Hailee Steinfeld in a Viktor & Rolf statement dress at the Met Gala: perfect and cute?

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Hailee Steinfeld came to the Met Gala in Viktor & Rolf, and I’ve actually heard quite a bit about this collection as it has so many statement dresses like this. Tom and Lorenzo predicted ahead of time that someone would wear this designer, as these dresses are perfect for this year’s camp theme. Check out her little camera clutch and her spot-on styling, complete with curly hair and a giant bow. She even has little fake freckles!

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I’m including a couple of other celebrities who had phrases on their outfits. Kerry Washington came with designer Tory Burch. Her dress has a white tank paired with a skirt layers of beige ruffles with the phrase “negativity is noise” embroidered on it. She also wore that phrase in knuckle rings. Beige ruffles are a bizarre choice for any look, but Kerry wore a very similar dress by Schiaparelli., with layers of beige ruffles, to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. She loves beige ruffles! (Kerry was in Ralph Lauren at last year’s Met Gala.) This is different, but I can’t see how it’s camp.

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Lena Waithe was in an awesome 80s power pinstripe suit from Pyer Moss with the phrase “black drag queens invented camp” on the back. She was there with designer Kerby Jean-Raymond whose suit said “Fix Your Credit, Pool Money, Take Back The Block,” which was in honor of Nipsey Hussle.

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  1. Lexilla says:

    I love Lena’s look, all day. As for the others (and even more who aren’t on this post) — why was “camp” interpreted as infantilizing? Seriously someone school me, why did so many women dress as little girls? I saw the theme as so empowering, so it struck an odd note for me.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Because they got it wrong. Camp isn’t regression. It transcends invention and interpretation.

      • Lexilla says:

        Thank you, that’s the word I was thinking of — regression. Lena looked badass and literally made a powerful statement. It’s such a contrast to the others.

    • Ang says:

      I think because of Hairspray

    • Bella Bella says:

      I think they interpreted it as “twee on steroids.” Which is not camp.

    • SKF says:

      Well, it can play into that 50s look where women did the girly, twee fashion that was quite infantilising in many ways – particularly when you consider that many of these women went out and worked during the War and were then forced back into the home and the kitchen and talked down to. Reclaiming that look and making it fierce and fabulous, tongue in cheek and “in inverted commas” makes it camp.

      This can also play into the pantomime aspects of camp, and the historical aspects – little Victorian girls in gardens running around being played in pantomime plays with verve, humour and exaggeration.

      I think Hailee’s fits these interpretations anyway. She looks reasonably camp and she was leaning into it and having fun, so that elevates it to definite campiness. Also, the whole “No photos please” while holding her camera purse up and being dressed up to the max on a red carpet perfectly fits the tongue-in-cheek, hammy, poking fun at too-serious people aspects of camp.

      Lena was amazing, and I love how she does these fabulous subversive looks that remind us of what is missing from the conversation. This year, apparently a lot of black influence was left out of the exhibition – and she is pointing that out and and giving credit to one of the key influential groups of camp. Last year she wore her rainbow gay pride cape and it was a big FU to the catholic church and the imagery the event was based on. What a BOSS!

  2. duchess of hazard says:

    Wow, what’s going on with Kerry Washington? She doesn’t look well.

  3. Esmom says:

    Love the pinstripe suits. Kerry is way off theme and Hailey is lovely.

    • SK says:

      The pinstripes are actually made up of the lyrics of drag anthems and the buttons are the heads of famous black drag queens. The details are amazing!

  4. Daisy says:

    I’m surprised only Hailee wore Viktor & Rolf, i thought it would be the favourite brand alongside Moschino for the theme.
    Lena Waithe was incredible once again. Loved the message.

  5. Veronica S. says:

    Lena and Kerby were two of my favorites of the night for what I call “quiet camp.”

    Kerry Washington’s was just short of working for me. I mean, I love the idea, but the execution color-wise didn’t quite take off.

    Hailee’s dress was great, but I feel like her hair was a little too dollish. Teasing out the hair would’ve been better.