ~looks~. But the gala is a selfie-free zone, as guests are expected to adhere to a more traditional behaviour code.
“The use of phones for photography and social media will not be permitted inside the gala,” a notice sent to all guests stated a few years back before the 2015 event, and that sentiment lives on.
An evening of living in the moment and not through the filter of Instagram? Sounds wonderful.
If only everyone could respect the rules.
#3. No Mobile Phones
The no selfie rule is actually part of a bigger ban on phone use at the event. In a perfect world, you wouldn’t need to have staffers gently reminding guests to keep off their phones and enjoy the social event that is actually transpiring IRL, but we don’t live in a perfect world.
The idea is that people, you know, actually talk to each other, and the no-mobile rule is one we should aspire to follow in our own social functions and interactions.
#4. No Smoking
I get that people smoke so this one might be a bit controversial for implementing in regular social occasions, but for the Met Gala it should be a no-brainer. If you’re inside a MUSEUM, do not SMOKE. It damages the art.
In 2017 there was controversy when a bunch of celebrities from Bella Hadid to Mark Jacobs to Dakota Jackson lit up in the bathroom, because obviously, like we said, it’s bad for the art.
No smoking inside is generally a good rule for all social functions though, because it stinks out the room and inflicts fumes on people who do not want them in their lungs or homes. So I’m into this rule.
#5. No Risky Food
By that I mean the Met Gala does not serve food that is likely to get stuck in your teeth and make a mess of your aesthetic. Apparently the caterers are also told to avoid things like onion and garlic to save guests from bad breath.
This should be event planning 101.
#6. You Don’t Have To Be Single But Be Ready To Mingle
According to Gala party-planner Sylvana Ward Durrett, spouses aren’t even seated next to each other.
“The whole point of these things is to meet new people, and to be interested in what others are doing. What’s the point if you come here to hang out with your husband?” she added.
The idea of the Met Gala is at the end of the day, to socialise. Anna Wintour encourages guests to stay off their phones, step out of their comfort zone (ie. their plus one) and take interest in other people.
It sounds like the rules are really just for babying people through the basics of socialising but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.