Hailey Baldwin in Alexander Wang at the Met Gala: tacky Barbie realness?

Hailey Baldwin at arrivals for Camp: Not...

There were many ways to interpret this year’s Met Gala’s theme – “Camp” – and I guess I was surprised by how many women just went for “Barbie gear.” Hailey Baldwin was one of those Barbies, only I would argue that Hailey was one of the BEST! From the high, bleached-blonde ponytail to the too-dark fake tan to the exposed thong of her dress, everything about Hailey’s look was so spectacularly dated and tacky and PERFECT. Hailey worked with Alexander Wang on this look and I’m shocked to say that she utterly nailed it.

Hailey Baldwin at arrivals for Camp: Not...

Someone else who nailed it? Elle Fanning in this delightful Miu Miu look. You could tell that she was having fun with it, and she looks like a drag queen’s favorite doll. Her nails! Her orange tan! Her pants! I love it all and she looked like she was having so much fun!

Elle Fanning at arrivals for Camp: Notes...

Elle Fanning at arrivals for Camp: Notes...

Emma Roberts tried to go for Big Barbie vibes, I think, but this Giambattista Valli is more like… fairy queen/ruffled extravaganza. I mean, it’s big and tacky, but I actually think Emma’s styling let her down? Big ruffles could be super-campy, but the styling edged it more towards “ethereal fairy queen” drag. Which is camp-adjacent but not really camp?

Emma Roberts at arrivals for Camp: Notes...

Emma Roberts at arrivals for Camp: Notes...

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Jessica says:

    I actually liked Haley’s look, which is rare for me. The rest are meh.

    • susiecue says:

      I like it, but not campy enough for the theme for me. I would’ve loved to see it on her somewhere else (minus the hairbow), because she looks super hot

  2. gingersnaps says:

    I think there was another one with a barbie look complete with the pink car or was that Hailey?

    • Scal says:

      That was Kacey Musgraves! She had a pink hairdryer purse to. Perfect Barbie camp look

    • chai35 says:

      Nope, that was Kacey Musgraves and she WAS Barbie. No way Haley beats that look.

  3. Melly says:

    I don’t feel like Haley’s outfit went far enough to be camp. It was close, but not quite there. If you’re going the Barbie route, it seems insane not to go with the bright pink. The color of her dress just made it seem like watered down Barbie camp. I could see that dress in that color being worn to a normal red carpet, maybe/maybe not with the thong showing.

    • detritus says:

      Kacey M definitely won the Barbie Battle, but I’m okay if I look at this as more of a mean queen B send up, ala mean girls. Granted, whale tail won me over on this one, huge nostalgia blast from the 90s. my only gripe is the eyeliner which is way too much this decade.

  4. little bird says:

    hailey looked GREAT, don’t get me wrong, but i don’t think it was camp? ESPECIALLY when you then look at elle fanning, who really knocked it out of the park. or kacey musgraves, who was the Ultimate Barbie™️ last night.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Agreed. Hailey was definitely one of the “I want to look pretty “ women. It’s a great look but not camp.

    • Lizzie says:

      i’ll say this…i find hailey baldwin as a “personality” or lack thereof, to be unintentional camp. so the fact that she’s there is enough.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Quite a departure for Elle from her usual looks. She was rocking it.

    Haley was the prettiest of the Barbies.

  6. Mego says:

    Love it but not really camp.

  7. Daisy says:

    Elle Fanning was one of my favourites of the night. Absolutely fantastic.
    And the fact Alexander Wang did a piece that wasn’t black is already amazing. Haley’s tan looked orange tho, but it actually matched the theme lmao

  8. Karen2 says:

    Hailey looked lovely & understated. Nothing camp about it tho. Elle on the other hand got the look so right. & kudos for sticking with her partner designer. Shes way better than the professional models in all her ads for Miu Miu on ig imo.

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Way to go Elle!

  10. Veronica S. says:

    I like Hailey’s look, but it’s not camp. She should’ve saved that for another red carpet.

    While I’m meh about the over all effect of Elle’s look, it’s definitely the most on-theme of the bunch, and she’s clearly having a blast.

  11. Stacy Dresden says:

    I love Elle. She killed it

  12. VintageS says:

    At least Elle smiled. Most of the women looked like they were vying for a Nobel Prize or something. I thought fashion was supposed to be fun.

  13. AMAyson1977 says:

    Emma Roberts should have styled like Marilyn Monroe as seen through the prism of Madonna’s “Material Girl” video and then it would have been a LEWK. IMO. I agree that the dress is fabulous but the styling is tragic.

  14. april says:

    They all look amazing. Hailey is classic vintage 60’s with hair, makeup and gown.

  15. serena says:

    Elle Fanning looks adorable!