How To Wear “Camp” If Your Invitation To Walk The Met Carpet Got Lost


If you have a pulse and log onto social media at least once a day, then there is really no escaping the Met Gala and its “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme this year. Even if you don’t care about it at all, the six degrees of separation to a celebrity you like will put some sort of Met content on your feed. The next thing you know, three hours have gone by and you’re deep in an Instagram hole…or something like that.

 

But getting a dose of this particular red carpet once a year isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some of the biggest cultural moments in history have happened here. See: Rihanna’s pancake-pizza-omelet meme’d dress, Selena Gomez making fun of her own tanner, or Solange and Jay-Z’s infamous elevator fight. The list goes on.

 

The best part, however, is that unlike other red carpets that feel like a self-congratulatory moment for the world’s best-looking people, the Met Gala is more than just an event. It’s an entire exhibition that pays homage to that year’s theme, allowing anyone with interest in it to take part. This year, the museum is taking things a step further and offering some camp-themed merchandise right in their gift shop. Items include a Marc Jacobs marquee t-shirt for $145, a Vaquera giant Met button for $16, and, if you’re feeling like dropping some serious cash, an Off-White sweatsuit for $1,200. 

 

But, if you can’t make it to the museum (or if those particular items just aren’t doing it for you), there are several other ways to embrace camp. Let us draw your attention to the categories below.

 

Ironic Designer Tourism

Over the last few years, tourism irony has made its way into the collections of several designers who have taken the boardwalk to the runway.

 

JEREMY SCOTT

Sweaters

$294$191

BALENCIAGA

Handbags

$1306$848

 

Fruit as Fashion 

Is fruit campy? When it’s on a shoe or a bag, probably!

 

SUSAN ALEXANDRA

watermelon beaded bag – Red

$280

GUCCI

Rhyton strawberry sneakers – White

$890

 

Exaggeration

Camp is over the top, so anything with too many bows or too-long sleeves could be considered a winner.

 

LOEWE

extra long sleeve cropped jacket – Green

$916

SIMONE ROCHA

T-shirts

$359$305

 

Rhinestones

Rhinestones are like diamonds but lowbrow but also cool and therefore camp. Whew.

 

NR RAPISARDI

Sandals

$272$108

SAINT LAURENT

Necklaces

$540$383

 

 

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