Yara Shahidi in gray Prada at the Met Gala: 50s camp plus feathers

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One the lines in Sontag’s 1964 Notes on Camp essay, which I found pretty confusing as a whole, was that “Camp is a woman walking around in a dress made of three million feathers.” So there were a lot of feathers last night, including Yara Shahidi’s feathered coverup, which she wore as a cape. She wore it over a blue gray Prada bodysuit with medallion-like sequins paired with gray tights with metallic shards on them. (I want to know how she put those tights on.) In Yara’s E! Interview she said they were going for a 50s swimsuit look and that the Catholic school girl in her loves the tights. I love her styling! She went all in with the 50s vibe and did a beehive too. Kaiser and I were chatting earlier about how we were hoping some women would do beehives. 50s looks are definite camp. I would have liked to see this in a brighter color, but I love gray too and I find this very on theme.


Ooh look at her with the full coverup!
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Lily Collins also did a beehive. I would have liked to see more of those last night. She had on a headband and wore little floral pieces in her hair. This ruffled white short Giambattista Valli gown with a long train and poofy sleeves looks trashy as hell and I love it! She absolutely nailed this. This is early 60s camp, right?

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I saw on twitter that Tom and Lorenzo, the venerable fashion bloggers, did not like Carey Mulligan’s Prada gown. I kind of like it though. I would have liked to have seen more stupid 80s prom dress looks last night. It doesn’t make sense in that it’s a sequin gown with giant satin bows on it. Maybe go all in with the satin and make it totally 80s, complete with hair. She needs more dated styling for this.


Also in Prada we have Lucy Boynton, in a bizarre mismatch of a dress. I guess the concept is similar to Carey Mulligan’s gown, throw a bunch of features that don’t belong together. I don’t get what they were going for with the sheer ruffles, sequins and feathers. Her shoes are cool though. Yara definitely got the best Prada ensemble.

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  1. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    O. M. G. That essay. Did Sean Penn team with Bono and try to rewrite Vanity Fair? Someone needs to purge and start over, but it was the 60s and self important prose and posit was on tap a la Andy Warhol and the Age of Aquarius. Everything new, shocking and subversive was digested in the 70s and let loose again in the 80s. It’s still a hilarious read.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Lily rocked. I like Carey’s gown, but not for extravaganza el campo. The other getup is old lady’s attempt to channel Stevie Nicks through a fairy. Maybe that’s her camp. Just a small popup.

    • Megan says:

      Notes on Camp needs to be read in its historical context. The idea of elevating “homosexual sensibilities” in the 1960’s was completely radical and groundbreaking.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        That’s what the 60s were. Radical and groundbreaking. I always feel sorry for the 70s lol. I lived through it, and I’m telling ya, it was kind of empty lol.

        The read is still hilarious. That is if you don’t take yourself seriously. I don’t. Never have, never will. Imo, it’s a character flaw.

  2. Scal says:

    Lily is doing early Priscilla Presley camp realness. It’s a great look for her.

    • Lizzie says:

      i agree and dare i say she should stick with it? she looks amazing.

    • SKF says:

      She looks amazing here and I think her large eyes suit this look!

      If Goop had done hair and makeup like this she could have elevated her look massively.

  3. MoreSalt says:

    Carey Mulligan always looks like she’s about to cry or just finished crying, weepy budget Michelle Williams. She reminds me of that friend who has one glass of wine and won’t shut up about her ex husband’s new girlfriend. Drama Llama.

    It’s not fair, she seems like a sweet girl and a decent actress, but it’s just so off-putting for me and I can’t get around it to enjoy her performances or fashion. I enjoyed her in Gatsby though, because Daisy is so insufferable, and Mulligan nailed it.

    • tealily says:

      Oh no way, Carey Mulligan > Michelle Williams (although I do agree that she always looks like she’s about to cry).